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New Resource--OHHN: Collaborative Policy Scan Project Final Report

The Ontario Heart Health Network (OHHN) Collaborative Policy Scan Project Work Group is pleased to announce the release of the OHHN: Collaborative Policy Scan Project Final Report.

This report includes:

  • A descriptive study design used to scan for policies across 37 Ontario Communities in five areas 1) access to nutritious foods; 2) access to recreation and physical activity; 3) active transportation and the built environment; 4) prevention of alcohol misuse and 5) prevention of tobacco use and exposure across three sectors a) Government (district/region; county; municipality; township); b) Education: school boards and c). Health Care: hospitals as a worksite (e.g. workplace health policies).
  • The data collected for 525 regions/counties/municipalities/townships and villages; 80 school boards and 105 hospitals.
  • A provincial report with an additional 43 summary reports and over 500 individual reports to provide a "snap-shot" of policies that exist in Ontario.
  • How the findings from this study can be used as baseline inventory of policies that exist at the provincial level based on local data (e.g. formatted raw data) to inform the transition of OHHP-Taking Action for Healthy Living Community Partnerships ' goals and objectives to meet the mandate of the Ministry of Health Promotion's new Healthy Communities Ontario approach to be implemented in 2010.

This study is a small step forward towards understanding the types of policies that exist in Ontario. More is known about the state of policy in Ontario than before this study was conducted but more work in this area is needed.

This report will be of interest to those working in the area of: building healthy communities; access to healthy foods; access to recreation; built environment and physical activity; alcohol prevention and misuse; prevention of tobacco use and exposure; workplace health; school health; municipal services; community and public health services and chronic disease prevention.

This report and generated summaries can be accessed at http://www.hhrc.net/ohhn/policy/.