Webinar - Preventing Chronic Disease in Ontario: Risk Factor Indicators and Recommendations for Action
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Dr. Norman Giesbrecht will present the new multi-year initiative developed by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), which will capture, track and compare risk factors for chronic disease in Ontario. This new framework gathers existing data on key risk factors for chronic diseases, assembles it in one easy reference and provides a baseline for future measurement. Focusing on unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, high risk alcohol use, and mental illness, it can serve as a key planning tool for government, as well as organizations, researchers and individuals involved in preventing chronic disease.
Through extensive consultation with experts, a total of 52 indicators were identified across these five risk factors. The most recent Ontario data have been assembled and organized into a presentation with key policy implications identified. The OCDPA recognized the importance of identifying a list of indicators and associated measures pertaining to the five risk factors with an emphasis on selecting indicators that are indicative of quality, accessibility and relevance to the Ontario context.
The full report, along with easy to share infographics for each of the risk factors can be found at www.ocdpa.ca
Norman Giesbrecht, Ph.D, is a Senior Scientist Emeritus, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, and Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He has served on numerous national and international research projects. Publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters focus on: evaluation of the impacts of alcohol policies; assessments of the policy development process; impacts of drinking patterns on trauma and chronic disease; acute alcohol and suicide; community-based prevention strategies; and harm to others from alcohol. In 2008 he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Public Health Association, Alcohol and Other Drugs Section. He is active in knowledge translation activities including the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, and was the co-author of a 2011 position paper on alcohol released by the Canadian Public Health Association.
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