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.
In November 2015, the Canadian government released its initial plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees. In this case study, we describe the process and planning done by a dedicated team in the Niagara Region, as an example of public health preparation for refugees that could be adapted in other parts of the country.
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…
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.
A Storify version of highlights from a webinar about social media’s utility for sexual health promotion initiatives, including examples of interventions, issues they address, and evaluative methods and measures used to gauge impact.
This paper reviews all relevant qualitative research on the experiences of Canadian healthcare workers who were so critical to the response during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
Mandatory vaccination remains a difficult public health issue. NCCID commissioned this review of qualitative research that asked Canadian health care workers their views on the subject.
Health promotion is a cornerstone for sexual infection prevention and control in public health. This paper examines the literature on interventions that have been evaluated.
The purpose of this Purple Paper is to consider the settings approach to health promotion in schools, specifically with respect to infectious disease, and to stimulate considerations for the development of a framework to further advance partnerships and collaboration between public health and the education sector in Canada.