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CPHA: The heart of Canadian public health

June 13, 2017

In her role as Chair of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Dr Suzanne Jackson champions a public health perspective on important public policy discussions that impact the health and well-being of Canadians. She spoke to us about CPHA’s influence since its foundation – both the positives and negatives – before highlighting where public health policy needs to focus its attention in the coming months and years.

BC NDP plans to combat opioid crisis with dedicated minister role

June 12, 2017

Last week, Terry Lake, the former Liberal health minister who did not run in last month’s election, was awarded the National Public Health Hero award by the Canadian Public Health Association for his work dealing with the opioid crisis.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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 ...”