Public Health Infrastructure


  • Creating a Certified Public Health Professional Designation for Canada’s Public Health Workforce
    CPHA’s “Creating a Certified Public Health Professional Designation” project aims to engage Canada’s public health community in assessing the utility of a Certified Public Health Professional (CPHP) designation in Canada and informing the development of tools and a certification framework. Through this three-year project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, CPHA will consult with the public health community to develop a framework and conduct a pilot test of a certification program for public health in Canada and provide recommendations for national implementation.
  • Intersectoral Action for Health (Brazil)
    Building on the experiences and achievements of the former Health Promotion in Action (Brazil) project (1999 – 2002), this project seeks to expand the dissemination and utilization of health promotion concepts and practice to communities within the framework of the Government of Brazil’s National Social Development Strategy for Sustainable Integrated Local Development. CPHA and its Brazilian partners will partner with six municipalities across the country to put into place a mix of health promotion interventions and local response capacity building activities in support of local development and intersectoral action for health.
    Partners: Brazilian Association of Post-Graduate Collective Health (ABRASCO), National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca/Rio de Janeiro (ENSP)
  • Public Health Workforce Characterization in the Americas
    A major challenge to building public health capacity in the Americas region is the lack of scientifically-derived information about the structure of the public health workforce. Through this initiative, funded by and coordinated through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), research teams in Costa Rica and Mexico implemented a pilot survey developed by a team at Queen’s University, to enumerate and characterize the public health workforce. The results of the surveys will be used by PAHO to take a decision whether to expand the survey throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Partners: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Public Health Association of Costa Rica (ACOSAP); Department of Public Health/University of Veracruz (Mexico); Department of Geography, Queen’s University (Canada)
  • Public Health~Community Health Nursing in Canada: Preparation & Practice
    Public Health~Community Health Nursing in CanadaA cornerstone document of public health nursing, the fourth edition of the Public Health~Community Health Nursing in Canada: Preparation & Practice describes the roles and activities of public health and community health nurses who work in various programs and settings. CPHA and Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) worked closely to produce this updated 2010 version that addresses the who, what, when, where, why and how of public health nursing practice in Canada.
  • Strengthening Balkans Civil Society’s Voice for Public Health through Public Health Associations
    Building on the success and achievements of the Strengthening of Essential Public Health Functions in the Balkans project (2001 – 2005), this project works with recently-formed public health associations in the Republic of Serbia and in Bosnia & Herzegovina to build their organizational capacity to become effective advocates and take on leadership roles in public health. The local partners will facilitate and contribute to advocating on and designing and delivering local, national and regional responses to priority public health issues.
    Partners: Public Health Association of Serbia, Public Health Association of the Republika Srpska (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Society for Partnership for Public Health of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • Strengthening Essential Public Health Functions in the Balkans
    This three-year regional project took place in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro (including the UN-administered province of Kosovo), and Albania between December 2001 and April 2005. The goal of this project was to improve the health of people living in the Balkan countries by strengthening the capacity of the public health systems both at the country and regional levels to respond effectively to priority health needs through supporting and facilitating local, national and regional responses to public health issues. The regional initiative built upon the accomplishments and success of the Continuing Education and Reinforcement of Public Health in Kosovo project (1999 - 2001). The project reinforced the institutional capacity of Institutes of Public Health in these locations to provide training and deliver effective programs in the fields of health promotion, health information systems, and essential public health functions. In Kosovo, it also supported training programs for maternity nurses and physicians and hospital infections control, and provided the completion of the hospital master planning process and nursing supervision. The role of civil society organizations in public health advocacy and action was also enhanced, with the creation of new public health associations in the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro, as well as continued support to the Public Health Association of Kosovo (established in 2001).
  • Strengthening of Public Health Associations (SOPHA)
    The SOPHA Program supports non-governmental organizations in developing countries in the development of civil society, with a focus on the health sector. The SOPHA Program strengthens the capacity of partner public health associations (PHAs) to participate in national health policy dialogue, promotes national and international leadership in public health, and facilitates technical exchanges between Canadian and overseas public health practitioners. For the 2006 - 2011 period the Program will focus with the partner public health associations on the issue of public health human resource development and capacity building.
    Partners: Public Health Associations in Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, East/Central and Southern Africa Public Health Association, Réseau des associations de santé publique en Afrique francophone