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Florence Morestin

Webinar – Collaborating with municipalities: A practical point of view POSTPONED
This webinar will look into how public health actors can establish collaborations with municipalities–with a practical focus. This webinar has been postponed.
March 2020. Description. Registration.

This webinar is postponed.

Due to the public health services network mobilization to face the challenge of COVID-19, this webinar must be postponed.

Please consult the NCCHPP’s e-Bulletin in the coming months to stay informed about our new schedule. To subscribe to the e-Bulletin, click here.


Municipalities are natural allies for public health actors looking to improve the quality of living environments to promote health. But how can one realize such alliances?

In this webinar, we will offer an overview of a practical guide meant to support public health actors in their endeavours to establish collaborations with municipalities: whom they should approach, how to initiate contact, tips for framing their messages, etc. We will then present lessons learned from the experience of the Grey Bruce Health Unit (Ontario) in collaborating with surrounding municipalities. This includes recommendations on establishing and strengthening municipal connections, integrating health policies into community planning and ensuring impact at multiple levels of municipal government. Participants will be invited to share their own lessons learned during the interactive portion of the webinar.

This webinar is intended for public health practitioners and researchers wishing to establish new or strengthen existing partnerships with municipalities. For those already engaged in meaningful collaborations, this webinar will also provide insights into how public health colleagues have managed these collaborations over time.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe in general terms how municipalities work in Canada;
  • Identify key steps for establishing and maintaining collaborations with municipalities;
  • Reflect on lessons learned from actual collaborations.


Florence Morestin
Scientific Advisor, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)

Florence joined the NCCHPP in 2009 following many years working in international public health. She is trained in political science and community health. Her work at the NCCHPP aims to develop public health actors' skills in two areas: policy analysis (how to assess the effects of a public policy as well as its feasibility and acceptability) and knowledge sharing (how to approach political circles to bring public health knowledge to their attention in the context of public policy development).
Jason Weppler
Health Promoter, Grey Bruce Health Unit
Jason has been employed at the Grey Bruce Health Unit since 2008. Although Jason has a diverse work assignment, his portfolio has consistently focused on the Built Environment, Health in All Policies as well as leading the development of the Health Unit's county and municipal alignment strategy.


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