Honouring excellence in health promotion across Canada

At HPC’s Annual General Meeting on December 7, 2017 fifteen inaugural HPC Recognition Awards in five categories were presented to elevate health promoters at various stages in their careers, and celebrate those who are making significant contributions in the field of health promotion across Canada. Check out the inspiring bios of these well deserving individuals and groups!

As well, HPO honoured two exceptional health promoters at their annual conference held on November 23, 2017. The 2017 Lori Chow Memorial Award was presented to:

  • Samiya Abdi: a health promotion consultant with Public Health Ontario, and works alongside public health units and community groups to address health equities and social determinants of health at organizational and community levels, and in the past, has a rich history of bringing awareness to health inequities in her work with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, and Health Nexus.
  • Rebecca Fortin: a mid-career health promoter who has championed the Health Promoter Competencies, was instrumental in initiating the Health Promotion Canada network, and has been advocating for the social determinants of health and health equity in her former positions at Region of Peel Public Health Unit, the Ontario Public Health Association (to mention a few), and more recently as a fellow in journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Summer Call to Action!

Calling all health promoters: 1) Nominate a deserving health promoter and 2) Complete the mentoring survey!

  1. The inaugural HPC 2017 Recognition Awards offers the opportunity to elevate health promoters at various stages in their careers and celebrate those who are making significant contributions in the field of health promotion across Canada. The Nomination Form (en français) and two letters of support must be submitted by September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.
  2. HPC is currently working on a national mentorship program to meet the needs of those who wish to Get Involved and contribute as a mentor or to gain health promotion knowledge and/or experience as a mentee. Please fill out the survey (en français) by September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

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.

PEI Health Promotion Declaration – Heads to China!

Health Promotion Canada joined over 300 participants at the at the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion, 6GFHP held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. On October 16-17 2016 we created the PEI Health Promotion Declaration and Call to Action – Health Promotion for Sustainable Development.

The Global Forum celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Ottawa Charter and looked into the future of health promotion in the light of the Social Development Goals. Highlights of the event were: keynote speech by Haik Nikogosian, Special Representative of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, a video message from Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, a Roundtable session on Governance for Health, a session on Future leadership of Health Promotion and a Research Report.

The Declaration headed to Shanghai, China for the World Health Organization’s 9th Global Health Promotion Conference on November 21-24, 2016 to promote civic engagement in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through social mobilization and health promotion leadership.

Health Promotion Ontario and the 6th Annual Global Forum for Health Promotion team up for the HPO Conference in October!

Ottawa, ON – Health Promotion Ontario has teamed up with the Alliance for Health Promotion to deliver the opening panel session for HPO annual conference