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PHO Grand Rounds: Planet Youth Lanark County: Community in Action

The Planet Youth program is an evidence-based community oriented initiative focused on preventing youth substance use. Originally developed in Iceland, the program successfully demonstrated a reduction in substance use among youth, prompting the application of these principals within different community contexts. Lanark County is adapting the Planet Youth program to its rural area with strong municipal and community engagement. Building on the PHO Rounds presented by Dr. Sigfusdottir of the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis, this session will examine the initiative in action at the local level, highlighting the work done to date and lessons learned, to assist others who are interested in implementing the Planet Youth initiative in their communities.

Présentateur(s): David Somppi, Brenda MacDonald-Rowe and Dr. Paula Stewart

David Somppi is a founding member of the Lanark County and Town of Smiths Fall Municipal Drug Strategy Network. As Chair of the Planet Youth Lanark County Steering Committee, David is working to bring the Icelandic Model for Substance Abuse Prevention to rural Eastern Ontario.

Brenda MacDonald-Rowe is a founding member of the St. James Group – an organization that initiated discussions to bring the Icelandic Model to Lanark County. She attended a Planet Youth Workshop in Iceland and is a member of the Planet Youth Lanark County Steering Committee.

Dr. Paula Stewart is the Medical Officer of Health at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

Avis de non-responsabilité

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 Grand 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 Grand 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 events@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 events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 22 oct. 2019