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Canadian Public Health Association

2020

Justice in the time of COVID-19

July 2, 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

June 26, 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

June 25, 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

June 19, 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

June 8, 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

June 8, 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…


Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

April 17, 2020

This infographic was not produced by the Canadian Public Health Association. It was produced by a student member of the CPHA.

The infographic is also available in French, Spanish,


Meet Your New CPHA Student Director

February 13, 2020

My name is Monica Emode, I am currently a Master of Science candidate in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. I am humbled and excited to have been granted this opportunity to serve as your Student Director alongside our dedicated and hardworking Board of Directors. Over the next two years, I hope to champion the voice of our student and early career professional members and discuss your ideas and concerns.

I am deeply indebted to our outgoing Student Director, Manasi Parikh who has represented CPHA’s student and early career…


2019

Moral Distress in Healthcare: A Public Health Issue

October 11, 2019

Imagine facing a moral dilemma at work: you know what needs to be done, but feel prevented from doing what you think is right because of complex healthcare limitations such as understaffing, time constraints or a lack of resources (Rodney, 2017; Fortier, 2018). Moral distress is present in every field of nursing, and can happen even more frequently in fields where Registered Nurses (RNs) engage with vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalized patient populations such as in the intensive care unit, emergency medicine, public health and community medicine (Walton, 2018).

Moral…


Period Poverty in Canada and around the Globe

June 25, 2019

Should menstrual products be considered a necessity covered by health insurance or, at the very least, made readily available in public restrooms? There is a growing argument that supports such initiatives. After all, menstruation is a biological process experienced by most women, and is not a choice.

Every month, women all over the world menstruate. In Canada, menstruation typically begins between the ages of 11 and 14, and ends at menopause, around the age of 50 (Healthwise Staff, 2017). Estimates suggest that the average woman spends upwards of six years menstruating over the…