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Call for Nominations-2017-2019 Board of Directors

Deadline Extended until September 29, 2017!

The Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for the following Director positions for 2017-2019. There is one Executive position: President (2-year term) and 4 Director-at-large (2-year term) positions available. Being a PHABC Director is an interesting and challenging opportunity, a terrific way to build your professional network, connect with like-minded people and advance the principles of public health in British Columbia.

Directors come from different professions and locations in the province. It is the Board’s hope and intention to have each major geographic area of BC represented on the Board. Directors can expect to put in a minimum 4 to 5 hours of volunteer work per month – more if you are a member of the Executive Committee, or a committee chair. Many of the Board meetings and other committee meetings are conducted by telephone conference call.

A Director may be called upon to undertake a number of functions. Most of these functions are outlined in the Bylaws on the PHABC website. In addition, a Board member may be asked to Chair a committee such as the PEC (Public Engagement Committee), PARC (Policy, Advocacy, Research and Communications Committee), CBC (Capacity Building Committee) or to work on specific projects or issues. A Director may be asked to attend events in their area to represent PHABC. More information can also be found about PHABC on our website. If you are interested in becoming a Director you must be a PHABC member in good standing. In case your membership is expired here is a link to renew your membership. In order to complete your nomination application 2 PHABC members must support your nomination.

Positions currently available on the Board are: President and 4 Director-at-Large positions.

If you are interested in being a Board member, please send the completed form by email to Christina Harding at staff@phabc.org, she will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. The deadline for applications is September 29th at 5:00 pm. The Elections open and close respectively on October 5th and October 26th @ 5 pm, 2017. Results of the Election are announced at the AGM on November 16th, 2017. After receiving your completed form, a member of the Governance Committee or one of the current Directors will contact you by phone.

Download the form here PHABC_BOD_call_for_nominations_2017

Community Action Initiative-Overdose Prevention and Response Project Coordinator

 

About the Community Action Initiative (CAI)

The Community Action Initiative (CAI) was created to support community-led projects that promote mental health, prevent substance use problems and promote effective treatment and support for individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in BC. The CAI was established in 2008 through a $10-million grant from the Province of British Columbia. In March 2013, the CAI received a subsequent $10 million grant from the Province to continue its work, as well as $5 million to specifically address supportive recovery housing.

The CAI Leadership Council represents a coalition of non-government organizations (NGO), First Nations Health Authority, Metis Nation British Columbia and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, provincial government bodies and other key stakeholders.

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Shannon Turner, Our Executive Director Was Awarded Honorary Life Membership Award from the Canadian Public Health Association

Shannon Turner, PhD(c) is an exemplar practitioner scholar and has been a stalwart advocate for public health throughout her career. The promotion of health and social good has been foundational to Shannon’s contributions to policy, research and practice. When Shannon began as President of the Public Health Association of British Columbia, there were only 20 members and very little funding. Over the course of her term, she rebuilt the Association and established a foundation for a vibrant and engaged membership. Shannon has also served four separate terms on the board of CPHA and helped to strengthen national networks and public health service and policy throughout Canada. As the national co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada for over a decade she has worked to build a Canada free of violence with a powerful health promotion engagement strategy for civil society and government.

Shannon’s research efforts on violence prevention, equity and technology are focused on the power of collective voices to promote healthy public policy. Her appetite for seeking collaborative and innovative approaches to advance public health is evident in all her work. She recently co-founded Bridge for Health cooperative, a social enterprise focused on social innovation and equity. Her volunteer efforts for over 30 years, combined with her professional roles as Director of Public Health of a regional health authority in BC and Executive Director of the Public Health Association, demonstrate an unfailing commitment to public health advocacy and service to promoting the health of Canadians.

Job Postings Cuso International

Cuso International

A force for change in an ever-changing world.

 

Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality around the globe through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change.

In 1961, a group of Canadian university graduates had a vision of a more connected world. A world where the social constraints you are born into don’t dictate the entirety of your life. Where each human being has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Over the next few decades, as our partners became the educators, health care professionals and farmers, so evolved the role of the volunteers. Today, our volunteers are experienced professionals who focus on building skills and transferring knowledge to our partners across Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. And, our name Cuso International reflects this change.

 

Read about Dr. Deirdre Nunan’s volunteer work in Ethiopia

 

Objective: Improving access to medical care.

As an Orthopedic Surgical Advisor at Asosa Hospital, my job is to help increase diagnosis of local cases and develop Continuing Medical Education. Asosa is a small rural hospital and we aim to provide excellence from the most basic level. I assist with surgeries and rounds, organize equipment and supplies, and demonstrate the cleanliness so critical to good care.

I’m also modelling respectful and compassionate care for marginal populations. I recently had a 50-year-old South Sudanese refugee come in from one of the refugee camps. He had a history of being treated with antibiotics for a joint infection inside his knee, but this kind of infection can’t be treated with antibiotics alone – it needs surgery. After we operated, he went from completely bedridden to walking around with a cane with his wife dancing and clapping behind him! It was incredibly gratifying and learning from this man’s case will help others in the future.

– See more at: http://journey.cusointernational.org/volunteers/deirdre-nunan/#sthash.uuUfY8cQ.dpuf

 

FOCUS AREAS

Building a more just and sustainable world together.

Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved. Our three focus areas are:

 COMMUNITY

At Cuso International, we believe that in order for communities to thrive, children need to be protected, and men and women must enjoy the same human rights and be given the same opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

  • Priorities include
  • Access to justice
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Citizen participation
  • Gender equality
  • Governance

In 2013-2014, 74 volunteers worked with 43 partner organizations delivering community projects in 13 countries.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

 HEALTH

Healthy people are better able to work, learn, take care of their families and participate in their community’s development. But access to health care remains a challenge for people living in poverty, in remote communities, or excluded because of race, gender or class.

Cuso International volunteers and partners work together to improve access to basic services.

Priorities include

  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Quality health services

In 2013-2014, 50 volunteers worked with 32 partner groups in 8 countries to support health initiatives.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

 LIVELIHOOD

Global economic challenges, such as food security and employment, ecological risks like climate change, and discrimination based on gender, disproportionately affect men, women and children living in poverty.

Through skilled volunteers and collaborative partnerships, Cuso International is working to help people and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient.

Priorities include

  • Education and Skills training to improve employability
  • Enterprise development and Financing
  • Entrepreneurship support and Training
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable natural resource management and Climate change adaptation
  • Value chains

In 2013-2014, 281 volunteers worked with 143 partner organizations to improve their livelihoods programs in 25 countries.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF BUILDING BETTER LIVELIHOODS

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?

If you join us, you can expect to:

  • Gain valuable international work experience in your field
  • Add to projects that have global impact and reach
  • Grow your global network by working with international colleagues
  • Broaden your professional experience within new industries

Cuso International will cover the following costs:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Health Benefits
  • A monthly stipend for daily living expenses
  • Moving allowances for dependents*
  • Additional language training*
  • Ongoing support and training to prepare for life overseas

*These are dependent on the placement and decided on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

Health Listings

Maternal Health Project Advisor

Location: Jamaica

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Maternal And Child Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Pediatric Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 8-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 6 -12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Health Advisors And Medical Doctors / Specialists

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Midwife

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-8 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Maternal Health Project Advisor

Location: Jamaica

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Special Education Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Aug – Oct 2017

Research And Development Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Hospital Management And Administration Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Months | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Nutrition Project Advisor

Location: Zambia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Nutrition Policy Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 10 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 10 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Multi-sectoral Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Maternal And Child Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Health Advisor

Location: Mozambique

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Social Work Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Social Work Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Gardening Counselor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Counseling And Training Advisor – Volunteer In Guyana (Caribbean)!

Location: Guyana

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Jul – Sep 2017

Pediatric Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 8-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Hospital Management And Administration Advisor

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Nutrition Advisor

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Health Advisors And Medical Doctors / Specialists

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 6 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Program And Business Development Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 6 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Youth Sexual And Reproductive Health Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

 

All positions have the following Support Package:

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
More about Cuso International
Find out what it’s like to be a volunteer
Frequently Asked Questions

Take the next step to becoming a part of the global Cuso International family. 

If you have any questions, please connect with us by calling 1-888-434-2876 ext. 248 or by emailing cuso.recruitment@cusointernational.org

200-44 Eccles Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1R 6S4 | Telephone: +1 888 434 2876 | www.cusointernational.org

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PHABC Partners with Placespeak for Online Consultation

PHABC members are invited to participate in an online consultation regarding Public Health Policy leading up to the Provincial election. Click below to voice your opinion.

https://www.placespeak.com/phabc

 

PHABC Celebrates Past President Paola Ardiles Award

Paola

SFU health sciences lecturer Paola Ardiles is honoured by the Surrey Board of Trade for social trailblazing with a Women in Business award. March 9, 2017

Health sciences lecturer honoured as social trailblazer

SFU health sciences lecturer Paola Ardiles has been honoured with a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award for her role as a community “social trailblazer.”

The annual awards recognize the work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to the community. Ardiles is cited for contributing to myriad public health areas including mental health promotion, health literacy, cultural competency, immigrant and refugee health and women’s mental health.

Ardiles provides mentorship and supervision for students interested in the public health field. She recently co-designed the new Health Change Lab at SFU Surrey, in partnership with SFU’s Radius Social Innovation Lab, Beedie School of Business.

The Health Change Lab launched as an experiential program to help students co-design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to complex social/health problems in partnership with City of Surrey, Fraser Health Authority and various community partners.

Such partnerships ensured that students were working with mentors and coalitions to support priority areas identified by the Surrey community, such as food security, active transportation for seniors, mental health and substance use issues.

This past week her fourth-year students participated in the Surrey arm of Metro Vancouver’s Homeless count and saw first-hand the impact of homelessness and poverty.

“I’m incredibly honoured to receive this award, and will continue to work with our students and community partners towards solutions to our most urgent public health issues,” says Ardiles, who shared the award with her two co-nominees, Jen Temple of the Trademark Group and Alice Sundberg of Surrey’s Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Paola Ardiles paying tribute to her co-nominees, Alice Sundberg of Surrey’s Poverty Reduction Coalition and Jen Temple of the Trademark Group.

Paola Ardiles paying tribute to her co-nominees, Alice Sundberg of Surrey’s Poverty Reduction Coalition and Jen Temple of the Trademark Group.

Paola Ardiles and Surrey Board of Trade speaker and SFU alumna Margaret Trudeau

Paola Ardiles and Surrey Board of Trade speaker and SFU alumna Margaret Trudeau

Ardiles has placed a particular focus on youth engagement and leadership development over the last few years. In 2015, she launched a social media campaign for youth and with youth to answer the questions of why and how to best engage youth in global health policy development.

Ardiles joined SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2013 to design and teach a new curriculum on health promotion in the Canadian context for the Master of Public Health program. The same year, she founded Bridge for Health (B4H), a local and global network focusing on social innovation to promote health and wellbeing.

Since forming the network, Ardiles has worked to engage students, academics, professionals and organizations to share their talents, ideas and solutions in the B4H creative space. She also created an advisory group of global research and policy experts, whose initial report instigated the creation of a youth symposium at the World Health Organization’s international conference in Shanghai last fall.

For the past eight years, she has been a board member of the Public Health Association of BC and is past president of the non-for-profit organization, which advocates for healthy public policies. Her collaborative efforts led to the first public dialogue between the business sector and B.C.’s public health community, the first of its kind in Canada.

The idea of using sustainable business practices as a force for good health led her to enrol in SFU’s part-time MBA program in Surrey to study the concept. That led to the recent launch of the Bridge for Health Cooperative, to support businesses to design healthy social and physical environments in the workplace.

In 2016, Bridge for Health piloted its Well-being at Work Innovation Labs in Surrey with some local businesses as part of a Surrey Board of Trade event. The co-op will be implementing the labs in Brazil in May 2017.

The awards luncheon feature speaker, Margaret Trudeau, an SFU outstanding alumni award recipient, praised the work of all the award nominees.

SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini, Paola Ardiles, V-P External Relations Joanne Curry and Surrey campus Executive Director Steve Dooley.

SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini, Paola Ardiles, V-P External Relations Joanne Curry and Surrey campus Executive Director Steve Dooley.