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.

Election Act Changes – Bill 42

Changes to Section 41 of the Elections Act (Bill 42) that will establish new voter identification requirements.  PHABC is concerned that this legislation will further disenfranchise many individuals who are facing societal barriers. Download Letter

Honourable Clement’s Ltr re CHN

Canadian Health Network  The decision to terminate the Canadian Health Network by the Public Health Agency of Canada was a concern for the Public Health Association of BC.  A letter to the Honourable Tony Clements from PHABC President Ted Bruce, noted the ‘Network provides both important information for self-care management and an opportunity to increase…

Letter to Tony Clement and David Butler Jones re CHN

PHABC’s request to Minister Clement and Dr. Butler-Jones to reconsider core funding to  the Canadian Health Newtwork. Download Letter