Joining us at CPHA in beautiful Halifax?

We hope to see old friends and meet new ones at the upcoming CPHA annual conference from June 6-8. This year it is being held in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Come find us on Tuesday June 6 during the networking and poster session from 1:30 – 300 pm. HPC representatives, Thierry Gagné and Morgane Stocker, will be there with a poster — and are looking forward to meeting you and telling you more about Health Promotion Canada and how to get involved in your local Chapter.

And then look out for the “HP-Atl Chapter Engagement and Establishment” presentation from 3:15 – 5:00 pm to find out more about what’s happening with Health Promotion Atlantic and the development of this regional Chapter.

HPC & HPO responds to concerns about health promotion and professionalization

Thierry Gagné, Josée Lapalme, and Janette Leroux recently teamed up to respond to a recent letter to the editor (Graham, 2017) in the Journal Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice (HPCDPC). In their response, they addressed the main concern that the development of national competencies for Canadian health promoters may lead to a narrowed “professionalization” of health promotion, and thereby undermine its potential to contribute to directing future public health research, policy, and practice.

HPC and HPO responded by highlighting the often-precarious nature of health promotion practice, and underscored the importance of professional networks and activities in the sustainability and diversity of health promotion as a discourse and field. Thierry and Josée are PhD candidates in Health Promotion at the University of Montreal, and serve as chapter chairs for the Quebec Chapter of Health Promotion Canada. Janette is a PhD candidate in Health Studies at Queen’s University, and serves on the executive of Health Promotion Ontario.

Check out the response here and let us know what you think.