Chronic diseases are the leading cause of morbidly and mortality in Ontario and much of the industrialized world. The prevention of chronic diseases requires a strategic and coordinated mix of policy, media and programming. Planning for these interventions involves a broad range of stakeholders and is imbedded within a larger regulatory and policy context. Prevention efforts must also consider the differential distribution of chronic diseases; some subpopulations are at higher risk than others. Lastly, Ontario has a wealth of expertise and resources in chronic disease prevention.
The challenge for leaders in public health in chronic disease prevention are numerous, these include:
Aligning national and provincial strategies and the contribution of key stakeholders in primary prevention.
Developing system-level approaches, among diverse stakeholders, to address behavioural and environmental determinants of chronic diseases.
Identifying system development requirements: i.e. where partnerships can be leveraged, additional resources should be applied, duplication may be avoided, and intensity and reach of population health interventions may be achieved.
This session situates these challenges and others within the Ontario context. Examples of chronic disease frameworks are put forth in an attempt to describe an approach to advance chronic disease prevention in Ontario.
Presenter: Dr. Heather Manson
Heather Manson directs PHO’s planning, policy development, evaluation and research activities relating to health promotion, chronic disease prevention and injury prevention. In addition to leading PHO’s healthy communities initiatives, comprehensive tobacco use prevention, and commitment to reducing health inequities, Manson promotes province wide system-level changes, particularly by helping public health units meet their obligations under the Ontario Public Health Standards.
Manson joined PHO from her previous role as vice-president, Vancouver Coastal Health, where she led the improvement of health outcomes by enabling a continuum of care focused around the needs of the patient, client, resident and population. She brings clinical, administrative and population health experience to PHO, having also worked as an internist, hematologist, senior medical director and medical health officer in Richmond, British Columbia.
Heather obtained her MD from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed post-graduate training in internal medicine and clinical hematology at the University of Toronto and McMaster University respectively, and is certified in these specialities by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also has a Master of Health Sciences from UBC.
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