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Core indicators for public health in ontario celebrating our achievements

Core Indicators for Public Health in Ontario: Celebrating Our Achievements

Mary-Anne Pietrusiak

December 5, 2008


In the beginning

In the Beginning...

  • Epidemiologists in Ontario recognized the need for consistency among health reports

  • The Provincial Health Indicators Work Group (PHIWG) was established February, 1998 as an initiative of the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO)

  • Mandate:

  • ... to systematically define and operationalize a core set of health indicators


Founders of core indicators project inaugural meeting february 1998

Founders of Core Indicators ProjectInaugural Meeting February 1998

  • Raili Cardinal, Algoma Health Unit

  • Terry Delmore, Halton Region Health Department

  • Vivek Goel, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences

  • Hyewon Lee-Han, City of Toronto (North York)

  • Ian Johnson, City of Toronto (North York)

  • Mary-Anne Pietrusiak, Durham Region HD

  • Ruth Sanderson, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound HU

  • Patrick Seliske, Waterloo Region Health Unit

  • Julie Stratton, Perth District Health Unit


Building on the work of the past

Building on the Work of the Past

  • Community Health Profile – Ministry of Health initiative with George Pasut and Pat Stuckless

  • Central East Collaboration Project – Toronto and others

  • CIHI & ICIS Health Status Indicators

  • User’s Guide to 40 Community Health Indicators


Criteria for selecting indicators

Criteria for Selecting Indicators

  • Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines

  • Data generally available and accessible at the local level

  • Indicator had to be useful and meaningful

  • Indicator had to be relevant to health

  • “Core” indicators

  • Decision by consensus


Key milestones

Key Milestones

  • Feb 1998 – Inaugural meeting at ICES

  • March 1998 – Provincial Health Indicators Working Group formed with members from APHEO, HIUs, MoH, PHRED

  • 1999 – CPHA, OPHA, PHERO article

  • 1999 – First meetings on Chartbook Pages (MoH, HIUs)

  • Nov 1999 – Binder of draft Core Population Health Indicators for Ontario (sent to PHUs)

  • Feb 2000 – Release of Ontario Health Status Report

  • Jan 2001 – Round 2 begins to revise and expand the

    first draft

  • Summer 2001 – Student hired by CEHIP to create Core Indicators website

  • Fall 2001 – Website launch at APHEO conference

  • Jan 2003 – Presentation at ICES/HIU Symposium

  • 2005 – Completion of indicators


Key milestones cont d

Key Milestones, cont’d

  • 2006 – Round 3 website edits begin

  • Feb 2006 – Formation of 4 sub-groups

  • June 2007 – Submitted funding application to PHAC

  • Dec 2007 – Verbal notice of funding approval

  • Jan 2008 – Presentation at ICES/HIU Symposium

  • May 2008 – APHEO website converted to wiki style

  • July 2008 – Harleen Sahota begins as Project Manager

  • Nov 2008 – OPHS & PHAS protocol released

  • Dec 2008 – Core Indicators strategic planning


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You know you ve made it when

You know you’ve made it when…

  • There are over 4,000 unique visitors to APHEO website every month (2007) – indicator pages accessed the most

  • APHEO indicators are referenced in PHAS protocol

  • You try to find a reference to use in the Core Indicators and discover they reference the Core Indicators


How have we managed to survive

How have we managed to survive?

  • Partnerships – MOHLTC, MHP,* HIUs, ICES, Statcan, health units (Durham*)

  • Strength and growth of APHEO

  • Commitment of key individuals

  • Niche specific to public health epidemiologists – different from other indicator projects


What is happening now

What is happening now?

  • 5 Sub-Groups revising and updating indicators:

    • Cancer, Smoking and Sun Safety

    • Healthy Eating Active Living

    • Reproductive Health

    • Infectious Diseases

    • Leading Causes

  • PHAC project – chronic diseases & risk factors, P&Ps

  • Ad hoc group on standardization recommendations

  • Opportunity to develop Built Environment indicators


What is happening around us

What is happening around us?

APHEO

Strategic

Planning

Agency

For Health

Protection &

Promotion

New

OPHS & PHAS

Protocol

Core Indicators Project

IntelliHealth

General

Emphasis

On Measuring

Health

RRFSS

Expansion

National

Health

Indicators

Operation

Health

Protection


Core indicators for public health in ontario celebrating our achievements

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