Association of Local Public Health Agencies
The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA) is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to boards of health and public health units in Ontario. Members include board of health members of health units, medical and associate medical officers of health, and senior public health managers. The Association also collaborates with governments and other health organizations, advocating for a strong, effective and efficient public health system in the province.
The Joint Ontario Public Health Association/Association of Local Public Health Agencies Working Group on Social Determinants of Health is a collaboration designed to foster improvements in social inequities in health for the population of Ontario through promoting the inclusion of activities to address the social and economic determinants of health within the mandate of local public health units in Ontario.
- In summer 2010, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies/Ontario Public Health Association Working Group on Social Determinants of Health did an electronic survey of Ontario health units to determine activities and needs in addressing determinants of health and health equity. 64% of health units responded, including all levels of management and staff. The Summary Report provides a snapshot of the wide-ranging engagement with the issues, including plans, programs, policies, and activities.