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  • 1. Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion Presentation to TORC Rural Health Forum November 5, 2009
  • 2. Purpose
    • 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.
  • 3. Overview
    • 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.
  • 4. Promoting a Population Health Approach
    • Recognize that health is determined by complex interactions between social and economic factors, the physical environment and individual behavior.
  • 5. Applying an Integrated Approach
  • 6. Ontario’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Framework
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Examples of MHP Strategies and Initiatives
  • 9. 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
        • reproductive health
        • child health
    • 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.
  • 10. 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
  • 11. MHP’s Diabetes Prevention Initiative
    • Goal:
      • To reduce the incidence of type-2 diabetes among those at greatest risk and in those geographic areas of highest incidence
    • Settings:
      • Communities
      • Workplaces
      • Health care
      • Media
  • 12. EatRight Ontario
    • 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
    • videos.
  • 13. Other Tools
    • 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.
  • 14. healthyontario.com
    • 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.
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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
    • Promote safe environments that prevent injury
  • 18. Expanding Partnerships for Health Promotion

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