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Help Yourself to Health Information


Consumer Health Information Services at St. Joseph's Community Health Centre in Hamilton is pleased to announce a new web site, "Help Yourself to Health Information", in conjunction with the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse.

The purpose of the site is to help consumers locate self help groups and health newsletters on the Internet. We have included self help groups that are Canadian and typically associated with a health

concern. Some of the health newsletters are Canadian as well, many are free while others charge a subscription fee.

We have also included suggestions to help people determine if the information they find on the Internet is accurate. Check out "Help Yourself to Health Information" at

Note that the new web site replaces "Key Health Web Sites" formerly located on the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse site.

For more information contact Debbie Bang at

or (905) 573-7777, ext. 8054 or Bev Powell-Vinden at or (905) 573-7777, ext. 8053.

Submitted by Bev Powell-Vinden, Consumer Health Information Services

Homelessness: A National Disaster


Please join the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in officially releasing its call for all levels of government to declare homelessness as a national disaster.

Thursday, October 8 at 10 am

Church of the Holy Trinity - 10 Trinity Square

(behind the Eaton Centre, south of Dundas Street West between Bay and Yonge St.)

Moderator: Ursula Franklin

Speakers: Cathy Crowe, Steve Lane, Prof. David Hulchanski, Beric German

Note: there will be an opportunity for you or your organization to sign the declaration:

"We call on all levels of government to declare homelessness a national disaster requiring emergency humanitarian relief. We urge that they immediately develop and implement a national Homelessness Relief and Prevention Strategy using disaster relief funds both to provide the homeless with immediate health protection and housing and to prevent further homelessness.

Canada has signed the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights guaranteeing everyone's right to "an adequate standard of living



On September 15, 1998 the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced the five winning communities of the 1998 Caring Communities Award.

La Cle d'la Baie,- contact: Ernest Vaillancourt La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie P: 705-549-3116 Georgian Bay's Francophone community based in Simcoe County,

Donova/Flour Mill community in Sudbury - contact: Annette Reszcynski Sudbury Better Beginnings, Better Futures Association P 705-671-1941,

Jane-Finch community in Toronto - contact: Wanda MacNevin Network of Community Based Organizations P: 416-249-8000

Mamaweswan Tribal Council, which is comprised of seven North Shore First Nations in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre, from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie- contact John Thibodeau or Cindy Little Media Profile P: (888) 504-8464,

Riverdale West in Hamilton - contact: Judy Kloosterman Riverdale Community Council P: 905-546-4256.

The first Caring Community Award recipients were announced last October and included: Cornwall, Ear Falls, Manitoulin Island's West Bay First Nation, Thunder Bay's County Park Community and Waterloo Region. See OHPE #25.1 Oct. 17/97 for more detail.

Each award recipient will receive a $20,000 grant for further community development, assistance in applying for other grants, and the opportunity to share their experiences at a provincial conference: Investing in the Whole Community: Strategies for a Caring Society. October 15 & 16, 1998, Toronto, two full days of celebration, dialogue, learning and exchange about Ontario's communities.

For more information about Caring Communities see OHPE 73.2 Resources. For information on the winners, the Award process and the Conference:

call Trillium Foundation at: 416-963-4927; 1-800-263-2887 for more details.

The Alliance for Health Promotion of Eastern Ontario - Postponement


Announces a Postponement of the February 10th Workshop

Due to the ice storm of early January, many events in eastern Ontario are being re-planned and postponed. The "Taking Action on Local HP Accountability" workshop announced in OHPE #35.0 on January 5th will now take place APRIL 7, 1998.

Sherryl Smith, co-chair of the Alliance writes:

"We are postponing our workshop on the CPHA Action Statement on Health Promotion and developing some ways of monitoring at the local level until April 7 in Ottawa 7:00 - 9:30 p.m."

From the OHPE Bulletin #35.0:

The Alliance for Health Promotion of Eastern Ontario is holding a workshop to examine the use of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Action Statement on Health Promotion as a potential planning and accountability framework for these important new municipal responsibilities. "We want to help define accountability at the municipal level, and ensure that health promotion and community health programming remain an effective component of health services," say the Alliance co-chairs. The workshop will involve presentations on the Action Statement and on potential monitoring and reporting formats for municipal health promotion programs.

For more information about this workshop and the Alliance for Health Promotion of Eastern Ontario contact the co-chairs:

Bonnie Dinning Tel. (613) 724-4122 ext. 3613 Fax 613-724-4123 e-mail

Sherryl Smith Tel. (613) 238-8210 Fax 613-238-7595 E-mail

WHO Resolution on Health Promotion


A resolution on Health Promotion based on the Jakarta Declaration has been adopted by WHOs Executive Board in its meeting last week (101st session). It can be accessed on the WHO website. It will be forwarded to this years World Health Assembly in May.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, has been nominated by the same Exective Board for the post of the Director General of WHO. More information can be accessed on the WHO website.

Submitted by Ilona Kickbusch [to Health-Promotion & to CLICK4HP list-servs]

Michel O'Neill supplied the following text from the WHO web-site:

The [WHO] Executive Board,

Having considered the report of the Director-General on health promotion, RECOMMENDS to the Fifty-first World Health Assembly the adoption of the following Resolution:

The Fifty-first World Health Assembly,

Recalling Resolution WHA42.44 on health promotion, public information and education for health and the outcome of the four international conferences on health promotion (Ottawa,1986; Adelaide, 1988; Sundsvall, Sweden 1991; Jakarta 1997);

Mindful that there is now clear evidence that:

(1) comprehensive approaches that use combinations of the five strategies are the most effective;

(2)certain settings offer practical opportunities for the implementation of comprehensive strategies, such as cities, islands, local communities, markets, schools, workplaces, and health facilities; (3) people have to be at the centre of health promotion action and decision-making processes if they are to be effective;

(4) access to education and information is essential in achieving effective participation and the "empowerment" of people and communities;

(5) health promotion is a "key investment" and an essential element of health development;

Mindful of the new challenges and determinants of health and that new forms of action are needed to free the potential for health promotion in many sectors of society, among local communities, and within families, using an approach based on sound evidence where feasible; Appreciating that there is a clear need to break through traditional boundaries within government sectors, between governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and between the public and private sectors;

Confirming the priorities set out in the Jakarta Declaration for Health Promotion in the Twenty-first Century,

1. URGES all Member States:

(a) to promote social responsibility for health;

(b) to increase investments for health development;

(c) to consolidate and expand "partnerships for health";

(d) to increase community capacity and "empower" the individual in matters of health;

(e) to secure an infrastructure for health promotion;

2. CALLS ON organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and foundations, donors and the international community as a whole:

(a) to mobilize Member States and assist them to implement these strategies;

(b) to form global health promotion networks;

3. CALLS ON the Director-General:

(a) to enhance the Organization

Ontario DHCs & Public Health Units involved with IHS


Integrated Health Systems and Community Health

a) Metro Toronto District Health Council

Paper/Report by MTDHC "Creating Integrated Health Delivery Systems for Metropolitan Toronto" proposes 'a conceptually sound and implementable approach to meeting the government's policy objectives for establishing integrated health services.... Of the possibilities available, Council believes, that at this time, the establishment of CHSOs, which will bring together the majority of health services people need under one umbrella, is a significant step in achieving true health service integration. The complexity of Metro's health service environment makes 100% inclusion very difficult to achieve.'

now available on-line at:

Metro Toronto District Health Council

4141 Yonge Street, Suite 200, Willowdale, Ontario, M2P 2A8

Tel: (416) 222-6522 Fax: (416) 222-5587

b) York Region District Health Council

Paper: "Toward Integrated Health Delivery Systems in York Region" (Dec. 1995) also current action plan includes

" Supporting the development of Integrated Health Systems (IHS). Examples of supports include: resource to committees; providing data and information; doing market research; developing IHS community profiles; defining roles of the DHC, Ministry, providers and consumers; and determining the levels of planning (local, district, regional) for various programs.

For more information contact:

York Region DistrictHealth Council

1091 Gorham Street Suite 300

Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 7V1

Tel: 905-830-9899; 416-363-5288

Fax: 905-830-9903


c) From Northwestern Health Unit:

The Kenora Rainy River DHC has expressed interest in including health promotion into primary care as part of the Integrated Health Delivery System. At a session sponsored by the Thunder Bay and Kenora/Rainy River District Health Council on Integrated Health System on April 7& 8, this question came up especially in relation to the move to fund Public Health by municipalities. Ideally Health Promotion would be funded as part of the IHS but that is not the current proposals.

Contact Bob Jeffrey by e-mail at:

d) From Waterloo Regional Community Health Department

Our local District Health Council's Task Force on health promotion has recommended that "the DHC adopt a model for Integrated Health Delivery Systems that includes health promotion as an integral, conceptual and programming component".

Grace Ross,

Waterloo Regional Community Health Department

99 Regina Street S., 3rd Floor,

Waterloo, Ontario, Can. N2J 3Z8


phone: (519) 883-2003 ex 5350

Centre for Health Promotion Working Group on Integrated Health Systems


The Centre has established a Working Group to develop a strategy for ensuring that health promotion will be an integral part of Integrated Health Systems (IHS) in Ontario.

The Centre for Health Promotion has received several requests for information on IHS.

Currently, we have three resources on this topic:

i) a reference list on IHS (available electronically)

ii) abstracts of Ontario case studies on linking health promotion planning to health care restructuring. (available electronically)

iii) a resource kit that was distributed to participants at the Centre's Information Sharing Forum on Integrated Delivery Systems.

This package includes presentation slides, the Centre's response to the Hospital Services Restructuring Committee, and several readings (not available electronically).

For information on how to obtain these resources, please contact Noelle Gadon (416 978-0522,

The Caring Communities Award - Prix D'Entraide De Communautaire


This award seeks to locate and celebrate those communities that shine light on the future, a future where people feel a sense of belonging and responsibility to each other, and are active participants in their own destinies.

The Trillium Foundation's Caring Communities Award is open to communities across Ontario, including neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and/or groups with shared characteristics. They're looking for community-wide efforts from groups such as schools, businesses, healthcare providers, volunteer organizations, local government and community leaders.

They're seeking projects that go beyond a single issue or organization. Up to five awards may be presented; submissions must be received by June 1997. For more information, contact the Trillium Foundation at (416) 961-0194 or 1-800 263-2887. Or check the web-site:


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