Complex Systems Approaches in Public Health – Community of Practice Kickoff

PHABC is excited to announce a new partnership. The Community of Practice is a forum for people to meet, interact and come together regularly in order to learn, collaborate, solve problems and build knowledge and skill in complex systems approaches in public health. For more information and to register for the Community of Practice Kickoff (on Zoom) on Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Vancouver (PDT).

First Call and Basics for Health Urge Government Action on Children’s Health

On June 17 First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and to demand urgent action for children’s health and wellbeing in BC.

Over 200 individuals and organisations – including over 100 physicians, the BC Teacher’s Federation and the BC Association of Social Workers – have signed an open letter to Premier Horgan and eight BC cabinet ministers, with copies to Dr. Bonnie Henry, and BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, calling on the BC Government to act now to create a BC Children’s Safety and Wellness Task Force, that will build resilience and support planning for a healthy recovery for children from the pandemic.

Read the media release HERE

Add your name to the  letter HERE

Building BC’s Recovery, Together — Online Survey from Government of BC

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and changed our province. Across B.C., we have been touched by job loss and change, health concerns, worries about how our families and communities can cope, and increasing uncertainty about the future.

We’ve made progress because of our commitment to supporting each other and coming together as a community to respond.

As we start our recovery, the choices we make in the coming weeks and months can help us build an economy — and a province — that works for everyone.

We want to hear your input on key questions like:

  • What do we need to do together to strengthen and improve our health care system? That means everything from our hospitals, clinics and personal care homes, to medical staff and supplies.
  • What is the top priority for you personally when it comes to improving your quality of life? For some people that means affordable child care or housing – what does it mean for you?
  • What would most help improve your work life or work prospects? That could mean training to allow you to take advantage of job opportunities, or affordable child care closer to home.
  • Are we on the right track? Do you see your concerns and needs reflected in this approach?

Share your ideas by completing BC’s online survey, participating in a townhall, and letting us know your priorities.

Go HERE for more information.

The other infectious diseases spreading in the shadow of the pandemic

Vaccinations and screenings for measles, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases are down in the pandemic.

In recent decades, the world has made dramatic progress in lowering the number of deaths from infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and polio. But as campaigns are paused or cut back and as people miss routine care due to the coronavirus pandemic, these illnesses are getting a rare opportunity to come roaring back.

Read more HERE