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Responses to Announced Changes to the Ontario Public Health System

July 18, 2019 - The Burden of Chronic Diseases in Ontario

Public Health Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario just published a report, The Burden of Chronic Diseases in Ontario: Key Estimates to Support Efforts in Prevention, that details the health and economic burden of chronic diseases in Ontario.  It highlights modifiable risk factors that can inform health promotion programs and interventions.

Read more at https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/chronic-disease/cdburden.

April 12, 2019 - Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHA) News Release

The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) published this news release to express their concerns with plans to restructure and reduce funding and to extend an offer to work with the Ministry to ensure the needs of the community are met.

2019-04-12 alPHa News Release re: Public Health Budget

May 2, 2019 - Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders’ Letter to the Minister

The Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders sent a letter to the Hon. Minister Elliott, encouraging engagement of public health nurses and extending an offer to share their knowledge and expertise in the role and function of public health nursing.

2019-05-02 – OPHNL Letter Re: Public Health Nursing

May 15, 2019 - Health Promotion Ontario’s Letter to the Minister

Health Promotion Ontario shared this letter to Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, to emphasize the role of health promotion in addressing hallway medicine by improving the health of our community.

HPO Letter To MOHLTC_2019-05-15

May 23, 2019 - Open Letter to Minister from Former Ontario Minister of Health

Former Ontario Ministers of Health (and Long-Term Care) across different parties penned an open letter to Hon. Minister Christine Elliott expressing their concerns regarding the cuts to public health services.  As per the letter, “Traditionally, Ministers of Health have avoided commenting on the policies of their successors.  Health has been seen as a non-partisan issue – something we all support.  This attack on public health has prompted us to break our silence.”

2019-05-23 Open Letter to Ministry from Past Ministers of Health

June 3, 2019 - Response Letter to Hon. Christine Elliott from Ontario Dietitians in Public Health

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) penned a letter, detailing their concerns regarding the provincial budget announcement and highlighting the importance of food on health and the role of Registered Dietitians in the promotion of healthy food environments, food literacy, and access to healthy food.  The ODPH offers their expertise to consult with the Ministry to keep our communities healthy.

2019-06-03 Letter to Ministry from ODPH

June 20, 2019 - Response Letter to Minister Elliott from Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s Board of Health sent a letter to Minister Elliott to endorse the recommendations made by Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington Public Health.  The Board of Health announced its support of the mandate/function of health promotion and policy development of local public health units and request of the Government of Ontario to consult with Medical Officers of Health across Ontario should they consider any changes to the health promotion mandate and/or functions of local public health units or future public health entities.

2019-06-20 – HKPRD Health Unit BOH Letter re Health Promotion to Minister Elliott