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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is pleased to share its Mental Health Promotion Strategy, which will be used to focus its efforts to ensure equitable opportunities for all community members to experience positive mental health and mental well-being. 


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alPHa, through a strong and unified voice, advocates for public health policies, programs and services on behalf of member health units in Ontario.

Strategic Objectives

Leverage alPHa’s membership diversity and the variety of perspectives to:

1.    Lead the dialogue with governments and ministries to advocate for the health of Ontarians through a strong local public health system;
2.            Together with our partners, provide strategic leadership in building collaborations and partnership across stakeholder groups focusing on strengthening the modernization of public health; and
3.            Provide members with benefits that equip them to lead in the ever-changing public health sector.

 Our Members 

Membership in alPHa is open to the public health units in Ontario and their boards of health. These organizations are represented by board of health members, medical and associate medical officers of health, and affiliate members representing public health unit management (non-union).  Membership is subject to the Board of Directors' approval.

  • Organizational Members of alPHa (i.e. Public Health Units) – For a list of alPHa's members, please click here.

  • Sections – alPHa's membership is made up of two distinct sections:

    o Boards of Health Section – Current members of Ontario boards of health or regional health and social service committees that serve as a local board of health.  The BOH Section also includes former BOH members who have been given honourary membership status.

    o Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (known as COMOH, for short) – Medical and associate medical officers of health at Ontario public health units and former medical officers of health with emeritus status.

  • Affiliates – The following groups, which represent key areas of public health unit management and their professional disciplines, are affiliate members of alPHa.

    o Association of Ontario Public Health Business Administrators

    o Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario

    o Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario

    o Health Promotion Ontario

    o Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry

    Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders

    o Ontario Dietitians in Public Health
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