Chronic Diseases

Strengthening Chronic Disease Prevention and Management through Dialogue, Planning and Assessment
In 2007/2008, CPHA worked with four health regions across the country to pilot a new chronic disease planning tool to help bring a comprehensive approach into regional dialogue and planning.

The tool presents eight Critical Success Factors for strengthening chronic disease prevention and management, with guiding questions for each.

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.

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.

Eat Safe!
Canada’s food safety system is one of the best in the world. But despite the best efforts of government and industry who produce our food, as well as what we do as consumers to protect the safety of the food we eat at home, there are still 11 to 13 million cases of foodborne illness across the country each year. You can protect your own health by following some simple, practical advice about choosing, storing, and preparing your food.

M.O.V.E (Mind Over Violence Everywhere)
M.O.V.E. is a series of youth-directed workshops that uses art, improvisational theatre, sports, music and group work to deal with themes of violence prevention. Participants develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and peer mediation. Using a variety of engaging techniques, the program stresses rights and responsibilities, assertiveness training, and community relations. The energy, experiences and creative thinking of young people has provided the momentum for this dynamic program. Together, youth and community members are “” to prevent violence.

Public Consultation on Xenotransplantation
In 2000, CPHA agreed to consult with the Canadian public on the health, ethical, legal, economic and social issues related to xenotransplantation and to report to the Minister of Health on the results of those consultations.

Infectious Diseases

Preparing the Canadian Public Health Community for New HIV Prevention Technologies: Understanding the Knowledge, Information Needs and Potential Role of Public Health Workers in Canada and Learning from the Experiences in Southeast Europe
In the absence of a cure for HIV, the development of vaccines and other new prevention technologies (NPTs) to prevent HIV infection offers one of the greatest promises for slowing the epidemic. This document examines public health’s knowledge, information needs, roles, opportunities, challenges and capacity to introduce and deliver NPTs in Canada. The report presents the findings of various data collection methods including consultations, a literature search/review, key informant interviews and a nationwide online survey of public health stakeholders.

Literacy and Health

Plain Language Service
Health literacy is the ability to access, understand and act on information for health.

Expert Panel on Health Literacy
The Health and Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council on Learning funded CPHA to establish an Expert Panel on Health Literacy to investigate the current state of health literacy in Canada and generate a report including recommendations on future research, policy and programming initiatives.

Examples of Health Literacy in Practice
Examples of Health Literacy in Practice provides a snapshot of the substantial and varied range of work taking place to address health literacy in Canada. This resource provides information on some of the approaches that can inform health literacy activities, programs and policies.

Public Health Infrastructure

Creating a Certified Public Health Professional Designation for Canada’s Public Health Workforce
Creating a Certified Public Health Professional Designation engaged 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. With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, CPHA consulted 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.

Public Health~Community Health Nursing in Canada: Preparation & Practice
A 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.

Social Determinants of Health

Frontline Health: Beyond Health Care
CPHA has a long and recognized history of work on the social determinants of health. We are proud of this legacy and created a discussion around the social determinants of health both within the public health community as well as with the public, as a means of moving the social determinants of health agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers in other sectors.

Substance Use

Eliminating Tobacco in Canada: Public Health Priorities, Capacity, and Comprehensive Action
This report documents evidence-informed and practice-based strategies and interventions in tobacco use prevention and cessation activities.

Pot and Driving Campaign
Young Canadians have one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world and many choose to drive a motor vehicle after using pot. CPHA, with funding from Canada’s Drug Strategy, Health Canada, launched the Pot and Driving campaign to raise awareness among young Canadian drivers, 14-18 years-of-age, and their passengers of the risks of cannabis-impaired driving. This national campaign was developed through an extensive review of current evidence and input from both professionals and Canadian youth. The documents are available in English, French and Inuktitut.

  • Discussion guide (for adults who want to engage teenagers in a discussion about pot and driving) (PDF: 198k): English, French, Inuktitut
  • Frequently Asked Questions (to inform the discussion) (PDF: 161k): English, French, Inuktitut
  • 10 Questions (a handout for teenagers to start the discussion) (PDF: 135k): English, French, Inuktitut
  • Responses to the 10 questions (handouts for teenagers to encourage talking and listening) (PDF: 310k): English, French, Inuktitut
  • Pot smoking pilots poster (to promote the campaign) (PDF: 123k): English, French, Inuktitut

Respecting the Air We Breathe
Young adults are a priority population for tobacco control in Canada. Respecting the Air We Breathe examined young adults as a target audience for second-hand tobacco smoke messages.

Stop Smoking: A Smoking Cessation Resource for Those Who Work with Women
“Stop Smoking: A Smoking Cessation Resource for Those Who Work With Women” is presented in three sections. Section One sets the context about women and smoking, including information on the Stages of Change Model and the quitting process. Section Two is a facilitator’s guide for a group program that is presented in 11 sessions on topics such as self-esteem, healthy weights, triggers and support. Section Three offers one-on-one counseling techniques for health professionals, from brief to more extensive interventions.