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PHO Rounds: Prevention System Quality Index 2023: Evidence and Data for Action

Ontario Health is pleased to present a PHO Rounds to share the new Prevention System Quality Index (PSQI) 2023 report. The PSQI series monitors Ontario’s progress on population-level policies and programs that can reduce the incidence of chronic disease. Risk factors covered in the report and presentation include commercial tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, environmental and occupational exposures and infectious agents. Presenters will also discuss an examination of the social determinants of health and highlight First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous health. Many of the indicators in the report are stratified by sex, income, racial group, immigration status and geography.

Intended audience: Public health staff working in chronic disease prevention and on risk factors for chronic disease, health policy promoters and programming staff, health equity specialists, epidemiologists, public health/family physicians, public health leadership, chronic disease prevention researchers and scientists, and Government staff working in health planning.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for chronic diseases in Ontario
  • Describe the connection between the social determinants of health and chronic diseases for the Ontario population
  • Discuss the high burden from chronic diseases on First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous peoples
  • Identify policy and program opportunities to decrease the risk of chronic disease at a population level in Ontario
  • Reflect on how the results of this report can be used to further work in chronic disease prevention

Presenter(s): Huda Shah and Hanna Dias

Huda Shah, MSc, PhD(c), co-led the development of the 2023 Prevention System Quality Index, and works as a Research Associate (Epidemiologist) on the Population Health team at Ontario Health. She has worked in chronic disease prevention through community engagement and brings over five years of experience as a health equity researcher.

Hanna Dias, MPH, led analytics for the 2023 Prevention System Quality Index. She is a Senior Research Associate (Epidemiologist) for the Population Health team at Ontario Health, where she has worked on multiple projects related to chronic disease prevention and measurement.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 15 Jan 2024