What services do we provide?
We provide training and support services to Ontario’s public health and health care intermediaries to assist them to plan, conduct and evaluate interventions which improve health and prevent chronic disease and injury at a community and population level. Services include provincial and regional workshops, webinars, tailored consultations, technical assistance and dissemination of resource materials. Our goal is to be relevant, responsive and proactive, in a manner that is readily accessible to our clients and partners.
What do we mean by capacity building?
We aim to build capacity at both the individual and organizational levels.
Individual capacity refers to increasing knowledge skills and abilities in core public health and health promotion competencies that enable improvement in practice related to specific interventions, populations and settings.
Organizational capacity refers to improving factors within the organizational environment and culture, including making organizational learning a central element in the organization’s strategy, increasing the use of evidence and evaluation, and installing organizational learning mechanisms that enable an organization and people within it to adapt and learn. These mechanisms include informal and formal organizational policies that facilitate the sharing of information and experiences, and the construction of knowledge among organizational members.
Who provides the services and resources?
Capacity building services are provided by HPCDIP field support specialists who focus on planning, evaluation, policy and health communication as well as our partner resource centres with a risk factor focus on alcohol at the Alcohol Policy Network (APN); injury prevention at the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre (OIPRC); and comprehensive tobacco control at the, Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC). Learn more about our Health Promotion Resource Centres.
We also work in collaboration with other Ontario resource centres including HC Link (Healthy Communities Link).
Upcoming events (workshops, webinars, presentations)
For the most up-to-date information on provincial and regional workshops, webinars and presentations, as well as some from our partner resource centres, visit our calendar of events.
Public Health Ontario partners with Health Nexus to develop the Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin (OPHE). We often publicize our events in the bulletin, as do our partner resource centres.
Our partner resource centre events:
- To view upcoming Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre events, webinars and workshops, visit the OIPRC’s event calendar.
- PTCC builds capacity in tobacco control at the local level through training, workshops and webinars. For the most up-to-date information on PTCC training events, visit their training calendar.
Consultations and technical assistance
Public Health Ontario offer consultations. To learn more, visit our consultations page.
Consultations and technical assistance, is also available from our partner resource centres. For assistance with a focus on:
The resources from The Health Communication Unit (THCU) are transitioning to Public Health Ontario. In the interim, visit the Information and Resources searchable database on the former THCU website, or email us.
Here is a list of some of our most popular resources, including those from our resource centres.
Online self-directed modules:
- Health Promotion 101 was developed to help individuals familiarize themselves with essential health promotion concepts.
- Health Promotion 102 contains nine learning modules that offer specific knowledge central to workplace health promotion.
- Workplace Mental Health Promotion offers high quality, research-based, practical tools to improve the health of individuals and organizations. The focus of this resource is to create mentally healthy workplaces that promote positive mental health and mental well-being for all employees.
- Online Proposal Writing was created to help not-for-profit organizations plan and prepare winning proposals. This online course has six modules, one for each step in the proposal development process.
- The Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum is offering an e-learning course for those working with older adults to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Visit the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum web page for more information.
Program planning resources:
- Online Health Program Planner (OHPP) 2.0 is a collection of health promotion planning tools to help you make evidence-informed planning decisions. OHPP 2.0 includes the following resources:
- Program Planning Steps that guide you through a six-step program planning process, including development of a logic model.
- Sample program plans based on the Ontario Public Health Standards and Guidance Documents that link to key resources, including documents and resource centres, provide sample plans, using the six step planning process, including situational assessments and evidence-based interventions with logic models, which can be used as starting points for plans.
- An Online Business Case Creator that will guide you through a three-step process to analyze your project and help you make the best recommendations about whether a project should move forward.
- Project Management Tools, including worksheets to help iron out the implementation details of a project.
- Evaluating Community Partnerships Resource List is intended for health promotion practitioners who want to evaluate their community partnerships. The list provides a guide to existing resources on evaluating community partnerships. Several measures and tools for evaluating specific aspects of partnerships are also provided.
Research papers and scans:
Listservs and communities of practice:
- APN runs an “alcohol in the news” listserv. The purpose of the listserv is to promote informed discussion about alcohol-related policy and programming issues in Ontario and across Canada. Visit the APN Listserv web page to join the listserv, or find out more.
- OIPRC has an online forum. For more information, read the participant guide.
- The Media Network builds community capacity to work with the media in advancing healthy public policy development at the local level. The project operates two distinct networks: the Media Network for a Smoke-Free Ontario, and the Media Network for Healthy Eating, Active Living. Membership is free for anyone working or volunteering in tobacco control, healthy eating and/or active living.
- OIPRC is a member of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network Falls Prevention Community of Practice. Visit the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network website for more information.