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August 7 2019

Basic Statistics for Public Health free online course now available

Based on content from Skills Online and adapted in consultation with APHEO, PHESC's Basic Statistics for Public Health free online course is now open for enrollment.

The intent of this self-paced course (it takes about 3 hours) is to provide you with the language and basic concepts of statistics and to enable you to know when and how to communicate with a statistician in a way that is beneficial to both of you. We hope that this course will give you a stronger understanding of the language and logic of statistical analysis and interpretation of quantitative data.

Enroll today!

The French version of this course is about to begin pilot testing and will be available in the near future.

Designing and Implementing Population Health Interventions free online course

As announced in our last newsletter, the Designing and Implementing Population Health Interventions self-paced course is also now available (and the French version is in development). This 3-hour course provides an overview of what to consider when designing, implementing and evaluating population health interventions. It links to many existing trainings and resources that delve into topics in more detail.

We’ve aligned the content with the 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and accompanying Guidance Documents and Protocols.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify types of population health interventions
  • Identify population health interventions that reduce health inequities
  • Use a systematic process to plan and design public health interventions while integrating the best available evidence with contextual factors
  • Use a systematic process to apply the best available evidence to adapt and/or implement interventions that respond to local health needs
  • Use a systematic process to integrate health equity considerations when designing, adapting and/or implementing interventions


Enroll in the course today!

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools - Article: A description of a tailored knowledge translation intervention delivered by knowledge brokers within public health departments in Canada

The 22-month knowledge translation intervention, implemented by two knowlege brokers (KBs), sought to facilitate evidence-informed public health decision-making. Data on outcomes were collected using a knowledge, skills and behavioural assessment survey. In addition, the KBs maintained reflective journals noting which activities appeared successful or not, as well as factors related to the individual or the organisation that facilitated or hindered evidence-informed decision-making.

Read the article  

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health - Podcast Series: Voices from the Field

Welcome to Voices from the Field, a podcast series produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), which focuses on innovative research and community-based initiatives promoting the health and well-being of First Nation, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. Transcription text is available for each podcast.

There are eight podcasts - see the topic list and access the podcasts (in English only).  

The Nutrition Resource Centre has a new name - Nutrition Connections

You may have heard that the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) has been making some changes to chart a new course for our future. Today, I’m excited to let you know that we are officially launching a new centre, new website and new brand to better reflect our direction as a centre for nutrition knowledge and collaboration.

Our new centre and brand has been a collaborative effort from the start, and we couldn't have done it without your feedback and suggestions, both informally and as part of our stakeholder surveys. We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to send us your thoughts as we move forward with our new direction.

Under our new name, Nutrition Connections, and with the support of our partners, The Helderleigh Foundation, we will continue to support health professionals, community organizations, educators, researchers, and others working in food and nutrition to build capacity, connect, and share information. While we continue to provide services in many areas of nutrition and healthy eating, a primary focus of our work going forward will be food literacy.

With that in mind, stay tuned for the release of our upcoming State of Healthy Eating and Food Literacy in Ontario report series, starting later this summer. This series will identify gaps and opportunities to advance food literacy programs, policies, and practice in order to improve the food literacy, eating habits, and well-being of children, youth, and their parents or caregivers.

We also have several new services and opportunities available to support your work.

- Our new Consultation Services
- A new episode of our Food and Health Today podcast on Healthy Eating in the 21st Century
- Our upcoming forum on Healthy and Sustainable Eating: Leading the Shift

Please feel free to visit our new website at to find out more.