Policies and Provisions for Public Health Surveillance of Zika and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases in Canada : Summary and Analysis of the 2016 Environmental Scan

Policies and Provisions for Public Health Surveillance of Zika and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases in Canada Summary and Analysis of the 2016 Environmental Scan Production of this document has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada through funding for the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases. The views…

Canadian Databases for Disease Vectors

Mathematical modelling is a method of research that allows for simulations of the real world in a virtual space. For Public Health, the results of modelling can be used to determine possible interventions and optimize desired outcomes for populations. At the 2016 5th biennial workshop of the  Pan-InfORM research group, public health practitioners and analysts…

Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis – International Resources for Canadian Public Health Personnel

List of MDR-TB resources that can inform the Canadian Context [1]: 1. Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Update 2017 (PDF) Infographic and fact sheet 2. The Lucky Specials: Tuberculosis Awareness Through Storytelling (2017) A film which educates viewers on the risks, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and MDR-TB. The Lucky Specials combines animation and live-action storytelling…

Chronic diseases and population mental health promotion for children and youth

This discussion paper describes the complex relationship between chronic health conditions and mental health among children and youth. Mental illness can itself be a chronic health condition, and both physical and neurocognitive conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, can contribute to mental illness or poor mental health.

Public Health Response and Health Status of Asylum Seekers: A Review of the International Literature and Implications for the Canadian Context

The number of asylum seekers crossing the U.S.–Canada border has seen a significant increase since the U.S. election in November, 2016. In order to aid in establishing an effective public health response, current gaps in knowledge regarding health status, access to health care, and barriers to access of asylum seekers in Canada were identified.

Big Data for Infectious Diseases Surveillance and the Potential Contribution to the Investigation of Foodborne Disease in Canada

Recognizing the potential of big data as “an untapped resource of evidence that may be used to inform policy and decision making”, NCCID commissioned a background paper to initiate discussion among Canadian public health professionals. The primary objective was to examine the potential for big data to inform public health policy for infectious disease management in Canada.

A Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Successes and Challenges in Alberta

Worldwide, antimicrobial resistance has emerged as a serious public health threat. Preserving the ability to use antimicrobials effectively for the future will require far-reaching responses. 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.