Population movements—from global migration to community displacement—contribute to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases in Canada.
NCCID supports knowledge translation in fast-growing areas of refugee, evacuee, and migrant workers’ health to bring current evidence and information to public health practitioners and policymakers.
This short comic provides a brief overview of how climate change can affect the spread and transmission of vector-borne diseases in Canada
Health and Social Impacts of Long-term Evacuation due to Natural Disasters in First Nations Communities: A summary of lessons for public health
This webinar overviews the impact of evacuations on First Nations communities through two case studies: the Ashcroft Indian Band following the Elephant Hill Wildfire in 2016, and the Siksika Nations following the Bow River flood in 2013.
Health and social impacts of long-term evacuation due to natural disasters in First Nations communities: A summary of lessons for public health
This summary document by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) describes the Long-Term Evacuees Project. It includes lessons learned from community-based research, as well as implications for public health responses to long-term evacuations due to natural disasters.
From the floodwaters: Siksika Nation and the Bow River flood – Insights for public health responses to long-term evacuation
This case study by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) explores the evacuation of Siksika Nation following the Bow River flood in 2013. It includes insight into the health and social impacts of the evacuation and the role of public health to support long-term emergency planning and recovery.
REPORT: Public Health Response and Health Status of Asylum Seekers: A Review of the International Literature and Implications for the Canadian Context
Limited data are available on the health status, level of access, and barriers to access to health care of asylum seekers who have entered Canada recently. This population of asylum seekers is unique in that most have spent extended periods of time in the United States, and how they may have impacted the asylum seekers’ health status is largely unknown. Current gaps in knowledge regarding health status, access to health care, and barriers to access of asylum seekers in Canada were identified.
VIDEO: Refugee Intake Recommendations for Physicians
As a quick resource guide for primary care providers, the Halifax Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees (Nova Scotia Health Authority) has developed succinct educational videos on: Initial Assessment, Women’s Health, Cultural Competencies, Mental Health, Immunizations, and Infectious Diseases.
SUMMARY: Screening and Vaccination Guide for Refugee and Immigrant Health
In 2011, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published detailed evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees as a gold standard for clinical and public health practitioners in Canada. NCCID has designed a summarized version as a quick review tool for clinicians. These guidelines, which can help public health stakeholders with planning and program development, provide information on comprehensive screening protocols, culturally appropriate services, and clinical recommendations for infectious diseases including vaccine-preventable illness.
WEBINAR: Data Management/Coordination and Refugee Health
November 16, 2016 presentation about one Ontario city’s recent experience with data management/coordination. The City of Hamilton Public Health Services team was responsible for creating a strategy on the fly, working with several agencies to collect, collate and share such basic data as the names, ages, sex and location/address of refugees, but also vaccination status, health assessment status and dental screening results. Archived copies available upon request.
WEBINAR: Refugee Oral Health: Interim Federal Health Plan Coverage
In this October 2016 presentation, our two presenters delved into refugee oral health, both in children and adults, with key findings from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
PODCAST: Refugee Oral Health
Oral health and infection prevention is an essential part of public healthcare. The NCCID has developed short podcasts on oral infection in refugees, including unique needs and risk factors, the benefits of universal screening, and the Interim Federal Health Program.
Major Organizations and Key Links for Refugee Health
- Canadian Pediatric Society: “Caring for Kids New to Canada”
- Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH)
- Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCIHC)
- Doctors for Refugee Care
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada: Refugee Healthcare
Antimicrobial Awareness Week (formerly Antibiotic Awareness Week), November 18 – 24, promotes informed, careful use of these life-saving medicines to help keep them working for future generations.
Canadian buildings and landmarks are sparking up in light blue on Thursday, November 24th, to mark the close of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the top 10 global health threats.
The report summarizes the key concepts of each presentation and discussion panel, from the One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference, hosted by the ABVMA March 10-12, 2021.
NCCID has assembled a glossary of terms related to regulatory processes for ensuring the safety and efficacy of drug therapies, including new drugs and new therapeutic applications for existing drugs. The aim is to increase understanding of these terms and transparency on related policies that protect Canadians.