Currently in effect: Due to COVID-19, we have adapted many programs and redeployed many staff members to support our agency’s COVID-19 response. This includes the reprioritization of School Health programming and the redeployment of staff to focus on COVID-19 response for school communities. As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our programs and services continue to be reassessed. We will ensure school boards and schools in our service area have the Public Health supports they need for a healthy and successful school year. Visit the Schools and COVID-19 page.

Learn more about COVID-19 and recommendations for professional settings including the school board reopening plans.

Building developmental assets with school communities is our passion!

The School Health Promotion Team provides educators with tools and resources to help meet the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Health and Physical Education curriculum.

Who are we?

Our School Health Promotion Team includes a manager, public health nurses, registered dietitians, program assistants, health promotion workers and a health promoter.

What does the School Health Promotion Team do?

We all want youth to have the resources to thrive in life – to be healthy and succeed in school. How do we do this? We work with school partners to create environments that help youth grow up to be empowered, supported, connected and resilient (the building blocks of healthy development).

How can the school community promote resiliency?

Healthy School Approach (Ministry of Education) to building resilient elementary and secondary school communities involves coordinating strategies that have a common purpose and set of values as outlined in the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School.

A resilient school community embraces the philosophy, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Our village, school communities, has many partners, including school boards, principals, teachers, students, parents and community agencies. All of our partners have a strong interest in building resilient school communities by increasing students’ building blocks. Building relationships with young people is not complex.

We support post-secondary schools in the creation of a healthy campus. Everyone has a role to play in creating the conditions for students and staff to learn and thrive.

The Positive Mental Health Toolkit is also available for educators to promote positive mental health practices and perspectives for students and educators within the school environment. The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health has designed a series of free and user-friendly online modules in this toolkit with the latest Canadian resources.

Contact us

For requests, more information, or to share a success story, please contact us at 705.522.9200, ext. 393 or fill out our school request form.

Quick Links:
Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: How You Can Make a Difference video (Ophea)

This item was last modified on January 12, 2021