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Three hundred issues of the OHPE Bulletin!

And we're proud that the OHPE Bulletin is reader-driven, with a wealth of submissions of news, events, jobs and feature articles sent by you, our readers. This newsletter is a reflection, not just of the editorial team, but of the true breadth of health promotion in Ontario.

Our first issue in May 1997 offered editorials on hospital restructuring and sexual health programs. In our 100th issue, the first to appear on our new website, the feature article discussed the initiative to document and frame best practices in health promotion. Two years later, we celebrated our 200th issue with a personal story of building bridges with First Nations community.

Today, in OHPE 300.1, we have an article submitted by Gary Direnfeld of the "I Promise Program" on injury prevention and teen drivers. He writes, "Developed with the input of thousands of stakeholders in traffic safety world wide, the I Promise Program consists of a robust parent-youth mutual safe-driving contract and a rear window decal that displays a toll-free number and asks the question, 'Am I Driving Safely?'....To date, only one driver report has been taken by the I Promise Program call center. The report read, "Perfect driving." Don't forget that you can write to if you have a point of view or resource to add to Gary's


Inside the OHPE editorial committee, we also have personal reasons to celebrate -- editor Noelle Gadon's birthday today!-- and to reflect. Both Noelle and Alison have recently returned from travelling overseas, to places that have been going through conflict and change--Northern Ireland and South Africa. My experience of visiting a country experiencing extremes of health challenges, as South Africa does, showed me how keenly the determinants of health are understood at all levels of that society. With infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera and a lack of clinical services and staff dominating the health agenda, it was a welcome surprise to see the high profile of health promotion and education. Debates about effective communication approaches and participatory health promotion are echoes of our forums in Canada. It's a reminder that we need to keep our minds and communication channels open for new perspectives.

The OHPE Bulletin strives to offer such a venue for ideas about, reflection on and celebration of health promotion in Ontario. Send us your submissions, opinions, comments and resource suggestions. Just write to

- Alison Stirling,


Call for Abstracts: 4th Annual Ontario Public Health Association Conference


The 4th Annual Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Conference "Public Health In Motion" is co-hosted by the Windsor & Essex County Health Unit.

Date: Nov. 2 to 5, 2003

Location: The Cleary International Centre

Plan to attend this annual learning and networking event. Conference sub-themes include environment, partnerships and innovation.

Conference Goal

* To provide a forum for high quality learning and networking opportunities for public health practitioners, researchers, students and others interested in public health

Program Objectives

* To provide relevant information on public health issues, programs and research

* To highlight public health issues related to conference themes that are of local, provincial and international significance

* To revitalize our commitment and enthusiasm for public health

Call for Abstracts now available at or Act now! Deadline for submissions is extended to Friday, June 16, 2003.

Visit or for conference details.

Community Health Day


Community Health Day (CHD) is an annual public awareness campaign that promotes community health centres and public health units in Ontario and increases awareness around the impacts of the social determinants of health. The event is organized in collaboration with the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC).

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) has produced a kit designed as an aid to organizing CHD. It contains some ideas, how-to tips and general information for planning CHD events.

Support the Proposed Changes to Safeguard Home Hot Tap Water Temperatures


Every year over 300 severe scald injuries occur simply by turning on the hot tap water in homes. Children, the elderly and persons with disabilities are most at risk. Currently, hot water temperatures found in homes are 60 degrees celsius. At this temperature, the skin of children or the elderly will burn in less than one second. This is unacceptable.

Over the past two years, Safe Kids Canada and others concerned about this issue have been seeking changes to the National Building Code to safeguard hot tap water temperatures at 49 degrees celsius. This temperature is warm enough for all domestic uses but will help to protect people from injury.

You can help to address this issue by sending a letter of support for changes to safeguard hot water temperatures by April 15, 2003, to

John Archer

Secretary, Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes

Canadian Codes Center, National Research Council of Canada

1500 Montreal Road, Bldg M-23A

Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6

Fax: (613) 952-4040

and to the ministers responsible in your province or territory for building codes health and safety.

Visit our website at, under Advocacy: Letters of Support, for form letters and for a direct link to the Commission's website to make your comments. Please fax us a copy of your letter for our records (416) 813-4986.

If you would like more information, please contact Rita Mezei, Public Policy and Advocacy Specialist at (416) 813-6144.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome News and Resources from Best Start


As the thirtieth anniversary of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is approaching, we know that you may be implementing your own local awareness campaign. We're pleased to inform you that Best Start is planning a provincial awareness campaign for alcohol and pregnancy. The campaign is planned for May 2004. We are also developing a handbook called "Keys to a Successful Awareness Campaign on Alcohol and Pregnancy," available in April 2003.

While the details of the provincial campaign are still being developed, we wanted to share our plans with you well in advance. As part of the campaign, we will be developing posters, pamphlets and perhaps tear-off sheets. These resource materials will be available in both English and French and can be pre-ordered for use in your own community. We are planning to do some advertising, which may include radio, transit and/or restaurant and bar billboard posters. We are currently investigating opportunities to partner with a province-wide, family-restaurant chain to do a cross-promotion and will advise you as our plans develop. The campaign will also include media relation activities including public service announcements, media interview opportunities with key people, camera-ready newspaper articles and feature stories.

At this time, we have not yet finalized the creative look and theme of the campaign. Once we have developed the creative, we will be sure to provide you with a sneak peak on what's to come.

We will endeavour to keep you informed as our plans progress. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, questions or comments please feel free to contact Wendy Burgoyne at (705) 856-2997 or at Since we are developing these resource materials for you to use in your local communities, we welcome your thoughts and input.

We also look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at our upcoming conference, Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Time to Know, Time to Act, April 10 and 11, 2003 at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre.

For more information about our upcoming conference or Supporting Change Workshop, which trains physcians about the issues related to alcohol and pregnancy, please visit our website at

Kids Have Stress Too! Facilitator Training Course


Kids Have Stress Too! is offering a full-day, facilitator-training course for professionals working with children and families on Monday, April 7, at the North York Central Library. For more information, or to register for this course, please visit or call (416) 486-0099.

KHST! is a project of The Psychology Foundation of Canada. Our primary goal is to help children, from pre-school to age nine, learn how to manage their stress effectively.

Contribute to an Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy


Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together with their partners to develop an Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy.

Working through the determinants of health and population health framework, the initial focus of the strategy will be on healthy eating and physical activity with an understanding that the strategy must be broader. Input is being gathered between January and April 2003 in four ways: pre-consultation meetings, strategic roundtables, submissions of a consultation workbook and a national symposium on healthy living.

You are invited to participate in the consultation process by completing an electronic version of the consultation workbook. Your input is valuable and will help inform the development of the Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy. The workbook can also be printed and returned by fax or mail by Friday April 4, 2003.

"Taking Action on Healthy Living" Background Information on the Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy and the related consultation workbook are available on the Internet, by fax or by mail:

c/o The Alder Group

200 - 1306 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B2.

Fax (613) 241-8847


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