The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) announced the release of the Toolkit to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies and its accompanying resource Handbook to Healthier Communities – Influencing Healthy Public Policies.
The purpose of the toolkit is to help communities influence policies that support healthier communities. This toolkit expands on the work of the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) and its many project partners. It is based on The Health Communication Unit’s eight-step process to policy development and builds on the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)’s Workbook for Influencing Physical Activity Policy.
The Handbook is a brief version of the Toolkit and includes ideas as well as steps to policy development, which are summarized on a one-page overview. More information on policy, as well as details, examples, tips, resources and worksheets are provided in the full version of the toolkit.
The full versions of both the French and English Toolkits and Handbooks are now available on the OCDPA website. Additionally, at the end of the toolkit, there is a feedback form for users to complete; the OCDPA would appreciate your comments so please take the time to complete the evaluation.
For more information on the Toolkit, please go to www.ocdpa.on.ca.