Effective poulation-based public health interventions aimed at preventing disease and promoting health depend on reliable data on population health. These data serve to monitor patterns and identify emerging trends in health status, which in turn inform the planning of programs and services to address identified needs, including the identification of appropriate roles within the capacity of boards of health and opportunities for collaboration with partners.
|Resolution: A14-1 - Request for Provision of Population Health Data from Administrative Sources and Changes in Practice Related to the National Household Survey
|THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request Statistics Canada to make available and/or expedite access to supplemental information or their derivative products in the areas aboriginal identity, ethnic origin, education, income, mobility, language, and housing to support decision makers in small areas and smaller populations. This request will be copied to the Prime Minister’s office, Minister of Industry (as the originator of the Order in Council that altered the census), the Minister of Health, and the leaders of the opposition parties and their critics for these two ministries;
AND FURTHER that Statistics Canada and those who may influence decisions made by Statistics Canada be asked to reinstate a mandatory long form census and otherwise gather and make available information from administrative databases such data that may be influenced by non-response to the NHS at a small area or small population level
Developments on #A14-1:
November 11 2015
alPHa has written a letter to the new federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development congratulating the Government for taking swift steps to reinstate the mandatory long-form questionnaire in time for the 2016 census.
November 5 2015
The Government of Canada has announced the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form questionnaire.
October 5 2015
The campaign platform of the newly-elected Liberal party contains a pledge to immediately reinstate the mandatory long-form census.
Feb. 4, 2015
Bill C-626 Failed the vote on second reading and referral to committee.
January 7 2015
alPHa has received a reply form the Liberal Health Critic confirming her support for Bill C626.
November 7 2014
alPHa has written a letter to Ted Hsu, MP for Kingston and the Islands, in support of his Private Member's Bill C-626, which calls for the reinstatement of the mandatory Long-Form Census. This bill is on the November 7 House agenda for second reading.
August 27 2014
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.
September 4 2014
alPHa has written a letter to the Chief Statistician of Canada to call for action on this Resolution.
September 8 2014
APHEO has written a letter to the Chief Statistician of Canada similarly calling for reinstatement of the Mandatory Long-Form Census and for the release of supplemental data sets to complete gaps resulting from the voluntary nature of the NHS.
|Resolution: A10-2 - Privacy and Security of Personal Health Information
THAT the Government of Ontario takes the following steps, as soon as possible, to improve the privacy and security of personal health information (PHI) that is collected, used, disclosed, stored and disposed by Ontario’s public health system, including local public health agencies and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:
Ensures that Health Information Custodians continually use secure and encrypted mobile devices and media for the collection and storage of PHI and that Custodians’ corresponding information practices and privacy and security policies and procedures are properly aligned with this requirement,
Ensures that Custodians limit the collection of PHI, including health card numbers, to that which is necessary to fulfill the identified purposes under the Act, in consultation with the IPC and other key stakeholders,
Ensures there is greater clarity respecting the role of Custodians who use provincial information systems that collect and store PHI that can be accessed by local public health agencies and provincial ministries, in consultation with the IPC and/or other key stakeholders,
Ensures that provincial Custodians conduct privacy impact assessments, on current and new provincial public health information systems, in consultation with the IPC and other key stakeholders, and that such assessments are shared with local Custodians, so that they can determine whether PHIPA requirements regarding their information systems, have been met,
Ensures that the Health Protection and Promotion Act and PHIPA are strengthened such that Custodians are empowered to give clear directions to their agents with respect to the privacy and security of PHI, including the completion of privacy and security training and an attestation to that effect, and agents are required to comply with such directions,
Ensures that Custodians and their agents receive ongoing education and training with respect to their powers and duties under PHIPA, in consultation with the IPC, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and other key stakeholders,
Ensures that Custodians share PHI related privacy and security best practices, including information practice notices, policies, procedures and templates, across the public health system,
Ensures Custodians receive ongoing adequate resources to ensure that they and their agents are able to fulfill their duties under PHIPA
Developments on #A10-2:
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.
|Resolution: A07-8, Ontario Congenital Anomalies Surveillance System
|THAT alPHa urges the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish an Ontario congenital anomaly surveillance system by working in partnership with the Ontario Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Government Services (Office of the Registrar General) and Health Promotion, and members of SPWG including those from the Niday Perinatal System, the Ontario Maternal Multiple Marker Screening Database, and the Fetal Alert Network.
Developments on #A07-8:
October 31, 2007
Letter written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and several other resolutions passed at the 2007 alPHa AGM. Please click here to read.
November 7 2007
Letter written to the Chair of the Canadian Congenital Anomalies Surveillance Network informing her of the resolution. Please click here to read.
|Resolution: A07-9, Cancer Care Ontario Support for Boards of Health
|alPHa urges Cancer Care Ontario to develop the following:a clear process whereby boards of health may obtain timely data for areas smaller than the health unit level; mechanisms and/or workshops to train public health epidemiologists on cancer analysis techniques; and a forum by which boards of health and CCO can share findings and data quality issues.
Developments on #A07-9:
June 4 2010
APHEO has met with CCO to discuss the formation of a joint working group (OAHPP has been invited to participate), whose purpose is to facilitate public health unit access and use of good quality cancer data for public health assessment and surveillance. Responsibilities/Objectives: To establish a clear process whereby health unit may obtain timely data (mortality, incidence and screening), including data for areas smaller than the census division; To establish mechanisms or workshops to train public health epidemiologists on cancer analysis techniques including small area analysis; Establish a forum by which APHEO and CCO can share findings and data quality and mapping issues
April 21 2008
alPHa ED Linda Stewart met with Dr. John McLaughlin, VP, Population Studies and Surveillance with CCO on April 21, 2008 regarding alPHa’s resolution. CCO understands and supports the need for BOHs to get data at a smaller than health unit level, and are committed to developing a clear process whereby BOHs may obtain timely data. The major barrier is privacy legislation – PHIPA. CCO has the data, but there are currently privacy issues for geographic areas will less than 5 cases.
December 12 2007
alPHa Letter to CCO President and CEO Dr. Terry Sullivan introducing the Resolution. Please click here to read.
Reason for Closure:
April 26, 2013
The alPHa Board has closed this resolution, as
the transition of the PHRED functions to Public
Health Ontario is now complete, and the decision was not to follow the endorsed
Reason for Closure: