October 18, 2007

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has recently approved funding for CPCHE’s “Building Local Children’s Environmental Health Champions” project, with the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) as the project lead.This project will enable OPHA and CPCHE partners to build the capacity of local thought leaders currently working in service provider and health care organizations to deliver high quality children’s environmental health programming in their communities.

The goal is to create a network of more than 20 local champions in 5 regions across 3 sectors in the province. Each local champion will learn how to advance the cause of children’s environmental health in their local communities.

If you would like to learn more about children’s environmental health and think you’d like to become a trainer or local expert on this subject in your community or workplace please email or call Beth Anne Currie, Local Champion’s Coordinator. She would be happy to talk with you further!

Beth Anne Currie
Children’s Environment & Health Consultant
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment
bethanne@healthyenvironmentforkids.ca

More information on the Local Champions Project

The intent of Local Champion’s Project is to build the capacity of local thought leaders that currently work in service provider and health-related organizations throughout Ontario. Local Champions will initially serve to communicate with the public and other child care professionals. The Local Champions Support Coordinator (Beth Anne Currie) – will coordinate the overall program by working with existing partners and potential network partners to identify and work with local CEH champions in several regions of Ontario. Together, they will develop a curriculum built on existing CPCHE materials to prepare for the Local Champions CEH train-the-trainer sessions. A series of train-the-trainer programs will be developed for local champions and offered in Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation on a regular basis throughout 2008.