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.

Guidelines on preparing resolutions

For Information Only THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RESOLUTION All resolutions contain a title. The tile reflects the action for which the resolution calls. As well, the resolution contains a “preamble” and “operative clause”. The “preamble” describes the issue and the “operative clause” outlines the action being requested. Preamble The preamble commences with a “WHEREAS” clause….

PHABC Position on Changes to Health Care Coverage for Refugees

Download:  Changes to Health Care Coverage for Refugees

PHABC Statement on Poverty and Inequity

PHABC Statement on Poverty and Inequity May 2014 Prepared by: Policy, Advocacy, Research and Communications Committee (PARC)

Crime bill C-10 – Minister of Justice

Letter to Minister of Justice The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson regarding Bill C-10, The Safe Street and Communities Bill. Dated April 18, 2012. Download: Letter to Minister of Justice on The Safe Street and Communities Bill

Regulation on Psychoactive Substances

Letter to Prime Minister Harper regarding the regulation on Psychoactive Substances.  Dated April 18, 2012. Download: Letter to Prime Minister – Regulation on Psychoactive Substances

PRESS RELEASE – Impact of Poverty on Health Concerns Public Health Association

This week commemorated the 20th anniversary of the House of Commons’ unanimous resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Unfortunately, the week also saw the release of data indicating that BC continues to have significant numbers of children and families living in poverty. The annual Child Poverty Report Card reported that…