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Canadian Public Health Association

Media Advisory: CPHA's Annual Conference



Public Health 2018 is the meeting place for the public health community to connect, collaborate, innovate, inspire, share and learn. It is a gathering of leaders and change agents from public, private and voluntary organizations that contribute to health and wellness. It is the largest annual public health gathering in Canada and a key knowledge exchange event.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is pleased to welcome the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada’s Minister of Health on Thursday, May 31. 

New for this year are two, two-day forums, within the conference: vaccination and tobacco control. The vaccination forum will bring together public health professionals to share the latest research, best practices and policies aimed at improving vaccination acceptance and uptake. The tobacco control forum will bring together public health professionals dedicated to reducing tobacco use to share the latest research, best practices and policies to help Canadians lead tobacco free lives. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.

WHAT                  Public Health 2018: CPHA’s annual conference
WHEN                 28-31 May 2018
WHERE               Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (900 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal, QC)


Monday, May 28

9:00 – 16:00        Pre-conference sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Restricting marketing of unhealthy foods to children
  • Addressing gaps in sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections testing

Tuesday, May 29

8:30 – 10:00        Opening Ceremony, honorary awards presentation and plenary, Living Well within Limits

10:45 – 17:30      Concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • The ethics of artificial intelligence
  • Humanistic economy of prevention for sustainable health
  • British Columbia First Nations in the opioid overdose emergency 
  • Sugary drink levies

 10:45 – 12:15      Morning oral presentations on: 

  • Perinatal health and maternal mental health
  • Economic and social determinants of health
  • Healthy food environments
  • Public health education and training

14:00 – 15:30       Afternoon oral presentations on:

  • Physical health and mobility of older adults
  • Alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and opioids use
  • Children’s health among Indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities
  • Health equity
  • Public health and urban planning

Wednesday, May 30

9:00 – 17:15     Concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Education for frontline workers in the overdose emergency
  • Public health and population mental health promotion
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Bigger and better data for healthier cities

11:15 – 12:30      Plenary: Métis Nation approaches to addressing health and wellness

13:30 – 15:15      Afternoon oral presentations on:

  • Public health awareness and digital campaigns
  • School health and nutrition programs
  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Opioid education, surveillance and care
  • Public health system reform
  • French presentations: facturation en santé et l’assurance médicale; évaluations d'impact sur la santé; changement climatique et d’autres.

17:30 – 19:00       Dr. John Hastings Student Awards Session

Thursday, May 31

8:30 – 8:40           Remarks from the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

8:40 – 9:10           Presentation of the CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Awards

8:45 – 9:00           Remarks from the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health at the Tobacco Control Forum

9:10 – 10:30         Plenary: Health for All and the Future of Public Health

10:30 – 12:15       Poster Presentations

13:00 – 14:30       Concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Children’s unstructured play
  • “Zombie” cities
  • First Nations Women’s Expressions on Cardiovascular Health
  • Mental health policies and interventions for vulnerable populations

14:45 – 16:30      Plenary: Ways to Healthy Cities: Building communities, fostering innovation and sustaining a vision

For a complete list of plenary, concurrent and oral presentation topics, including speakers’ names, please consult the conference program. Requests for interviews with any presenter can be made via CPHA communications staff. Complementary attendance for members of the media is available. Simultaneous interpretation is available in plenary sessions and some concurrent sessions.

For more information contact:
Emma Mallach, Communications Manager
Canadian Public Health Association
Telephone: 613.725.3769, ext. 160

About the Canadian Public Health Association
Founded in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association is the independent voice for public health in Canada with links to the international community. As the only Canadian non-governmental organization focused exclusively on public health, we are uniquely positioned to advise decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world. We are a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association. Our members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all.

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