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Health Promotion Capacity Building Services

Applying expertise and knowledge

The Health Promotion Capacity Building team is part of the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at Public Health Ontario. We take pride in supporting Ontario’s public health system, community health care intermediaries, Healthy Kids Communities, local health agencies, community networks, and ministry priorities.

Our dynamic team has many years of experience building capacity in the core competencies of public health, including:
  • program planning and evaluation;
  • healthy public policies and bylaws (including alcohol policy);
  • health communication and social marketing;
  • community and stakeholder engagement;
  • health equity;
  • and many other health promotion topics.

We are well-linked and continually keep our finger on the pulse of health promotion activities throughout the province. We help solve problems. We apply expertise and knowledge to all that we do. We work closely with many stakeholders across the province to be leaders in public health and health promotion such as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our twelve partner resource centres including the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre and the Program Training and Consultation Centre

Our team is part of a Health Promotion Resource Centre system based throughout Ontario. See our resource centres page for details to connect with other resource centres.

Services and resources

Take advantage of our expertise and knowledge through our trainings, consultation services and comprehensive knowledge products. Let us assist you in building individual and organizational capacity in the core competencies of public health to promote health and prevent chronic disease and injury.

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Our services and resources include: 

  • In-depth focused consultations to assist in health communications, health promotion planning, evaluation, policy development including alcohol policy, and problem-solving in support of Ontario’s Public Health Standards;
  • In-person and virtual workshops and presentations focused on increasing skills and knowledge in health promotion topics among direct service providers, managers, and team leaders;
  • Relevant and timely topic-based webinars with distributed slide decks and accompanying resources;
  • Individualized capacity building plans designed to identify gaps in staff competencies, assess needs, and plan tailored training services for public health units;
  • Topic and skills-based print and electronic resources including informational articles, evidence briefs, workbooks, primers, audio presentations, e-learning tools, and research reports; 
  • The Online Health Program Planner, a robust tool developed to assist with evidence-informed planning decisions and the development of public health initiatives; 
  • The Health Promotions Foundations course, a series of interactive modules that introduces the field of health promotion in Canada;
  • Active participation on provincial networks and health promotion groups, providing strategic and evidence-informed advice;
  • and many more.

Please contact us to discuss how we can support your work!

Training and consultations

Each year we connect with over 4,000 people in Ontario’s public health and health promotion systems. We do this through numerous consultations, knowledge product dissemination, workshops and webinars, covering topics such as:

 “I have had some involvement in evaluation work, but this workshop brought new best practices to my attention that I will definitely apply in guiding others in their work.”

– PHO Consultation participant
  • Planning and evaluating health promotion programs
  • Influencing policy change and development
  • Developing health communication campaigns
  • Engaging communities and stakeholders
  • Conducting situational assessments
  • Developing program and policy logic models
  • Strategic planning and priority setting 
  • Introduction to municipal policy and by-law development
  • Overview of social media in public health
  • Introduction to alcohol policy theory, research, and current trends such as supporting Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines
  • Overview and training on health equity concepts, tools and principles
  • Introduction to evidence informed decision making (EIDM) and the use of evidence

Check out the full list of topics we offer, or download our brochure for more information.

Coming soon! 

  • Health Equity Impact Assessment Online Course 
  • Focus On: Effectiveness of screening, brief intervention and referral (SBIR) services
  • Comprehensive workbooks on foundational health promotion topics, including policy development and health communications ​
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