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RFP–Collaborative Policy Scan Project, Ontario Heart Health Network

Purpose:

Phase I - To develop an environmental scan template/tool that can be used to create an inventory of regional and municipal policies that impact chronic disease.  These include policies related to access to nutritious food, access to recreation and physical activity, prevention of alcohol misuse and prevention of tobacco use and exposure.  Guidelines that outline how the template/tool is to be filled in and gives guidance on approaches to complete this work will also be prepared.

Heart health coordinators across the province will collaborate with a variety of local partners to complete this tool within their own communities.   

Phase II - To synthesize individual scans from heart health networks (up to 37 scans) into a final report.  This report will outline policies across Ontario that supports the Ministry of Health Promotion's Policy Framework for Community Action.

Background:

The Ontario Heart Health Program - Taking Action for Healthy Living (OHHP-TAFHL) works across Ontario to promote and support community based heart health and chronic disease prevention programs. Our program goals are to prevent cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases such as Type -2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer and we achieve these objectives through the development of collaborative partnerships across Ontario.  Through 36 projects that consist of 37 community partnerships, OHHP-TAFHL works toward developing healthy public policy within schools, work sites and community settings. We bring together members of the community to share information, knowledge and resources.

The Ontario Heart Health Network (OHHN) is a provincial network of local community partnerships.  Our network provides awareness, education, skill building, supportive environments and policy development across the province. Funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion (MHP), this network has been a category leader in promoting healthy living.

OHHP-TAFHL is a key pillar of Ontario's Healthy Eating and Active Living Action Plan. The OHHP-TAFHL has developed a unique role as a leader in coordinating and mobilizing community partners across the province to deliver programs that not only raise awareness for the benefits of healthy living, but that result in important behaviour change and healthy lifestyles for all Ontarians. The OHHP-TAFHL model is an approach that includes all players in the health promotion system - from the beginning to the end of program development and implementation. It allows for community ownership of healthy living and chronic disease prevention programs, whether through anti-smoking school education, partnering with local trail organizations, increasing environmental supports such as bike racks, healthy food choices in worksites or supporting those at risk of diabetes, the community decides where it will allocate its resources to achieve its program goals.

The Ministry of Health Promotion recognizes that community partnerships across the province have been quite successful in mobilizing communities around chronic disease prevention and has articulated that it would like to continue to build on the momentum Networks have already established within communities.  As such, the Ministry is currently planning for the next phase of OHHP - Taking Action for Healthy Living and are working on developing a Policy Framework for Community Action that will serve as a guide for the OHHP community partnerships.  The framework focuses on policy and environmental initiatives.

Moving the 37 community partnerships across Ontario to a policy and environmental support framework will require partners to develop new strategies, initiatives, and programs based on community identified needs, while also building on existing momentum within their regions.  Informed decision making will require data regarding access to physical activity opportunities and nutritious foods, as well as policies related to tobacco and alcohol.  Therefore, an environmental scan of municipal and regional policies that impact chronic disease is necessary as this will help to identify opportunities and/or gaps in addressing policy related to chronic disease prevention and help the community partnerships move into the next phase of funding.  Some tools to assess urban planning have been developed, others are in development.  A uniform tool would be critical for comparing data collected across all heart health networks within Ontario.  This template can be used by each Network to collect data and this data can be compiled into a provincial report to be completed by the end of October 2009.  

As mentioned, the scan template must allow for the collection of data related to access to nutritious food, access to recreation and physical activity, prevention of alcohol misuse and prevention of tobacco use and exposure.  Access to nutritious food includes availability of healthy choices (at school, work and in the community) as well as having enough food to eat (food that is healthy and culturally acceptable).  Examples include school board policies regarding types of foods available in vending machines or policies regarding welfare supplements that allow for the purchase of nutritious foods.   Access to recreation and physical activity includes opportunities for organized, structured activity such as sports, fitness programs, children's programs and the ability to be physically active anytime, anywhere.  Examples include recreation centre policies that increase opportunities for people of low income to access physical activity programs or policies that promote active transportation in communities (sidewalks, lighting, traffic signs etc.)  Policies related to the prevention of alcohol misuse include laws regarding advertising, pricing and taxation.  Policies related to the prevention of tobacco use and exposure include by-laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces or by-laws that prevent the sale of tobacco to minors.

Deliverables:
 
Phase I:  April - May 2009

  1. Work collaboratively with the Ontario Heart Health Network Policy Subgroup.
  2. Develop an environmental scan template/tool that can be used to create an inventory of regional and municipal policies that impact chronic disease.  These include policies related to access to nutritious food, access to recreation and physical activity, prevention of alcohol misuse and prevention of tobacco use and exposure.  
  3. Develop guidelines that outline how the template/tool is to be filled in and gives guidance on approaches to complete this work.
  4. Present template/tool at the Ontario Heart Health Network Conference in May (week of May 25th in Toronto).  

Phase II:  September - November 2009

  1. Work collaboratively with the Ontario Heart Health Network Policy Subgroup.
  2. Compile and analyze data collected by OHHP - TAFHL community partnerships.  
  3. Prepare a final report summarizing trends and themes across regions.  
  4. Present final report and key findings to the Ontario Heart Health Network at the November Conference (Ontario location to be determined).

Key Qualifications:

  • Experience in research and evaluation, especially community-based evaluative processes.
  • Experience in developing environmental scans.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of policy development as approaches to health promotion and, in particular, chronic disease prevention.
  • Excellent written skills and demonstrated experience in consolidating research findings into a user friendly format using clear language.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, particularly presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet timelines.

Submission Requirements:

The following information must be included in your quotation:

  • A resume that clearly demonstrates how your experiences reflect the key qualifications required in the successful candidate.
  • A detailed plan and description of how the requested deliverables will be executed.
  • A breakdown of costs including presentations at the May and November OHHN conferences.
  • The names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Sample of written work - one report or research and evaluation document.

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, March 23, 2009 by noon.

Please submit proposals and quotations to:

Andrea Bodkin
Heart Health Resource Centre
Ontario Public Health Association    
700 Lawrence Ave West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON  M6A 3B4

The Ministry of Health Promotion's Policy Framework for Community Action will be shared with proponents. Contact Andrea for a copy.

Proposed Timelines:

Event: Date

Release of RFP: March 6, 2009
Deadline for submission of proposals: March 23, 2009
Proposal review: Week of March 23, 2009
Successful candidate notified: March 27, 2009
Project start date: March 30, 2009
Phase I of Project to be completed by: April 30, 2009
Presentation of scan template/tool at OHHN Conference: Week of May 25, 2009
Commencement of Phase II of Project: September 21, 2009
Phase II of Project to be completed by: October 30, 2009
Presentation of final report at OHHN Conference: November, 2009

Budget:

Quotations for Phase I should not exceed $7000, all taxes and expenses included.  
Phase II costs to be determined based on costs outlined in proposal.