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The Alcohol Policy Network transitions to Public Health Ontario

​In the past two years, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) has been refocusing its efforts towards enhancing its contribution to not only its members, but also to advancing public health within the province. In consideration of the needs of its membership and its mandate and strategic direction, OPHA has made the difficult decision to divest the Alcohol Policy Network (APN) to Public Health Ontario (PHO). OPHA believes this move will not only support its own goals and objectives, but also benefit APN’s clients and stakeholders.

APN has built a reputation as a support for a province-wide network of over 600 individuals and organizations dedicated to the promotion of healthy public policy with respect to alcohol. As of April 1, 2012, PHO will deliver APN services as part of its capacity building services under the direction of Dr. Heather Manson and her Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team.

Public health practitioners will benefit from increased access to PHO’s scientists, content experts, applied research and our capacity for program evaluation, planning and knowledge exchange. In turn, APN’s services will allow PHO to coordinate, align and build capacity resources in alcohol policy.

APN has a long history with OPHA. PHO looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate with OPHA to strengthen the public health system in Ontario.

Over the coming months, PHO will be collaborating closely with APN, OPHA and you, our stakeholders, regarding the new service model and to ensure continuity of service during this transition. Our website will be updated as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the promotion of healthy public policy with respect to alcohol.

Questions and answers

1.  Why is APN undergoing this transition?

In the past two years, OPHA has been refocusing its efforts towards enhancing its contribution to not only its members, but also to advancing public health within the Province.  In consideration of our membership's needs and the mandate and strategic directions of the organization, OPHA has made the difficult decision to divest the Alcohol Policy Network program to Public Health Ontario.   OPHA believes that this move will not only support its own goals and objectives, but also benefit the clients and stakeholders of the program.

2.  Will APN continue to provide the same products and services at PHO?

The current range of programs and services will be maintained. PHO remains committed to ensure continuity of service during this transition period.

3.  Who will provide the services and products provided by APN?

PHO has begun recruitment for a content area expert to deliver the services and products of APN.

4.  Will products and services continue to be available at no or low cost?

Yes.

5.  Will I still be able to access the APN resources on www.apolnet.ca?

Yes. APN resources will continue to be available. A transition plan is in development and we will provide further information as it becomes available.

6.  How will services be improved by this transition?

APN has built a reputation as a support for a province-wide network of over 600 individuals and organizations dedicated to the promotion of healthy public policy with respect to alcohol. Public health practitioners will benefit from increased access to PHO’s scientists, content experts, applied research and our capacity for program evaluation, planning and knowledge exchange.

7.  Are similar transitions planned for other PHO affiliated Resource Centres?

No. It is business as usual for PHO’s other partner Resource Centres.

8.  Who can I contact regarding this transfer?

Please email us at cbs@oahpp.ca

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