Public health professionals and community stakeholders are working together to create healthy communities by influencing the development of municipal policies (e.g. active transportation, healthy local food, alcohol) to enhance the social, physical and economic environments of communities. Municipal policies provide guidance to municipal staff related to how to implement a decision or directive of a council and/or govern the actions of the public within municipally-owned places and spaces. Healthy Communities Partnership of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, led by the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, brings municipalities, community organizations and citizens together to advance health-promoting municipal policies.
The purpose of this webinar is:
1. orientate participants’ to Public Health Ontario’s eight steps for developing a healthy public policy with a focus on step 2 assessing readiness
2. provide an overview of how readiness of residents and community stakeholders to support active transportation, healthy local food and recreation policies was assessed
3. outline how the results from the assessment are being used to engage and influence municipal elected officials and staff
Tanya Hill, Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
Tanya Hill is a health promoter at the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit where she works as the healthy communities coordinator for active living initiatives. She has over fifteen years of experience working in public health, policy development and community building. Tanya is passionate about engaging communities and building partnerships to create vibrant and healthy places to live. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta and holds a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation specializing in planning for recreation environments and heritage resources.
Kim Bergeron, Public Health Ontario
Kim Bergeron is a health promotion consultant focusing on healthy public policy and by-law development working on the Health Promotion Capacity Building Team at Public Health Ontario. She has over nineteen years of experience working within and alongside the Ontario public health system to facilitate multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. She has provided consulting services to a number of provincial government programs working towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice. Kim holds a doctorate in kinesiology and health studies with a focus on health and the built environment from Queen’s University and a master of health studies from Athabasca University.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Recall and explain Step 2: Assess readiness for policy development
• Recognize how the case study presented models developing healthy public policies
• Reflect on how the information provided can be applied to their own area of work
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