Ontario Public Health Standards

General Resources

The following resources have been compiled to provide public health practitioners with practical tools that support understanding of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and facilitate program planning and delivery.

Legislative Authority for the OPHS and Protocols:
Describes the authority for the Ontario Public Health Standards and the incorporated protocols and their respective relationships with the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Glossary for the OPHS:
Includes key terms used throughout the OPHS (the OPHS Glossary is distinct from glossaries included in specific protocols).

Live Literature Searches:
A tool for conducting predetermined literature searches (through PubMed) on topic areas relevant to the requirements.

Referencing the OPHS and Protocols:
How to cite the OPHS, associated Protocols and other resources.

Critical Appraisal of Evidence and Research: [PDF]
A guide from the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association on the basics for critically appraising research.

French Language Services: [PDF]
A guide to assist boards of health in the provision of French language public health programs and services to French-speaking residents of communities within their jurisdiction.

OPHS Presentation Template: [PPTX]
This slide deck has been made available in powerpoint format to serve as a resource or template for board of health staff developing their own presentations related to the Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols.

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)
HEIA is a decision support tool which walks users through the steps of identifying how a program, policy or similar initiative will impact population groups in different ways, HEIA surfaces unintended potential impacts.

Public Health Supplement for the HEIA [PDF]
The following guide serves as a supplemental resource for PHU staff to support their use of the HEIA tool in meeting these requirements

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