PHO in Action is Public Health Ontario’s blog. Here we tell stories of the work we do day in and day out, with our partners, to keep Ontarians safe and create a healthier tomorrow.
A municipal alcohol policy (MAP) outlines the safe,
appropriate use of alcohol at municipally-owned or managed property, places,
spaces and events. Public health units (PHUs) can work with municipalities to
develop a comprehensive approach to alcohol policy. In 2015,Public health Ontario’s Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) Scan found 236
or 53.1% of Ontario municipalities had an approved MAP. Public Health Ontario (PHO) is pleased to
support health units and municipalities with new resources to help in the development of new
or revised policies.
PHO has developed
a geographical information system (GIS) map of alcohol policies in Ontario identifying
municipalities that have policies and availability to their access and
those municipalities where the existence of a policy is unknown.
The map is connected to a Municipal Alcohol Polices Repository. The repository is populated with policies
which are “reported and available for review” via the GIS map. Those
policies may be used as a reference to help municipalities draft their own policies. As policies are
revised or made available, municipalities can work with health units to upload
current policies to the MAP intake form .
We trust you find
these resources and others available on PHO’s Alcohol Resources page helpful. If you have any
questions please contact Jason LeMar at email@example.com
PHO provides up-to-date evidence to address public health
challenges that affect Ontarians.
We also provide support to Ontario’s immunization
stakeholders so that they may better understand and raise awareness about
vaccine safety. One of our areas of expertise is vaccine safety – monitoring
and communicating about vaccine safety is essential for immunization programs
to be successful.
Our vaccine safety webpage provides a one-stop source of
information related to vaccine safety surveillance in the province of Ontario,
Recently, we were recognized as a trusted resource in the
area of vaccine safety. Our vaccine
safety webpage was featured by the World
Health Organization in their Global Vaccine Safety initiative. As part of
Vaccine Safety Net, our webpage will join a list of others that help internet
users find reliable vaccine safety information tailored to their needs.
We are thrilled that our resources will reach a global
audience, and further our goal of making our resources easily accessible to
health care providers who administer immunization.
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Public health units are the front-line of Ontario’s public health system. Ontario’s 36 health units work with their communities to deliver programs and services and address local public health issues. Public Health Ontario’s Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) bring public health units together to develop and run applied research projects based on their experiences and needs at the local level.
Each year, PHO facilitates and funds a number of LDCP. These projects are led by collaborative teams of public health unit staff with support from academic partners and community stakeholders.
This year’s research projects were selected to align with major provincial priorities for public health. The first is Ontario’s Patients First Action Plan for Health Care, which aims to create formal links between public health units and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) for health system planning. The second is the modernization of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) which outlines basic programs and services that public health units are mandated to deliver in Ontario. Originally created in 2008, work is underway to revise these standards to ensure they reflect today’s public health needs in Ontario. This year’s LDCP are:
Identifying key elements for successful collaboration between LHINs and public health units to achieve an improved health system in Ontario using a population health approach.
Identifying an optimal method to use and share health data to enable community partners to better advance health equity in their communities.
Identifying principles and practices to enable engagement between First Nation communities and public health units to improve opportunities for health.
There is substantial change underway in Ontario’s public health system. The LDCP enable public health units to align and prepare for these changes, and to ensure they can continue to make their communities the healthiest they can be. For more information about these projects and who is involved, see the LDCP webpage.
These year-long research projects will launch in March 2017. LDCP teams take an integrated knowledge exchange approach and will connect and consult with stakeholders throughout their projects to ensure they meet the needs of knowledge users. Project teams will also share their findings with knowledge users within public health and the broader community. Previous LDCP teams have completed infographics, conference presentations, academic posters and more.
Stay tuned to the LDCP webpage for future updates on this year’s projects.
The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) is quickly approaching, with just over one month until hundreds of public health professionals from around the province will meet to discuss this year’s theme Global challenges. Local solutions.
TOPHC is set to take place at the Allstream Centre from March 29 to 31, 2017. For detailed information on registration, program and travel, visit the official TOPHC 2017 website.
Our President and CEO, Dr. Peter Donnelly, has prepared a message just for you! Hear about why you should attend TOPHC 2017 and learn some tips for getting the most out of your TOPHC experience.
PHO is getting ready for The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC). TOPHC is the perfect opportunity to meet experts in the field, find potential collaborators, stay up-to-date with the latest public health research and most importantly, to have fun. TOPHC 2017 runs from March 29 to 31, 2017 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Global challenges. Local solutions.
This year, TOPHC is taking a global perspective and PHO is ready to join the conversation on global health challenges and how to address them with solutions developed at the local level.
PHO will be well represented at TOPHC; with 26 posters, 20 15-minute presentations, 5 panels, and 5 workshops; covering topics such as: public health systems, food safety, infection control, surveillance systems and child health. Our staff is busy preparing for what is sure to be a great event.
The Sheela Basrur Centre (SBC) recognition ceremony and lecture kicks off TOPHC on March 29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. – honouring the legacy of the late Dr. Sheela Basrur, Ontario’s former Chief Medical Officer of Health. TOPHC will also feature the SBC educational pathway — a series of presentations and sessions dedicated to leadership and communications.
To find out more about the different PHO sessions, presentations and workshops and what else TOPHC has to offer, check out the full program on the official TOPHC website.
In the field of public health and
health promotion, logic models can be a valuable tool. Logic models show the if/then
relationships between program input, activities, and desired outcomes. They can provide a clear and continuous
method for establishing the logical flow of a program yet be dynamic and
responsive to changes along the way.
Logic models can also serve as a tool for identifying advances towards
In follow up to the Logic
Model Theory to Practice webinars that were held in the Spring of 2016,
Public Health Ontario has released additional resources to support the use of
logic models as planning and evaluation tools.
On: Logic model – A planning and evaluation tool provides an overview of
logic models and includes design examples and descriptions of their use in program
planning and evaluation. The Logic
model: Theory to practice Webinar Q&A
provides practical information and answers questions that were posed
during the webinar discussions.
This resource was developed by Public Health Ontario’s
Health Promotion Capacity Building (HPCB) team.
To find out about the release of related resources and all of the other
exciting work going on at PHO, sign up for our monthly newsletter Connections.