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Canadian Public Health Association

Vision and mission

CPHA is the independent national voice and trusted advocate for public health, speaking up for people and populations to all levels of government. We champion health equity, social justice and evidence-informed decision-making. We leverage knowledge, identify and address emerging public health issues, and connect diverse communities of practice. We promote the public health perspective and evidence to government leaders and policy-makers. We are a catalyst for change that improves health and well-being for all.

Our Vision

A healthy and just world

Our Mission

CPHA’s mission is to enhance the health of people in Canada and to contribute to a healthier and more equitable world.

About us

Founded in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association is the independent voice for public health in Canada with links to the international community. As the only Canadian non-governmental organization focused exclusively on public health, we are uniquely positioned to advise decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world.

We are a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association. Our members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all.

Statement on Diversity in All Aspects of the CPHA

CPHA respects and values diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of its work. The Association recognizes that Canada and its membership are increasingly diverse. In order to contribute to a healthier and more equitable world, CPHA is committed to being an inclusive organization that respects dignity and human rights.

CPHA is dedicated to diversity and inclusiveness as core considerations in its governance (e.g., nominations), operations (e.g., staffing), and other activities (e.g., annual conference). In accordance with its vision and mission, CPHA recognizes that participation from diverse perspectives contributes to a more creative and flexible Association that will lead to improved decision-making processes and policy advice for equitable health outcomes.

CPHA is committed to identifying and addressing structural barriers that prevent diverse and inclusive participation in its work.