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alPHa Resolutions - Early Years
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alPHa Position

A healthy childhood in a supportive environment is an essential determinant of health. Meeting physical, cognitive, communicative and psychosocial developmental milestones must be supported by healthy public policy and strong public health services that are specifically mandated to promote them as components of healthy growth.  

A16-5, Healthy Babies Healthy Children 100% Funding
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) urgently request the Minister of Children and Youth Services to fully fund all program costs related to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, including all staffing and administrative costs.

 

Developments on A16-5:

Please note that this Resolution is a renewal of the call that was made in the nearly-identical Resolution: #A01-5, Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program Funding.  
Please see below for actions dating back to 2001 on this issue. 

July 21 2016

alPHa has transmitted a letter to the Minister of Children and Youth Services that introduces this resolution.

 

Resolution A14-7, Enactment of Legislation to Enforce the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (the Code)
THAT that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies strongly recommends and urgently requests the Prime Minister of Canada, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, Ontario Minister of Education, the federal Minister of Health, and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to enact legislation implementing all provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and its subsequent relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions;
AND FURTHER the Association of Local Public Health Agencies strongly recommends and urgently requests the Prime Minister of Canada, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, Ontario Minister of Education, the federal Minister of Health, and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a sustainable enforcement program to allow for monitoring and addressing non-compliance

 

Developments on A14-7:

September 18

Response received from the Prime Minister's Office, acknowledging receipt of the alPHa letter introducing Resolution A14-7.


August 27 2014

alPHa has written a letter to the Prime Minister introducing this resolution for support and action.

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and five other 2014 Resolutions for his support and action.


 
Resolution:  #A11-8, Public Health Supporting Early Learning and Care
THAT alPHa will actively engage in advocacy to strengthen public health programs to support families and healthy early childhood development; AND FURTHER that alPHa will forward this resolution to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, Ministry of Education, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Early Learning Advisor and in addition alPHa encourages all member agencies to transfer knowledge and information to decision-makers and the general public about the value of supporting early childhood development and the importance of adequate investment in early childhood development; AND FURTHER that alPHa and both local and provincial public health agencies should work with partners to more clearly define, better measure and more broadly disseminate information about progress toward early childhood goals; AND FURTHER that alPHa will advocate for the inclusion of early childhood development in political platforms; AND FURTHER that alPHa commits to helping health units to share examples of best practices, useful approaches for local integration and examples of achieving seamless and integrated services.
                                     

 

 Developments on #A11-8:

August 29, 2011      
Response received from the Premier.

August 17, 2011       
alPHa has written to each of the leaders of the three major Provincial political parties, urging commitment to continuing work on the Ontario's early years strategy as envisioned in the Pascal Report (With Our Best Future in Mind) following the 2011 election.           

August 17, 2011       
alPHa has written to the Premier of Ontario urging action on this and two other 2011 alPHa Resolutions.

August 17, 2011   
alPHa has written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care urging action on this and five other 2011 alPHa Resolutions.

  

Resolution:  #A09-6, Preschool Speech & Language Program Budget
THAT alPHa urge the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to increase the 2009/2010 funding for preschool speech and language programs to continue to deliver services at current levels at a minimum; AND FURTHER THAT special consideration is given to communities that include a high urban aboriginal preschool population; AND FURTHER THAT the Ministry of Children and Youth Services take a leadership role in reviewing the current funding structures for preschool speech and language services throughout the province of Ontario with a view to increasing accountability; AND FURTHER THAT the Ministers of Health & Long-term Care and Health Promotion work with the Minister of Education and Training, and the Minister of Children and Youth Services to ensure school boards of Ontario are recognized as the appropriate provider of speech and language services to Ontario’s children; AND FINALLY THAT a smooth transition to school based speech and language services be achieved by supporting the school boards of Ontario to provide speech and language services, and funding school boards to do the same.    

 

Developments on #A09-6:

September 24, 2009
Reply received from Minister of Children and Youth Services, indicating the likelihood that this issue will be examined as part of Ontario's move toward full-day learning and a review of School Health Support Services may be opportunities for further work on the issue. It also states that no increases to base funding should be expected.

August 17, 2009        
Letter written to Minister of Children and Youth Services introducing Resolution A09-6.

 

Resolution:  #A02-5, Reporting on Sexual Health, AIDS and Other STD Teaching  
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) petition the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to request the Minister of Education to amend appropriate sections of the Education Act so as to require the reporting of the proportion of students in grades 7-9 receiving the minimum three hours of sexual health teaching and three hours of education about AIDS and other STD’s, annually, by schools, and further that such reports be provided to the Boards of Health having jurisdiction for each school.
                                          

Developments on # A02-5:

February 7, 2003           
Received a response from Geoff Kettel at the Public Health Branch that the MOHLTC is "committed to supporting health units in the implementation of mandated health promotion activities...to that end, the Branch is involved in a number of ongoing activities, which address the provision of health education in school curriculums, including sexual health education".           

November 25, 2002           
Received a response from Minister Witmer, summarizing the overall and specific expectations of what students are required to learn about these subjects in grades 7 to 12.  She indicated that it is up to instructors on how to meet these expectations, and that no amendments to require reporting of enrolment or success rates in the courses are being planned                       

 

Resolution:  #A01-5, Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program Funding        
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province be called upon to fully fund all Healthy
Babies, Healthy Children Program direct costs, current and future, and to fully fund the indirect costs
related to the operation and administration of this Mandatory Program in a manner consistent with
funding formulas for other Mandatory Programs; AND FURTHER that Boards of Health not be called upon to subsidize this program.

 

Developments on #A01-5:

May 4 2011

alPHa has written to the ADM of Children and Youth Services with a detailed account of the issues being faced by its members. It includes past alPHa correspondence as well as a compilation of resolutions passed by individual boards. 

August 7, 2007            
alPHa has received a reply from the Minister of Children and Youth Services regarding HBHC funding.

August 26, 2002           
Met with Ms. Livingstone and raised concerns about health units' inability to pay for indirect and direct costs of administering HBHC. OISC will not be increasing allocated administrative funding to health units, but indicated there is flexibility in the budget lines and welcomed suggestions from alPHa on improving the budget process. OISC and alPHa agreed to continue meeting in the future to bring closure to the issue.           

May 16, 2002           
No response to date from Integrated Services to a telephone request for a meeting.           

January 16, 2002           
The Director of Healthy Child Development at the Office of Integrated Services for Children replied in a letter that there are no current plans to change the policy of the government covering costs of allocated administration and occupancy related to HBHC program, but agreed to meet to discuss solutions.           

December 5, 2001           
Chief Medical Officer of Health Colin D'Cunha copied alPHa on a letter he wrote to the Director of Health Child Development at the Office of Integrated Services for Children to respond to alPHa.           

August 27 & June 5, 2001           
alPHa received copies of letters from two health units that have written the Province to fund all costs of HBHC.       

 

 

 

CLOSED Resolution:  A13-3, Baby-Friendly Designation for all Ontario Hospitals
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies urges the Minister of Health and Long Term Care to strongly encourage all Ontario hospitals to implement the BFI 10 Steps, and work to achieve Baby-Friendly designation;

 

Reason for Closure:

September 30 2013

The Ontario Government has announced new breastfeeding supports with a commitment of $2.5 million to help families give their infants a sound nutritional start. This is to include supporting Ontario's hospitals and community health care organizations with training, tools, guidance and resources to help them achieve the World Health Organization's Baby-Friendly Initiative designation and adopt clinical best practices in infant feeding that meet Baby-Friendly Initiative designation requirements. alPHa has written a letter expressing appreciation for the September 30 announcement. Please click here to read.

                             

 

 

CLOSED Resolution:   #A05-12, Type 1 Diabetes in Children
alPHa urges the Governments of Canada and Ontario to act immediately and in concert to develop and implement, as soon as possible, a long-term action plan that significantly increases resources available for the epidemiology, education, care and treatment related to type 1 diabetes in children.

                                               
Developments on #A05-12:               

November 14, 2006           
The Provincial Government has committed $9.65M to cover the full cost  insulin pumps and ongoing related supplies to benefit about 1,000 children aged 18 and under, retroactive to April 1, 2006. This is part of the $53 million diabetes strategy that focuses on diabetes education, early intervention and effective prevention of complications. It includes The Pediatric Diabetes Initiative (PDI) for children with type 1 diabetes to make appropriate education, treatment and follow-up resources available to children with diabetes and their parents at 34 regional programs across Ontario.

   

 

CLOSED Resolution:   #A04-8, Preschool Speech, Language and Audiology Funding
alPHa requests an increase in the annual funding for the preschool speech and language, audiology and infant hearing programs by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care so as to maintain the existing levels of service provided by health units, and to allow enhanced service to residents of First Nation communities. 

 
Developments on #A04-8:                                                           

December 11, 2006           
alPHa Advocacy Committee recommends closure of this resolution as the Resolution Sponsor agreed that the $4.7 million in the Preschool Speech and Language program and $1.2 million Infant Hearing program that was announced by MCYS that year did satisfy the first part of the operative clause ("funding…to maintain existing levels of service provided by health units”) and acknowledged that the second part (enhancing services to First Nation communities) would require more than just increased/enhanced funding (e.g. the development an innovative service delivery model that is cost effective and meets the needs of the child, family and community). This second aspect of the operative clause is addressed in the broader demands of alPHa Resolution A02-10 (Aboriginal Public Health in Ontario), which calls for quality and equitable delivery of all aspects of the HPPA to all First Nations citizens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Local Board Resolutions - Early Years

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
GBHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (677.52 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-08
PCCHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (363.28 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-04-27
TBDHU - HBHC PDF (173.19 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-12-01
WDGPH - HBHC PDF (1.7 MB)  more ] Administration 2015-11-11
MLHU - HBHC PDF (87.37 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-10-20
Durham - HBHC PDF (213.48 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-10-07
GBHU - HBHC PDF (1.63 MB)  more ] Administration 2015-08-12
SDHU - HBHC PDF (82.75 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-07-06
PDHU - H&PE Curriculum PDF (74.35 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-06-23
PCCHU - HBHC PDF (99.58 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-11-11
Niagara - Breastmilk Code PDF (133.46 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-09-09
HKPR - Breastmilk Code PDF (558.91 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-06-20
SMDHU - Oral Health Preventive Services PDF (205.05 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-05-26
SMDHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (177.76 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-05-26
SDHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (174.45 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-05-05
NBPSDHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (291.46 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-04
PCCHU - Advertising to Children PDF (215.53 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-02-13
GBHU - Advertising to Children PDF (122.38 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-06
Durham - Breastmilk Code PDF (76.15 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-04
GBHU - Breastmilk Code PDF (430.67 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-11-25
PCCHU Letter - Breastmilk Code PDF (323.66 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-11-06
Porcupine - Speech Language Programs PDF (50.49 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
LGL - Increased Funding For Speech & Language PDF (138.56 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
KFLA - Provincial Oversight of Children's PH PDF (700.95 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
PCCHU - Toddler Development Program PDF (101.81 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
TPH - HBHC & Other Early Years Interventions. PDF (67.7 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
PCCHU - Infant Formula Advertising PDF (199.81 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Ottawa - HBHC Changes PDF (553.49 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
LGL - Preschool Speech & Language Funding PDF (2.33 MB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
PDHU - Health Education Curriculum PDF (36.88 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
MLHU - Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention PDF (96.32 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Durham - Ban On Commercials For Kids PDF (282.11 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
TPH - Early Learning Report PDF (611.49 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
WECHU - Health & Wellness After School Strategy PDF (206.24 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Halton Report - Vision For Children PDF (269.25 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
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