26 Jul Public Health Ontario Child and Youth Health Indicators Report Project

The following information is a brief description of a new project initiated at Public Health Ontario (PHO), which is an arm’s-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world. For more information about PHO, visit www.oahpp.ca.

Child and Youth Health Indicators Report

Access to current data and determining child and youth health status and outcomes in relation to the Ontario Public Health Standards has been identified by the public health community as a priority issue.  As an initial step towards meeting this need, the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) Section of Public Health Ontario (PHO) will complete a comprehensive report that identifies and assesses existing and new indicators of child and youth health (0-18) of public health importance. In addition, the report will provide recommendations for the operationalization of these indicators in the Ontario context.

The project will be guided by an advisory committee, with a scientific review panel, and will draw upon and complement the work of the existing initiatives focused on the development of child and youth health indicators.  These include the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists of Ontario (APHEO) Core Indicators Workgroup, the Youth Excel Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP), and other initiatives such as locally-driven collaborative projects.

Public Health Ontario established this project in response to an expressed need by many public health partners for access to quality, relevant Ontario data on child and youth health for assessment, monitoring and evaluation. The report will provide a strong foundation for future work focused on ongoing population-level assessment and monitoring of child/youth health in Ontario.   Specifically, the current project will identify and report on the best available indicators as well as data gaps, with related recommendations for new, priority indicator development for child and youth health in Ontario. The child and youth health indicators report is expected to be complete by March 2012.