Ontario Public Health Association

Ontario Public Health Association

March 26, 2008 12:00 ET

OPHA and CAMH Provide Forum for Promoting Responsible Use of Alcohol

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Ontario Public Health Association's Alcohol Policy Network and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are pleased to announce the fifth Annual Forum titled Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity which will be held on Thursday March 28, 2008 at the Ben Franklin Centre, 101 Centre Pointe Drive, Ottawa.

The forum invites public health professionals, addiction counselors and policy makers from across Ontario to discuss a broad range of issues related to the misuse of alcohol in Ontario-health promotion, prevention and education, health impacts, the availability of alcohol and the creation of safer communities.

"This forum is instrumental in equipping Ontario's public health professionals with the tools required to reduce the impact of alcohol misuse in our communities", says OPHA President Carol Timmings. "OPHA is committed to intensifying our effort to promote the responsible use of alcohol in our communities."

This year's forum focuses on strategies for adapting national and provincial alcohol strategies for local impact. Scheduled speakers include:

- Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto

- Anca Ialomiteanu, Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

- Carolyn Franklin, Senior Advisor, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

- Barbara Miles, Prevention & Community Education Addiction Services, Government of Nova Scotia

- Reggie Caverson, Senior Health Promotion Consultant & Health Education Enforcement Partnership (HEP) Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

- John Garcia, Director, Knowledge Exchange and Systems Evaluation, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit; Preventive Oncology Cancer Care Ontario; University of Toronto

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion this year's forum is a collaboration of the Ontario Public Health Association, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Established in 1949, OPHA is a voluntary, independent organization of public health professionals that provides leadership on issues affecting the public's health. The Alcohol Policy Network is a program of OPHA which provides analysis of healthy public policies that influence the consumption of alcohol.

Contact Information

  • For further information on the fifth annual forum,
    Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity please contact:
    Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)
    Ben Rempel
    Manager, Alcohol Programs
    (416) 200-6357