The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. . Presently, consisting of 23 health-related non-governmental organizations, the OCDPA is trying to make Ontario the healthiest province through a sustained, comprehensive and multi-faceted strategy that will include strategic investments, effective policies, environmental supports, and public education to effect broad societal changes in health behaviours.
For the June 12, 2014 vote, the OCDPA launched the Healthiest Province 2014 campaign which is designed to give its member organizations and others interested in chronic disease prevention the information to influence policy changes to help make Ontario the healthiest province.
The website has links to the Healthiest Province 2014 – Advocacy Toolkit which is designed by the OCDPA to give users an overview of the campaign, provide key messages and information needed to join the conversation and influence policy changes. Also included on the website are tips on how best to use media and social media to help achieve the OCPDA goal. Twitter users can check OCDPA activities on: https://twitter.com/OCDPA.