Put Children and Families First: Support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Call for increased tobacco control measures, reduced exposure to environmental carcinogens, protecting youth from excess UV radiation, and reducing health inequities.
WHEREAS smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease, responsible for 85% of lung cancers, 30% of cancer deaths, and killing up to 6,000 British Columbians each year. (more…)
WHEREAS health inequities are widely recognized as a growing concern for the health of populations,
WHEREAS health inequities arise as a result of political, social, and economic forces that shape our lives and a focus on health equity calls for addressing the determinants of health that put particular social groups at a disadvantage for positive health outcomes. (more…)
WHEREAS large numbers of residents of British Columbia have lower levels of literacy and health literacy than they require to understand public health information without assistance.
WHEREAS low literacy and low health literacy have been found to be directly and indirectly associated with poor health outcomes and arise out of inequitable access to opportunities to acquire the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and communicate public health information.
WHEREAS improving the skills required for literacy and health literacy are key to improving the health status of all British Columbians.
WHEREAS initiatives to address low literacy and health literacy in BC are ad-hoc and uncoordinated.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Public Health Association of British Columbia advocate for and support the development and implementation of a provincial health literacy plan and collaborate with other professional, community groups and organizations to improve health literacy skills and provide the supports that people require to find, understand, evaluate, and communicate health information no matter what their levels of health literacy.
Irv Rootman – Sponsor
Marjorie MacDonald – Sponsor
Dated: October 29, 2008
Download: Resolution of Health Literacy