Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion Presentation to TORC Rural Health Forum November 5, 2009
To provide an overview of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion (MHP);
To highlight various MHP programs, tools and initiatives;
To identify areas for possible collaboration.
Vision: Healthy Communities working together and Ontarians leading healthy and active lives
Mission: To champion health promotion across Ontario and inspire partners to create a culture of health and well being for all
4 year old ministry with 146 staff and $400M budget
Achieve goals through social marketing, public education, influencing and partnering with others, funding programs and services, surveillance, designing legislation/regulation, creating and disseminating new knowledge.
Promoting a Population Health Approach
Recognize that health is determined by complex interactions between social and economic factors, the physical environment and individual behavior.
Applying an Integrated Approach
Ontario’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Framework
MHP’s 2009-10 Priorities
Promoting Health and Wellness
Preventing Disease, Injury and Addiction
Partnering for Healthy Communities
Promoting Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Valuing Sport and Recreation
Examples of MHP Strategies and Initiatives
Partnering with Public Health
MHP’s funds 75% of the health promotion standards for Ontario’s 36 public health units:
chronic disease prevention
prevention of injury and substance misuse
Best practice documents being developed to guide implementation.
Supported expansion of Children in Need of [Dental] Treatment Program to include children from birth until their 17 th birthday.
MHP’s After-School Initiative
MHP partnering with community organizations on after-school programs and services
Linked to Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
15,500 children and youth will benefit
270 Sites within priority neighbourhoods
Programs include activities like:
healthy eating and nutrition education to help combat childhood obesity
physical activity to encourage active lifestyles
personal health and wellness education to promote self-esteem
MHP’s Diabetes Prevention Initiative
To reduce the incidence of type-2 diabetes among those at greatest risk and in those geographic areas of highest incidence
Evidence-based nutrition information for families and health care providers, including s support on
diabetes prevention and management.
Free web and phone-based service.
Meal-planning tools and label reading
NutriSTEP: Tool to screen preschooler’s eating habits, identify nutrition problems early, including growth and overweight problems.
EatSmart!: Award program promotes healthy food choices, in restaurants, schools, workplaces and recreation centres.
Provides access to a wide range of health information and services available to Ontario residents.
Includes health assessment tools, articles by experts, medical information, as well as links to other Ontario and not-for-profit health and wellness websites.
Smoke Free Ontario
Implemented Smoke-free Ontario Act and Strategy
Banned Smoking in Cars with children
Supporting TEACH - smoking cessation training for health intermediaries
Collaborating on Aboriginal Initiatives
Creating New Directions in Tobacco Control
Healthy Communities Ontario
Enhancing health and wellbeing through inter-sectoral collaboration, community engagement and partnerships.
Three main components:
Healthy Communities Fund supports healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco use, substance and alcohol misuse, mental health and injury prevention projects;
Healthy Community Partnerships promote community planning and mobilization to effect policy change and create a environment that promotes health;
Healthy Communities Consortium of resource centres that support partnership and community development, training and best practices.
Healthy Communities Ontario Priorities
Increase access to healthier food
Educate and develop food skills
Increase access to recreation, sport and physical activity
Support active transportation and improve the built environment
Increase tobacco free environments and smoking cessation services
Educate the public about the risks of tobacco use
Increase resiliency in youth and adults re: alcohol and drug use
Increase access to mental health prevention and promotion programs and supports