The time has come to strengthen public health systems in Canada
December 13, 2022
Today, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) launches an advocacy campaign calling for governments across Canada to strengthen the foundations of public health systems, making them cohesive, comprehensive and accountable. As a first step, our brief Strengthening Public Health Systems in Canada calls on federal leadership to:
- Underpin systems with a common understanding of core public health functions;
- Define a shared set of population health goals to shape services and accountabilities; …
Bold action needed: New Policy Brief on Health and Climate Change in Canada
October 25, 2022
Climate change is undermining the foundations of human health and gravely affecting Canada’s health systems, warns a new Policy Brief published today, supported by both the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Public Health Association. In order to protect them, we must collectively recognize that human health and Earth’s natural processes are intertwined – interconnections long acknowledged within Indigenous perspectives – and governments must invest in a sustainable future and transition to an economy explicitly centered around the health and…
Statement from the Canadian Public Health Association on the occasion of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022
September 30, 2022
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) recognizes that Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing…
Canadian Public Health Association welcomes re-appointment of Dr. Theresa Tam as the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
June 27, 2022
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) welcomes the re-appointment of Dr. Theresa Tam as the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada for an additional three-year term.
“Dr. Tam has provided essential public health leadership throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic that is not yet over,” said Ian Culbert, CPHA’s Executive Director. “As the country continues to deal with COVID-19 and the possibility of a surge of multiple respiratory viruses this Autumn, continuity in leadership will prove essential.”
Canada faces a number of concurrent public health crises: COVID-19…
Public Health 2022 - CPHA Virtual Conference
June 8, 2022
Public Health 2022 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. CPHA’s annual conference will provide a dynamic virtual environment to facilitate knowledge sharing of provocative content developed exclusively for the public health community.
Health organizations and professionals call on Government of Canada to live up to commitments on vaccine equity
December 14, 2021
In an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, 30 health organizations and 644 health professionals are calling on the Government of Canada to dedicate more resources to supporting the equitable global supply of vaccines.
The letter calls on the Government of Canada to take three specific actions:
Public health advocacy organization applauds CPHO’s annual report
December 13, 2021
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the 2021 annual report issued by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam. Entitled A Vision to Transform Canada’s Public Health System, the report provides an overview of Canada’s pandemic experience and suggests ways strengthen Canada’s public health systems so that we can be better prepared for the next health…
Government’s relationship with the fossil fuel industry must change: new report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change
October 20, 2021
Subsidies and supports for the fossil fuel sector need to end now according to the authors of the Policy Brief for Canada of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. The more than US $14 billion in public funds are better spent on creating a just transition to a clean energy economy and supporting adaptation.
The climate crisis requires urgent, society…
Statement of condolence and support for the Muslim community
June 8, 2021
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) extends its deepest condolences to the families, extended families, friends, and neighbours of the victims of a premeditated mass murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario. Islamophobia, hatred and violence have no place in our country. No one should be alienated and live in fear because of the colour of their skin, their manner of dress or their religion.
CPHA joins with and fully supports the calls from the Muslim community to address hatred and intolerance on the educational front, on the political front, and on the social front…
Statement of condolence and support for the victims and survivors of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School
June 4, 2021
At this time of particular grief for the families, extended families, caregivers, and friends of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains have been discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) extends its deepest condolences. The Indian Residential Schools system marks the darkest period among several in the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, resulting in a legacy of systemic racism that endures in our society today. CPHA joins with and fully supports the calls from Indigenous communities to accelerate the…