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					APHEO General Meeting Minutes Sunday, 29 September 2002

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A.P.H.E.O.
Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario
“To advance and promote the discipline and professional practice of epidemiology in Ontario public health units.” www.cehip.org/apheo

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES Sunday 29 September 2002 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Oakwood Inn Resort Grand Bend, Ontario

Present: Anne Marie Holt Brenda Coleman Jane Hohenadel Andrea Smith Karen Funnell Lee Sieswerda Rolf Puchtinger Agricola Odoi Alanna Leffley Terry Delmore Karen Moynagh Elizabeth Rael Wayne Tucker Nancy Day Mary Lou Decou Ruth Sanderson Mary-Anne Pietrusiak Adam Stevens Stephanie McFaul Brenda Guarda Sten Ardal Sherri Ennis Hong Ge Lewinda Knowles Janet Phillips Carla Troy Kathy Moran Philippa Holowaty

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit Porcupine Health Unit Peel Health Peel Health Thunder Bay District Health Unit Huron County Health Unit Perth District Health Unit Grey Bruce Health Unit Halton Region Health Department Halton Region Health Department Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care Haldimond-Norfolk Health Unit Toronto Public Health Niagara Public Health Department Middlesex-London Health Unit Durham Region Health Department Brant County Health Unit Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit York Region Health Department CEHIP Durham Region Health Department Simcoe County District Health Unit Toronto Public Health Toronto Public Health Health Canada Durham Region Health Department McMaster University

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Business Meeting
1.0 APPROVAL OF AGENDA The agenda was approved with the following additions: 6.4 Epidemiology Salary Survey 2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 31 May 2002 The minutes of 31 May 2002 were accepted as written. 3.0 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS REPORTS 3.1 Membership Report – Stephanie McFaul As of 17 September 2002, there are a total 86 APHEO members: 39 full members and 47 affiliate members. Of the 86, twenty are new members (6 full members and 14 affiliates). We are pleased to welcome our newest APHEO members and affiliates, some of whom have joined us via conference registration. We look forward to continued APHEO growth. 3.2 Financial/Budget Report - Stephanie McFaul As of 17 September 2002, the chequing account balance is $15,708.14. The investment account balance is $2,174.65 - both of our GIC/Term Deposits have been reinvested this year in OnePlusOne GICs, which are two-year terms cashable on anniversary. 3.3 alPHa Report – Anne Marie Holt alPHa Board of Director’s last met September 20, 2002. Strategic Directions: · alPHa has continued to reexamine their strategic directions. · At the AGM in June, members agreed that the membership fees undergo a 100% increase(straight doubling of fees) to the current membership for year 2002-2003. · alPHa is also continuing to offer to its membership the opportunity to participate in a Tele-Seminar Series. A one-hour seminar, the third Tuesday of every month over the phone where a presentation is offered on public health related topics. Participants follow the speaker along visually with a Power Point slide presentation, which can be downloaded form the alPHa website.

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alPHa in conjunction with Toronto Public Health was awarded a Migration Health Conference contract from Health Canada. Deliverables include organizing and delivering the conference, proving policy support and developing recommendations for further research initiatives. alPHa has been granted a staff person on secondment from Halton Region Health Dept. as a policy analyst for the conference. CCO has granted alPHa a small sum of money to continue their involvement with the Ontario Tobacco Strategy, the Canadian Cancer Society is considering matching the grant.

Walkerton Inquiry · alPHa continues to work with OPHA and AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) on recommendations from the Walkerton Inquiry affecting public health. Public Health Professional Shortage · A committee has been formed to address the issue of a public health professionals shortage in Ontario. The last meeting of the group was September 13, 2002. HRDC has indicated that they would be interested in funding a project for the research, development and production of promotional materials for careers in public health (the materials will be targeted at those that may have an interest in a career in public health , universities, highschool, job fairs etc) . A proposal to HRDC has been drafted and endorsed by the group. The Public Health Professionals Shortage committee will meet again, at an all day meeting October 3rd, 2002 to discuss the proposal. Timelines for completion are expected to be short, completion by the early in the new year. Mandatory Program Steering Committee · A meeting has been scheduled for October 7, 2002. There has been no action since February 2002. The meeting is set to resume review of the new mandatory programs i.e. The work that was completed by the 5 technical review committees and PHRED work on the costing of the new programs. Working Closer with OPHA · alPHa and OPHA met to discuss their current relationship and the feasibility of a merger of the two organizations. Following discussions, it was concluded that a merger would not be advantages to both parties at this time but OPHA and alPHa alike will work towards strengthening their relationship. Other Information · alPHa has been working towards strengthening their advocacy work. alPHa has been actively pursuing meeting with the Minister of Health’s Office and the health critics from the opposition. alPHa is advocating for a continuous dialog with all

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parties at Queen’s Park and proposing to have an annual Public Health Day at Queen’s Park where alPHa can present to caucus the top 3 issues public health is facing in the next year. The policy adviser from the Minister’s Office is attending the next Board meeting in November to discuss how the current relationship and how the Minister’s Office can work more closely with alPHa. Mike McCarthy (policy adviser) has committed to working more closely with alPHa and establishing a good relationship. The interest is due to the fall out from Walkerton. 3.4 OCCHA Report – Ruth Sanderson Key Areas of Activity - May 2002 – September 2002 Four health unit accreditation surveys were completed between April and June, three re-accreditation surveys (Algoma, Leeds-Grenville & Lanark, Niagara) and one firsttime survey (Durham). The next two re-accreditation surveys are scheduled for early 2003. Three health units (Simcoe County, Brant County and Wellington-DufferinGuelph) received the, “Seal of Excellence Award” in June 2002. This is awarded to health units with five or more continuous years of accredited status. • OCCHA is requesting formal feedback (i.e., written response) from its member organizations on their discussion paper on accountability titled, “Developing A Structure For Accountability: How OCCHA and Accreditation Can Work For Public Health”. This report was sent out to APHEO members through the APHEOLIST on June 7, 2002. OCCHA staff would also be pleased to present or respond to questions prior to APHEO's feedback being drafted. This paper is based on OCCHA's strategic planning process and addresses some of the priorities/issues identified in their provincial stakeholder survey. For more information on the background and the paper, please visit the OCCHA website at www.occha.org. The Principles & Standards Committee of OCCHA will be reviewing a number of new (draft) standards related to the Mandatory programs on October 3rd. These standards form the basis of the accreditation reviews. Upon approval of the draft standards, these will be distributed to health units and member organizations including APHEO for feedback with an expectation that these would be implemented in January 2003. OCCHA continues to be a partner, along with PHRED and alPHa in the Ontario Benchmarking Project. The Director of OCCHA has assumed responsibility as the Chairperson of this partnership and will focus on developing a business plan for benchmarking.

Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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The OPHA position on the OCCHA Board continues to be vacant. OCCHA staff has contacted OPHA to try to resolve this issue. OCCHA will renew its efforts to recruit, on a contractual basis, a Coordinator of marketing and customer service. Once recruited this person will focus on developing “starter kits” for health units that are new to the accreditation process and the identification of common issues/best practices of health units as it relates to the accreditation standards. OCCHA will be organizing an ad hoc committee on continuous quality improvement in public health. The purpose of this committee will be to define continuous quality improvement in public health and to review and revise, as appropriate, OCCHA’s standards to more fully incorporate CQI components. Any APHEO member with experience in CQI initiatives/programs who is interested in participating as a member of this committee should contact the OCCHA Director, Meighan Finlay at: meighanfinlay@occha.org . Given that there has been very little feedback on OCCHA’s Position Paper from the epidemiology field, Ruth asked if some APHEO members would volunteer to read the paper and provide comments at the next APHEO General Meeting to help APHEO provide official commentary/feedback to OCCHA. Alanna Leffley, Anne Marie Holt and Jane Hohenadel volunteered to review the paper and provide feedback and comments to be discussed at the 29 November meeting. 3.4 OPHA Report – Nancy Day OPHA Strategic Planning $ $ $ Work has started on the development of a strategic plan framework for OPHA. The purpose of the framework is to guide the annual priority setting by OPHA. The January 2003 OPHA Board meeting will be a strategic planning retreat. A consultant has been hired to help facilitate this activity. As more information becomes available APHEO members may be asked to provide input into this process.

Mandatory Programs, Funding of Public Health Units and the MPIQ $ $ It was announced that the upcoming meeting of the Mandatory Program Advisory Committee and the related Indicator Committee had been cancelled. The issue of the timing of the release of the revised Mandatory Programs was discussed, as was the question of whether the MPIQ reflected the actual level of compliance to the Guidelines. Concern was raised that the MPIQ had never been
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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validated and thus there was no way to know whether it measures compliance to the guidelines or not. Previously the Public Health Branch had directed all 37 local health boards to become fully compliant with MHPSG by 2003 or face fines of up to $25,000 per day. On July 19, 2002, the Belleville Intelligencer report that, “(Dr. Colin) D’Cunha (Chief Medical Officer of Health) told local municipal and health officials the province would not fine the health unit for failing to comply with mandated program goals.” Concern was raised that this pull back in position may jeopardise the commitment of sufficient budget at the local level to deliver the required programs. It was intended to discuss these and other issues with Dr. D’Cunha at the meeting, unfortunately he was unable to meet with the OPHA Board at the last minute. The OPHA Board will be sending a letter to Dr. D’Cunha to raise these and several other issues that would have been discussed at the meeting with him. Is there anything that APHEO feels needs to be addressed relative to the MPIQ, its validity testing and whether it is reflective of true compliance levels?

Executive Director $ Peter Elson will not be returning to OPHA as planned at the end of his educational leave in September, 2002. During his year at the London School of Economics, he successfully completed his MSc in Voluntary Sector Organization. We wish Peter all the best as he utilizes his new credentials to explore future challenges and opportunities. The OPHA Board of Directors will be seeking to take OPHA in new directions under new leadership. In the interim, our acting Executive Director, Jack Lee, will continue to lead OPHA through its upcoming strategic planning process.

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AGM is coming up on 19 November 2002. Discussion ensued about the MPIQ and it was acknowledged that its measures are not valid. Ruth reported that OCCHA’s Position Paper suggested a possible solution, a validation process, to help make the MPIQ more valid. Also tying into solutions for the MPIQ, it was agreed that Nancy would forward APHEO’s comments for inclusion in the OPHA Board letter to Dr. D’Cunha. These comments include the following: - that a group be struck to advance discussions on establishing a process for reviewing/validating the MPIQ, which would include at a minimum representatives from alPHa, AMOH and APHEO. Elizabeth Rael emphasized that the MPIQ is only reflective of a minimum standard. She noted that all suggestions and comments on how to improve the MPIQ are welcome by the Ministry, especially if they are formed in an organized fashion. Although it is recognized
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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that the MPIQ is less than perfect, accountability is a key piece for the MOHLTC and the MPIQ provides a tool that is essential for this process. ACTION: All APHEO members are to forward any specific thoughts to Nancy Day by the end of the week (4 October 2002), if they would like to have them considered for inclusion in the OPHA Board letter to Dr. D’Cunha. 4.0 BUSINESS ARISING 4.1 2002 Conference – Sherri Ennis There were a few budget issues, but some last minute sponsors have alleviated those concerns. Health Canada has agreed to cover two of their speakers’ travel costs, in addition to supplying $1000 for renting booth space and $700 for promoting the Skills Enhancement Course. Due to the expense of using the resort’s shuttle service, Sherri reported that Chuck’s father would be running the shuttle service for the speakers. Sherri reminded everyone that there would be an opening reception tonight/Sunday from 57 p.m. The gangster murder mystery dinner is scheduled for Monday night, including gambling, prizes for best costume, etc. Following the event the resort will reserve the nonsmoking section of their sports bar for us so that we will not need to have a hospitality suite. It was decided that there would not be enough time to hold a best ball golf tournament. Instead guests will be encouraged to make use of their free time with the resorts amenities. Sherri reported that there are about 60 registrants – not quite as many as were anticipated. 4.2 Sponsorship Policy – Brenda Coleman/Mary Lou Decou Discussion ensued about the sponsorship policy and that it is meant to reflect a statement of principle. A motion was put forward to: 1) remove ‘Conference Planning Committee’ from point three and replace it with ‘Association President or Designate’; and since this policy is a statement of principle, 2) exclude/remove the guidelines from the policy. Moved by: Lee Sieswerda Seconded by: Ruth Sanderson Carried.
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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A motion was put forward that the above changes be made to the policy, with appropriate/associated wording changes made throughout the document, and that the policy be accepted as such. Moved by: Brenda Coleman Seconded by: Mary Lou Decou Carried. ACTION: Brenda to make the necessary changes to the policy. 4.3 APHEO Website Committee Update – Brenda Coleman No update. A meeting will be held in the near future. 4.4 APHEO Website Hosting – Adam Stevens/Sten Ardal As Sherri is no longer with CEHIP, there is no APHEO member available at CEHIP to do the APHEO website updates and attachments. Sten submitted a letter to APHEO to ensure that a process is put in place to always have ‘a person’ in charge/responsible of making any changes and updates to our website. Sten reported that it would be possible to do this from a remote location. Due to the relatively minor effort that is involved with making the necessary changes, it was suggested that this responsibility remain with the Vice President. Sten suggested that we look into getting our own registered URL/IP address (cost is approx. $40 a year) and since CEHIP will be changing their Internet provider within the next few months, it would be a good time to set this up. An interim possible back-up plan if remote access is not obtainable, would be to have Paul do our regularly postings, however any major website overhauls, redesign, etc. would be contracted out. It was noted that PHWIG updates would then also become the responsibility of the vice president. A motion was put forward that the website committee be charged with moving forward with having our own website URL. Motioned by: Ruth Sanderson Seconded by: Anne Marie Holt Discussion: Sten pointed out that we don’t yet have an IP address, but if he knows we’re looking into getting our own URL then he will get one for us when he changes Internet servers. Carried.
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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4.5 Public Health Epidemiologist Recertification – Anne Marie Holt/Mary Lou Decou alPHa wasn’t able to provide any information in this area. It was suggested that we contact individual colleges and/or associations to try to obtain more information. It was clarified that certification would be recognition through your organization/association. Lee reported that the American Epidemiology Association tried to establish their group for certification and were ignored (in 1991). Carla reported that the Survey Skills Enhancement course is pulling information from many public health professionals and will be putting a report together. She offered to forward the report to the group when it is complete. ACTION: Carla to forward Health Canada report to APHEO when it is complete. 4.6 Future Format of APHEO Meetings – Adam Stevens 1. Executive report circulated prior to meeting 2. Change of meeting day - other than Friday 3. Moving education component from the morning to the afternoon All suggestions were discussed and although some valid points were raised in favour of changing current practice, it was decided that changing the meeting day or moving the educational component to the afternoon would not be adopted at this time. With the effort to cut down on meeting time, executive reports will be circulated to all APHEO members prior to the meeting and a very strong effort will be made to adhere to the allotted times for each agenda item. 5.0 STANDING AGENDA ITEMS 5.1 APHEO Strategic Planning – All Ruth pointed out a link to this item: Anne Marie/alPHa’s work on Recruitment of Public Health Epidemiologists (Public Health Professional Shortage) and reminded everyone to fill out their forms or contribute to ideas on the flip charts. 6.0 NEW BUSINESS 6.1 AGM/Nomination and Election of Executive – Brenda Coleman
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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The past president is responsible for heading up the nominating committee. Terry Delmore, together with two other non-executives, Brenda Guarda and Mary Lou Decou volunteered to form this year’s Nomination Committee. It was noted that Nancy Day, Anne Marie Holt and Ruth Sanderson would remain in their respective positions next year (OPHA rep, alPHa rep, OCCHA rep). ACTION: Forward all nominations to one of the three nominating committee members. The election will take place at the next APHEO General Meeting to be held on 29 November 2002. 6.2 APHEO Conference 2003 – Sherri Ennis The Committee talked about ways to make getting sponsorship easier for upcoming conferences and agreed that it would be very beneficial to decide and announce the topic for the upcoming year’s conference at the current year’s conference. This will help ensure that sponsorship can be sought before companies’ have committed their dollars elsewhere. Chuck suggested Kingston as a good locale for a conference. Elizabeth Rolland and Joanne Peterson from Kingston were enthusiastic about the idea and Elizabeth expressed interest in becoming the 2003 Conference Planning Chair. Confersense, as part of their services, agreed to investigate possible venues. The topic of Child Health was discussed and was highly recommended. Tying into the child health topic, the group was briefed about an impending federal announcement for a National Immunization Strategy. Additionally, the Romanow report is also expected to have a focus on early childhood. The group was informed that a new workgroup on child health is being investigated/is needed at OPHA, which potentially provides great interest in a child health topic for the upcoming conference. Carla suggested that we aim to seek involvement from other provinces and attach a few days of meetings around the conference. This would provide a great venue to bring people together that are interested in child health and to promote the skills enhancement course, in addition to promoting and demonstrating epidemiological data and how it is used. It was agreed that it will be easy to keep the child health focus on epidemiological related material because there is so much information in the area. It was recommended that this new process, conference topic and location announcement at
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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end of current conference, should become routine practice for all upcoming years and would become the responsibility of the Conference Planning Committee. A motion was put forward to accept child health as next year’s topic for the APHEO conference. Motioned by: Adam Stevens Seconded: Stephanie McFaul Carried. A motion was put forward to investigate the Kingston area for next year’s APHEO conference. Motioned by: Adam Stevens Second: Brenda Coleman Carried. Pending Elizabeth Rolland’s acceptance of 2003 Conference Planning Chair, Lee Sieswerda, Sherri Ennis (consultation role) and Carla Troy (involved from Health Canada perspective) volunteered to participate in the committee. Adam will announce the topic for next year’s conference at the end of this year’s conference. 6.3 Listing Benefits of Being a Public Health Epidemiologist – Anne Marie Holt Covered in previous items. 6.4 Epidemiologist Salary Survey The last survey was completed in 2000. The survey is useful in many respects, especially when it used by health units to assist them in assessing salaries, responsibilities, management responsibilities, etc. for new positions being considered within their own health unit. The issue of whether to keep the survey to members only or both members and affiliates was brought up for discussion – there appeared to be more support for both affiliate and full member participation. A suggestion was made to create a spot on the website where all positions/job description could be posted, however it was noted that we would have to get individual health units’ permission to do so. It was recognized that the survey would help provide some standards for other provinces
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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that are heading towards more organized/trained epidemiology positions/organizations. Alanna offered to help with the survey. 7.0 INFORMATION SHARING/UPDATES 7.1 Public Health Indicators Workgroup – Mary-Anne Pietrusiak The official launch of the indicators web site will be at the APHEO conference on 30 September 2002. Mary-Anne is hoping to have an Internet connection for the presentation. The website is now live, although it will not be broadly advertised until the launch. If you want to check it out, you can go through the APHEO website or directly to http://www.cehip.org/APHEO/indicators/. Once the website is complete, Mary-Anne recommends that PHIWG be disbanded and a new standing committee be created. This is because the "work group" part will be done. The new committee's job will be to maintain the indicators, which will hopefully be a much easier task. New processes will need to be established for this. It is expected the committee will have a similar make up to PHIWG (APHEO members + other external groups), but will be smaller. It is believed that having a wide range of organizations is really important for this project. Mary-Anne is welcome to any comments that people may have. Originally hard copies were going to be distributed and updating would be up to the individual, but the website is very easy to use and navigate and therefore this may not happen. 7.2 Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System – Kathy Moran ♦ There are 21 health units involved in RRFSS 2002. Module Development: ♦ New modules developed in 2002; Parenting Style, CPR, Shade, Diabetes ♦ New modules in progress: Tanning Beds, Childhood Injuries, Breastfeeding Policy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Dental Health, Physical Activity, Sexual Health ♦ May 2002 dataset was received 02 September 2002. Big Events: ♦ The first annual workshop, Get Your Paws Dirty: RRFSS 2001 and Beyond, was held 19 June 2002, at York University.

Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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♦ Web site redesigned (thanks to CEHIP) - www.cehip.org/rrfss ♦ Presentations pending - Ministry of Health Education Days, HIU/ICES Symposium Next year there will be different options for signing up with RRFSS: cost, number of questions. 7.3 Conference Sharing Nothing to report at this time. 7.4 Other Information Sharing Update from the Ministry HELPS 1 is still moving forward. Vital statistics were released to all Health Units with an accompanying letter that was produced with much input from the Office of the Registrar General. ORG is looking into data quality and will be consulting with the MOHLTC. The ISCIS Extraction Beta Test went well it is anticipated that those who participated will be able to provide assistance to other health units when they receive the extract instructions. i-PHIS (Internet Public Health Information System) - Public health is sponsoring a six month pilot project for I-PHIS, which will be a very fast moving project that will begin in January. A formal evaluation form/process has been produced and will be shared with the pilot sites in the near future. This system will be very import for vaccine adverse effects, reportable diseases and immunization. There is a possibility that the system will be rolled out to all health units, but the MOHLTC has not committed to that yet. They want to ensure that all issues are worked before any further steps are taken. HELPS 2 is also moving forward and they are currently revisiting a more efficient option, moving from raw data to a programming strategy, rather than raw data to HELPS1 to HELPS2. Two new members and Doug Ramsey will be working on this. Elizabeth reported that the progress is not as fast as we’d like, but progress is being made and moving in the right direction. She also noted that the ORG expressed comfort with historic data releases for subsequent releases. Other Updates York Region will be hosting the OPHA conference this year from November 18-20, entitled Moving Beyond Borders, which emphasizes partnerships. Registration forms can be downloaded from the OPHA website.
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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Catherine Bingle, via an email, informed apheolist of a breakfast session that was going to be put on by Sandy Henderson, Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society Program from 7:30–9:30 a.m. on 01 October 2002. The group was informed that the aim of the session was to promote evaluation in Ontario (advocacy), in addition to promoting the performance measurement on behalf of the Ontario government. It was suggested that Sandy Henderson might be a valuable speaker for an upcoming APHEO educational session. Carla Troy reported that the Skills Enhancement Course currently has three course facilitators, Ruth Sanderson, Vic Sahai and Bill Montepar (from Lakehead University). A training session was held in August that brought old and new trainers together. Any other interested individuals should be in contact with Carla. Mary Lou reported that a cost effectiveness evaluation is being investigated through McMaster University. There are six possible topics and a set of criteria was used to ensure that the selection would be useful for health units. PHRED is undertaking a huge DIS evaluation at the London HU. ISCIS Extract Feedback – the Ministry felt that most of the suggestions and recommendations could be easily addressed and incorporated into the extract. Although no date was given, it was suggested that the extract would be available and disseminated to all health units by the end of the year. Work on producing an extract for the new ISCIS system will not be addressed until all health units have received the new ISCIS database – probably not until mid-2003. 8.0 OTHER BUSINESS Health Canada is interested in contracting the services of APHEO to provide input into a few new initiatives. Carla will provide a draft contract, which will appear on the next general meeting agenda for discussion. 9.0 NEXT MEETING/ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m. The next general meeting is scheduled for Friday, 29 November 2002 at 9:30 a.m., to be held at Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 5700 Yonge Street, Toronto, Rooms M3A&B (Adam will be absent – Brenda will chair). Submitted by:
Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org

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Stephanie McFaul Secretary/Treasurer - APHEO Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit

Adam Stevens –President Brant County Health Unit 194 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON, N3R 1G7 Tel: 519-753-4937, ext. 219 Fax: 519-753-5942 or 2140 E-mail: astevens@bchu.org