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HPO 25th Anniversary Conference: Building Connections between Promoting Health and the Social Determinants of Health

A full speaker list and registration is now available on the HPO website,

Note that today is the last day to get the Early Bird registration rate!

The conference will be held at the Oakham House at Ryerson University located at 63 Gould Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1E9, on September 27, 2012.


7:30 am to 8:30 am


8:30 am to 8:45 am


8:45 am to 9:45 am

Keynote:  Dr Ketan Shankardass
-Who Needs A Ministry?: 'Health in All Policies' as health promotion in government

9:45 am to 10:15 am

Dr Penny Sutcliffe
-Changing the Conversation

10:15 am to 10:45 am


10:45 am to 12 noon

Skype in Richard Wilkinson - Equality Trust, co-author of The Spirit Level
-Why Inequalities Matter?

12 noon to 1 pm


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Annual General Meeting for HPO Members

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions
Panel 1

·         Roots of inaction on the SDOH: A Critical Analysis of 9 Public Health
Units in Ontario - Julia Brassolotto, Graduate Program in Health Policy and Equity,
York University

·         Addressing Health Literacy in your Health Promotion Practice - Farrah
Schwart, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network

·         Lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of an oral health
promotion initiative targeted at food bank users

- Amber Mackie, Brant County Health Unit
Panel 2

·         SDOH - is it really everyone's business?-Christine Chan and Nicoda Foster,
Master of Public Health students, University of Toronto and University of Liverpool

·         Does Your Health Depend on Your Access to Justice? -Aaron Orkin,
University of Toronto, Public Health and Preventive Medicine

·         Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Raising Institutional and
Public Awareness of the SDOH: The Case of Social Determinants of Health -Dennis
Raphael, School of Health Policy and Management, York University
Workshop 1

·         High Risk Seniors: Hoarding, Self-Neglect and Coordinated Community
Response -Melinda Wall, Peterborough County-City Health Unit

·         Building Capacity for Equity in Health Promotion for Racialized
Communities -Subha Sankaran, Health Nexus
Workshop 2

·         Map your networks to strengthen links to determinants of health -Suzanne
Schwenger, Health Nexus

·         Poverty Lens: Take a Closer Look -Sylvia Graham, Child & Youth Health
Network for Eastern Ontario

2:45 to 3 pm


3 pm to 3:30 pm

Kevin Churchill, Lambton County
-25 years of Health Promotion in Ontario

3:30 to 4:15

Ted Schrecker
-The Social Determinants of Health: A Tale of a Sinking Stone

4:15 to 4:30

Wrap up