The Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Public Health Association of BC​ are proud new members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food​, supporting public investment in a universal, cost-shared school food program for all students across BC and Canada!

To learn more about the #NourishKidsNow campaign, sign up for updates, or become a member organization yourself, go to


Save the Date: PHABC’s 10th Annual Public Health Summer School – July 4th and 5th, 2019

the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

Registration is open now! Click here to register



It’s that time of year again! The Public Health Association is BC is excited to announce the dates of our 10th annual summer school, happening on July 4th and 5th, 2019 at the University of Victoria, University of BC, University of Northern BC and University of BC: Okanagan campus. Drawing practitioners of public health from around the province, PHABC’s annual public health summer school is a leading forum for inspiration, sharing, and learning on public health and health equity at the individual, health care system, and community levels.


The theme for the 2019 school is “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems”. The goal of this event is to bring together individuals involved directly or indirectly in the delivery of public health activities and introduce the topic of complex adaptive systems, what it is, and how it can be used to create innovative solutions to population level interventions in public health. Some sub-topics to be discussed include: Immunization & Infectious Disease Response, Food Systems & Security, Overdose Response/Safe Supplies and Health Equity in Practice.


We are excited to announce that this year we have partnered with the Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Manitoba Public Health Association, Yukon Public Health Community of Practice and the Public Health Agency of Canada to bring our summer school across most of western Canada via UBC’s WebEx videoconferencing technology. Our summer school is one of the only continuing education courses for public health. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest issues in public health, build your professional skill-set, network with likeminded individuals and find out how you can use complex adaptive systems thinking in your position to affect positive change!


Registration is on now, click here to register or copy the link below and paste it in your preferred browser. Save on registration as a member of PHABC and don’t forget to share the event with others who may be interested in attending. We are also offering a complimentary 1 year PHABC membership to all non-members who register for the event.


Following the format of last year’s summer school and fall conference; our chosen theme, integrated with the discussions held by participants at the summer school, will be used to help guide and inform the curriculum of our annual conference. Participants who attend the summer school are encouraged use what they learn to develop an abstract for consideration at the conference, happening from November 14th to 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver.


If you are interested in attending the summer school but cannot attend at one of the four main BC sites, please contact Christina Harding, summer school & project coordinator, at to see about setting up a remote site.


We are also looking for volunteers at each of our main sites, if you are interested in attending the summer school but the price of registration is not feasible please contact Christina to learn about volunteering opportunities.

We look forward to seeing all of you this summer!

Webinar: “UBC’s Learning for Life: Teaching Kids to Navigate Online Health Information and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours”

The Public Health Association of BC, the BC Health Literacy Network and the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation presented a 1-hour webinar plus Q & A. The webinar, titled “UBC’s Learning for Life: Teaching Kids to Navigate Online Health Information  and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours” took place on April 24th, and we are pleased to offer the video of the webinar for those who missed it.

Learning for Life is a dynamic, accessible, ready-to-use resource for grade 4-7 classrooms, developed by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. This evidence-based resource has lesson plans for teachers and an interactive online resource for students. Learning for Life builds digital health literacy skills by teaching students to critically assess online health information and how to balance ‘screen time’ with healthy behaviours. The resources facilitate learning around five fundamental healthy behaviours: physical activity, healthy eating, sleep hygiene, stress management and social connectedness. Learning for Life seamlessly integrates into the new BC curriculum and extends curricular content.

This webinar session introduces Learning for Life and its resources, shares evidence of its impact on children’s health behaviours, and discusses how it integrates into everyday teaching.

View the video below.

Surrey school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF Canada

During a presentation at Senator Reid Elementary in Surrey on Tuesday, April 23, students announced during an assembly that they had answered 56,970 question and donated 3,255 vaccinations to UNICEF Canada. Students in five classes at Senator Reid Elementary have been using Kids Boost Immunity (KBI), which uses quizzes to earn vaccine donations, since the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year.

Full article and a video from the Peace Arch News can be found here:

National Immunization Awareness Week April 20-27

BC’s ongoing measles outbreak reminds us that high immunization rates are essential to ensure that vaccine-preventable diseases don’t come back.

National Immunization Awareness Week takes place from April 20-27 to celebrate the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health. Being fully up-to-date with all of your immunizations is the best way to safeguard yourself and help protect those around you.

For more information read this press release from KidsBoostImmunity, IBoostImmunity, and ImmunizeBC.