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Health Promotion Training & Education Programs - 1997

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1. The 1997 Ontario Health Promotion Summer School, Ottawa

[as reported in OHPE #10.1 July 4/97] The Fourth Annual Ontario Health Promotion Summer School took place in Ottawa from June 16-20. Over 140 students attended the Anglophone part, the largest contingent being from the Ottawa region, with international students from Romania, New Zealand and Chile.

The school opened with presentations about the development of Health the effects of the determinants of health on "the man on the bench on Bank Street." The rest of the week was occupied by concurrent sessions on Health Promotion and Population Health, Evaluation, Advocacy and Policy and as well as toolboxes on a wide range of topics. The School ended with a panel on the topic of who will be doing health promotion in the future--the answer being "everybody". The general consensus seemed to be that the School was a great success and that the strategy of moving it from Toronto every other year was a good one.

Submitted by Irv Rootman

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2. THE FOURTH EDITION OF THE ONTARIO HEALTH PROMOTION SUMMER SCHOOL -- FRANCOPHONE COMPONENT was held June 16-19 at the University of Ottawa. Over 30 people, mostly from Eastern Ontario, participated in this year's francophone component.

Claude Giroux and Isabelle Michel kicked off the week by examining two key questions:

(i) Population health and health promotion: are we talking about the same thing?, and

(ii) How do we intervene on the determinants of health?

This presentation served as an introduction and key contextual piece for the remainder of the summer school.

A plenary session on program planning, facilitated by Denise Hébert, gave participants the opportunity to learn more about the Precede-Proceed model based on a "real-life example", a Healthy Schools project in the Ottawa-Carleton Region.

Participants also took part in two of six practical "toolbox" sessions: community participation, public policy, needs assessment and evaluation, behavioural change, health education and ethnocultural intervention.

Evaluation results reveal that 89 per cent of respondents thought the school as a whole was excellent or very good. The school provided a forum for participants to establish new links with other practitioners.

Submitted by Francine Deroche

LA QUATRIÈME ÉDITION DU COURS D'ÉTÉ EN PROMOTION DE LA SANTÉ DE L'ONTARIO 1997 - COMPOSANTE FRANCOPHONE a eu lieu du 16 au 19 juin dernier à l'Université d'Ottawa. Une trentaine de personnes, dont la plupart provenant de l'Est ontarien, ont participé à la composante francophone.

Claude Giroux et Isabelle Michel ont démarré la semaine en examinant deux questions de l'heure: (i) La santé de la population et la promotion de la santé : parle-t-on de la même chose ?, et (ii) Comment intervenir sur les facteurs déterminants de la santé ?

Cette présentation serva d'introduction et de mise en contexte pour l'ensemble du cours.

Une session plénière sur la planification de projets, animée par Denise Hébert, nous a permis d'en apprendre davantage sur le modèle Precede-Proceed à partir d'un projet «Ã‰cole en santé» dans la région d'Ottawa-Carleton.

Les participants ont également eu l'occasion de participer à deux de six ateliers «boîtes à outils» pratico-pratiques : la participation communautaire, l'action politique, l'analyse de besoins et l'évaluation, le changement de comportements, l'éducation pour la santé et la dimension interculturelle dans l'intervention.

Selon les résultats de l'évaluation, 89 p. cent des répondants ont dit que le cours était excellent ou très bon dans son ensemble. Le cours a permis aux participants de créer de nouveaux liens avec d'autres intervenants.

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3. The 1998 Ontario Health Promotion Summer School, Toronto

Now it's time to start thinking about the planning of the 1998 Ontario Health Promotion Summer School to be held in Toronto. The Centre for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto is presently gathering people from Central/Southwestern Ontario who'll be able to help with the planning of this event. Among other things, we anticipate that closer links will be made between the Anglophone and Francophone components of the school, all the while respecting the particular needs of each clientele.

For more information, contact:

Francine Deroche

Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse


Phone: (416) 408-2121 ou 1-800-263-2846, ext. 268

FAX: (416) 408-2122

Et maintenant, il est temps de penser à la planification de l'édition 1998 du Cours d'été en promotion de la santé de l'Ontario qui aura lieu à Toronto. Le Centre for Health Promotion de l'université de Toronto est présentement en train de rassembler des gens du Centre/sud-ouest de l'Ontario qui pourront prêter main forte à la planification de cet événement. Il est prévu, entre autres, que des liens plus étroits seront établis entre la composante anglophone et la composante francophone du cours, tout en respectant les besoins particuliers de chaque clientèle.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communiquez avec :

Francine Deroche

Centre ontarien d'information en prévention

Courrier électronique :

Tél. : (416) 408-2121 ou 1-800-263-2846 (Ontario) , poste 268

Télécopieur : (416) 408-2122

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4. Prairie Region Summer School August 6-9, 1997

The Prairie Region Health Promotion Centre recently hosted the first Prairie Region Summer School August 6-9, 1997.

The school opened with a plenary address by Ron Labonte on "Challenges of Promoting Health in Today's World - National Global Perspectives, followed by panel respondents, and spirited discussion. Kathryn Green and Ron Labonte followed the next day with presentations on "Theory as Guide for the Practice of Health Promotion."

A number of toolbox sessions were offered on such topics as survival skills, coalition building, conflict resolution, effective meetings, reflective practice, and surfing the net.

Day and one half concurrent sessions were offered on Effective Communication Campaigns by Larry Hershfield and Lorraine Telford (The Health Communication Unit, Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto) and Jacie Skelton (Assiniboine College, Brandon.

A number of other events, such as lunchtime roundtable discussions and a closing plenary, were also very productive. The program was very well attended (over 140 participants) and very well evaluated.

The planning committee, sponsors, and the hard-working participants are to be congratulated!

Submitted by Larry Hershfield, Manager, The Health Communication Unit, at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto

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5. "Promoting Health: A Focus on Social Marketing ''

The Prince Edward Island Health Promotion Summer Institute

August 17-21, 1997, Charlottetown, PEI

Social marketing is a specialized form of marketing concerned with getting people to change their behaviours for their own benefit and/or for the benefit of society. Individuals who participated in the Summer Institute would be able to: understand Social Marketing as a strategy to promote health and experience concrete examples of the application of social marketing from a variety of community sectors (and much more).

Seminar leaders included: Maurice Borts, Francois Lagarde (both from the Canadian Centre for Public Sector Marketing) and Irv Rootman (Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto).

The keynote address which placed social marketing in the context of health promotion, was given by Irv Rootman. Several case studies were presented by a number of presenters from the Atlantic region. The Institute was closed by a panel consisting of Patsy Huggan from PEI Health and Social Services, David Daughton from the PEI Health Information Resource Centre, Jane Oram from Health Canada and Irv Rootman.

Approximately 60 people, mostly from Atlantic Canada attended.

Among the highlights were two stripteases by Irv Rootman and several songs and poems by other participants.

For further information contact: Department of Extension & Summers Sessions, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 4P3 Tel (902) 566-0408 Fax (902) 566-0451, E-mail:

- submitted by Irv Rootman

6. 4th UBC Summer Institute on Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation, Vancouver

July 14 - 18, 1997

Sessions were designed for practitioners, educators, and researchers who plan, implement, or evaluate health promotion programs or policies. The workshop sessions used the Precede-Proceed model and guidelines on participatory research as the organizing frameworks to take participants through the development of plans or evaluation proposals for the population in which they are working.

For more information:

Wood and Associates

#502, 1281 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3J7

Tel: 604-688-3787 Fax: 604-688-5749

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Most of the following listings have been taken from a Report by the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research Working Group on Health Promotion Education and Training, on "Health Promotion courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities - An Inventory". This report is described in the next message of this OHPE Bulletin - #19.2 (September 5, 1997). Caution: many of the following URLs and links may be outdated, where there is a problem, return to the main page of the academic institution and try their programs listings.

1. BROCK UNIVERSITY - Department of Health Studies

The Health Studies Program at Brock University utilizes a multidimensional approach into the presentation of information across the social, emotional, physical and spiritual perspectives of health. The purpose of the Health Studies program is to provide a comprehensive overview of information related to health, at an undergraduate level. The presentation of such information will not only provide specific skills for the practitioner, but will allow the "student" of Health Studies to continue work in selected issues during postgraduate degrees and/or with selected career development after graduation.

Sample course: HLST 3P50 - Health Promotion

Obstacles to the implementation of health promotion theories; focus on limitations that exist in both the health care system and in the minds of health consumers; development of strategies to minimize these problems.

For more information contact:

Andrea Toepell Health Studies, Brock University

500 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines L2S 3A1

2. LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY - School of Nursing

NURS 3530 & 3550 Health Promotion I & II

In these courses, emphasis is on the integration of health promotion and protection concepts in all developmental stages. Students explore the use of theoretical frameworks in planning and implementing health promotion and health protection plans for individuals, families, aggregates and community clients.

For more information contact:

School of Nursing, Lakehead University

955 Oliver Rd. Thunder Bay P7B 5E1

3. UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA - Faculty of Medicine

EPI 5271 Health Promotion (Instructor Robert Spasoff)

Origins, theories and techniques of health promotion at the individual and community levels. Examination of current health promotion activities in Canada and elsewhere.

For more information contact:

Dr. Robert Spasoff

Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa

451 Smyth Road, Ottawa K1H 8M5


i) Graduate Department of Community Health

Sample courses CHL 5801 Health Promotion (Instructor Ron Labonte)

Overview of health promotion: social-psychological factors, methods and strategies; role of the health promoter and relationship to other health and social service workers; models of health and illness; strategies of health promotion; social psychological theories on health attitudes and behaviour; values and ethics in health promotion.

CHL 5803 Health Promotion Strategies (Instructor Michael Goodstadt)

Theoretical basis and application of strategies to promote health; communications theory; principles of community organization and development; theories and strategies of individual and social change; use of media.

For more information contact:

Dennis Raphael (Acting Director) Health Promotion Program

Graduate Department of Community Health

McMurrich Bldg. University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 1A8

ii) Faculty of Nursing -

NUR1055S Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Nursing Practice

NURS 301A/B Health Promotion in the Community

NURS312F Health Promotion in the Community for Post-RN Students

NURS 414A/B Advanced Nursing Approaches to Population Health

For more information contact:

Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

50 St. George St. Toronto, M5S 1A1

iii) School of Physical and Health Education

PHE 312S Population Health (Instructor K. Domnick)

For more information contact:

School of Physical & Health Education, U. of Toronto

Benson Bldg. 320 Huron St. Toronto, M5S 1A1

5. UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - Dept. of Health Studies & Gerontology

HLTH 101F & 102W Introduction to Health Studies 1 & 2

HLTH 245 The Canadian Health Care System

HLTH 445 Seminar in Health Promotion (Instructor Janice Husted)

For more information contact

Health Studies and Gerontology, U. of Waterloo

200 University Ave. West, Waterloo N2L 3G1

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6. Other Program not in the Inventory:

[OHPE #3.0 May 16/97] Health Promotion - Multidisciplinary Post-Diploma Program

CANADORE COLLEGE, Promotion (Post-Diploma

Canadore College in partnership with the Health Unit of North Bay and District and Nipissing University, has just completed its first year of a new full-time home study program in health promotion. This multidimensional and interdisciplinary program is the first of its kind in Ontario to be offered at the post-diploma college level. It is designed to enhance the students' existing knowledge and skills, preparing them to provide leadership in health promotion within a variety of settings. This innovative program has been making use of self-directed distance education learning packages and mentorship as well as a variety of courses over two semesters and a field placement.

For more information contact

Kelly Van Raalte, professor, Nursing Programs

School of Health Sciences, Canadore College

P.O. Box 500 100 College Drive, North Bay, ON P1B 8K9

Tel (705) 474-7601 ext 5253 Fax 474-2384


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Laval University's Groupe de recherche et d'intervention en promotion de la santé and the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC), in collaboration with partners from across Canada, have conducted a national survey of French-language health promotion practitioners' training needs. The survey's second objective was to assess the relevance of establishing a Francophone network for health promotion continuing education and to identify its potential role.

First of all, this survey clearly identifies that there are very real training needs in French. All the respondents were in agreement on this issue. Community development is the priority area for training, followed by public policy, evaluation methods and health education. As for the preferred type of training, workshops/courses are the top choice. These findings provide some clear indications to orient the network's activities.

These suggestions relate to the roles that respondents would like to see the network play. They think the network should first and foremost be a hub for information and exchange as well as a facilitator for health promotion training in French.

If you'd like to know more about this initiative or obtain the final report of the needs assessment (available at the end of September, in French only), contact:

Francine Deroche at OPC


Phone: (416) 408-2121 ou 1-800-263-2846, ext. 268

FAX: (416) 408-2122


Michel O'Neill at GRIPSUL


Phone: (418) 656-2131, ext. 7431

FAX: (418) 656-7747


Le Groupe de recherche et d'intervention en promotion de la santé de l'Université Laval (GRIPSUL) et le Centre ontarien d'information en prévention (COIP), en collaboration avec des partenaires à travers le Canada, ont effectué une enquête pan-canadienne auprès des intervenants oeuvrant en promotion de la santé en français pour dégager leurs besoins de formation. À partir du portrait dressé par cette enquête, l'objectif était également de cerner la pertinence d'un Réseau francophone de formation continue en promotion de la santé et de préciser quel devrait être son rôle.

Le premier constat que ce sondage nous a permis de faire est qu'il existe de réels besoins de formation en français. Tous les répondants étaient d'accord sur cette question. Le développement communautaire ressort nettement comme le domaine prioritaire pour la formation, avec dans une moindre importance l'action politique, les méthodes d'évaluation et l'éducation pour la santé. Pour ce qui est du type de formation privilégié, les ateliers/cours à distance arrivent au premier rang. Nous avons donc là des indications claires pour orienter les activités du Réseau.

Ces suggestions sont à mettre en relation avec le rôle que les répondants voudraient que le Réseau joue. Pour ces derniers, le Réseau devrait avant tout constituer un carrefour d'informationet d'échange de même qu'un facilitateur pour la formation en français en promotion de la santé.

Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur cette initiative ou encore, si vous voulez obtenir le rapport final (disponible à la fin de septembre), communiquez avec :

Francine Deroche au COIP

Courrier électronique :

Tél. : (416) 408-2121 ou 1-800-263-2846, poste 268

Télécopieur : (416) 408-2122


Michel O'Neill au GRIPSUL

Courrier electronique :

Tél. : (418) 656-2131, poste 7431

Télécopieur : (418) 656-7747