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.
If you are passionate about public health, like working in a collaborative environment, and have dedicated time to volunteer, you may have what it takes to be a Director on CPHA’s Board of Directors. CPHA’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for general election of four (4) Directors to take office for a two-year period commencing January 1, 2018. CPHA’s Nominating Committee is also seeking nominees from among its student members for one (1) Student Director for a two‐year term of office beginning January 1, 2018. The nomination forms must be received by the office of the Executive Director, addressed to the Nominating Committee, on or before 17:00 ET September 7, 2017.
As the only national public health association in Canada, we champion a public health perspective on important public policy discussions that impact the health and well-being of Canadians. Major efforts in 2016 centered on substance use, health and the environment, healthy childhood development, and healthy living.
In an effort to support frontline service providers in the provision of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI)-related services in Canada, CPHA is pleased to release a number of tools that focus on the individual and organizational factors required to enhance services and reduce STBBI-related stigma, and ultimately improve health outcomes for those affected by or living with STBBIs.
Public Health 2017 is the national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.
In 2014, CPHA released the discussion paper, A New Approach to Managing Illegal Psychoactive Substances in Canada, which defines a public health approach to this issue. CPHA participated in study tours to Colorado and Washington, and at Public Health 2016, hosted a workshop to investigate various aspects of a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The expert advice received through these discussions informed this submission to the federal Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation.
Early childhood education and care plays an important part in healthy childhood development and provides valuable support to families with young children. Canada, however, does not have a pan-Canadian approach to ECEC and CPHA calls on the Federal government to work with provinces and territories to establish a pan-Canadian early childhood education and care strategy.