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A new layer of service provision is being added to Ontario’s existing system of eating disorder care. With funding from the Ministry of Health, ED: PPEI will build local capacity for the delivery of evidence-based promotion, prevention, and early intervention for eating disorders.

This process begins with the build of a model of promotion, prevention and early intervention for eating disorders, led at the provincial level by Dr. Gail McVey, Director of the Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders at University Health Network in partnership with 5 regional lead organizations across the province of Ontario (see table below).

Prevention research in eating disorders is in its third decade, and important strides have been made regarding evidence-based prevention programming and implementation science. Now, a literature review and evidence brief is being conducted by CAMH-PSSP to identify current best practice interventions drawn from the research literature to help guide the development of the ED: PPEI suite of interventions. Ontario stands to benefit from local and international contributions to the prevention field. 

Ontario has a longstanding program of intervention research in the prevention of eating disorders, funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Ontario Women’s Health Council and led by McVey and other eating disorder experts. Specifically, a 17-year program of sequential promotion, universal, and selective prevention research has been carried out (see Levine & McVey, 2015 for a summary of the Ontario Project). McVey and other eating disorder experts have engaged in extensive partnership development and knowledge translation of research findings and applied prevention strategies across the province.

OCOPED, in collaboration with five regional site leads, will establish a recommended suite of interventions and implementation plan involving a sequenced approach to identify readiness and capacity at the local level, opportunities for alignment with other promotion and prevention initiatives, and partnership development across the sectors.

Business case for eating disorders as a public health issue.

For further information, contact a Regional Site Lead or Dr. Gail McVey, Director, Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders and Provincial Lead for ED: PPEI (gail.mcvey@

Table 1: Regional Site Leads

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Provincial Lead

Gail McVey Director, OCOPED gail.mcvey@

bulimia anorexia nervosa association




Luciana Rosu-Sieza

Executive Director




Dr. Nicole Obeid

Lead, Research and Outcomes Management, Eating Disorder Program



Emily Tam

Special Projects Lead


north western health unit

sister margaret smith eating disorder st josephs care group



Thunder Bay

Chelsea Socholotuk

Kerry Gagne

Karen DeGagne

Public Health Dietitian

Family Health Team

Regional Coordinator




public health sudbury and district

sudbury Regional Eating Disorder Program, Health Sciences North, Sudbury



Mélanie Martin

Maria Kostakos 

Public Health Nurse/Infirmiere-hygieniste



The Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with:

  • The University Health Network (Toronto General Division)
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Provincial network of specialized eating disorder service providers

Contact Us

Ontario Community Outreach
Program for Eating Disorders

University Health Network
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4