Under the best of circumstances and on the best of days, offering consistent and quality French language services can be challenging. The Public Health en français Community of Practice has been developed to help reduce the barriers to providing French language public health services across Ontario.
First launched in 2013, the Public Health en français Community of Practice is an initiative funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). A joint effort of the MOHLTC, Ottawa Public Health, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and a number of contributing public health partners, the Community of Practice was developed as a collaborative tool for health units to share resources and expertise in French language service delivery. It was originally launched on Ontario’s e-Health Portal, but as of April 2017, the Community of Practice has migrated to its own website at www.publichealthfrancais.ca. It has grown to more than 100 members across the province, and continues to expand.
In short, our goal is to help ensure that Ontario’s Francophone population has access to equitable, high quality public health services, by building capacity for French-language service delivery among Ontario public health organizations and professionals.
The Community of Practice was developed primarily for Ontario public health units, but welcomes other public health partners, including healthcare providers, long-term care providers, educators and school board personnel, community health centres, hospitals and others.