253798 Canadian experiences in public health advocacy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:30 PM

James Chauvin , Vice-President-Elect, WFPHA, Canadian Public Health Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Since its foundation in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has been and remains Canada's unique non-governmental voice for public health. Its primary mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy, programs and practices and to represent the interests of the public health community and the public's health. This presentation describes some of the important public health issues about which CPHA has advocated in recent years, the means it uses for advocacy, and the challenges it faces in carrying out its advocacy role within a changing federal political environment.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe to a primarily US audience, the process used and the challenges faced by the Canadian Public Health Association to advocate for healthy public policy, programs and practice within a changing federal political environment.

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Public Health Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of Policy at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) I am responsible for steering through the development of new positions and policies on public health issues and for advocacy communications for CPHA. I will be talking about the Canadian experience of advocacy for public health, for which I am well qualified.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.