PODCAST | Infectious Questions

A public health podcast produced by NCCID, Infectious Questions connects those with infectious disease questions to those with answers. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.


Reaching the UNAIDS / WHO HIV 90-90-90 targets by 2020: What’s next to improve the estimate measurement in Canada?

In April 2017, NCCID held a meeting to discuss the National HIV Cascade measures. Read the summary of the meeting and learn more about provincial and territorial strategies to measure progress toward the HIV 90-90-90 targets, key challenges, lessons learned and next steps to improve measurement process.


PODCASTS | “Create H2O” First Nations Water Research Conference

Based on two keynote presentations at the 4th annual “Create H2O” First Nations Water Research Conference, these two episodes of NCCAH's Voices from the Field podcast—"From the Lab to the Reserve: The Transformative Power of Community-Engaged Scholarship," and "Water: Our First Relative, Our First Responsibility"—were produced in conjunction with NCCID and NCCEH.

Webinar “Multi Drug Resistance in Refugee Population: Lessons to Learn from Europe”, 12 Sept. 2018

This webinar - scheduled on Sept. 12, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm CDT; 1:00 pm-2:00 pm EDT -  will offer an overview to public health physicians and policy makers in Canada on the rising issue of multi drug resistance in refugee population in EU countries.

Data indicate that refugees carry a significant burden of multi-drug resistant strains, which is attributed to the rising antimicrobial resistance rates in their countries of origin, both in healthcare settings and in the community.

The virtual conference will present the available data on anti-microbial resistance in refugees and migrants and the public health implications in the frame of the current refugee crisis in Europe. In addition, issues of microbiological screening and infection control will also be addressed.

For registration, please click here : bit.ly/2M5mzDL

 


Reaching underserved populations: leveraging new testing technologies

New diagnostic technologies for STBBIs have the potential to improve timely diagnosis and treatment and expand testing in underserved populations by offering a solution to rethink service delivery models with more flexible, contextually adapted, and culturally relevant programs. Explore NCCID resources to learn more about the new technologies for STBBI testing in Canada and elsewhere, and the program options in which they have been integrated to improve testing in underserved populations.

Lyme Disease : NCCID Debrief

In the year 2017, more than 1,400 cases of Lyme disease were reported all across Canada, with 987 cases in the province of Ontario, of which 78 were from Toronto. The Toronto Star-Lyme disease cases hit record high across Canada as tick population expand.

This NCCID Debrief about Lyme Disease provides updated information about important characteristics of Lyme disease; the current outbreaks of Lyme disease; main risks for Canadians and  measures to be taken for a suspected Lyme case or contact.

Information is gathered from key sources including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and across the country.

 


A Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Successes and Challenges in Alberta

Worldwide, antimicrobial resistance has emerged as a serious public health threat. In this case study, we describe the processes and structures put in place by Alberta Health Services (AHS) to support and maintain coordinated antimicrobial stewardship programs in the province.

Mathematical Modelling in Public Health


A mathematical model is a virtual experiment set up to test a hypothesis. It creates a controlled environment where complex relationships between biological, environmental, demographic and behavioural factors can be represented.

For public health, mathematical models can be used to test different “what if” scenarios and the results can help inform policy, programs and practice.

NCCID has released two new resources about modelling and public health. A new video, a partnership with NCCMT, introduces public health to modelling. As a companion piece, NCCID developed a case study of a Promising Practice of a collaboration between public health in Winnipeg and modelers in Toronto, to assess the benefits of new interventions to reduce syphilis infections in Winnipeg.

Acknowledgements: We wish to thank Dr. Sharmistha Mishra and students Estefanía Ruiz Vargas and Howsikan Kugathasan for their assistance in developing the video script. Produced by Latitude Agency.


Canadian Databases for Vector Diseases

In 2016, public health practitioners and analysts, as well mathematical modelling researchers were brought together to learn from each other how the two disciplines – modelling and public health – can collaborate to improve disease prevention and control. In order to explore this new frontier, they expressed the need for finding data on vectors (such as mosquitos) that can be used to predict emerging diseases. The NCCID and NCCEH have partnered to create the Canadian Databases for Disease Vectors in order to fill this gap.


Group A Streptococcus

Outbreaks of Group A Streptococcus have intensified in the past few weeks in Canada.  NCCID has developed this Quick Links resource for Canadian public health professionals to provide links to key resources and information.


Disease Debrief: Group A Streptococcus

NCCID has developed this disease debrief to provide Canadian public health practicioners and clinicians with up-to-date information on Group A Streptococcus.



Public health responses for refugee claimants

NCCID is collecting evidence on public health responses for refugee claimants (including asylum seekers) for the Canadian context. Questions or comments? Please feel free to share with us. Contact Zeeshan Qadar, Project Manager, at 204-318-2582 or qadarsmz@umanitoba.ca.

recent refugee health publications from NCCID

Welcoming Refugees: Niagara Region’s Guide for Primary Care

In this case study, we describe the process and planning done by a dedicated team in the Niagara Region, as an example of public health preparation for refugees that could be adapted in other parts of the country.

Integrated LTBI Care for Refugees: Successes & Challenges at BridgeCare Clinic in Winnipeg

In this case study, we share the story of the success of BridgeCare Clinic, a model of integrated TB services for government-assisted refugees for its approach to improving latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment completion outcomes in priority populations.