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TOPHC 2012 - Exploring Public Engagement Models for Public Health Decision Making in Ontario
This workshop examined methods of public engagement, specifically citizen's panels, as a means to inform difficult policy issues in public health.
Published in July 2012.  DescriptionDownload   4.3 MB 
The Centre was involved in presenting 3 different workshops on Tuesday April 3rd 2012 at The Ontario Public Health Conference (TOPHC). The Conference took place in Toronto from April 2nd to 4th, 2012.

In this session, François-Pierre Gauvin representing the NCCHPP, Don Willison from Public Health Ontario, Jim Arthurs from the Northwestern Health Unit (Ontario) and Shawna Scale from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit (Ontario) examined methods of public engagement, specifically citizen's panels, to meaningfully inform complex and even controversial population health issues and policies.

Exploring Public Engagement Models for Public Health Decision Making in Ontario 
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The goals of the session were to:

  • Describe the spectrum of ways in which the public may participate in informing (public) health policy
  • Consider specifically the potential value of ongoing citizens' panels for informing public health policy and programs
  • Identify health units interested in developing a demonstration model for ongoing citizens' panels to inform policies and programs. (From the workshop, slide 3)

The NCCHPP was part of two other workshops at TOPHC – (click on the titles to learn more): 
Dealing with Complex Public Health Issues Using an Evidence-Informed Approach

Producing Knowledge Syntheses that are Both Rigorous and Relevant to Policy Makers

Visit the TOPHC website.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.