session will share the preliminary findings of three Locally Driven
Collaborative Projects, which bring together public health units to develop and
implement research projects on issues of shared interest related to the Ontario
Public Health Standards.
Knowledge on Indigenous Engagement for Ontario public health units –Renée St. Onge
and Mariette Sutherland
April 2017, a group of northeastern Ontario public health units, academic
partners, and Indigenous community partners embarked on a research project entitled
“Relationship building with
First Nations and public health: Exploring principles and practices for
engagement to improve community health”. This presentation will provide an
overview of the approach being used for the research project, as well as
findings from an initial literature review. Four
key principles emerged from the literature review along with numerous “wise”
practices that were cited to promote effective engagement with Indigenous
people. The project’s next steps will also be
for population health: Preliminary Results of a Public Health Unit-LHIN
research project – Ruta
Valaitis, Vera Etches and Cal Martel
This presentation will share the results of
our mixed methods study that asks ‘What are
the key elements for successful PHU-LHIN collaboration, as required by the
Patients First Act, to achieve an improved health system in Ontario informed by
a population health approach?’ In
this session, we will identify
common definitions of population health as well as benefits and challenges of
collaboration. This project will add important insights to strengthen
LHIN-PHU partnerships for an improved health system in Ontario, with an
ultimate goal of improving the health of the population.
Health Equity Data Mobilization – Mustafa Hirji
Advancing health equity in our communities requires
collaboration between local public health agencies (LPHAs) and community
partners. This session will present the results of Phase One of an ongoing
project that aims to identify best practices to select, analyze, and distribute
key behavioural and health outcome data for health equity work. Phase One involved creating an evidence
brief incorporating results from a literature review and online survey on
community partners’ uses and needs for health equity-related data, which was
then used to inform a discussion to identify barriers and possible solutions
for data sharing and use.
By the end of this session, participants
will be able to:
the method and key milestones of the “Relationship Building with First Nations
and Public Health” Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP)
four principles and additional ‘wise’ practices for effective Indigenous
Identify benefits and challenges of PHUs and LHINs
working together to improve the health of communities and individuals, as well
as to reduce health inequities
Identify promising actions, strategies, and tools to
foster successful collaboration between PHUs and LHINs
the barriers community organizations face regarding sharing health
equity-related data with LPHAs
potential opportunities to improve data sharing between community partners and
Renée St Onge is the
Director of the Resources, Research, Evaluation and Development (RRED) Division
at the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU).
Mariette Sutherland is the Manager of Indigenous Engagement at the
Sudbury & District Health Unit.
Vera Etches is the Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH).
Dr. Ruta Valaitis an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster
Cal Martell is the
Vice-President, Integration at the Champlain Local Health Integration Network
Dr. Mustafa Hirji is an Associate Medical Officer of Health for Niagara
Cassie Ogunniyi is the
Project Assistant to the Associate Medical Officers of Health for Niagara
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