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New Resources from the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

OCDPA is excited to announce the release of the Toolkit to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies and its accompanying resource Handbook to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies.   

The purpose of the toolkit is to help you influence policies that support healthier communities.  This toolkit expands on the work of the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) and its many project partners.  It is based on The THCU’s 8 step process to policy development and builds on the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)’s  Workbook for Influencing Physical Activity Policy.

The Handbook to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies is a brief version of the Toolkit to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies.   The ‘steps’ to policy development are summarized in one-page overview format for your convenience.  Policy ideas are also included in this handbook, which helps support healthier communities.  More information on policy, as well as details, examples, tips, resources and worksheets is provided in the full version of the toolkit to guide you through the steps to policy development.

The full versions of both the French and English Toolkit and Handbook are now available on the OCDPA website: http://www.ocdpa.on.ca.  Additionally, at the end of the toolkit we have included a feedback form for users to complete following their review and use of the toolkit.  Please see the full toolkit for this evaluative piece and if possible please take the time to provide us with you feedback!

OCDPA would like to thank its Partner organizations for their contribution to this toolkit: Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, Cancer Care Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Health Nexus, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ophea,  OPHA, Osteoporosis Canada

OCDPA would also like to thank the Healthy Communities Consortium for its valuable contributions to the development of this toolkit.

If you have any questions about these resources please contact OCDPA at ocdpa@opha.on.ca.