TCAT is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer through its CLASP initiative. The purpose of CLASP, which stands for Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention, is to link the lessons learned from science (Knowledge to Action) with the lessons learned from practice and policy (Action to Knowledge).
From 2009 to 2012, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada led the highly successful Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative (Phase 1). Under this project, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and its CLASP partners increased the capacity of health authorities in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia to engage in land use and transportation policy processes, while helping to achieve actual built environment policy changes in some of its most successful project sites.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has recently been awarded CLASP Phase 2 funding to deepen the impact of the tools and relationships they developed over the past two and a half years. This will be done by assisting CLASP Phase 1 jurisdictions in addressing local health and built environment challenges whose solutions are also likely to be helpful to health authorities and built environment stakeholders across Canada.
The overall goal of the new CLASP initiative in Greater Toronto is to deepen the impact of the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Phase 1, while adding value to existing healthy built environment efforts in the region.
The new funding will allow TCAT to work collaboratively with Toronto Public Health in 2013 to identify built environment policy processes that would benefit from increased community engagement and develop a nine-month action plan for one-two community engagement pilots, centred around cross-sector collaboration and linked to current policy development opportunities.