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OHPE's 2007 Year in Review

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I Introduction

Today, in our annual Year in Review article, we present a brief look back at the IUHPE conference,  behind-the-scenes information on OHPE, a guide to OHPE's 2007 feature articles, most wanted articles for OHPE in 2008, and a quick look at how the Editorial and Management Team will be spending their December vacation.

OHPE will be back in the new year on January 4, 2008. From all of us at the Ontario Health Promotion Email Bulletin, thanks to our many contributors and readers for a fantastic 2007. 

Have a safe and happy holiday, and our best wishes to you for 2008!

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II Reflecting on the 2007 IUHPE Conference

In June 2007, Vancouver was the location for the 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education with more than 3,000 participants from around the world meeting to discuss health promotion in the 21st century. OHPE featured a reflection by Peter Levesque on the conference as it was in progress, which can be seen at
In looking back over 2007, the OHPE editors asked several conference participants to add their reflections on the impact of the conference on health promotion practice.

Alison Stirling
At the IUHPE conference, I had many wonderful interactions with people from around the world;  reconnected with colleagues from the past; was inspired by keynote speakers and dialogues/debates; and came home with a wealth of materials, contacts, notes and much more from the IUHPE conference. However, conferences are quite difficult places to have meaningful participation--the program has too many competing sessions, there's little opportunity to promote a specific session or to "build community."  I attended the IUHPE session on "Shaping the Future of Health Promotion: Priorities for Action," but found it difficult to feel "engaged" in a discussion of a synthesis document that was being distributed.  Moving forward on health promotion needs other venues than at an international conference.

Peter Levesque's OHPE article reflecting on the IUHPE conference highlighted a common issue for many of us in health promotion--the gap between what we *know* and what we *do*:  "Where are the community members? Where's the citizen engagement?...despite all the knowledge that has been generated in universities, governments, communities, foundations, and multiple  other places of our society, we seem unable--if not unwilling--to put the same effort into using what we know."

Subha Sankaran
I liked the framing of issues in terms of health equity that seemed far more developed in the international arena of health promotion than in the Canadian context that I am more familiar with. This shift towards health outcomes, rather than inputs, or provision of services (which cultural competence and diversity lenses direct our attention to) helps to focus our attention on structural factors and the relevant policy directions we need to pursue to reduce health inequities. It also clearly brings the determinants of health into focus. I also really appreciated the exposure to the work of the CSDH that I got through participating in the conference.
Having attended the pre conference workshop on the health of indigenous peoples, I was a little surprised to find it dominated by the Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand situations and, to a lesser extent, the US situation.  There seemed an absence of delegates from other continents, especially Africa and Asia, which have huge indigenous populations, and in that context I found the presentation by Jeff Reading in one of the plenaries very valuable in placing the issue of the health of indigenous peoples in global perspective.

Paola Ardiles
IUHPE was the first international health promotion conference I attended so these comments are a reflection of someone fairly new in the field. I was impressed at how many people came from around the world to attend. It made me reflect on how many of us are working away, across the globe, towards a very similar overall goal---to decrease inequalities that impact on the health and wellbeing of our populations. However, it also made me reflect on how many people were not able to be there (primarily due to high cost), and how there was a line up of speaker after speaker -- some very well known, and some emerging professionals -- but no time to engage in dialogue. The rich discussion mostly occurred in the halls and if you were lucky, as I was, over a nice coffee or dinner with someone with similar passions and interest in your area of work. It was certainly a great networking opportunity for some of us. I wish that dialogue and critical reflection would have been incorporated as an integral part of the conference organization.

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III Behind the Scenes

In late 2006, we introduced Bonnie Heath as our features editor.  With this new, dedicated (although still very part-time!) position, we hoped to improve our response time and increase the number and quality of articles over the course of the year.  Bonnie has more than fulfilled our hopes.  We're simultaneously delighted to announce that Bonnie has gone back to school, beginning a PhD in Critical Disability Studies, and sad to announce that this means she has left OHPE.  We wish Bonnie all the best with her studies and beyond.

The features editor position is now in the very capable hands of Karly Holmes.  Karly joins OHPE in addition to her ongoing work as a health promotion consultant and new mother. Karly recently returned from maternity leave and is slowly getting back into the health promotion saddle. She has an accomplished background in planning and managing multifaceted health promotion projects, with a focus on evaluation. With a young toddler in tow, early childhood education, child development, and parenting issues are now of particular interest. Karly has worked with provincial and federal government departments, local Ontario health departments, The Health Communication Unit at the University of Toronto, and other non-profit organizations in various roles, including project management, editing, writing, communications, facilitation and training, evaluation, and policy development.  You can reach Karly with your ideas and contributions at If you're not sure what you can contribute, have a look at our Most Wanted List below for some ideas.

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IV  Subscribers

OHPE had 4,569 subscribers in January 2007 -- 4,539 on the regular list and 30 on the full-text list.  On December 18 OHPE had 4,910 subscribers (4,880 regular, 30 text)!

Most people can subscribe and unsubscribe themselves using OHPE's website (  However, if you have any trouble you can write us at for help with any subscription issues.

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V What's Coming in 2008

One of the goals of the OHPE is to reflect the variety and diversity that is health promotion in Ontario. To help us with this, we created a list of action areas, determinants of health, foundations of health promotion, generic strategies, priority populations, issues, and settings. At the end of every calendar year, we sit down and review all of the feature articles to see what areas we've covered and what ones we haven't. From this, we develop a list of topics we would like to find writers for in the coming year.

We're working on some very interesting feature articles for early in the new year: in January we hope to bring you a feature on buying local food and later in the spring we'll have articles from fellow members in the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System.

As always, the year-end review reveals what areas we haven't covered in depth. From this, we develop a list of topics we would like to find writers for in the coming year. In 2008, we'd love to fill the following gaps in our growing archive of health promotion information:

  • Action Areas: Creating Supportive Environments
  • Foundations in Health Promotion: Ethics, Evaluation, and Values & Assumptions
  • Specific Issues: AIDS/HIV and Quality of Life
  • Settings: Enforcement/Justice and Leisure
  • Determinants:  Biology & Genetics and Healthy Child Development
  • Generic Strategies: Internet & Online Communities and Policy Development
  • Priority Populations: Aboriginal People, Adults 20-55, People Living with Disabilities, Men, Multi-Cultural Communities, People Living in Remote, Rural Northern Communities, People Living with HIV/AIDS, and Visible Minority Groups

If you'd like to write on these topics, or know someone who'd be a good person to ask, let us know by writing our features editor, Karly, at

We'd also like to thank all of our wonderful volunteer writers from 2007!  If you'd like to add a follow-up to what you wrote, you can send brief updates on previously published articles as Letters to the Editor; just email

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V 2007 Feature Articles

Letter from the Editors: OHPE's Year in Review and Comings & Goings, January 5 2007

Looking Back and Looking Ahead in Health Promotion, January 12 2007

Comings and Goings, January 26 2007

OHPE Celebrates 500 Issues, February 2 2007

Needs Assessment of Sudbury's Working Poor Population, February 9 2007

Reaching Out: The Ontario Inclusion Learning Network, February 16 2007

New Research by the Alcohol Policy Network, Ontario Public Health

Association, February 23 2007

Human Papillomavirus or HPV, March 2 2007

Branding for the Non-Profit Sector, March 9 2007

Implementing THCU's Six Step Health Promotion Planning
Model--Middlesex-London Early Childhood Injury Prevention Project,
March 16 2007

Nutrition Month and Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide, March 23 2007

Precarious Employment--Can You Stand The Strain?, March 30, 2007

Editorial on Climate Change and Health Promotion,  April 6 ,2007

Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, April 13, 2007

Letters to the Editor and News from the Field, April 20, 2007, April 20, 2007

Community Site Visits--An Innovative Conference Structure to Bring Research to Life, May 4, 2007

Local Health Integration Networks: Implications for Health Promotion, May 11, 2007

Ontario Injury Prevention Conference 2007, May 25, 2007

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act's First Anniversary, June 1, 2007

Letters and News from the Field, June 2007,  June 8, 2007

Closing the Knowledge to Action Gap: Is Health Promotion and Health Education on the Verge of a Breakthrough?,  June 15, 2007

Mobilize Youth: One Approach to Childhood Obesity, June 22, 2007

Letters and News from the Field, July 2007, July 13, 2007

Practice-based Evidence in Health Promotion, July 20, 2007

Searching for Health Promotion Literature, July 27, 2007

Letter from the Editors: A Response to the CMA's Call for a Parallel System, August 10, 2007

Learning Health Promotion: Many Journeys, Many Paths (2007 update), August 31, 2007

Letter from the Editors--2007 Ontario Election and Referendum Resources,  September 14, 2007

Communication for Social Change: Successes and Challenges in Addressingthe Social Determinants of Health, September 21, 2007

Improving Population Health: An Election Wish List, September 28, 2007

Health Promotion and Proportional Representation: Cutting to the Chase, October 5, 2007

Towards the Development of Canadian Health Promotion Competencies:
Where we've been, where we are, and where we're going, October 26, 2007

Letters to the Editor and News from the Field: Fall 2007, November 2,2007

"Profiting Through Prevention" Workplace Violence in Canada, November 16, 2007

The Street Health Report 2007: Community-based Research on the
Health, Health Care Access and Daily Lives of Homeless People in
Toronto, November 23, 2007

From Strategic Plan to Program Plan and Back Again, December 6, 2007

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VI News from the Field

News from the Field, November and December 2007

A. Tom Closson Appointed President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association

Earlier today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Board approved the appointment of Tom Closson as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 14, 2008.  Tom will assume his responsibilities after the retirement of current OHA President and CEO, Hilary Short, following her 34 years of exemplary service to the organization.

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B. Dr. Charles Pascal Appointed As Special Advisor to Recommend Strategy, Report to Premier

The government has appointed Dr. Charles Pascal to recommend the best way to implement full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.  The McGuinty government has committed to spending $200 million in year three of its mandate and $300 million in year four to make progress on full-time learning for Ontario children.

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C. Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network appoints Special Advisor on Health Equity

Board Chair Mohamed Dhanani announced today the secondment of Bob Gardner, PH.D., as Special Advisor, Health Equity, to the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a three-month period, beginning December 1, 2007. This summer the board created a task force to explore the issue in detail and find solutions. Dr. Gardner will help the board to develop the LHIN's health equity framework, as a first step toward the creation of a local health care system that is responsive to the needs of consumers. The Toronto Central LHIN health equity framework will serve as a guide to decision-making at the LHIN and will assist health service providers in formulating their own plans. In September, the board directed hospitals within Toronto Central LHIN to prepare Health Equity Plans for submission to the LHIN by October 1, 2008.

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D. News from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network

  • CEO Recruitment--The board has retained Knightsbridge Executive Search to assist in the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer. A CEO position profile is being developed and will be posted to as well as to the Toronto Central LHIN web site, on the Careers page.
  • Acting CEO Appointment--Until the recruitment process is complete, the board is delighted to appoint Senior Director, Performance Contracts and Allocations, Bill Manson as Acting CEO. We know that Bill has worked closely with many of you since his arrival at the LHIN. We trust that you will welcome him to his new acting position and ask that you provide him with your full support.
  • Update on Health Service Accountability Agreement--To assist the Performance, Contracts and Allocations team, Toronto Central LHIN is pleased that Mary Kardos Burton will serve as Special Advisor. Mary will assist in the Hospital Annual Planning Submission/Hospital Service Accountability Agreement (HAPS/H-SAA) process.

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E. Introducing the  Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health

On behalf of the Executive, we would like to introduce the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health [OSPAPPH]. Our mission is to elevate physical activity as a public health priority in Ontario through engagement, education, advocacy and strategic alliances. This organization builds on the strengths of an established infrastructure and mandate within the public health system, as well as the partnerships formed at the community, provincial and national levels with the ultimate purpose of increasing physical activity levels in Ontario. We look forward to working more closely with our members and partners in pursuit of a healthier, more active Ontario!


Executive Members

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F. News from the Alder Group

  • Congratulations to Brian Hyndman--Many of our clients and colleagues know of Brian's stellar reputation in applied research, conceptual development, program planning and evaluation. The Alder Group is pleased to appoint Brian as a Principal Consultant to the firm. Brian can be reached at our Toronto office or directly via email at
  • Sophie Rosa strengthens project management capacity--The Alder Group is pleased to announce the addition of Sophie Rosa as The Alder Group's Manager of Services and Operations. Sophie will also support The Alder Group's clients by sharing her depth of expertise in public health, writing,  and strategic planning.

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VII How the E&M Team Will Spend Their Holidays


  • To Do--sleeping in, eating lots, being merry
  • To Read--re-reading the Narnia Chronicles (part of the Milton and Spenser Balance Program!)
  • To Give--many shiny beaded things
  • To Ask For--a Tardis (good for managing deadlines and solving storage problems)


  • To Do--long morning dog walks, building a snowperson with my 18mos old, and eating
  • To Read--Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe, What to Expect--The Toddler Years
  • To Give-- cheese and wine, books, chocolate, and toys
  • To Ask For--A morning sleep-in


  • To do--My christmas cards, which at this rate will really be valentines
  • To read--the gigantic pile of newspapers that has been accumulating since the birth of my second baby (maybe even since the birth of my first...
  • To give--some attention to my poor neglected husband who falls third in line after my kids
  • To ask for--the day off from all mummy duties that I've been asking for, for four years


  • To Do--Take my 6-year-old to see Niagara Falls (and associated wax museums, butterfly conservatory, indoor waterpark, etc.)
  • To Read--Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly. Arrrrrrr.
  • To Give--Time to all my family
  • To Ask For--Lots of sleep and some time in which to do nothing at all


  • To Do--sleep, read, walk, skate, enjoy quiet home
  • To Read-four books for my book club that just arrived from the library (Purple Hibiscus, Consolation, Rockbound, Lullabies for Little Criminals)
  • To Give--books, music and art to family members; tech toys to my partner
  • To Ask For--a contract for bathroom renovation in January and tiles for the new shower