The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.
The context for public health in Canada and globally is changing and the Board has developed an innovative plan that will steer the Association into a hopeful future. Recent changes in Canada also provide CPHA with a unique opportunity to advance the public health perspective on a number of pressing issues.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has recently confirmed travel-related cases of Zika virus from Central and South America. Since Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites, travellers to Central and South America, particularly pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant, should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes known to transmit the virus to humans are not present in Canada.
On November 4, 2015, CPHA and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre hosted an interactive webinar exploring sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) and related stigma. During the webinar, participants were provided with practical strategies and tools that can help to create safer and more inclusive spaces for clients seeking STBBI-related services.
The future of life on Earth cannot be taken for granted as our species has the capacity to influence that future – for good or ill. This paper is not the definitive word on the topic of the ecological determinants of health. Its goal is to begin a conversation, stimulate debate and ultimately motivate the public health community to action.
CPHA, Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have collaborated to develop ImmunizeCA, a free app for smart phones and other mobile devices that will help Canadians keep track of their vaccinations. Production of this application has been made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
CPHA has a long and recognized history of work on the social determinants of health. We are proud of this legacy and our hope is to create a discussion around the social determinants of health both within the public health community as well as with the public, as a means of moving the social determinants of health agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers in other sectors.