Main navigation english

Canadian Public Health Association

In the news

Canadian Public Health Association calls for new federal powers over public health spending

April 9, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak ramps up, the Canadian Public Health Association is issuing a call for more federal power to direct national spending on public health.

Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, is scheduled to speak to the Commons health committee Thursday, and says he will outline the association’s concerns, which he says are not a criticism of the Public Health Agency of Canada.[...]

How much should the public know about COVID-19 cases? It depends who you ask

March 31, 2020

The line between transparency and privacy is one that public health officials across the country are wrestling with, according to Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

He said knowing more about the outbreak in their community could help people follow advice from public health.

80-year-old quarantine poster offers perspective

March 31, 2020

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, the first known outbreak of polio in Canada happened in 1910 after the death of a young girl in Hamilton, not far from Dunnville. She had been misdiagnosed with rabies, a sign of the difficulties polio would cause patients and public health officials for the next 50 years.

COVID-19: Keep calm and hibernate

March 30, 2020

The Canadian Public Health Association recently likened our nation-wide stay-at-home order to that of a bear at the beginning of winter, writing “When a bear goes into hibernation, they do it for the health of their community and themselves… Hibernation slows the spread of disease and viruses among other animals during a season when immune systems are lowered, and energy is limited.”

But there is also a mental health component to hibernation, as the CPHA put it last week: “When it is time for hibernation, the bear can finally relax. All the stress of finding food, territory and a…