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Canadian Public Health Association

2020

Justice in the time of COVID-19

2 juillet 2020

As a public health student, advocate and professional, I find myself at a crossroads. On one hand, we are in the midst of a pandemic of historic proportions – something the world of modern medicine has yet to experience. At the same time, the centuries of oppression, racism and violence that public health professionals have long known to impact health and wellbeing have culminated in one of the largest social movements in recent history. We’re seeing our streets flooded with people protesting against systemic racism during a time when social distancing is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Responding to these two public health issues are seemingly paradoxical.

Public Health and Police Violence

26 juin 2020

The murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has fueled widespread protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. While police violence is often viewed as a political or social issue, its impact on public health is clear.

Despite general violence being classified as a public health issue for decades, very few studies examine the impacts of police violence on wellbeing (Lockhart, 2019). However, police violence is a social determinant of health. Black and Indigenous Canadians are particularly at risk, as represented by the recent deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and…


The case of cancer drugs: An ongoing dilemma and the need for public engagement

25 juin 2020

Making coverage decisions – also known as “priority-setting” – for cancer drugs has become increasingly complex for governments. The rise in cancer cases means more services and treatments are needed. The introduction of innovative technologies has made it possible to detect cancers at an earlier stage, while improved treatment options mean people are living longer. Further, many new cancer drugs come to market with big price tags and some policymakers are worried that the costs might not justify the often-small increase in health benefits they provide (Woods, Coppes, & Coldman, 2015)…


The Ontario Premier’s Plan to Address Gun Violence

19 juin 2020

Over the past decade, gun violence in Canada has increased, and in 2019, Toronto, the largest city in Ontario, set a record for the number of shootings in a given year. In the country, gun violence results in hundreds of lives lost per year and places a significant burden on society, making it a public health crisis.

The COVID-19 Endgame: How the Credibility of Public Health Could be Won or Lost

8 juin 2020

Public health officials all over the world have been featured prominently alongside political leaders as recommended control measures have been put in place to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic. To save lives and minimize disease transmission, physical distancing and social isolation are having a tremendously deleterious effect on economies, as well as people’s social and mental health. The trust being placed in our public health institutions could be jeopardized if the endgame of this outbreak is not effectively directed and managed.   The endgame I am referring to is the…


An Integrated Public Health, Health Care, and Social System Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention

8 juin 2020

With rates of chronic disease and multimorbidity on the rise, there has been an increased focus on prevention and a push for personalized care in the treatment and management of health conditions. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to addressing chronic diseases, and treatments need to be grounded in an understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) that predispose people to certain health conditions. Public health focuses on prevention, emphasizing interventions that promote upstream approaches targeting the SDOH. However, the health care system is not designed to support…


Aidez à prévenir la propagation de COVID-19

17 avril 2020

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Nous vous présentons la nouvelle administratrice étudiante de l’ACSP

13 février 2020

Je m’appelle Monica Emode et je suis candidate à la maîtrise à l’École de santé publique et des populations de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Je suis heureuse et honorée que vous m’ayez accordé la chance de siéger comme administratrice étudiante aux côtés des membres dévoués et travailleurs de notre conseil d’administration. Au cours des deux prochaines années, j’espère faire entendre la voix de nos membres étudiants et jeunes professionnels et discuter de vos idées et de vos préoccupations.

Je dois beaucoup à notre administratrice étudiante sortante, Manasi Parikh, qui…


2019

La détresse morale dans les soins de santé: un problème de santé publique

11 octobre 2019

Imaginez faire face à un dilemme morale au travail: vous savez ce qui a besoin d’avoir lieu, mais vous sentez que des barrières tel que la manque de personnel, de temps, et de ressources vous empêchent (Rodney, 2017; Fortier, 2018). La détresse moral est présente dans tous les domaines des soins infirmiers et peut avoir une incidence plus élevée lorsque les infirmières autorisées (IAs) travaillent avec des populations vulnérables, défavorisées et marginalisées, par exemple dans les lieux de soins intensifs, la médecine d’urgence, la santé publique, et la médecine communautaire (Walton,…


La pauvreté menstruelle au Canada et autour du monde

25 juin 2019

Les produits menstruels devraient-eux être considéré un nécessité couverte par l'assurance de santé ou, au moins, être fourni dans les salles de bains publiques? Il y a un argument croissant appuyant tel initiatives. Après tout, la menstruation est un procès biologique subi par la majorité des femmes et n'est pas un choix.

À chaque mois, des femmes autour du monde ont leurs règles. Au Canada, la menstruation commence habituellement entre les âges de onze et de quatorze ans. Elle termine avec la ménopause, typiquement vers l'âge de 50 ans (Healthwise Staff, 2017). Les estimes…