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PHABC Conference 2019: Early Bird Registration and Call for Abstracts now open!

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC

 

 

We hope you all have been enjoying your summers thus far and have been or will be taking some well-deserved time off. We don’t want to keep you long be we thought you may want to know we have opened our early bird registration and our call for abstracts for the upcoming PHABC fall conference, happening November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver!

 

Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems” will dedicate two days to exploring complex adaptive systems and complexity science through a variety of plenary panel sessions, oral presentations, workshops and poster presentations within four main sub themes: food systems & security, immunization & infectious disease control, wicked problems in health equity, and overdose response & safe supplies.

 

The theme and sub themes were introduced at our annual summer school, if you missed out, we have posted presentations from summer school speakers on our website; click here or follow the below link to check them out (please note not all presentations are available).

https://phabc.org/presentation/summer-school-2019-presentations/

 

 


Early bird registration is now open and will be available until September 15th, 2019 at 11:59PM. Act now for significant savings on your conference registration! Click here or copy the link below to register today.

https://phabc.org/2019-PHABC-conference-registration/

 

2019 Registration Rates Early Bird (August 1 – Sept 15, 2019)

Regular

(from Sept 16, 2019 on)

2 days PHABC member $325.00 $390.00
2 days Non-member $420.00 $485.00
2 days senior/student PHABC member $255.00 $315.00
2 days senior/student Non-member $295.00 $350.00
1 day registration PHABC members $175.00 $200.00
1 day registration non-members $250.00 $275.00
1 day senior/student PHABC member $155.00 $175.00
1 day senior/student NON member $185.00 $205.00

 

If you are part of a promising practice or have research involving complex adaptive systems, we encourage you to consider submitting your abstract for the year’s conference. Our call for abstracts is now open (as of August 1st, 2019) and will remain open until 5:00pm on Sunday September 15th, 2019. To read the full call for abstracts click here or follow the link below:

https://phabc.org/2019-phabc-conference-call-for-abstracts-submission-guidelines/

 


Our conference would not be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors each year. We would like to thank all our past sponsors for your support of this important public health event.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s conference please contact Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.org to learn about our sponsorship tiers and incentives. All sponsors will have their logo’s printed on the conference program & other promotional material (online & in print), will receive special recognition during the conference, and will receive at least one complimentary 2-day registration.

 


We are always in need of volunteers for our conference to ensure the event runs smoothly. If you are interested in attending the conference but the cost of registration represents a significant deterrent, please contact Christina at coordinator@phabc.org to learn about current volunteering opportunities.

 


For more information on our conference as it becomes available, keep checking back on our events page by clicking here or following the link below:

https://phabc.org/event/phabc-conference-2019-simplifying-complexity-public-health-approaches-practice-to-complex-systems/

 

 

 

We hope to see many of you in Vancouver this fall as we work towards a safe, healthy and inclusive BC for all!

 

 

Introducing the national Coalition for Healthy School Food

Canada is ranked 37th of 41 countries on providing healthy food for kids, yet today we remain the only G7 nation without a federally funded school food program. The Coalition for Healthy School Food is a group of 70+ organizations advocating for increased federal investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program for all students across Canada. Here in BC, many are working to bring healthy foods to the plates, minds and bellies of students. However, existing school food programs are run at a classroom, school or school district scale and largely rely on parents and other members of the school community to develop and fund. This patchwork of programs does not meet the needs of all students. We need significant investment from all levels of government, as well as input from local school communities and other stakeholders, to create a universal program for all children and youth.

This webinar explores how individuals and organizations can get involved in helping make sure that all federal parties and candidates commit to a National School Food Program; and how to support the national Coalition to build on existing programs and ensure all students in Canada and BC have access to nutritious meals every day.

View the webinar HERE.

For more information, contact Samantha Gambling, Coordinator of the BC Chapter, at bcschoolfood@phabc.org

Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future

Last month, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada released her 2019 spotlight report: Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future.

They are seeking your input to help the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) understand how the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) of Canada’s Spotlight Report: Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future is used, and how to improve future reports. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, and your responses will be treated in confidence. The results will be combined and no answers will be linked to specific individuals.

The survey can be found HERE. Thank you for your participation.

 

Summer School 2019: Thank you to everyone involved & Presentations available online now!

PHABC, SPHA, MPHA, YPHCoP and PHAC
present
the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

 

Thank you to everyone involved in our tenth annual summer school, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems” across western Canada. This year we expanded our summer school to reach a record 236 participants across five provinces and one territory thanks to our partners; Manitoba Public Health Association, Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Yukon Public Health Community of Practice, and the videoconferencing technology provided by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.

Reaching a record number of sites would not have been possible without the tireless efforts from our Scientific Program Committee, site facilitators, volunteers and presenters. Without them we would not have been able to create such a popular and impactful program or facilitate the numerous sites that allowed so many people to participate in the school. Thank you all for dedicating your time and effort to make this year so successful.

 

If you attended the summer school and have not had a chance to complete the evaluation survey please follow the link below to complete it. As we look to expand the summer school and improve the summer school model, it is of vital importance that we receive as much feedback as possible. The survey will be open until 11:59pm PST on Monday July 15th, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the evaluation survey, we hope you enjoyed the summer school as much as we enjoyed planning it!

https://phabc.org/ss2019-evaluation-survey/

 

If you were unable to attend the summer school but are interested in what was discussed over the two days, we are making the presentations available on our website. To access the presentations you can follow the link below or go to the resources tab and click on presentations; the summer school presentations will be at the top of the list.

https://phabc.org/presentation/summer-school-2019-presentations/

Please note that we will never post a presentation without the express permission from the author. Therefore, not all presentations are currently available online. We will update the webpage regularly as permission is granted, please keep checking back!

 

At the beginning of August, we will be releasing the call for abstracts and opening early bird registration for our annual fall conference; happening this year on November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration please keep an eye out for that announcement.

The conference theme will expand on the theme of complex adaptive systems developed for the summer school and content will be focused on the four subtopics: immunization & infectious disease response, wicked problems in health equity, food safety & security and overdose response/safe supplies. Please note that 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 our conference theme.

 

Thank you all again for your tireless efforts in making BC a safe, healthy and inclusive place to call home. Please enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing many of you this November in Vancouver!

Summer School 2019: One week left to register & session summaries now available!

PHABC, SPHA, MPHA, YPHCoP and PHAC
present
the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

BC Sites: University of BC, University of Victoria, University of BC: Okanagan, University of Northern BC

Session Summaries Have Been Released!

Registration is open now! Click here to register

https://phabc.org/summer-school-2019-registration/

 

Only one week until our 10th annual public health summer school, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems,” happening July 4th an 5th, 2019 across western Canada. If you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late! Registration is open until the morning of July 4th, and all non-member registration will receive a complimentary one-year membership to PHABC. Follow the link below to register!

https://phabc.org/summer-school-2019-registration/

 

If you have already registered you should have received your information package via your email; it includes all main site location information, the full agenda, suggested readings, and more! If you registered and have not received your information package, please contact Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.org.

 

Still deciding if summer school is for you? We have released summaries of all of our sessions to help you decide. You can follow the link below to go to the event page and read all about what we have planned for the two days.

https://phabc.org/event/10th-annual-public-health-summer-school/

 

And remember, if you are not able to make the summer school, we will be exploring these topics in greater detail during our annual fall conference, happening at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver on November 14th and 15th, 2019. Keep an eye on the website, later this summer we will be releasing our call for abstracts and early bird registration discounts!

 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Canada Day long weekend and we can’t wait to welcome you to summer school next week!

Summer School 2019: Draft Agenda Released and Speakers Announced

PHABC, SPHA, MPHA, YPHCoP and PHAC
present
the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

BC Sites: University of BC, University of Victoria, University of BC: Okanagan, University of Northern BC

Draft Agenda & Speakers Released!

Registration is open now! Click here to register

https://phabc.org/summer-school-2019-registration/

 

 

We are excited to release the draft agenda for our two-day summer school, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems”, coming up on July 4th and 5th, 2019. Main BC sites will be at the University of Victoria in Victoria, University of BC in Vancouver, University of Northern BC in Prince George, and University of BC: Okanagan campus in Kelowna.

 

We know many of you have been waiting patiently for the agenda release and we hope that it was worth the wait! Our two days will be jam packed full of excellent opportunities to learn about the latest issues and research in public health and population level interventions as well as network with like-minded people across western Canada and have a chance to put theory to practice with workshops tailored to each subtopic.

 

Speakers for the two-day school include: Dr. Perry Kendall, former provincial health officer and co-executive director at the BC Centre on Substance Use, Val Morrison, scientific advisor for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Dr. Marjorie MacDonald, professor emerita in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, Craig Thompson, director of Immunization at the BC Ministry of Health, Dr. Keith Ahamad, medical director of the Regional Addiction Program at Vancouver Coastal Health, Richard Han, provincial manager of Farm to School BC, Dr. Wanda Martin, assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Ian Roe, content strategist at I Boost Immunity and Kids Boost Immunity, Chris Van Veen, director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Health Planning at Vancouver Coastal Health,  Samantha Gambling, Vancouver region animator at Farm to School BC, and Hawkfeather Peterson, secretary at the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs.

 

 

 

Registration is on now and will remain open until the morning of July 4th, 2019. To register today click here or follow the link below. Remember, all non-PHABC member registrations will receive a complimentary one year membership to the Public Health Association of BC; giving you access to discounts for our annual events, including the fall conference from November 14th to 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and will connect you with a community of public health professionals dedicated to improving the health of all British Columbians.

https://phabc.org/summer-school-2019-registration/

 


Thank You

We would like to thank everyone involved with putting on the 2019 summer school, including our scientific co-chairs, Dr. Marjorie MacDonald and Dr. Wanda Martin, the entire scientific program committee (see below), and our summer school partners; Saskatchewan Public Health AssociationManitoba Public Health AssociationYukon Public Health Community of Practice, and the Public Health Agency of Canada for their tireless commitment and effort in expanding the summer school across western Canada for its milestone tenth year. We would also like to thank the School of Population and Public Health at the University of BC for their dedication to the summer school over the last ten years; without their support we would not be able to offer this continuing education opportunity year after year.

 

Summer School Co-Chairs

Dr. Marjorie MacDonald

University of Victoria

Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy, and a Scientist in the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research (CISUR), all at the University of Victoria. She co-directs the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative (BC) (formerly CPHFRI) and is leading an initiative to develop a Public Health Systems and Services Research agenda for Canada. Marjorie held one of 15 inaugural CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chairs from 2008-2014, and was President and Past President of the Public Health Association of BC from 2011 to 2016. Research interests include public health systems renewal, health equity, public health and primary care collaboration, adolescent health promotion and drug use prevention, and public health ethics. Marjorie also is interested in the application of complexity science to research methods in public health.

 

Wanda Martin

University of Saskatchewan

Wanda Martin, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on climate change and resilience, particularly in urban agriculture and health equity, from a complex adaptive system perspective. Dr. Martin is the past president of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association and a board member for the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment.

 

Scientific Program Committee

Thank you to everyone on the scientific program committee for your invaluable contributions to the development of the summer school 2019 curriculum!

Michael Spowart            Regional Director, Western Region, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Shannon Turner              Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC

Dr. Theresa Healy           Capacity Building Committee Co-Chair, Public Health Association of BC

Samantha Salter             A/Territorial Epidemiologist, Health & Social Service, Government of Yukon

Lara Frederick                 North East Preventive Public Health Program Lead, Northern Health

Sarah Prowse                  Healthy Public Policy Specialist, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Jackie Wu                         A/Manager, Public Health Capacity & Knowledge Management, Western Region, PHAC

Sarah Dyer                       Office & Events Coordinator, Public Health Association of BC

Nicole Braun                   Population Health Promotion Practitioner, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

Maureen Rowan             Capacity Building Committee Co-Chair, Public Health Association of BC

Hannah Moffatt               Population Health Equity Initiatives Leader, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Christina Harding          Summer School Coordinator & Project Coordinator, Public Health Association of BC

 

 


Due to unforeseen circumstances we are looking for one more volunteer at our Vancouver, Victoria and Prince George sites. If you live in one of those cities and would like to attend the summer school but the cost of registration is impeding your participation please contact Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.org to see if volunteering is right for you.

 

 

We look forward to seeing many of you this July!