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The OPHLA is a community of information professionals who work in partnership to maximize capacity for information services, facilitate knowledge translation and exchange, and support evidence-informed public health practice in Ontario.

Because the scope of public health practice is broad and multidisciplinary, information needs within this discipline are extremely diverse. The information professionals of OPHLA have a unique blend of public health domain knowledge and information management expertise. This distinctive skill set gives us an intuitive grasp of the public health information landscape and allows us to understand and respond to complex public health information requests.

For clients in their home organizations, OPHLA members:

For the public health community in Ontario and beyond, OPHLA:

Currently, 16 of the 36 public health units across Ontario have libraries. In 2016 alone, OPHLA members working in these libraries conducted over 2,500 literature searches, delivered over 13,175 full text articles, and trained over 315 public health practitioners on accessing evidence-based information.