The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.
CPHA welcomes the new Liberal government as a future collaborator in the advancement in the health and well-being of Canadians. “As an organization committed to developing evidence-informed public health policy alternatives, CPHA is encouraged by positions put forth by the Liberal Party of Canada during the recent election,” said Ardene Robinson Vollman, Chair of CPHA’s Board of Directors. “CPHA looks forward to working collaboratively with incumbent Health Minister Jane Philpott and other elected Members of Parliament to advance key public health priorities.”
The future of life on Earth cannot be taken for granted as our species has the capacity to influence that future – for good or ill. This paper is not the definitive word on the topic of the ecological determinants of health. Its goal is to begin a conversation, stimulate debate and ultimately motivate the public health community to action.
CPHA, Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have collaborated to develop ImmunizeCA, a free app for smart phones and other mobile devices that will help Canadians keep track of their vaccinations. Production of this application has been made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Examples of Health Literacy in Practice resource provides a snapshot of the substantial and varied range of work taking place to address health literacy in Canada. This resource provides information on some of the approaches that can inform health literacy activities, programs and policies.
CPHA developed a set of core competency statements for front-line workers in STBBI prevention along with a health equity impact assessment tool specific to STBBIs (the STBBI HEIA Tool) through its project Developing Core Competencies for STBBI Prevention. The “Factors that Impact Vulnerability to STBBIs” is a companion resource.
CPHA has a long and recognized history of work on the social determinants of health. We are proud of this legacy and our hope is to create a discussion around the social determinants of health both within the public health community as well as with the public, as a means of moving the social determinants of health agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers in other sectors.