The OCDPA Quality Indicators Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention

PARC Speaker Series Recap

On February 8th, 2017, PARC partnered with Elizabeth Manafo to deliver a webinar on the OCDPA Quality Indicators Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention with a specific focus on how the framework was created and how it can be used for physical activity promotion.

An Interview with Elizabeth Manafo

1. What are the top three take-aways that you would like attendees to leave the webinar with?

I. An understanding of how the OCDPA indicator framework can be used to track, measure and compare our collective impact to increase physical activity and decrease chronic diseases
II. How to apply evidence-based information to inform program and policy decision making that can reduce levels of physical inactivity and improve opportunities to be physically active
III. The benefits of planning research, policy and practice activities collaboratively among relevant partners to address physical inactivity as one of several interconnected risk factors that impact the quality of lives of the Ontario population. 

2. How would you like the webinar attendees to use the information 6 months from now?
I am most interested to see how participants might refer to and apply the quality indicator framework and physical inactivity indicators within their unique work setting and/or area of practice. For example, will the indicator framework help the development a grant proposal to invest more money in school physical activity programming? Perhaps the indicator framework can set the stage for collaborative work across agencies to support a novel partnership to reduce the impact of chronic disease.  I am invested in knowledge translation between health professionals as the cornerstone to chronic disease prevention in Ontario. 

3.    What excites you most about the world of physical activity right now?
While my background is in nutrition and health promotion, I am excited when I see those dedicated to making physical activity (and healthy living) an easy and integrated part of people’s everyday lives.  As health promotion professionals, I believe our task is to translate evidence into practice in meaningful ways that go well beyond ‘tips and tricks’ (these are often the media headlines that I loathe). What we need is a fundamental change in our culture and values around being active and living well - and it gets me excited when I see it around me in schools, workplaces and communities as they start to shift the discourse in the right direction.

You can also reach out to Elizabeth Manafo on Twitter @Elle_Bitz and feel free to share any thoughts or questions you have with us @PARCOntario using #PARCBlog.

To view the webinar recording, visit: