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“The public health landscape has changed significantly in the last decade, resulting in a stronger focus on the upstream factors that influence health and health equity,”

Erica Di Ruggiero, PHESC Lead
Director of DLSPH's Office of Global Publich Health Education and Training

"Public health agencies will find this to be a timely and efficient approach to supporting the implementation of the newest set of Ontario Public Health Standards." 

Dr. Rosana Salvaterra
Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough

"This training will provide frontline workers, middle managers, senior leadership and board memebers with a deeper understanding of foundational areas of public health practice, ultimately resulting in a healthier population."

Erica Di Ruggiero, PHESC Lead
Director of DLSPH's Office of Global Publich Health Education and Training

A Few Words About PHESC

In the spring of 2018, the University of Toronto received a $1-million Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health and Well-Being Grant to support a comprehensive training program to improve the knowledge, skills and performance of Ontario’s public health workforce.


Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change (PHESC) is comprised of eight organizations who aim to improve professional skills in health equity, population health assessment and effective public health practice. Training is structured around these three foundational standards and is delivered through a combination of online and in-person workshops, seminars, and short courses. Health equity is an overarching priority of this program, including a focus on Indigenous cultural safety.










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Our Advisory Committee

PHESC has established a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of individuals from PHUs in different regions, other health and social system intermediaries, project partners, and experts in diversity, equity and training to guide the project.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Aamna Ashraf is Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Shana Calixte is the Manager of Mental Health and Addictions for Public Health, Sudbury & Districts.
Ottawa Public Health
Dr. Vera Etches is the Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH).
Toronto Public Health
Marie Klaassen is the Associate Director of Child Health and Development at Toronto Public Health (TPH).
Queen's University
Dr. Jeff Masuda is a human geographer, specialized in human rights, public health, and the environment at Queen's University.
Public Health Ontario
Brent Moloughney is the Medical Director in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department at Public Health Ontario.
Peterborough Public Health
Dr. Rosana Salvaterra has served as the Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health since 2008.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire

William Butler Yeats