Organizations for health promotion, public health and population health

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Association of Local Public Health Associations
Address: 425 University Avenue, Suite 502, Toronto ON M5G 1T6
Phone: (416) 595-0006
Fax: (416) 595-0030
Programs/Services: advocates for public health policies, programs and services on behalf of member health units in Ontario; advises and lends expertise to members on the governance, administration and management of health units; collaborates with governments and other health organizations for a strong, effective and efficient public health system; produces bulletins, newsletters, position papers, studies, conferences, benchmarking projects Website Contents: links; full text of publications
Notes: a non-profit organization whose members include board of health members of health units, medical and associate medical officers of health, and senior public health managers

Association of Ontario Health Centres
Address: 410 - 5233 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M9B 1A6
Phone: 416-236-2539
Fax: 416-236-0431
Programs/Services: provides support to health centres through developing position papers, acting as an information clearinghouse, providing training opportunities and managing information technology; provides a group benefits plans, support to centres embarking on an accreditation program, and resources for special projects; maintains formal and informal networks with allied health organizations; projects with centres include the evaluation framework, information technology issues, board development, best practices; activities include an annual conference, resources for Community Health Day and healthlink, a quarterly newsletter; AOHC also continues to develop networks with allied health organizations to represent the health centre perspective
Website Contents: search function; links to other organizations; AOHC Evaluation Framework (downloadable, or available for payment); other documents available to AOHC members (go to Member services, Centre Development, Best Practices) include the Interdisciplinary Team Tool Kit For the Development of Best Practices and its companion piece Unpacking Evidence in Health Promotion (Best Practices Discussion Paper 2)
Notes: the not-for-profit organization of community health centres (CHC), aboriginal health access centres( AHAC), and community health service organizations (CHSO)

Benton Foundation
Address: 950 18th Street, N.W., Washington DC 20006
Phone: 202-638-5770
Fax: 202-638-5771
Programs/Services: focuses on communications for solving social problems through demonstration projects, media production and publishing, research, conferences, and grantmaking; website includes Benton's Best Practices Toolkit, which offers tools to help nonprofits make effective use of communications and information technologies
Website Contents: search function; free newsletters and listservs

Canadian Centre for Philanthropy
Address: 425 University Avenue, Suite 700, Toronto, ON M5G 1T6
Phone: 416-597-2293
Fax: 416-597-2294
Programs/Services: generates and gathers information and analysis about the environment in which Canadian charities operate; help strengthen charitable, voluntary, and non-profit organizations through public affairs, research, information resources, and the Imagine program
Website Contents: search function; an information with links, some downloadable resources; other features
Notes: a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing the role and interests of the charitable sector for the benefit of Canadian communities

Canadian Council on Social Development
Address: 309 Cooper St., 5th floor, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
Phone: 613-236-8977
Programs/Services: research and analysis that provide the foundation for informed discussion of social issues and the development of progressive social policies; consultations that link local concerns with national commitment to social progress; public education; advocacy with policy-makers at all levels to promote fair and progressive social policies for all Canadians; special services for members (for a fee)
Website Contents: search function; statistics, information on research, CCSD Publications & Online Documents, CCSD Bulletin Board, The Social Indicators Site, The Canadian Social Planning Network, Canadian Poverty figures, links to government sites, social and community planning councils, municipal sites, poverty resources; English and French
Notes: national, self-supporting, non-profit organization with a research focus, on concerns such as income security, employment, poverty, child welfare, pensions and government social policies; CCSD's mission is the development and promotion of sound and effective social programs

Canadian Evaluation Society
Contact person: Secretariat
Address: 1485 Laperriere Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7S8
Phone: (613) 725.2526
Fax: (613) 729.6206
Programs/Services: Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, annual conference, newsletter, awards, notification of employment and contract opportunities, student initiatives
Website Contents: numerous links to evaluation-related resources (e.g. organizations, databanks of evaluation reports, position papers, tools); English and French
Notes: a national Canadian organization dedicated to the advancement of evaluation theory and practice, promoting leadership, knowledge, advocacy, and professional development

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
Address: 11 Holland Avenue, Suite 301, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4S1
Phone: (613) 728-2238
Fax: (613) 728-3527
Programs/Services: research funding opportunities, descriptions of research results and ongoing research projects, workshops and other activities, articles and reportst for enhancing linkage and exchange, newsletter
Website Contents: links to reports and documents, conferences and events, other organizations; information about funding possibilities; English and French
Notes: an independent, not-for-profit corporation, established with endowed funds from the federal government and its agencies, which promotes and funds management and policy research in health services and nursing to increase the quality, relevance and usefulness of this research for health-system policy makers and managers; and, to support and enhance use of research evidence when addressing health management and policy challenge

Canadian Public Health Association
Address: Suite 400, 1565 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R1
Phone: 613-725-3769
Fax: 613-725-9826
Programs/Services: conducts and supports health and social programs nationally and internationally, working with federal and provincial government departments and international agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in conducting research and health services programs. The current six Areas of Interest are: Disease Surveillance and Control, Health Promotion, Human and Ecosystem Health, International Health, Equity and Social Justice and Administration of Health. Resources are available for payment.
Website Contents: links to other organizations; information about its programs; English and French
Notes: a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada with links to the international public health community. CPHA's members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.

Centre for Health Promotion University of Toronto
Address: The Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Rm 207, Toronto, ON M5G 1L5
Phone: 416-978-1809
Fax: 416-971-1365
Programs/Services: to conduct research and educational activities and provide service in the field of health promotion; includes 5 internal units (Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Quality of Life Research Unit, The Health Communication Unit, Best Practices and Evaluation Unit, International Projects Unit) and over 20 affiliated units
Website Contents: events; downloadable resources (in English, some in French); links
Notes: an extra-departmental unit of the Department of Public Health Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto

Change Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 42, 200 Front Street West, Suite 2501, Toronto, ON M5V 3M1
Phone: 416-205-1353
Fax: 416-205-1310 or 416-205-1440
Programs/Services: provides grants; conducts research
Website Contents: links to other organizations, resources (some downloadable); information sites (Population Health, Strategic & Environmental Issues, Alliances & Networks, Clinical Program & Service Changes, Non-Clinical Support Service Changes, Mergers, Amalgamations & Closures, New Organization Types)
Notes: an Ontario Hospital Association Initiative; contents of The Change Exchange website can be purchased in a 3-volume binder set

CISTI (Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information)
Phone: 1 800 668 1222 (Canada & US) or (613) 993-9251
Fax: (613) 993 7619
Programs/Services: provides journal articles, technical reports, conference papers or books through Direct Supply (document delivery service) for a fee
Notes: there is a free Guide to the Document Delivery Services

Cochrane Collaboration Health Promotion and Public Health Field
Programs/Services: some of the aims of the Field include: promotion of the conduct of Cochrane reviews of health promotion and public health topics; develop, maintain and advertise a specialised database of individual health promotion/public health research studies; assist in the development of methodologies and guidelines for undertaking reviews which are specific to the needs of the health promotion and public health practitioners and other stakeholders; identify sources of funding to complete the work of reviewers on reviews of interest to the field
Website Contents: a list of Cochrane reviews relevant to health promotion and public health, summaries of reviews (subscription required for full text), links to other sites and resources, answers to frequently asked questions Notes: goal is to promote the conduct, dissemination and utilization of systematic reviews of all health promotion and public health interventions

Community Health Research Unit
Website Contents: research, links to public health resources, Perspectives newsletter; English and French
Notes: a partnership of the Ottawa-Carleton Health Department and the University of Ottawa which aims to enhance the scientific basis for public health

IUHPE (International Union of Health Promotion and Education)
Address: 2, rue Auguste Comte, 92170 Vanves, France
Phone: (33) 01 46 45 00 59
Fax: (33) 01 46 45 00 45
Programs/Services: advocacy, dissemination (journals, videos, reports), conferences, publications; specific current projects include: Global Forum for Health Promotion Dialogue, Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness, The Growing Tobacco Crisis in Francophone Africa: A Seminar for Media and Health Promotion Experts, Essential Readings in Health Promotion
Website Contents: list of events, information about IUHPE event, projects and publications

Ontario Health Promotion Resource System (OHPRS)
Programs/Services: a system approach to joint planning, reporting and provision of service in order to share resources efficiently and optimize the services provided by the individual resource centres
Website Contents: events; links to member resource centres (Best Start, Consumer Health Information Service, FOCUS Resource Centre, Heart Health Resource Centre, National Clearinghouse on Tobacco and Health, Nutrition Resource Centre, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, OPC (Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse), Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, Ontario Self-Help Network, Ontario Tobacco-free Network, Program Training and Consultation Centre, Smoking and Health Action Foundation, The Health Communication Unit); Livelink Intranet
Notes: comprised of a system of individual resource centres that are accessed at the community level by organizations such as the Boards of Health, that want to increase their community capacity and require enhanced knowledge and skills in the form of training, consultations, partnership building / networking, and information/knowledge exchange or diffusion

Ontario Healthy Communities
Address: 1900 - 180 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Phone: (416) 408-4841
Toll free: 1-800-766-3418
Fax: (416) 408-4843
Programs/Services: education and training, facilitation, media relations, electronic networking, community mobilization, partnership building through community animation project; networks to train, problem-solve, and exchange information among communities; produces resources, publishes newsletter Update, maintains a database and resource inventory and has a clearinghouse of information
Website Contents: publications (including Fact Sheets; Proposal Writing Manual; Healthy Environment, Healthy Community Kit), "snapshot" stories of Healthy Community activity in Ontario, links to other organizations and resources; English and French
Notes: a broad-based group of communities and provincial organizations, spanning the social, environmental, economic, and political spectrums, seeking to achieve social, environmental, and economic health and well-being for individuals, communities and local governments

Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse
Address: 180 Dundas St. W., Suite 1900, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Phone: 416-408-2249; toll-free 1-800-263-2846
Fax: 416-408-2122
Programs/Services: Prevention Congress (a bi-annual health promotion/community development forum for health professionals, community leaders and others interested in the health of their communities); Health Promotion Consultation (for individuals and organizations involved in prevention, health promotion and/or community development work); publications (print and online documents and fact sheets dealing with health promotion, community development, organizational change)
Website Contents: events, publications, links to tools and resources and other websites and organizations; English and French
Notes: an incorporated Ontario not-for-profit agency

The Health Communication Unit (THCU)
Address: The Health Communication Unit at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto, The Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Room 213, Toronto, ON M5G 1L5
Phone: 416-978-0522
Fax: 416-971-2443
Programs/Services: a provincial resource centre offering training, consultation and resources to health promotion practitioners in Ontario, covering planning, evaluation, health communication, policy change
Website Contents: information, resources (some downloadable) and links; main categories on the site include: Health communication, Health promotion planning, Policy development, Sustainability, Evaluation, General health promotion, THCU's Newsletter: The Update, The Ontario Health Promotion Email Bulletin
Notes: THCU's services are available free of charge to health promotion practitioners in Ontario from public health units, community health centres, district health councils, voluntary agencies, and others working in the field of health promotion

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