Advocacy

For over 35 years, PHABC has used a multi-disciplinary and evidence-based approach to speak out on issues affecting the health of British Columbians. The Public Health Association of BC is committed to promoting and protecting the public’s health. Working with public health professionals, grassroots groups, and non-profit organizations, PHABC advocates to government and other decision-makers for public policy that improves health and reduces health inequities in the province.

Advocating for healthy public policy has a long history as the cornerstone for promoting the health of the public. Advocacy encompasses taking a position on an issue and initiating actions to influence public policy choices and bring about change. In the public health field, advocacy is assumed to be in the public interest and often aims to enhance the health of disadvantaged groups. Our goal at PHABC is to speak out and be heard on issues affecting the health of British Columbians.

Within PHABC, a Policy, Advocacy and Research Committee focuses on four areas:

  • Advocating for the development and implementation of healthy public policy
  • Communicating best practices and policies to facilitate action on public health issues
  • Encouraging research into the broad issues that affect the public’s health

Cooperating regionally, nationally and internationally with other organizations to promote the public’s health.

Future of Public Health in BC

BC Provincial Election 2017 Election Tool Kit

Public Health Association of BC Election Toolkit 2017 The coming Provincial election is an opportunity for public health professionals in BC to advocate for policies that will improve the health of the population. PHABC has a long history of non-partisan advocacy. This tool kit offers PHABC members some suggestions to guide their advocacy in support…

Letter to Premier Clark and Ministers of Environment and Health – Kinder Morgan Expansion

PHABC has written a letter to the Premier and the Ministers of Environment and Health rejecting the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) “We are writing regarding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) approval. We feel compelled to express once more that the expansion of this pipeline is not in the…

New Rules for Shared Prosperity: A Framework for Reducing Poverty, Socioeconomic Inequities and Climate Change- DRAFT

This document was prepared by Dr J Millar for the consideration of the Policy, Advocacy and Research Committee (PARC) of the Public Health Association of BC –Nov.21, 2015 The purpose of this paper is to provide a focus for discussion leading to the development of a framework for a policy and action agenda for PHABC advocacy in…

Endorsement of the Ottawa Principles

PHABC Board of Directors has passed a motion to endorse and support the letter from First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition to the Childhood Obesity Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada endorsing the Ottawa Principles. Here is a link to a video explaining this issue and a link to the letter…

Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau and Attorney General Wilson-Raybould

PHABC’s Policy, Research and Advocacy Committee (PARC) wrote a letter to the PM and AG urging to abolish Sec 43 of the Criminal Code: Sec 43 of the Criminal Code allows the physical punishment of children.  Assaulting children is no longer a normal or acceptable way to raise children. It has never been an effective…