Disordered eating in Ontario: Perspectives from the community

What is EDO-P?

Ontario is adding a new layer of service delivery in evidence-based prevention. Prevention teams will be located in each of the Ontario Health’s six regions.

Teams will cover the entire region and be staffed by prevention service providers carrying out:

  1. Direct prevention services, and
  2. Support and coaching to public health, schools, post-secondary institutions, and other agencies involved with youth.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

EDO P is committed to applying new and emerging evidence to the existing suite of EDO-P interventions including ways to promote identity-affirming and culturally responsive approaches to prevention

EDO-P Service Delivery

EDO-P aims to scale up evidence-informed, implementation-sensitive, and identity-affirming prevention and early intervention strategies to help reduce disordered eating and its precursors. Each Ontario Health Region will have a Host Organization hiring Eating Disorder Prevention Specialists locally, all supported by a provincial ‘backbone’ at EDO.

To learn more about the status of prevention service delivery in your region:

Host Organization: The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA)
Team Lead: Alexis Sauls Ramos
Prevention Specialists and their Regions:

  • Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton (Alexis Sauls Ramos)
  • Middlesex-London, Oxford, Elgin (Nazia Bhatti)
  • Niagara, Brant, Norfolk, Haldimand (Lucy Irvine)
  • Hamilton (Lauren Martin)
  • Waterloo & Wellington (Amanda Armstrong)
  • Grey, Bruce, Huron Perth (TBD)

Contact: info@bana.ca

Host Organization: St. Josephs’s Care Group
Team Lead: Melissa Klages
Prevention Specialists and their Regions:

  • Thunder Bay and District & Sioux Lookout (Melissa Klages)
  • Kenora and Rainy River District (Marla Miller)
  • Superior- Greenstone District (TBD)

Contact: 1-807-684-5100
Toll Free: 1-866-346-0463

Host Organization: North Bay Regional Health Centre
Team Lead: Jean Porter
Contact: 1-705-474-8600

Host Organization: Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Team Lead: Heather Burgomaster
Prevention Specialists and their Regions:

  • Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland Counties (Heather Burgomaster)
  • Ottawa and Surrounding Region Bilingual (Kat Holstein)
  • Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Kingston, Lennox & Addington Region (Brendan Bailey)
  • Other regions: TBD

Contact: 1-705-743-2121 ext 2469

EDO-P year-end reports:

Annual Report 2021 - 2022 Annual Report 2022 - 2023 Annual Report 2023 - 2024

What’s next for EDO-P?

Final selection of host organizations per Ontario Health Regions and recruitment of prevention service providers are underway.