Best Practices

The Best Practices Section of the Portal is a searchable list of chronic disease prevention and health promotion interventions which provides program planners and public health practitioners with easy and immediate access to successful public health programs, interventions and policies that have been evaluated and have the potential to be adapted and used.

Featured Best Practices

  • Healthy Start (Oregon)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Adults (age 35-49)
    • Behaviour change
    • Healthy child development
    • Home
    • Infancy (age 0-2)
    • Maternal and Infant Health
    • Preventing Violence
    • Social Support Networks

    Healthy Start is a voluntary family support and parent education home visiting program. Healthy Start offers all first-time families, around the time their baby is born, free screening and information. Parents receive information on topics like child development, infant care …

  • Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Canada
    • Harm Reduction (re drug use)
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Preventing Violence
    • Secondary School
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)

    The Fourth R is a 21-lesson skill-based programme that promotes healthy relationships and targets violence, high-risk sexual behaviour, and substance use among adolescents. The intervention meets the Ontario curriculum requirements for Grade 9 Health and Physical Education course, under the …

  • Families and Schools Together (F&ST)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Alcohol use/abuse
    • Children (age 6-12)
    • Community development and mobilization
    • Healthy child development
    • Mental Health
    • Social environmental support
    • Social Support Networks
    • Use/abuse of illegal drugs

    Families & Schools Together (F&ST, pronounced FAST) is a group-based family program that strengthens the parent–child bond, family functioning and family social networks and thus reduces children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. The program has a general and a targeted approach: …