Register for a Recovery Ideas Telephone Townhall

Government of BC wants to hear your ideas on BC’s recovery.

Join us to discuss BC’s recovery and give your input on key questions facing the Province. We want to hear your priorities and questions as we come together to build a stronger B.C.

  • July 7, 2020 at 7 pm (PDT), Lower Mainland:

With Carole James, Minister of Finance and MLA Bob D’Eith, Chair of Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Hosted by Kim Emerson.

  • July 9, 2020 at 7 pm (PDT), Vancouver Island and Coast:

With Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Ronna Ray Leonard, Parlimentary Secretary for Seniors. Hosted by Kim Emerson.

  • July 14, 2020 at 7 pm (PDT), North, Interior, and the Kootenays:

Details coming soon

  • July 16, 2020 at 7 pm (PDT), Lower Mainland:

With George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Hosted by Kim Emerson.

To register for the town halls go HERE

Summer Institute 2020 – Draft Information Package Released, Second Wave of Speakers Announced & YouTube Channel Now Available!

11th Annual Public Health Summer Institute 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020


Draft Information Package Available Now!

Breakout Session Summary Videos Available on YouTube!

Register Today

Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet


We are pleased to release our draft information package for the upcoming public health summer institute, “Think Globally, Act Locally: Public Health and the Anthropocene,” happening online on July 9th and 10th, 2020. In it you will find the final agenda for both days, speaker biographies, plenary and breakout sessions descriptions, and more! To read the information package follow the link below:

2020 Information Package



Registration is on now, join us online this year as we practice social distancing while discussing how we can enact global change through local public and population health initiatives. We have a stellar line up of speakers for the two days including:

  • Jura Augustinavicius -Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty), Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Jessie Best – Environmental Coordinator, City of Saskatoon
  • Katie Clow – Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
  • Andrew Gage – Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
  • Maya Gislason – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Cora Hallsworth – Senior Associate, One Earth, BCIT EcoCity Centre
  • Richard Han – Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC
  • Trevor Hancock – Professor & Senior Scholar (Retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
  • Wii Esdes, Sandra A. Martin Harris – Community Developer & Social Development Advisor, Gitksan Government Commission
  • Mayor Fred Haynes, PhD – Mayor of Saanich, BC
  • Thomas Homer-Dixon – Director, Cascade Institute, Royal Road University & University Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • Theresa Healy – Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Planning, University of Northern BC
  • Rita Koutsodimos – Executive Director, BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society
  • Wanda Martin – Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Pemma Muzumdar – Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health
  • Michael Nemeth – Principal, Bright Buildings, Passivhaus & Mechanical Engineering Consulting and Vice-president of SES Solar Co-operative
  • Margot W. Parkes – Professor School of Health Sciences, Cross-appointed, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Tim Takaro – Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Rory Tooke – Manager of Sustainability and Asset Management, City of Victoria
  • Aaren Topley – Provincial Manager of Can You Dig It, Public Health Association of BC
  • Shannon Turner – Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC
  • Shannon Waters – Cowichan Valley Medical Health Officer, Island Health



We know that many of you will be joining from other time zones and due to the nature of concurrent breakout sessions you many not be able to attend all of the summer institute live. We encourage you to register to attend anyways as we will be recording the entire summer school to be viewed later at your leisure. Register today using the link below, it’s only $60 plus GST ($50 for students & seniors) for the entire two-day school!




Can’t decide which breakout session to attend? Check out our new YouTube channel to help you decide! In the coming days we will be uploading summary videos on each of the breakout session topics to help you choose which speaker you want to engage with. Follow the link below to our channel and start watching!

YouTube – Public Health Summer Institute




We will release the final information package a couple days before the summer school and will be compiling a list of resources related to and developed out the summer institute to release post-event. This resource document will be designed to help stimulate and inspire you as we get set to release our call for abstracts for our 2020 annual conference, potentially online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever! Stay tuned for more conference details later this summer!

COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Service

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) is supporting national, provincial/territorial, and local/regional responses to COVID-19 in Canada by conducting rapid reviews on priority topics identified by decision makers. As part of the Rapid Evidence Service, the NCCMT conducts rigorous searches and appraisal of the available literature on key questions about COVID-19; provides summaries and key messages of the literature; and identifies knowledge gaps. Topics addressed thus far include: opioids, alcohol consumption, reducing transmission, and cohort isolation. New reviews are being conducted weekly, so check back regularly to see what’s new.

Click here ( to learn more about the Rapid Evidence Service. 

Pandemic’s Mental Health Toll Is Hammering Marginalized People

UBC researchers part of study that shows greater impact on groups from LGBTQ+ to low income to Indigenous.

Marginalized Canadians have borne the brunt of economic and social impacts of COVID-19, and new data suggests they are shouldering the mental health burden as well.

Racialized, LGBTQ2S+ and low-income people are more likely to be experiencing worsening mental health and problems coping with the turmoil of the last few months.

And they are also least likely to have the means and support to access mental health care — especially now.

Read the full article from The Tyee HERE:

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).