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Hollyhock in Prince Edward County, Ontario

August 27 2019

Coming Soon...

PHESC hopes everyone is having a great summer!* Here are a few things to look forward to from PHESC partners:

  • Online courses: epidemiology, public health ethics, communicating data effectively, and more (several in French)
  • Podcasts on community engagement
  • A French webinar series on health equity topics
  • An Indigenous public health recorded webinar

Our many existing courses, resources, and readings continue to be available on our website under our three focus areas:


Partner Profile

Every month, we'll be highlighting one of our PHESC partners. This month, we're pleased to introduce Anya Archer from the University of Toronto.

Where do you live? I live in Toronto, right on the edge of University of Toronto's St. George campus. It's great to have U of T's many green spaces right at my doorstep!

Where do you work? I work at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as a Research Officer for the PHESC project.

What are some current projects that you’re working on? I'm very lucky because I get to work on a little bit of everything! My colleagues and I just launched an online, self-paced course that focuses on designing and implementing population health Interventions. That was a very cool experience as I was able to dive deeper into my interest in population health interventions while developing my skills in content creation and web design. I'm also working on a scoping review that focuses on identifying modalities for training the public health workforce. Other duties include online communications with our learners and working on this newsletter!

What are you most excited for as a PHESC partner? I'm really excited to be able to learn from all of our partner organizations and other public health professionals who bring so many different perspectives to the project! We're able to share and collaborate on training resources, increasing the reach of public health networks across the province (and country) and hopefully meaningfully impacting how the Ontario Public Health Standards are incorporated into public health work. It's been such an incredible experience to learn from individuals who are already doing amazing capacity building and health equity work.

What long-term impact do you hope PHESC will have on the public health workforce in Ontario? 
I would love to see the repositories of existing training materials continue to grow and build off other great resources, so that training remains timely and relevant!

What do you like to do in your spare time? I'm an avid reader so I've been really enjoying reading a good book in the warm summer evenings. I also recently started biking around Toronto so it's been fun to explore the various parts of the city while working up a sweat!

OnBoard's Building Inclusive Governance Toolkit / Mettre en Place une Gouvernance Inclusive : Boîte à outils

Building Inclusive Governance is a comprehensive toolkit for use by CEOs, board chairs, heads of board governance committees and independent consultants when they work with boards on building inclusive governance.

The goal of this toolkit is to give your board a way to measure your current state and to evaluate whether the actions you have taken to create a more diverse board are actually having a positive impact. In addition to supporting you to figure out your current state, it will provide you with resources to help you plan where you might go next. This practical toolkit is designed to help you understand the change process that organizations go through when they embark on the important, but at times demanding, journey to become more inclusive and respond to the needs of their board members, staff, and the communities they serve.  

Mettre en Place une Gouvernance Inclusive : Boîte à outils à l’intention des organismes sans but lucratif Mettre en place une gouvernance inclusive est une boîte à outils complète à l’intention des PDG, des présidents et présidentes de conseils d’administration, des responsables de comités sur la gouvernance et des consultants et consultantes indépendants qui collaborent avec des conseils dans le but d’instaurer une forme de gouvernance inclusive.

Cette boîte à outils est conçue pour aider votre conseil d’administration à évaluer votre situation actuelle et à déterminer si les mesures prises pour diversifier le conseil ont un effet positif. En plus de vous aider à évaluer votre situation, elle fournit des ressources en vue de planifier vos prochaines étapes. Cette trousse pratique permet également de comprendre le processus de changement vécu par les organisations qui s’engagent sur la voie importante, mais parfois exigeante, de l’inclusion et répond aux besoins des membres de leur conseil d’administration, de leur personnel et des communautés desservies.  

OPHA's #MakeItBetter Campaign

OPHS has launched their #MakeItBetter campaign, a collaborative effort with health and environmental groups including the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors - Ontario Branch, Asthma Canada, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Environmental Defence, Pollution Probe as well as OPHA's Environmental Health Workgroup.

It has been terrific to have received funding from The Atmospheric Foundation and the Ivey Foundation to support this campaign and to recently learn that a third funder is coming on board as well. A big thank you to Melanie Sanderson for her leadership role in coordinating the campaign and to Helen Doyle and her colleagues in the Environmental Health Workgroup for their active involvement in helping us develop evidence-informed content. Thanks also to Argyle Public Relationships for their communication and media relations expertise.

We invite you to show your support by going to our new website and taking the pledge to "stay informed, share what you know and support action on climate change". If you want to find out more or have suggestions, please contact Melanie at

Upcoming NCCDH-led Community Discussion

Topic: Organizational capacity for health equity action
Date: September 16-20, 2019 (online, all day)
  Join Health Equity Clicks: Community members from September 16–20 in talking about organizational capacity for health equity action. We will highlight practical examples of organizational capacity initiatives, with attention to implementation strategies, enablers, and barriers.

The discussion will be facilitated by Health Equity Clicks: Community member Nancy Dubois, Planning, Evaluation, and Health Promotion Consultant, Facilitator, and Trainer, Du B Fit Consulting.

How it Works:

  • The discussion will take place online only in the Health Equity Clicks: Community discussion forum in the form of a written thread (no video or audio component)
  • Log in one or more times per day throughout the week to participate, starting on Monday, September 16
  • The discussion thread will be monitored by NCCDH staff, the facilitator, and invited contributors throughout the week until the end of the day on Friday, September 20
  • Check back often to follow developments and contribute your knowledge to the discussion thread

Register for a free account to get started.