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alPHa Resolutions - Determinants of Health
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alPHa Position

alPHa agrees with the statement by Canada's former Minister of State for Public Health, that "poor living conditions such as poverty, food insecurity, family violence, inadequate housing, unsafe environmental conditions, social discrimination, poor working conditions and lack of education...are often the root causes of poor health." alPHa believes that health inequalities due to these factors are measurable and that clear cause-and-effect evidence exists to inform interventions to reduce preventable illness and premature death.

Resolution A15-1, Applying a Health Equity Lens
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) advocate to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the consistent use of a health equity lens in the Ministry's public health programming, and to continue to promote and support the use of a health equity lens in other parts of the health system;
AND FURTHER THAT alPHa advocate to the Ontario provincial government for a Health in All Policies (HIAP) framework which would include the use of a health equity lens in ministries affecting equitable access to the social determinants of health such as Finance, Children and Youth Services, Community and Social Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Environment and Climate Change, Economic Development, and Employment and Infrastructure; AND FURTHER THAT alPHa advocate for other health organizations to incorporate and apply a health equity lens through the use of health equity focused tools in all their activities.

 

Developments on A15-1:

January 15 2016

alPHa has sent a letter in support of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity, which calls for consideration of a basic income guarantee. Includes alPHa Resolutions A15-4 (Basic Income Guarantee) and A05-18 (Adequate Nutrition for works and Ontario Disability Support Program Participants and Low Wage Earners)

July 30 2015

alPHa has sent a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this resolution. The alPHa – OPHA position paper on the subject is included.

                                             

Resolution A15-2, National Universal Pharmacare Program
THATthe Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) urges the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to move forward with the development and implementation of a national, universal pharmacare program;

 

Developments on A15-2:

September 22 2015

Response received from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

August 24 2015

The Canadian Medical Association has passed a resolution that complements the alPHa one.

August 14 2015

Letter from the Prime Minister's Office acknowledging receipt of the alPHa letter and resolution.

July 30 2015

Written response received from the Premier of Ontario.

July 30 2015

alPHa has signed on as a supporter of the Campaign for National Drug Coverage

July 28 2015

alPHa has written to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario (with copies to an extensive list of others) informing them of the passage of this resolution.

June 8 2015

As alPHa was passing the above Resolution, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was hosting a Round Table Discussion on Pharmacare.                                                                      

Resolution A15-4, Public Health Support for a Basic Income Guarantee
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) endorse the concept of a basic income guarantee; AND FURTHER that alPHa request that the federal Ministers of Employment and Social Development, Labour, and Health, as well as the Ontario Ministers Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Seniors, Labour, Children and Youth Services, and Health and Long-Term Care, prioritize joint federal-provincial consideration and investigation into a basic income guarantee, as a policy option for reducing poverty and income insecurity and for providing opportunities for those in low income.

 

Developments on A15-4:

July 21 2016

alPHa has transmitted a letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services in support of the announced pilot project.

June 24 2016

The Province of Ontario has announced the appointment of Hon. Hugh Segal to lead the consultation and advisory process leading to the design and implementation of the basic income pilot project.

March 11 2016

alPHa has sent a letter to the Minister of Finance in response to the Ontario Budget that includes congratulations for committing to a Basic Income pilot project.

February 25 2016

The 2016 Ontario Budget contains a commitment to working with communities, researchers and other stakeholders in 2016 to design and implement a Basic Income pilot project.

November 20 2015

alPHa has received a response from the Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy to its July 30 letter. 

October 2015

alPHa Affiliate OSNPPH has released its Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity, which recommends income security as a solution to food insecurity. It emphasizes exploration of a Basic Income Guarantee as a simpler and transparent approach to social assistance 

September 28 2015

alPHa has been informed that the Poverty Reduction Network of Sarnia-Lambton has formally endorsed the alPHa resolution. 

August 24 2015

The Canadian Medical Association has passed a resolution that mirrors the alPHa one.

August 10 2015

Written response received from the Premier of Ontario

August 17 2015

A letter that advocates consideration of a Basic Income Guarantee as part of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy has been signed by nearly 200 Ontario Physicians and forwarded to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Several of alPHa's member MOHs have signed.

August 4th 2015

The Globe and Mail has published an opinion piece that supports the concept of a Basic Income Guarantee. It indirectly refers to alPHa's Resolution, and links to another page that makes direct reference.

July 30 2015

alPHa has written to the Premier of Ontario and Prime Minister of Canada notifying them of alPHa's resolution. 

June 25 2015

alPHa has provided a copy of this resolution to the Senior Policy Advisor for the Minister of Community and Social Services at his request.

 

Resolution A13-2, The Healthy Smiles Ontario Program and the Overall Inequity within the Oral Health Care System
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request the Government of Ontario to:
1. Increase the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) income cut-off threshold, which is currently adjusted family net income of $20,000 or less;
2. Remove the ‘no dental insurance’ eligibility criterion from the HSO program;
3. Streamline children’s dental treatment programs to make them more efficient, effective and equitable as recommended in Oral Health – More Than Just Cavities. A Report by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, April 2012;
4. Extend provincial programs to include adults who need and cannot afford emergency dental care.
5. Continue to facilitate the partnerships between local health units and community health centres to assist with the delivery of provincially funded oral health programs;
6. Continue ongoing, stable and indexed 100% provincial funding of the HSO program beyond the sunset date originally announced (Fall 2013);
            

 

Developments on A13-2:

July 17 2013

Letter written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this Resolution. Please click here to read.

December 16 2013

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced that starting April 2014, it will increase access to oral health services such as cleanings, diagnostic services and basic treatment by expanding eligibility for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. The province will also streamline six existing dental programs into one starting in August of 2015, making it easier for families of eligible children and youth to access timely dental care.

The changes appear to be aligned with points 1 and 2 of the alPHa Resolution, i.e. the increase of the basic income cut-off to $21,513 (adding $1,500 for each additional child) and the streamlining of the programs. This item will be discussed at the January alPHa Board meeting, and alPHa’s response will be informed by the outcome of that discussion.

February 19 2014

alPHa letter written to the Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care and Children and Youth Services regarding the consolidation of Ontario's publicly-funded oral health programs.Includes specific reference to this resolution. Please click here to read.

April 7 2014

Response received from the MOHLTC to alPHa's February 19 2014 letter. Please click here to read.

April 30 2014

alPHa letter written to the Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care and Children and Youth Services regarding local impacts of the decision to consolidate these programs (includes a complementary letter from OAPHD). Please click here to read.

Resolution: # A11-5, Reducing Barriers to the Provision of Public Health Services to Ontario First Nations

THAT the Ontario Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) strongly recommend and urgently request that the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Health Canada establish a mechanism for First Nations who currently have, or are interested in pursuing, a Section 50 agreement, to cover the costs associated with the municipal portion of public health funding without compromising their existing public health programming. In addition, Boards of Health that incur additional costs to provide requested public health services to First Nations communities within their geographic area should be reimbursed from a fund that is established for this purpose; AND FURTHER that the Association of Public Health Agencies (alPHa) call for the Ontario government to develop policies and to coordinate and implement a long-term strategy to help improve socio-economic benefits to First Nations.  


 

Developments on #A11-5: 

April 2, 2012

COMOH has sent a letter ofsupport for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) proposal in response to the Health Services Integration Fund RFP, which refers to this resolution and expresses acommitment to working with the Chiefs of Ontario as outlined in their proposal in pursuit of greater public health system integration for First Nations communities. Please click here to read.

November 17, 2011

Response to this and four other 2011 Resolutions received from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Please click here to read.

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. Please click here to read.

 

 

 

 Resolution: # A10-10, Dental Health for Low-Income Ontarians

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) call on the Government of Ontario to renew its original promise to provide its dental program for low income families, with a renewed focus on Ontario's low-income adults.

 

 

  

Developments on #A10-10:

October 28, 2010

Response received to the correspondence notifying the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of this and four other 2010 alPHa resolutions. Please click here to read.

August 19, 2010

alPHa has sent a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and four other 2010 Resolutions. Please click here to read.

A similar Resolution ( A08-12) was closed by the alPHa Board of Directors on June 12, 2011, as this Resolution is more aligned with current circumstances on the same topic. Actions on that resolution are therefore also included here:

January 21, 2010

Response to alPHa's December 2009 letter received from the Premier. Please click here to read.

December 17, 2009

Letter written to the Premier urging follow through on a coherent provincial strategy for dental services for low-income Ontarians, with a renewed focus on adults. Please click here to read.

July 7, 2009

Letter sent to the Premier urging immediate and full implementation of the dental program for low-income Ontarians that was promised in the 2008 provincial budget. Please click here to read.

March 23, 2009

Response received from the Premier's Office to the March 4th letter. Please click here to read .

March 4, 2009

Letter written to the Premier, copied to all members of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, introducing this and three other poverty-related resolutions passed at the 2008 annual meeting. Please click here to read.

December 4, 2008

The Provincial Government has announced its Poverty Reduction Strategy, as developed by the Cabinet Committee led by Deb Matthews. It commits to set a five-year target of reducing poverty by 25% as urged by the "25 in 5" coalition.

To achieve this, it pledges

· Legislation requiring the government to report annually on "key indicators of opportunity" -income levels, school success, health care and housing

· $1.3B annually (includes a $230M increase)for the full implementation of the OCB

· Reiterations of commitments to dental health, housing and school nutrition programs

· Investments in a range of social programs for vulnerable youth

It is worth noting that the bulk of the report is largely a summary of related provincial initiatives that are not new, and that its success appears to depend on commitment from the federal level.

The full report is available on the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy's dedicated Web site:
http://www.growingstronger.ca/english/default.asp

 

Resolution: # A09-5, World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health (WHO-CSDH): Call to Action for Ontario Public Health

THAT alPHa congratulate the CSDH for its work and endorse the content and recommendations of the WHO – CSDH final report; AND FURTHER that alPHa call on the MHP and the OAHPP to immediately begin work to determine their respective leadership roles in implementing the WHO – CSDH recommendations and in supporting boards of health to do the same; AND FURTHER that alPHa work in partnership with boards of health to identify opportunities for individual and collective board action to reduce health inequities through the implementation of the Ontario Public Health Standards; AND FINALLY that alPHa widely communicate its support for the WHO – CSDH and this resolution to the Ontario and Canadian public health community, including the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada,and the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for Ontario and the Minister for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

 

Developments on #A09-5:

August 25, 2009

Brief note of thanks received from Prof. Sir Michael Marmot via e-mail for the August 20 letter.

August 20, 2009

Letter written and sent as per the operative clauses of Resolution A09-5. Please click here to read.

 

Resolution: # A08-9, Back-to-School and Winter Clothing Allowances for Children in Families on Social Assistance

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call upon the provincial government to continue to issue both the back-to-school and the winter clothing allowances; AND FURTHER THAT these allowances be paid 100% by the Province of Ontario.

 

 Developments on #A08-9:

March 23, 2009

Response received from the Premier's Office to the March 4th letter. Please click here to read.

March 4, 2009

Letter written to the Premier, copied to all members of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, introducing this and three other poverty-related resolutions passed at the 2008 annual meeting. Please click here to read.

Resolution: # A08-10, Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) call for a government commitment to implement a coordinated, long-term poverty strategy with targets, timelines, a dedicated budget and ongoing evaluation in order to achieve sustained results, including meeting a target of reducing 2005 poverty rates by 25% by 2012 and 50% by 2017; AND FURTHER THAT alPHa endorse the content and recommendations of the Campaign 2000 discussion paper, A Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario.

 

 

Developments on #A08-10:

March 23, 2009

Response received from the Premier's Office to the March 4th letter. Please click here to read.

March 4, 2009

Letter written to the Premier, copied to all members of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, introducing this and three other poverty-related resolutions passed at the 2008 annual meeting. Please click here to read.

February 25, 2008

The Ontario Government has introduced Bill 152, the Poverty Reduction Act. Its key requirements are

· successive governments to report annually on key indicators of opportunity - these will typically include income levels, school success, health care and housing.

· future governments to consult widely before developing future strategies, including consultation with those living in poverty.

· Ontario to develop a new strategy at least every five years.

· future governments to set a specific poverty reduction target every five years.

January 29, 2009

alPHa and the OPHA have sent a joint letter to the Finance Minister and the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction congratulating them on the release of Breaking the Cycle, Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and suggesting several policy interventions that should be included. Please click here to read. (March 13, 2009 - Reply received from Minister Matthews)

December 4, 2008

The Provincial Government has announced its Poverty Reduction Strategy, as developed by the Cabinet Committee led by Deb Matthews. It commits to set a five-year target of reducing poverty by 25% as urged by the "25 in 5" coalition.

To achieve this, it pledges

· Legislation requiring the government to report annually on "key indicators of opportunity"- income levels, school success, health care and housing

· $1.3B annually (includes a $230M increase)for the full implementation of the OCB

· Reiterations of commitments to dental health, housing and school nutrition programs

· Investments in a range of social programs for vulnerable youth

It is worth noting that the bulk of the report is largely a summary of related provincial initiatives that are not new, and that its success appears to depend on commitment from the federal level.

The full report is available on the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy's dedicated web site:
http://www.growingstronger.ca/english/default.asp

Resolution: # A08-11, Poverty Reduction Strategy Linked to Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program Base Funding

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies urge the Government of Ontario to ensure that the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction identifies the HBHC Program as a critical intervention in a poverty reduction strategy; AND FURTHER THAT the Government of Ontario recognize that the HBHC Program provides services that Ontario's families require, particularly low income families, that assist families to overcome the impact of poverty, provide children with a healthy start in life, and enhance opportunities for life-long success contributing to a strong Ontario economy; AND FURTHER THAT the Government of Ontario provide a significant increase to base funding to cover the full costs of delivery for all eligible clients for HBHC Programs along with annual increases to maintain service delivery to complement the poverty reduction strategy; AND FURTHER THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies utilize the results of the HBHC alPHa survey conducted with its member boards of health to inform the development of an advocacy strategy focused on funding for the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program;AND FURTHER THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies work in partnership with other agencies or organizations regarding further advocacy strategies in support of the HBHC program.

Developments on #A08-11:

July 28, 2010

alPHa met with Minister Laurel Broten to discuss the HBHC. A summary is available here.

July 21, 2010

Letter written to Minister of Children and Youth Services outlining difficulties that local public health agencies have had with the delivery of the HBHC since 2001. Please click here to read.

March 23, 2009

Response received from the Premier's Office to the March 4th letter. Please click here to read.

March 4, 2009

Letter written to the Premier, copied to all members of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, introducing this and three other poverty-related resolutions passed at the 2008 annual meeting. Please click here to read.

January 29, 2009

alPHa and the OPHA have sent a joint letter to the Finance Minister and the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction congratulating them on the release of Breaking the Cycle, Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and suggesting several policy interventions that should be included, with specific mention of enhancements to the HBHC program. Please click here to read.

Resolution: #A05-18, Adequate Nutrition for works and Ontario Disability Support Program Participants and Low Wage Earners

This resolution calls for immediate increases to provincial social assistance rates and minimum wages in order to ensure adequate nutrition.

Please see A01-19 Below for further history on this subject.

Developments on #A05-18:

January 15 2016

alPHa has sent a letter in support of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity, which calls for consideration of a basic income guarantee. Includes alPHa Resolutions A15-4 (Basic Income Guarantee) and A05-18 (Adequate Nutrition for works and Ontario Disability Support Program Participants and Low Wage Earners)

March 13, 2009

Letter written to the Premier urging him to add a Healthy Food Supplement to Ontario's social assistance rates as part of the 2009 Put Food in the Budget Campaign. Please click here to read.

February - March 2009

alPHa, in partnership with the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, is engaged in a campaign to "Put Food in the Budget", the goal of which is to have a $100.00 Healthy Food Supplement added to social assistance rates, as a down-payment toward closing the widening gap between social assistance payments and the true cost of the essentials for living, including healthy foods.

alPHa has provided the following materials in an information package to its members, encouraging them to use it to inform local efforts (for a summary of these, please click here):

· PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET Media Release (alPHa - Feb 26 2009)

· Put Food in the Budget Campaign Flyer / Q&A (Developed by Toronto Public Health)

· PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET Media Release (Toronto- Feb 19 2009)

· ALPHA Nutritious Food Basket Survey - Update February 2009

· ALPHA BRIEFING NOTE (Updated 2009): Equitable Access to Healthy Food for all Ontarians (includes Nutritious Food Basket Survey FINAL Report Update / October 23, 2007)

· alPHa Resolution A05-18 - Adequate Nutrition for Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program Participants and Low Wage Earners

· ALPHA RESOLUTION A01-19 - Ontario Works Allowances and Adequate Nutrition

September 25, 2007

alPHa has sent a letter to the leaders of Ontario's major political parties to request statements on how they will use the Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket data, collected by all health units each year, to determine adequate social assistance and minimum wage rates.

The letter includes alPHa's 2007 survey of health units on their individual survey results, which clearly illustrates that the cost of healthy eating has been steadily rising throughout Ontario since at least 2003, with an average increase of about 3.3% since 2006. Some health units have reported increases significantly higher than this. Please click here to read the letter.

April 25, 2007

alPHa has received a reply to the April 12 letter to the Premier. Please click here to read.

April 12, 2007

alPHa has sent a letter to the Premier of Ontario in support of the Toronto Board of Health Report, Impact of Poverty on Children's Current and Future Health, which includes advocacy for the increases described in Resolution A05-18. Please click here to read the letter.

Please click here to read theToronto Board of Health Report, Impact of Poverty on Children's Current and Future Health

April 12, 2007

alPHa has forwarded this Resolution to the Minister of Finance as part of a response to the measures announced in the March 2007 Ontario Budget. Please click here to read the letter.

March 19, 2007

The March 19, 2007 federal budget included a $2000 annual tax credit for each child under 18, which will apply to all families, and result in the further exemption of approximately 180 000 low-income families from the tax roll.

December 11, 2006

alPHa President Liana Nolan made a presentation to the Minister of Finance during the 2007 Budget consultation, which included urging specific consideration of the operative clause of this resolution. Please click here to read the speaking notes.

May 15, 2006

The final report of the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults (MISWAA) is released. While it does not make the call for immediate and substantial increases to social assistance rates and minimum wage, it makes strong statements about their inadequacy. 14 recommendations are aimed at the federal and provincial governments to strengthen income security. Please click here to read the report.

April 5, 2006

Endorsement of alPHa Resolutions A05-18 and A05-19 received from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Please note that this correspondence was sent to the Federal Minister of Health and the Provincial Ministers of Health, Children and Youth Services, Health Promotion and Community and Social Services. Please click here to read.

February 15, 2006

Response received from the Minister of Community and Social Services outlining the recent changes to Ontario Works and ODSP, explaining the new restrictions on the Special Diet Allowance and referring to the Review of Employment Assistance Programs in Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program. Please click here to read the response.

February 2, 2006

Response received from the Minister of Labour indicating that increases to the minimum wage beyond those already planned would require renewed consideration by the government.
Please click here to read the response.

January 9, 2006

Letter written to Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello and Minister of Labour Steve Peters introducing this resolution. Please click here to read.

December 1, 2005

alPHa circulated a news release to all of its members for distribution to local media outlets informing of the passage of this Resolution. Please click here to read.

November 21, 2005

Please see the Toronto Board of Health Report calling for immediate increases to social assistance rates. It contains a wealth of statistics that illustrate that the purchasing power of OW recipientshas steadily and significantly declined since 1995.

 

Resolution: #A02-10, Aboriginal Public Health in Ontario

The operative clause, passed in 2002,of this resolution recommends and urgently requests that a comprehensive review and consultation process, to include First Nations representatives, senior federal and provincial health ministry representatives, municipal government representatives, alPHa and Boards of Health representatives, be initiated by the provincial and federal government for the purpose of

1. Clearly determining an Aboriginal Public Health system in and for Ontario First Nation citizens;boriginal Public Health Resource centre;

2. Developing, resourcing and staffing an Aboriginal Public Health Resource centre;

3. Establishing methods of funding, reporting and evaluating such systems so as to guarantee the equitable and quality delivery of all aspects of the Health Protection and Promotion Act and its Regulations to all First Nation citizens of Ontario while maintaining fiduciary responsibility of the Federal government in accordance with the Canadian Constitution (British North American Act) and Treaty rights of First Nation Citizens.

 

Developments on #A02-10:

March 21-22, 2011

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care hosted a discussion on First Nations Public Health, which included perspectives of local health units, the Province and First Nations communities, to inform next steps in a potential strategy. The day's presentations may be viewed here.

March 17, 2008

alPHa has received a reply from the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs indicating that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working with the federal government on a First Nations public health framework
and providing a contact for his ADM for a meeting. Please click here to read.

December 12, 2007


alPHa has written a letter to the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to make him aware of this resolution and some of the progress that has occurred thus far, and invite further discussion about the role of the new Ministry. Please click here to read.

October 2007

alPHa is participating in a meeting organized by the Ontario chiefs of first nations communities on October 25th and 26th to review public health strategies for their communities.

alPHa is also organizing a day-long session on public health and First Nations for its annual winter meeting, to be held February 8th 2008.

November 2005

The "Blueprint on Aboriginal Health: A 10-Year Transformative Plan" was prepared for the Meeting of First Ministers and Leaders of National Aboriginal Organizations. The governments of Canada, each of the provinces and territories along with the Canada Assembly of First Nations, Ontario Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Québec Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nova Scotia Métis National Council and New Brunswick Native Women's Association of Canada contributed to this plan. Click here to read the plan.

September 30, 2005

alPHa has received communication from the Chief Medical Officer of Health providing a summary of key findings from a survey of public health stakeholders regarding the development of concrete initiatives on Aboriginal health. Gathered from responses to a memo she issued in June of 2005, it is anticipated that they will provide focus for needs and priorities as the provincial component of the national Aboriginal Health Blueprint is developed.

Please click here to read the cover letter.
Please click here to read the Summary of Responses from Public Health Stakeholders.

January 24, 2005

alPHa has sent a letter to Minister of State (Public Health) Carolyn Bennett to follow up on two resolutions, one of which is specific to the province's role in providing funding for speech language and audiology programs in general, with a view to extending them into aboriginal communities. This was used as an example to inquire about the new federal agency's role in First Nations public health matters. Please click here to read the letter.

January 30, 2004

Jo-Anne Miller, Provincial Program Manager, Ontario Aboriginal Health Advocacy Initiative (OAHAI), gave a presentation titled, Aboriginal Access to Health Care Systems, at the alPHa 2004 All Members' Meeting. This presentation discussed the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy, which includes programs and services ranging from community wellness workers to information clearinghouses. A discussion was also held about the work done in1994 to develop the Aboriginal Health Policy to help the Ministry of Health address the inequities, poor health and poverty of Ontario's Aboriginal people. Based on principles of holistic health and partnership, the Policy provides for strategies on health status (healing and wellness programs, health empowerment, equitable funding), access to services (language, transportation, health worker recruitment), and planning and representation. Underlying many of these strategies is the need to respect traditional native approaches and values to health. To view the presentation click here.

October 29, 2003

alPHa staff has invited staff of the Ontario Aboriginal Health Advocacy Initiative to present at the January 29-30, 2004 All members Meeting. The purpose of this presentation will be to introduce some of the most pressing public health issues facing Aboriginal, First Nations and Metis people and open a dialogue with local public health agencies on how they could be addressed. Read the original letter of request by clicking here .

February 7, 2003

Response received from Geoff Kettel at the Public Health Branch (PHB) indicating that "there are ongoing discussions between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Health Canada regarding a coordinated approach to the delivery of health services for the Aboriginal community".

September 19, 2002

Letter received from Robert Nault, federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, applauding alPHa's efforts in this regard, further indicating that the mandate to provide such services is held by Minister of Health Anne McLellan.


 

 

CLOSED Resolution: # A11-9, Removal of "No Access of Dental Benefits" Eligibility Criterion for the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) Program

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care remove the "no access to dental benefits" eligibility criterion from the HSO program thereby eliminating the discrimination these programs impose on segments of the working poor and that additional funds be allocated to the program for these children.


Reason for Closure

September 27 2013

The alPHa Board agrees that the more recent alPHa Resolution, A13-2 The Healthy Smiles Ontario Program and the Overall Inequity within the Oral Health Care System builds upon or preserves the intent:

 
 

CLOSED Resolution: # A08-12, Provincial Dental Program

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) urges the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Provincial Poverty Reduction Committee and the Premier of Ontario to immediately implement the dental program for low income families as promised in the 2008 provincial budget.

Reason for Closure:

June 12, 2011

Resolution closed by the alPHa Board of Directors, as active Resolution A10-10 is more aligned with current circumstances on the same topic.


 

CLOSED Resolution: #A05-4, Determinants of Health as a Mandatory Public Health Program

THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) request that the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines be revised to include the Determinants of Health as a recognized health program and service area and planning framework for all Ontario boards of health.

 

Reason for Closure:

October 30, 2007

The alPHa Advocacy Committee has recommended closure of this Resolution as the process of replacing the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines with the Ontario Public Health Standards nears completion. SDOH is not a stand-alone program, but references to "vulnerable populations” appear throughout and the goal of the Foundational Standard is "to achieve effective public health policy and practices that respond to the evolving social, economic, behavioural, cultural, as well as physical conditions and factors, which are determinants of health and well-being.”

CLOSED Resolution: #A01-19, Ontario Works Allowances and Adequate Nutrition

The operational clause of this resolution passed in 2001 states thatthe Government of Ontario is urged to review and ensure that the Basic Allowance portion of Ontario Works Financial Assistance allows for adequate nutrition.

 


Reason for Closure:

January 11, 2006

The alPHa Advocacy Committee agreed that Resolution #A05-18, Adequate Nutrition for Works and Ontario Disability Support Program Participants and Low Wage Earners adequately accounts for the intent of this one and that any further advocacy would be based on its operative clauses.


Local Board Resolutions - Determinants of Health

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
NBPSDHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (1.24 MB)  more ] Administration 8 hours ago
SDHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (207.78 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-11-25
PPH - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (399.25 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-11-04
Chatham-Kent - Hot Meals & Food Security PDF (1.1 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-10-17
HKPR - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (224.84 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-30
SMDHU - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (249.55 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-24
Durham - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (407.88 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-23
TBDHU - Hot Meals & Food Security PDF (1.81 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-20
Lambton - CNFB / Social Assistance PDF (64.22 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-05-16
NWHU - OSNPPH Food Security Endorsement PDF (337.72 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-04-27
WDGHU - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (2.44 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-03-11
NBPSDHU - CNFB / Basic Income PDF (734.27 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-02-23
PCCHU - Mental Health Promotion PDF (371.03 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-02-08
GBHU - Basic Income / Social Assistance PDF (2.7 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-29
CK - OSNPPH Food Security Endorsement PDF (62.91 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-08
Huron - CNFB / Social Assistance PDF (359.92 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-08
LGL - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (1.43 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-08
SDHU Letter - Health Equity PDF (246.31 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-08
TPH - Pharmacare PDF (72.74 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-08
TPH - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (103.04 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-12-09
Town of Whitby - Pharmacare PDF (142.14 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-12-01
Durham - Pharmacare PDF (194.51 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-11-23
PCCHU - OSNPPH Food Security Endorsement PDF (614.48 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-11-11
PCCHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (473.33 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-11-11
WDGPH - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (964.08 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-11-11
PCCHU - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (284.06 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-10-07
SMDHU - Basic Income Guarantee PDF (182.55 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-05-29
TPH - Health Inequities PDF (108.62 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-05-20
Durham - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (249.27 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-02-02
TPH - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket Link  more ] Administration 2014-12-03
SDHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (196.9 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-11-17
WDGHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (840.86 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-10-03
NBPSDHU - Cost of Healthy Eating PDF (464.72 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-30
SMDHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (182.09 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-22
SDHU - Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket PDF (177.07 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-06
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Local Board Resolutions - Oral Health

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Peterborough - Refugee Oral Health PDF (256.49 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-08-15
Peterborough - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (210.58 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-23
NWHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (55.05 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-05-02
WECHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (369.16 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-03-18
Lambton - Low Income Dental Integration PDF (105.69 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-04-01
GBHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (650.37 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-03-17
Durham - Preservation of Urgent Care Services PDF (214.72 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-02-02
SMDHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (358.24 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-01-08
WECHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (100.91 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-01-08
HKPR - Oral Health Programs PDF (213.86 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-12-10
Algoma - Oral Health Programs PDF (119.6 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-12-09
NWHU - Oral Health Programs PDF (1.95 MB)  more ] Administration 2014-12-08
SDHU - Oral Health Programs PDF (176.35 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-11-17
Timiskaming - Oral Health PDF (180.26 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-10-27
GBHU - Urgent Oral Health Services PDF (646.73 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-10-09
WECHU - Preventive Oral Health Services PDF (437.19 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-10-09
EOCSB - Preventive Oral Health Services PDF (156.03 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-09-29
Porcupine - Publicly Funded Dental Services PDF (65.8 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-10-01
EOHU - Preventive Oral Health Services PDF (462.7 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-09-29
TPH - Preventive Oral Health Services PDF (44.38 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-09-04
GBHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (1.5 MB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-21
GBHU - Adult Oral Health PDF (960.71 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-21
DURHAM - Adult Oral Health PDF (156.85 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-19
Waterloo - Healthy Smiles Program Changes PDF (444.43 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-03-04
MLHU - Adult Oral Health PDF (187.5 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-02-03
SMDHU - Community Water Fluoridation PDF (691.5 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-22
SMDHU - Oral Health and Low-Income PDF (572.64 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-12-04
Durham - HSO PDF (150.08 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-11-27
Timiskaming - Low Income Dental Programs PDF (599.82 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-10-24
Hamilton - Oral Health Program Improvements PDF (141.28 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-07-12
Durham - Healthy Smiles Ontario PDF (122.26 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-06-21
HPECHU Letter - Access to Oral Health PDF (59.13 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-05-09
Porcupine - Oral Health PDF (99.55 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-05-08
WECHU - CMOH Oral Health Report PDF (199.19 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-03-21
NWHU - Oral Health Report PDF (996.25 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-01-25
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