About the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network

The Pan-Canadian Public Health Network (PHN) is a network of individuals across Canada from many sectors and levels of government, who effectively work together to strengthen public health in Canada. The PHN includes academics, researchers, public servants, members of non-governmental organizations, and health professionals.

The PHN has strong links to senior government decision-makers and other key players in the public health system, which supports horizontal linkages across public health policy issues in a sustainable and integrated manner.

The work of the PHN is governed by a 17 member Council (Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council) composed of Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) government officials, including the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and senior government officials from all jurisdictions whom are responsible for public health. The PHN Council is accountable to the Conference of F/P/T Deputy Ministers of Health. Deputy Ministers of Health provide direction and approve public health policy priorities for Canada.

The work of the PHN is managed by three F/P/T Steering Committees:

The Steering Committees are accountable to the PHN Council. Steering Committees may establish time-limited, expert-based Task Groups to advance to the development of deliverables for PHN priorities and work plan items.

The Talent Pool of Expertise will allow the PHN Council and Steering Committees to draw on Canada’s best available public health expertise to contribute to PHN work and recommendations for F/P/T Deputy Ministers.

The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) is a forum for promoting excellence in population and public health practice through communication, and collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, experience and best practices. CCMOH provides integral input and feedback on a variety of public health initiatives from a broad range of stakeholders. CCMOH may provide direction, guidance and recommendations on technical issues relating to PHN work to PHN Council and Steering Committees, as appropriate. CCMOH reports to the Conference of F/P/T Deputy Ministers of Health through PHN Council.

CCMOH membership includes the Chief Medical Officer of Health from each provincial and territorial jurisdiction, a representative from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the most senior Public Health Physician of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (ex-officio member).

Figure 1: PAN-CANADIAN PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

PAN-CANADIAN PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
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The Public Health Network (PHN) governance structure outlines the committees involved in the decision making process within the Network.

The PHN Council serves as the governing body of the Network and is accountable to the Conference of F/P/T Deputy Ministers of Health. Deputy Ministers of Health provide direction and approve public health policy priorities for Canada.

The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health provides direction, guidance and recommendations on technical issues relating to the work of the PHN. They report through PHN Council to F/P/T Deputy Ministers of Health.

The work of the PHN is managed by three steering committees that report to PHN Council, providing public health policy advice and recommendations to PHN Council regarding pan-Canadian collaborative approaches to public health policy in Canada. The steering committees are:

  • Healthy People and Communities Steering Committee
  • Communicable and Infectious Disease Steering Committee
  • Public Health Infrastructure Steering Committee

Steering committees may establish time-limited, expert-based Task Groups to advance to the development of deliverables for PHN priorities.

A talent pool of expertise allows the PHN Council and Steering Committees to draw on Canada’s best available public health expertise to contribute to PHN work. Examples include:

  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Communities of Practice
  • Liaison Committees
  • Provincial Agencies
  • Academia
  • Government Ministries/Departments
  • Local and Regional Authorities
  • Research Institutes

About the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council

Mandate

The mandate of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council is to serve as the senior and central governance body of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network. The Council is responsible for taking a strategic, coordinated view of the ongoing conduct and operation of the PHN by:

  • providing cohesion and coordination between ongoing public health groups,  ensuring that activities are not duplicated;
  • serving as the governance forum for developing and monitoring the key instruments of the Network;
  • guiding the development of collaborative public health strategies;
  • preparing, negotiating, implementing and adapting public health agreements as required, e.g., mutual aid during emergency; and
  • providing advice to the Conference of F/P/T Deputy Ministers of Health on public health matters.

Membership

The Pan-Canadian Public Health Network is governed by a 17 member Council composed of F/P/T government officials, whom are appointed by senior government officials from their respective jurisdiction.

About the F/P/T Steering Committees

There are three Steering Committees within the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network:

  • Healthy People and Communities Steering Committee
  • Communicable and Infectious Disease Steering Committee
  • Public Health Infrastructure Steering Committee

Mandate

The Steering Committees provide public health policy advice and recommendations to PHN Council regarding Pan-Canadian collaborative approaches to public health policy in Canada.

The Steering Committees also oversee the development of deliverables to support and advance the strategic priorities of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network.

Steering Committees may form time-limited, expert-based task groups and/or partnerships with public health organizations to contribute to the development of deliverables.

Membership

Each Steering Committee is composed of:

  • Two co-chairs (one federal and one provincial/territorial); and
  • Senior government officials, appointed by their respective jurisdiction as members who are representative of Canadian jurisdictions (federal, provincial and territorial).