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 conference agenda for an overview of 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 app 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).
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).
12:00 - 1:00pm
- Dianne Oickle, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist will present a poster intitled Introduction to Health Equity Online Course.The National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH) conducted a comprehensive scan of online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health, identifying the need for an accessible Canadian introductory course on health equity for public health audiences. The objective of this project is to offer a self-directed and free online introductory course to build the knowledge, skills and competencies of public health staff and managers to support action on health equity.
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.
5:30 - 8:30 pm
- "Event: Exploring Indigenous and Black Peoples Solidarities in Health". This gathering is hosted by the Black Public Health Students’ Collective, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program, Provincial Health Services Authority (BC). This is a free event, but you must register to attend. TOPHC registration is NOT required. Location TBA. Indigenous and/or Black practitioners, researchers and learners have identified the need for knowledge exchange, support and network development that speaks to their unique experiences of settler colonialism and/or anti-Blackness in the context of health practice. This gathering will provide an exclusive, brave space for Indigenous and/or Black Peoples to speak their realities; share their expertise, hopes and aspirations; and create opportunities for solidarity and support. This gathering will provide a forum for dialogue responsive to the needs of participants. Building on two successful gatherings of Indigenous Peoples and Black Peoples held in Toronto and Ottawa and work on Black resistance in health, this gathering will feature leading voices in Black-Indigenous solidarities.
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.