Out of the ashes: Ashcroft Indian Band and the Elephant Hill wildfire – 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 Ashcroft Indian Band following the Elephant Hill wildfire in 2017. It includes insight into the health and social impacts of the evacuation, as well as the role of public health to support long-term emergency planning and recovery.

Changes in the incidence of seasonal influenza in response to COVID-19 social distancing measures: an observational study based on Canada’s national influenza surveillance system

An ecological study using data from Canada’s national influenza surveillance system to investigate whether social distancing measures to control COVID-19 reduced the incident cases of seasonal influenza.

Measuring What Counts in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Equity Indicators for Public Health

Under the leadership of public health agencies, departments and units across the country, the 2020 responses to COVID-19 in Canada have seen an unprecedented mobilization of funds, human resources and materials. Responses have involved communities and multiple federal, provincial and territorial departments across the country.

Supporting Vaccine Confidence in Indigenous Peoples

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), produced five fact sheets on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations. The resources help support vaccine confidence amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities. Additional links to video and trusted web sites on vaccines are provided…

Progress on Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Surveillance in Canada (2014-2019)

There have been important expansions within existing national surveillance programs (Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program and the Canadian Integrated Program for AMR Surveillance), with new data integration and reporting by the Canadian AMR Surveillance System. However, important gaps in the AMR/AMU surveillance “patchwork” in Canada must be addressed to make it a comprehensive, integrated, One Health…

Incarceration and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Diseases

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) rates have been increasing across Canada, particularly for hepatitis C (HCV), gonorrhea, and syphilis, including the highest rates of congenital syphilis ever reported. STBBI transmission is influenced by social, structural, and environmental factors, and these infections are increasingly associated with substance use, inadequate housing, and a history of incarceration….

A Call to Action: An Evidence Review on Pharmaceutical Disposal in the Context of Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada

Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed pharmaceutical agents in the world, including in Canada. During manufacturing, antibiotics can seep or be discharged into the environment. However, a significant amount can also enter the environment through improper disposal practices (i.e., in sinks, toilets, and household garbage) and natural human excretion. Wastewater treatment systems are…