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Health Promotion Resource Centres

​Public Health Ontario’s Health Promotion and Capacity Building team works with a variety of audiences including Ontario’s public health units, non-government organizations, community health centres, local networks and agencies, municipal departments and volunteer organizations. The team also collaborates with  Resources Centres across the province.


​Resource Centre Brief Description​ Main Contact​

Best Start Resource Centre (BSRC)
(Maternal/Child Health)

Host Organization: Health Nexus

​BSRC supports Ontario service providers in addressing preconception, prenatal and child health. BSRC provides training, consultation, listservs, ebulletins, web-based information, client/provider resources, information supports, research, as well as periodic provincial awareness campaigns.

​Wendy McAllister, Manager
1-800-397-9567 x2279

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre (CAMH HPRC)

(Mental Health, Substance & Alcohol Use)

Host Organization: CAMH


​CAMH HPRC is Ontario’s lead source for health promotion evidence regarding mental health and substance use. CAMH HPRC builds capacity in health promotion, public health and allied health professionals and engages in partnership development and knowledge exchange to impact local and system-level practice, planning and policy. CAMH HPRC is based within CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program which moves evidence to action to transform mental health and addictions system in Ontario.

​Tamar Meyer, Supervisor
1-416-535-8501 x33936

CAMH  Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health  Project (TEACH)

Host Organization: CAMH



​TEACH provides training in intensive tobacco cessation interventions through a 41.5 hour U of T Certificate Program consisting of a prerequisite of the OTRU online training modules, a three day core course plus a two day specialty course. Participants are required to complete pre and post learning assessments as well as a case-based test to obtain their certificate. Training is offered in person and online in English. The program also offers monthly webinars on various topics in tobacco cessation to enhance participants’ knowledge; a listserv where participants can share resources and post question on specific cases they encounter. TEACH also hosts a Community of Practice Webinar Series focused on implementation post training. Additional services include development of train-the-trainer toolkits and training.

​Rosa Dragonetti, Project Director
1-416-535-8501 x77404

​​Curriculum and School Based Health Resource Centre (CSBHRC)
(Healthy Active Living and the Health and Physical Education  Curriculum)

Host Organization: Ophea

​The CSBHRC supports effective implementation of Healthy Active Living and the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum and other key provincial policies across Ontario primarily within school settings, with support from key partners like public health.

​Tammy Shubat, Director of Programs

​HC Link
(Healthy Communities)

Host Organization: Health Nexus

​HC Link works with community groups, organizations, and partnerships to build healthy, vibrant communities across Ontario. HC Link offers consulting services, learning and networking events, and resources in both English and French.

​Andrea Bodkin, Coordinator

HC Link contact info:
416-847-1575 or 1-855-847-1575

​Health Promotion Capacity Building (HPCB)
(Health Promotion)

Host Organization: PHO


​HPCB provides services in the areas of program planning and evaluation, healthy public policies and by-laws, health communication, social marketing, knowledge exchange, alcohol policy, and other health promotion topics. HPCB assists health units, community health centres, NGOs and partner ministries in planning, conducting, and evaluating evidence-based interventions that promote health and prevent chronic disease and injury.

​Benjamin Rempel, Manager

Laura Bellissimo, Coordinator

General Information:

Health Promotion Capacity Building – Alcohol Policy (HPCB-AP)
(Alcohol Policy)

Host Organization: PHO


​HPCB-AP addresses alcohol-related harm in communities across Ontario. HPCB-AP supports the development, implementation, assessment and coordination of alcohol policies across different settings and levels (e.g., schools, colleges, workplaces, municipalities, provinces, etc.).

HPCB-AP was formerly known as the Alcohol Policy Network and was housed at the Ontario Public Health Association until 2012.

​Jason LeMar, Health Promotion Consultant

Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC)

Host Organization: OPHA



​NRC strengthens the capacity of Ontario health promotion professionals involved in healthy eating and nutrition across the health and lifecycle continuum. As the lead Resource Centre for healthy eating and nutrition, NRC supports work that accelerates evidence into action to transform program and policy development. NRC provides training, consultations, listservs, ebulletins, web-based information, centralized hub for resources, resource development, research syntheses, KTE and dissemination.

​Karen Gough, Program Manager

Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre (OIPRC)
(Injury Prevention) 

Host Organization: Parachute

​OIPRC increases the capacity of injury prevention practitioners to implement comprehensive, effective, and evidence-informed interventions to reduce injury in Ontario.

​Pamela Fuselli, VP, Knowledge Transfer & Stakeholder Relations

​Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU)

Host Organization: University of Toronto


​OTRU provides knowledge, research, evaluation, capacity building and knowledge exchange services in support of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.

​Robert Schwartz, Executive Director

Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)
(Physical Activity)

Host Organization: Ophea

​PARC is the centre for excellence for physical activity promotion in Ontario. Its key objective is to reduce chronic disease by promoting collaboration and use of best practices related to physical activity policies, programs and resources amongst Ontario physical activity promoters.

​Katie Glover, Director Knowledge Mobilization

Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC)

Host Organization: Cancer Care Ontario


​PTCC provides training, consultation and knowledge exchange services to public health departments, their community partners and to Tobacco Control Area Networks in key competency areas for comprehensive tobacco control. Services are delivered in a variety of formats including workshops, courses, webinars, e-learning, communities of practice, consultations, and provincial forums. The PTCC also operates a Media Network which disseminates daily media updates, media analyses, and offers media related training. The PTCC partners with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact on a number of tobacco control projects including documenting successful tobacco control practices.

​Steven Savvaidis, Senior Manager
1-416-971-9800 ext. 3834

​Smoking and Health Action Foundation (SHAF)

Host Organization: Non-Smokers Rights Association



​SHAF conducts evidence-based policy research and issue analyses and disseminates information on current and emerging tobacco control issues and trends. SHAF builds capacity in the Ontario public health community by providing training, technical assistance and consultations upon request in response to regional priorities on current and emerging tobacco control issues. SHAF educates the public on tobacco control issues via its three websites, making use of social media and responding to public inquiries and requests for assistance.

​Lorraine Fry, Executive Director

Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI)
(Tobacco and Youth Engagement)

Host Organization: Lung Association



​YATI aims to equip youth, young adults, and adults working with youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and reduce tobacco use, promote health and advocate for positive change in their communities through youth engagement. YATI does this through training programs and partnership projects that support the Government’s goal of reaching the lowest smoking rate in Canada.

​Kristy Ste. Marie, Acting Manager
1-416-864-9911 x282


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