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Canadian Public Health Association

Canadian Public Health Week 2024

Canada’s public health associations will host “Canadian Public Health Week” from 8-12 April 2024. Canadian Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our health and well-being.

Celebrate Canadian Public Health Week in your community!

Celebrate and promote public health in your community by hosting your own Canadian Public Health Week event! Promote healthy behavior by bringing your family, friends, co-workers and community members together, virtually or in-person!

Here are program activities you might consider:

  • A news release and media conference on your organization’s role in the network of services in your community
  • Public tours of your facility
  • A fun run, bicycle tour or sports activity
  • Organ Donor Awareness activities such as donor card signing sessions
  • The Mayor officially proclaiming Canadian Public Health Week in your community
  • Information sessions on your organization and its programs at local shopping centres
  • A health-related poster or essay contest in collaboration with local schools
  • A career information day at your facility for school groups to learn about careers in public health
  • An open house or health fair with displays, information sessions and programs, such as diet analysis, breast self-examination, blood pressure screening, back care, etc.
  • Staff appreciation or volunteer appreciation social events
  • Lectures/presentations on your organization and topical health issues at local schools
  • Health quizzes for media personalities on local radio stations
  • Educational or informal sessions presented by your organization on local cable TV

If you are planning an event for CPHW 2024, drop us a line and let us know… we’ll help spread the word!

Helpful Tips

  • Tap into social media: Share pictures and posts with the hashtag #CPHW before and after the event to promote and share its success!
  • Create partnerships: Partner with a local health-oriented organization to sponsor events.

Canadian Public Health Week 2023 Webinars

Watch our featured series of webinars focusing on the following topics from Public Health Week 2023 :

What we can do when laws harm public health
Monday 3 April 2023  |  09:00-10:00 (PT) / 12:00-13:00 (ET)

Dr. Tim Takaro, Professor Emeritus and Physician-Scientist in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University spoke about his recent climate activism in an exploration of the ethics of climate change and health action. This webinar explored the ethics of climate change and health action, including exploring an ethics framework for climate action in public health and the need to prepare some foundation for potential public health legal action on climate change.

Organized by the Public Health Association of British Columbia


Supervised Consumption Sites and Harm Reduction Policy: Challenges, Strategy and Collaboration
Tuesday 4 April 2023  |  14:00-15:15 (CT) / 15:00-16:15 (ET)

As controversy surrounding the Mobile Overdose Prevention Site (MOPS) launched by Sunshine House has demonstrated, interplay among community need, effectiveness of interventions, public opinion and political ideology about Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) is intense. In this session, panelists examined the experience and evidence regarding SCSs in Manitoba, exploring how collaboration among community, public health, academia, and government can contribute to policy change in the province. 

Organized by the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Public Health Association.


Strengthening Public Health Systems in Canada

During this webinar, participants found out more about CPHA's advocacy campaign, Strengthening Public Health Systems in Canada. Released in December 2022, the policy brief calls on the federal government to lead provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders in creating cohesive, comprehensive and accountable public health systems in Canada. 

Organized by the Canadian Public Health Association


Getting to 5% by 2035: Policy, Practice and Research Ideas from Delegates of the National Conference on Tobacco and Vaping

On February 8 and 9, 2023, over 400 professionals working in tobacco control and vaping gathered to learn, debate and share progress and ideas that could help us reach the goal of 5% tobacco use prevalence by 2035. On the second day of the conference, over 250 delegates attended a workshop where they gathered in small groups to share their ideas on how to ‘get to 5% by 2035’. This webinar aimed to inspire those working in the sector, as well as decision makers, by providing an overview of the themes and highlight examples of solutions that delegate came up with to reach the 5 by 2035 goal. 

Hosted by the Ontario Public Health Association


Canadian Public Health Week 2022 Webinars

Watch our featured series of free webinars focusing on the following topics from Public Health Week 2022 :

A Vision to Transform Canada's Public Health System
During this webinar, Dr. Theresa Tam discussed how we can join forces across communities and sectors to build the public health system that meets the needs of all people in Canada.

Our Planet, Our Health, Our Public Health Responsibility
Trevor Hancock discussed what is involved in keeping humans and the planet healthy through the creation of a Wellbeing society and the implications for the work of public health practitioners and organizations.

The impact of COVID-19 on public health: Comparing experiences & sharing recommendations for the future
OPHA and alPHa discussed the findings of their recent reports on the impact of COVID-19 on public health programs and the health of Ontarians.


Advocacy for income as a social determinant of health: Lessons learned from the Basic Income and Decent Work movements
Recent experience with the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how those living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by health threats. This webinar reflected on lessons public health can apply when advocating to decrease income inequity as a means to improve health.

Canadian Public Health Week is presented by Canada’s public health associations.