Common Messages: Supporting Collective Priorities and Action on Chronic Disease Prevention across Ontario

Publication Date: 
February, 2009

Chronic disease accounts for a significant proportion of disability and death in Ontario, much of which preventable. The World Health Organization (2008), as well as other international, national and provincial bodies endorse the need for attention to be focused on ways community and health practitioners, groups, networks and organizations can collectively work together to prevent and reduce the risk for chronic disease, now and in future.

This document identified common "messages", identified and supported by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance's membership, that focus attention on the most important issues and priorities in chronic disease prevention today. The document includes a background on the need for common messages, an introduction to messages and related actions that health practitioners, organizations, and groups can take to collectively move forward in addressing chronic disease and its prevention.