Despite its low prevalence in Canada, tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health challenge in this country. Overall incidence rates of active TB remain stagnated, and the burden of disease continues to concentrate among certain populations that are disproportionately represented among the new cases.
NCCID supports TB elimination in Canada through knowledge mobilization, exchange and brokering to public health audiences and partners. We work to:
- Identify gaps and inequities
- Find, review, summarize and disseminate evidence and knowledge on promising practices and strategies
- Support TB awareness and education for health care workers, community partners, and other stakeholders
- Facilitate knowledge exchange across regions and jurisdictions
- Facilitate national level discussions and dialogue
- Facilitate innovative and cross-sectoral partnership building
Look below for TB elimination resources by NCCID and others, including a Proposal for TB Program Performance Measurement in Canada, a Curated List of Resources for TB Prevention in Homeless Shelters, an Online Educational Tool on the TB Patient Journey for Northern First Nations Communities, and a Promising Practice Case Study on Integrated LTBI Care at a Refugee Health Clinic.
To share your questions or comments about our TB work, or to discuss the possibility of partnering with us, please contact us at email@example.com
Our first episode takes us to the beginning – the story of how a young adult fell through the cracks of a strained health system to become the outbreak’s index case.
“TB Talks” Podcast
TB Talks is an NCCID podcast that shares knowledge to support TB elimination in Canada. Each season is released as a short thematic series. If you have any questions or comments about the series, please reach out to us at Shivoan.Balakumar@umanitoba.ca
This 4-episode docuseries follows the course of a 2019 TB outbreak in a small First Nations community in northern Saskatchewan. Hear the captivating stories of TB survivors and front line workers involved in the response.
NCCID speaks to TB experts at End TB 2017, a meeting of the International Union against Tuberculosis – North American Region (NAR). Topics include cultural humility, new digital technologies, Indigenous determinants of TB, and post-landing surveillance.
[Image: Through vibrant, intricate beadwork, First Nations artist Ruth Cuthand explores the historical connections between colonialism, race, disparity, and disease by depicting microscopic views of pathogens like tuberculosis, whooping cough, measles, HIV, and COVID-19. Historically, infectious disease and ensuing pandemics disproportionately impacted Indigenous communities as a result of colonialism and genocide. Similar health disparities continue today as a result of entrenched inequity and ongoing structural violence against Black and Indigenous people of color. Cuthand’s chosen medium further reflects this complex history: Like many infectious diseases, glass beads were first introduced in the Western Hemisphere by European colonizers, who traded the inexpensive items for valuable furs and other goods, and like viruses, they fundamentally disrupted Indigenous ways of life].
VIDEO | Mathematical Modelling in Public Health: Tuberculosis (2020)
This short, educational video aims to de-mystify mathematical modelling for Tuberculosis prevention and public health planning.
RESOURCE LIST | Public Health Action to address Tuberculosis in Homeless Shelter Settings: a curated list (2020)
A curated resource list to support public health TB programs develop equity-centred public health policy and interventions in emergency housing, and shelter settings.
REPORT | Shared Priorities for TB Program Performance Measurement in Canada – Proposal for Discussion (2018)
A proposal for collaborative TB program indicator development, based on shared performance measurement priorities identified across high-burden regions and populations in Canada.
ONLINE TOOL| The Tuberculosis Journey in Northern First Nations Communities (in development)
A dynamic, interactive visual, depicting key stages in a patient’s journey from exposure to treatment completion, and the intersections of medical, social and First Nations determinants of TB that influence their experiences and health and wellness outcomes.
REPORT | TB Deliberative Dialogue Summary (2018)
This summary describes key priorities and directions for TB elimination in Canada, as identified during a 2018 deliberative dialogue meeting hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, NCCID, and the Canadian TB Elimination Network.
RESOURCE LIST | Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis: International Resources for Public Health Personnel (2018)
A curated list of international resources on MDR TB that can be considered and adapted for the Canadian context.
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.
This webinar explores surveillance data in Canada and focuses on topics including programming, infrastructure, emerging technologies and global efforts combating tuberculosis. Request access to the webinar recording, here. Download the companion document for key messages and other helpful resources.
DISCUSSION BRIEF | Public Health Speaks: Tuberculosis and the Social Determinants of Health (2014)
Using tuberculosis as an example, public health practitioners discuss roles, actions and strategies that public health can take to address the social determinants of health and reduce inequities. This resource is a summary of their conversation.
OTHER RESOURCES, GUIDELINES AND STRATEGIES
- Recommendations for TB Management among populations experiencing homelessness – Fraser Health(2020)
- Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework (2018)
- The Time is Now – Chief Public Health Officer’s spotlight on eliminating tuberculosis in Canada (2018)
- NCCIH – Addressing the Challenge of Latent Tuberculosis Infection Among Indigenous Peoples in Canada (2017)
- Canadian Tuberculosis Standards (2013)
- Pan-Canadian Public Health Network: Guidance for Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Programs in Canada (2012)
- Health Canada: Strategy Against Tuberculosis for First Nations On-Reserve (2014)
- Health Canada: Monitoring and Performance Framework for Tuberculosis Programs for First Nations On-Reserve (2016)