Staffing Changes at PHABC

The Public Health Association of BC congratulates Sarah Dyer on her new role as Community Wellbeing Specialist at BC Healthy Communities, where she will be overseeing the Age-Friendly Communities/Healthy Aging portfolios as well as contributing research and communications expertise and support to the Plan H program.
Sarah’s BSc. and MSc. in Nutritional Sciences, with her MSc. thesis focusing on the older adult population, and her previous work experience in gerontology health research, will allow her to contribute much in her new position.  Also her skills in health research, health communications, public speaking and teaching, along with her project management, event planning, and relationship building skills, make her a great fit for this new role.

Sarah has been an amazing contributor to PHABC.  Her leadership on projects especially financial systems have left a lasting positive impact on our administrative functions.  We will miss Sarah but know that she is just around the corner with our friends at BCHC.  We wish her every success and trust our shared commitment to public health will ensure our paths cross again

We wish Sarah much success in this new endeavour!

Alexandria Ross is replacing Sarah as office coordinator. Alex recently moved from Toronto where she worked as a legal secretary for 20 years. She has extensive experience as an office administrator, in customer service and bookkeeping. Alex enjoys keeping fit, being creative and curious. She is excited to join PHABC’s initiatives. Please welcome Alex at


World Mental Health Day: Working Together to Prevent Suicide

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

Join us, on 10 October, in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.

Many have asked ‘What can I do?’ …  wear something purple ~ open the discussion about what mental is ~ talk about wellness strategies ~ change your outside lights for the day to purple – Use purple on your Facebook Profile or Cover Page – Light a Purple Candle  ~ have a purple bake sale ~ show or make snowflake decorations ~ count jellybeans ~ find purple stories ~ purple drinks – just be creative.
~ Carol Todd


Through donations and contributions by generous supporters to Amanda’s Legacy, we have been successful in our goals of building awareness, education and conversations around mental health, cyberbullying and internet safety. The legacy endeavours to empower youth and even their parents in order to provide trust and confidence to make a difference in not only their own lives but the lives of others.

You can help by participating in this online auction until October 14th:


The Health Literate Organization: An Overview of the HLHO-10

In 2012, Cindy Brach and colleagues published a discussion paper describing the 10 attributes of a health literate health care organization. In 2015, Chris Kowalski and colleagues published a new tool “The Health Literate Health Care Organization 10-item Questionnaire” or the HLHO-10 to assess those attributes. In this webinar we will review the development of the tool and an adaptation CCMI created for Canada based on the original research. 

Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts extended until September 23rd & Reminder to submit your nomination for the PHABC Board

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems

Call for Abstracts extended until September 23rd!
Reminder to submit your nomination for the PHABC Board


We’re hiring an Administrative Officer for our Victoria Branch!



Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for our upcoming conference, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” happening November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. We’re excited to read about all the important work you have been doing for public health in BC and beyond!


For those of you who wanted to submit an abstract but life got in the way and the deadline passed. You’re in luck! We are pleased to announce that we have extended our call for abstracts until Monday September 23rd at 5pm PST. Act now to get yours in before the deadline, check out our website* to read the call and get yours in before time’s up!


Are you still on the fence about submitting an abstract and not sure about how your work links to complex adaptive systems or complexity science? Many public health issues are in fact complex in nature and therefore require complex solutions. If you work in population health, work with multiple stakeholders to address issues within your community, collaborate with various team members to achieve a goal, and/or have clients actively participating in public health initiatives then you are likely working within a complex system and we want to hear from you! Click here or copy the link below to read the full call and show us what you’ve been working on.



Have you ever wanted to join the Public Health Association of British Columbia’s Board of Directors? If so, please consider submitting a nomination application for this year’s call for nominations, open now until September 23rd, 2019. PHABC Board members are expected to participate via videoconference at monthly board meetings, meet face to face twice a year, join at least one PHABC committee, contribute to the annual summer school and conference, and promote and advocate the association’s mission. Click here or copy the link below to submit your application today!



As always, keep checking back on our website* for the most up to date conference information and we look forward to seeing many of you in Vancouver this fall!


*New for 2019! Everything conference related can now be found on our main menu by looking under the “Conference 2019” tab! You can read the call for abstracts & submit yours, nominate fellow PHABC members for our annual awards, apply to become a PHABC board member before the 23rd, register to attend the conference and read up on all aspects of the event as information is released!*

Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts & Early Bird Registration Closing September 15th

PHABC Conference 2019

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems


Have You Submitted Your Abstract Yet?
The call closes on September 15th, along with early bird registration!



Now that school is back in session and summer is coming to a close, it’s time to think about contributing to BC’s premier public health event, PHABC’s annual conference “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” happening November 14th & 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. This year’s theme is complex adaptive systems and complexity science; what is it, how to utilize it in your work and how it can support innovation in public health. Major topics to be discussed include: food systems and security, wicked problems in health equity, immunization & infectious disease control, and overdose response & safe supplies.



If you want to contribute to our dialogue act quickly! Our call for abstracts is still on but will be closing on September 15th, 2019. Don’t miss your chance to showcase the latest research to like-minded individuals while supporting public health in your province. All public health related abstracts are accepted; we encourage submissions from the full spectrum of public health and endeavour to be inclusive of quality submissions even if they do not fit under the identified topic areas.


To read the full call for abstracts and submit yours click here.



Also closing on September 15th is our early bird registration pricing. Save up to $65 on two-day regular registrations. We know you want to attend, so why pay full price later when you can pay less now?


To register now before prices go up, click here.



On the first day of our conference during lunch we will be holding our annual general meeting where we will announce the winners of PHABC’s annual awards. Do you know someone in the public health community whose hard work and dedication deserves recognition? Please consider nominating them for a PHABC award.


To read all the award categories and complete the nomination form at the bottom of the page, check out our award’s page on the website by clicking here.



We are also accepting applications for conference volunteers to support our event, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Christina Harding at to learn about volunteer duties and complete the application. Volunteer’s conference registration is waived pending the successful completion of their assigned volunteer hours and duties.



We would not be able to host our annual conference without the continued support of our generous sponsors, thank you again to all sponsors who contributed to last year’s event

Platinum Sponsors Silver Sponsors
Community Action Initiative Nurse & Nurse Practitioners of BC
Ministry of Health Doctors of BC
Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement Northern Health
Interior Health
Gold Sponsors BC Centre for Disease Control
First Nations Health Authority PosAbilities
Vancouver Coastal Health Red Cross Canada
Bridge 4 Health


If your organization is interested in sponsoring this year’s conference, contact Christina Harding at to learn about current sponsorship opportunities.



Call for Nominations – PHABC Board 2019-2021

The Public Health Association of British Columbia


Board of Directors

Call for Nominations 2019


The Board of Directors will begin accepting nominations for the following Director positions for 2019-2021. 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 Sarah Dyer at, she will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. The call for nominations opens on September 2nd2019 and the deadline for applying is September 23rd  at 5:00 pm. The Elections open and close respectively on September 30thand October 21st@ 5 pm, 2019. Results of the Election are announced at the AGM on November 14th, 2019. After receiving your completed form, a member of the Governance Committee or one of the current Directors will contact you by phone.

Check out the form below and download it here: 2019-2021 Call for Board Nominations