Founded in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the independent voice for public health in Canada with links to the international community. As the only Canadian non-governmental organization focused exclusively on public health, CPHA is uniquely positioned to advise decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world. With a diverse membership representing more than 25 professions, a track record of success, a collaborative approach and national reach, CPHA is Canada’s Public Health Leader.
The Canadian Public Health Association is a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada with links to the international public health community. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.
CPHA’s mission is to constitute a special national resource in Canada that advocates for the improvement and maintenance of personal and community health according to the public health principles of disease prevention, health promotion and protection and healthy public policy.
CPHA achieves its mission through the following nine goals:
- Acting in partnership with a range of disciplines including health, environment, agriculture, transportation, other health-oriented groups and individuals in developing and expressing a public health viewpoint on personal and community health issues;
- Providing an effective liaison and partnership with the Provincial and Territorial Public Health Associations;
- Providing an effective liaison and network both nationally and internationally in collaboration with various disciplines, agencies and organizations;
- Encouraging and facilitating measures for disease prevention, health promotion and protection and healthy public policy;
- Initiating, encouraging and participating in research directed at the fields of disease prevention, health promotion and healthy public policy;
- Designing, developing and implementing public health policies, programs and activities;
- Facilitating the development of public health goals for Canada;
- Identifying public health issues and advocating for policy change;
- Identifying literacy as a major factor in achieving equitable access to health services.
CPHA is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of the Chair, Chair Elect, five Directors, one Student Director, two Directors from the Advisory Council of Provincial and Territorial Public Health Associations and partner organizations and two External Directors appointed by the Board. The Executive Director is Secretary to the Board.