Canadian Public Health Association affirms support for Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada
In light of recent public comments, the Canadian Public Health Association takes this opportunity to re-affirm its support for Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (CPHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the provincial/territorial and local public health authorities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada has a talented and distinguished civil service at the local, provincial/territorial and federal levels. These dedicated public servants continue to fulfill their duties throughout this crisis with integrity, diligence and impartiality.
Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.” From the start of this year, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been monitoring this outbreak, following the evidence and the growing body of knowledge about this novel coronavirus. The Agency and public health officials across the country have been following, and contributing to, the science.
Where the “art” of public health comes into play is in the decision-making process for interventions. While it is tempting to look back mid-crisis with 20-20 hindsight and suggest that Canada should have made different policy decisions, each decision was made based on the best evidence available at that time. The evidence was reviewed using the highest scientific and policy standards to inform government decision-makers.
CPHA expresses its support and gratitude for the efforts of everyone involved in the Canadian response to COVID-19. Throughout this extraordinary situation, people from all walks of life in this country are showing their true grit.