Health Promotion


  • Anti-bullying: Best Practices
    CPHA Assessment Toolkit for Bullying, Harassment and Peer Relations at School provides a standard way to measure the nature and prevalence of school peer relationship problems, standards for quality programs, and a common set of tools to assess the impact of school-based programs. From a public health perspective, it provides an overview of what works and what doesn’t, foundations for best practice standards, and outlines the core school components. CPHA’s toolkit includes tips for students, parents, teachers and administrators in the form of a handout and checklist that can be posted on the fridge at home, in the student’s desk and on the chalkboard at school. An electronic copy is available free. Excel data entry files are also available.
  • Caring For You and Your Baby
    Caring For You and Your Baby is a practical guide for new mothers with babies from infancy through to toddler age. It provides information that can help keep you and your baby happy and healthy. This guide was developed by public health experts with a focus on raising healthy babies and protecting them from injury and illness. Caring For You and Your Baby is brought to you by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) in partnership with Lysol®. Caring For You and Your Baby speaks directly to new moms but there’s a lot of useful information here for your partner and everyone who is helping out during this exciting time. This guide also includes Internet references and suggestions about where you can get more details on certain subjects.
  • Designing Prescription Medication Packaging and Labelling as Tools to Enhance Seniors’ Personal Autonomy and Well-Being
    This project is developing a plain language labelling and clear design packaging prototype that may improve prescription medication labelling and packaging systems, and enhance seniors’ capacity to follow their medication regimens.
  • Family and Reproductive Health Project (Malawi)
    The Malawi Family and Reproductive Health project increased the utilization and access to improved quality of reproductive health, family planning, and safe motherhood services in Malawi through a more effective consultation and collaborative relationship between the community and health service providers in three districts. The project supported the first baseline survey on reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices in Malawi, and over 200 health service practitioners were trained in clinical skills to provide safe motherhood and family planning services.
    UNFPA/Malawi, Reproductive Health Unit/Ministry of Health and Population
  • Family and Reproductive Health Project (Zambia)
    This project provided support and strengthened capacity of urban and rural health facilities to implement national reproductive health goals and strategies in Zambia. The project focuses on issues of family planning, safe motherhood, adolescent reproductive health, STI control and positive sexual health. Through this project, over 100 health service practitioners were trained in clinical skills to provide safe motherhood, family planning and adolescent health services and traditional birth attendants were trained to provide assistance with deliveries and pre and post-natal care of mothers and infants.
    Partners: Planned Parenthood Federation of Zambia (PPAZ), Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ)
  • Health Promotion in Action (Brazil)
  • Healthier Futures: Improving the Health of Aboriginal and Rural Women in Formosa Province (Argentina)
    CPHA provided Canadian technical assistance in community-based and women’s, Aboriginal and youth-oriented health services to the Ministry of Health and Human Development of Formosa. Three strategies were employed: a) building government capacity in health planning, program development and service delivery; b) supporting community participation; and c) disseminating project results across organizations, communities, and provinces in Argentina to ensure project sustainability. Through this project, Canadian models/strategies on aboriginal health and women’s health were shared with and adapted for local health workers, a syllabus on sexual and reproductive health and women’s health was developed and implemented, and access to better quality sexual and reproductive health services for rural and aboriginal people was improved.
    Partners: Ministry of Health/Republic of Argentina, Ministry of Health and Human Development/Formosa Province, Argentina
  • HIV/AIDS Affiliate to the Canadian Health Network (CHN)
    The CHN is a national, non-profit, bilingual web-based health information service. The CHN’s goal is to help Canadians find the information they’re looking for on how to stay healthy and prevent disease. Managed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and built on the expertise of non-governmental organizations such as the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), this unique collaboration is one of the most dynamic and comprehensive networks in the world. As the HIV/AIDS Affiliate, CPHA is responsible for the CHN’s collection of HIV/AIDS web resources.
  • Increasing Opportunities for Risky Play: A Risk Mitigation Policy Toolkit

    Canadians are increasingly concerned about managing the risks their children assume, and often limit their access to the benefits of risky, self-directed play. Risky play provides children the opportunity to explore their personal limits, and learn to manage risk and work with other people. Meanwhile the concerns of city and school board officials are focused on increased insurance liability costs and the likelihood of tort law suits that might result from accidents in play areas and school grounds. This short-term approach plays against the longer term benefits of providing children the opportunity to play in areas that manage risk to the degree necessary.

    The requirement for safety needs to be balanced against the benefits of risky play. This project investigates the causes of risk aversion from a social and liability perspective, and develops policy options to address those concerns that are applicable to large and small urban communities, as well as rural areas. The target audience is elected officials and senior managers in municipalities and local school boards who make decisions that affect the opportunities for children and youth to experience risk and adventure.

    A risk mitigation policy toolkit will be developed in collaboration with a range of partners and stakeholders to support public policy that could guide access to and the development of risky play opportunities and adventure play areas on municipal lands and school yards. The process and product will also respond to parental perceptions concerning free play in these settings. The toolkit will be tested with interested organizations including public health practitioners. The resulting toolkit will provide direction for communities across Canada that should increase their children’s access to risky play and its benefits.

  • M.O.V.E (Mind Over Violence Everywhere)
  • Public Consultation on Xenotransplantation
  • Resourceful Adolescent Program
    CPHA is partnering with the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) to promote positive mental health and resiliency in middle school classrooms. The SHR has embarked on an innovative project with Saskatoon Public Schools to address mental and physical health inequities in their region. This exciting community-based initiative is collaborating to integrate evidence-based, universal programming into their existing health curriculum. With funding from the Strategic Initiatives and Innovations Directorate at the Public Health Agency of Canada, CPHA is supporting the implementation and evaluation of this initiative and aims to bring it to other regions across Canada.

    This project is tied to the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) developed in 1996 by the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Results of published randomized controlled trials indicate that the RAP program prevents depressive symptoms in adolescents and is significantly better than a placebo control. RAP has been adopted in over a dozen countries worldwide.
  • VOICE in health policy
    In February 2004, CPHA became the host and managing organization of the VOICE in health policy project. The project, formally hosted by the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (NVO), was a three-year project designed to enable voluntary organizations working in health to build on existing expertise and share policy capacity knowledge with other organizations as well as Health Canada. Most importantly, the VOICE in health policy project offered the voluntary health sector opportunities to enhance individual and collective collaboration in Health Canada’s policy development process. The Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy (SIDPD) Fund, Health Canada funded this project.