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Lake declared 'hero' for work on opioid crisis

June 7, 2017

At a breakfast in Halifax this morning, Lake was given the National Public Health Hero award by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

In recognizing Lake, the CPHA said he provided "unwavering support... for the declaration of a public health emergency and the subsequent actions to stem the tide of tragic deaths from illegal drug overdoses in BC."

La pauvreté infantile comme source de problèmes de santé

June 7, 2017

Sur plus d'un million d'enfants pauvres au pays, trois provinces de l'Atlantique sont parmi ceux qui en ont la plus grande proportion. La Conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne de santé publique, à Halifax, a notamment fait le lien entre la santé et la pauvreté au Canada.

From endless growth to a steady state

June 7, 2017

In our report for the Canadian Public Health Association on the public-health implications of global ecological change, my colleagues and I did a simple extrapolation of two of the three key forces driving global ecological change: population growth and economic growth.

Report says clean needle programs are in high demand, underfunded

June 6, 2017

Dr. Susan Kirkland is a professor at Dalhousie’s department of community health and epidemiology, and the director of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. This week, she is presenting a recent report she authored for Mainline Needle Exchange, on the impact of their services on the harm reduction landscape, at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference, which is being held in Halifax.

Public not warned about parkade needle due to communication error, city says

June 6, 2017

“Public health has learned this lesson time and time again,” said Culbert. “When there is anything that has the potential to impact a population’s health, it is incumbent upon us to share that information with the community, because if we don’t, it raises questions like are being posed today.”

Injection sites supported in opioid battle

June 6, 2017

A special advisory committee on opioid addiction is working toward eradicating the national issue.

Theresa Tam, Canada’s interim chief public health officer, heads up the board with Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, and both were attending the Canadian Public Health Association’s Public Health 2017 conference in Halifax this week.

Public health approach to end gun violence in Halifax discussed at forum

June 6, 2017

“We know that violence is often a symptom of larger problems, and so we look at those upstream issues, such as education, income, housing, that can lead to violence, and so that’s a public health approach to violence prevention,” Ian Culbert, executive director of the organization, said before the event started.

He said Halifax needs to invest in community centres, education, and quality housing.

Reality check: Should you wash your hands in warm or cold water?

June 1, 2017

“It’s just important to make hand washing part of your everyday routine,” Culbert says. “It is probably the single most effective activity we have to reduce the spread of disease, especially during cold and flu season. And while for you it might not seem like it has a major impact, but for those people around you who may have compromised or weakened immune systems, it could make a big difference.”

Jobs for mentally ill could boost self-esteem, provide respite for caregivers

June 1, 2017

A Mental Health Caregiver Guide can be found online at the City of Ottawa’s website. It was compiled by Ottawa Public Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association, MICA, the Canadian Public Health Association, and Military Family Services. As Henderson puts it, “these resources are from trusted sources ...”

Opinion: It's time for Montreal to fluoridate its drinking water

May 26, 2017

Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Canadian Public Health Association (CHPA) and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) cite research that shows that fluoridation of municipal drinking water reduces caries in the entire population.