Conference Objectives

To provide an opportunity for Public Health Professionals to:

  • Network with colleagues to develop connections across the province.
  • Share successes in collaborating with LHINs and community partners in working towards common goals.
  • Learn about effective strategies and tools for using data to improve the health and wellbeing of local populations.
  • Discuss the role of public health epidemiology in the context of the modernized standards.

Conference Summary

The 2017 APHEO conference sought to address timely and relevant issues for public health epidemiologists in Ontario. The theme was comprised of three key ‘threads’: (1) community partnerships for sharing/collectively measuring data, (2) moving data to action, and (3) system-level changes occurring in public health.
Plenary speakers and concurrent sessions tackled issues in one or more of the theme areas, with highlights from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, describing the status of public health system changes including the modernized Ontario Public Health Standards; from Statistics Canada, providing updates on key national health surveys; a panel discussion of community data partnership experts; and two perspectives on community-engaged epidemiology with Indigenous peoples. The 2017 conference, held November 26-28th at the Delta Hotel in Guelph, was the largest APHEO event to date, with over 140 delegates in attendance.  

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Elaine Hector Student Award


The Elaine Hector award is given out in memory of Elaine who was a life-long learner, passionate about sharing knowledge and networking with those in the area of public health epidemiology.  This award acknowledges students engaged in public health epidemiology, will help shape the future of public health.  To which the conference planning committee acknowledges Todd Norwood and his work with Cancer Care Ontario in this light.  Congratulations Todd!



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Planning Committee

James Macintosh (Co-Chair)
Jessica Deming (Co-Chair)
Lydia Cheng
Stanley Ing
Brenda Lee
Elaina Macintyre
Laura Zettler
Caitlyn Paget (Past Chair)

Planning Services Provided by

Chuck Schouwerwou, ConferSense Planners Inc.