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Registration for TOPHC 2020 is now open!

Categories: Conferences/ Events

Registration for TOPHC 2020, the annual Ontario public health conference is now open. Register before February 12, 2020 for earlybird rates!  TOPHC 2020 takes place at the Beanfield Centre, Toronto, from March 25 -27, 2020.

Conferences, workshops, panel discussions, posters and more!

This coming March will see public health professionals from across Ontario meet and share their knowledge and experiences. Delegates will explore how strategy, leadership and practice can align to advance priorities in the public health sector and beyond. Check out the online preliminary program for themes such as Indigenous health, communicable diseases, and addictions and harm reduction that will be covered in this year's sessions and full-day workshops. In addition, browse the online program application as information on hot topics, plenary sessions, speakers, agenda, panel discussions, exhibitors and more are made available.

Connect with the NCCs

Can't make it to Toronto for TOPHC 2020? Follow this link to tune into live streaming of several presentations (TBA).

You can also follow the NCC Twitter feed or search for the latest TOPHC tweets by using the conference hashtag #TOPHC2020.

For conference attendees, staff from the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) will be available in the exhibitors' area to discuss networking and partnerships as well as the latest resources from across the NCCs.

NCC staff presenting at TOPHC

In addition, personnel from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), the National Collaborating Centre for Health Public Policy (NCCHPP), as well as the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) will be presenting on a variety of topics (details added below as they become available).

Wednesday, March 25

10:00 - 11:30 am 
  • Val Morrison, scientific advisor from NCCHPP, will present "Core Competencies for (Healthy) Public Policy". Public health actors routinely intervene in the field of public policy. As a workforce however, many public health actors and organizations have argued that there is a need for formal training and guidelines related to how public policy is made and how to most effectively contribute to the process. This presentation describes this perceived need and the early findings of a scoping literature review into policy competency frameworks in public health recently undertaken by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP).
1:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Michael Keeling, scientific advisor from NCCHPP, will host a session entitled "Presenting an Online Course in Public Health Ethics: A Story of Working Across Sectors". In this session, presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) and the Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change (PHESC) project, we will present a new online course for practitioners and students in Ontario. An Introduction to Public Health Ethics is the product of several multi-sectoral partnerships over the past years. We will first provide an outline of the course and what it offers and then we will discuss the various partnerships and the processes involved in its development. This open-access course will be available in English and French in spring 2020.
1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Claire Howarth and Rawan Farran, research coordinators with NCCMT, are presenting "Examples of Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Public Health: The Evidence-Informed Decision Making Casebook". The Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Casebook was first launched in 2017 as a way to share public health EIDM success stories. To date three issues of the casebook have been released. This panel will feature two stories from the second and third issues. Panelists from Huron County Health Unit, City of Hamilton Public Health, Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services, and the Regional Municipality of York will present on how they have used EIDM in their work, as well as identify the facilitators and barriers to using EIDM. These presentations will be rich examples, demonstrating how EIDM is achievable in public health and how it can be incorporated into work.


Thursday, March 26

1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, senior knowledge translation specialist with NCCDH, is presenting a 90-minute session intitled "Normalizing Disruption: Nurturing psychological safety to support organizational capacity for health equity". Despite calls for stronger public health orientation toward health equity action, there are limited evidence-informed strategies to guide public health systems in reorienting their efforts. The Organizational Capacity Initiative of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health supports public health organizations to develop evidence and equity-informed capacity for health equity action. This workshop will explore psychological safety as an organizational condition to develop health equity capacity. A practice framework that guides organizations through key elements of building health equity capacity will be introduced to participants. The workshop will demonstrate how psychological safety, as a key factor, enhances health equity capacity efforts, informing participants on how to create an inviting, open and psychologically safe space. Participants will apply various strategies to their own settings using forum theatre as a transformative learning approach.