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.


What can Big Data do for Public Health?

REGISTRATION CLOSED A copy of this webinar is available upon request. Please contact NCCID Project Manager Margaret Haworth-Brockman to learn more, or get in touch with our Centre via our general inbox. Date: May 17, 2017 Description New information was presented on the potential contributions of big data for infectious diseases surveillance and the investigation of…


Sexually-transmitted Infections & Nursing in Indigenous Communities

Clarence Frenchman & Albert McLeod The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, together with the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, hosted a Google Hangout On-Air about culturally-safe nursing practices and STBBIs in Indigenous communities. The 1-hour webinar was co-led by Clarence Frenchman, a Nurse Manager/HIV Case Coordinator at the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre in Saskatchewan, and…


Social media and sexual health promotion

“Share, Poke, tag” This panel drew on the expertise of health researchers, advocates and program managers working with clients of sexual health promotion programs across the country. Presenters spoke about their own work in the use of social media for prevention and control of STIs, with particular emphasis on factors that lead to success and…

Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Benefits and Challenges

Key Points: The application of geographic information systems (GIS) to public health practice has great potential for improving our understanding of the ecology and causes of complex health issues, and for guiding the design and evaluation of effective population based programs and strategies. GIS can summarize vast amounts of tabular data into compelling visual maps…

Syphilis and HIV Point‐Of‐Care Testing Pilot Project: Alberta Health Services’ Edmonton STI Clinic Public Health Outreach Team

This publication summarizes the experiences of a Public Health Outreach Team (PHOT) in delivering HIV and syphilis POCT from February 2011 until December 2012, in Alberta. It provides an overview of the training required to accommodate and initiate this POCT project, quality assurance details, challenges experienced throughout the study, and the implications for the future of offering HIV POCT in practice, outside of a research project setting.