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Thirty years after the Ottawa Charter, health promotion matters more than ever.

The WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion builds capacity, evaluation and knowledge exchange in health promotion at a global level.  Built on the successes of the community-academic partnership known as the Centre for Health Promotion (1989-2009), the Centre carries forward the designation as the WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto. After 20 years, in July 2009, its activities were folded into the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion 2015-2019 Terms of Reference

  1. Capacity-Building – To strengthen capacity for the effective delivery of health promotion at the global, regional and country levels.
  2. Evaluation – To stimulate and support evaluation in health promotion towards building a database of promising practices in health promotion, especially in Latin America.
  3. Knowledge Exchange – To collect and disseminate scientific and technical information in health promotion and global development.

The Centre’s primary WHO Regional Partner is the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and it is one of more than 20 active collaborating centres connected to health promotion activities in the Americas, but this centre’s title and mandate is unique. Within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Centre’s home is the Healthier Communities Hub.


Suzanne Jackson, co-director
Blake Poland, co-director

Note: This website provides current information about the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre. All previous links and resources connected to the former Centre for Health Promotion (1989-2009) have been preserved and are now located in the Archives.