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May 8, 2012
Toronto Public Health in the spotlight
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) designated Toronto Public Health a Best Practice Spotlight Organization at the association's annual general meeting held recently in Toronto. This achievement, which coincides with National Nursing Week (May 7 to 12), recognizes the valuable work nurses provide to Toronto residents every day.

“I congratulate Toronto Public Health for its new status as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization as it implements multiple clinical best practice guidelines developed by RNAO,” said Doris Grinspun, RNAO’s chief executive officer. “We’re confident that these evidence-based tools are supporting Toronto Public Health nurses to provide the highest quality care and improve patients’ health outcomes and satisfaction.”

Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO) are academic and health-care organizations that implement and evaluate the association's best practice guidelines. The goal is to make a positive impact on client service through evidence-based practice.

“It is an honour for Toronto Public Health to be recognized by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario with this designation," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "We will continue to integrate the best scientific evidence into public health practice.”

Toronto Public Health has successfully implemented and evaluated the following best practice guidelines:

• A woman abuse project has raised awareness of woman abuse and has supported women by increasing opportunities to disclose abuse.
• Primary prevention of childhood obesity: The BPSO team has implemented a creative intervention that promotes a decrease in sedentary activities, emphasizing a reduction in the amount of time children spend watching television, playing video games and engaging in recreational computer use.
• Interventions for postpartum depression: The primary goal of this project is to improve outcomes in the prenatal and postpartum period for women at risk or experiencing post-partum depression.
• Integrating smoking cessation into daily nursing practice: The aim of this project is to ensure that all nursing staff and other health professionals have the training and resources they need to support smokers who are taking action to quit smoking.
• The Enhancing Healthy Adolescent Development project promotes healthy adolescence. The project takes a co-ordinated approach to training staff who work with youth in Toronto Public Health programs - with the emphasis on engaging youth.

Currently, there are 53 healthcare and academic organizations across Ontario actively involved in the BPSO program. The BPSO designation is extended annually. To maintain it, the spotlight organizations must continue to implement and evaluate best practice guidelines.

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Kris Scheuer
Toronto Public Health



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