Congenital syphilis: Jared Bullard

In this final episode of our series on syphilis and public health, we hear from Dr. Jared Bullard, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Manitoba and Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. He discusses recent increases in cases of congenital syphilis, the risks it poses to a fetus, as well as prevention strategies.

Published: 2019

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Exploring the determinants of syphilis in Indigenous women in Winnipeg: Marcia Anderson

In this podcast, Dr. Marcia Anderson, a medical officer of health and medical lead for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, discusses the determinants of syphilis transmission in Indigenous women and what public health and primary care providers can learn to slow or stop the progression of syphilis within this community.

Published: 2019

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Exploring the determinants of syphilis in Indigenous women in Winnipeg: Laverne Gervais

In this podcast, Laverne Gervais, program coordinator at Ka Ni Kanichihk and a Sexual Health Educator, discusses the determinants of syphilis transmission in Indigenous women and what public health and primary care providers can learn to slow or stop the progression of syphilis within this community.

Published: 2019

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Seasonal Influenza: 2018/19 NACI and AMMI Canada Recommendations

Summary of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s Seasonal Influenza Statement and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada’s Treatment Recommendations for frontline healthcare practitioners and public health vaccine providers to help guide their practice.

Dr. Ian Gemmill presented on prevention of seasonal influenza, types of vaccines available and their effectiveness, new indications and available internet resources. Dr. Gerald Evans presented on the burden of seasonal influenza, the trends in recent years and the antiviral treatment recommendations.

Published: 2018

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IQ14: Lyme disease transmission and prevention

Lyme disease is a prominent issue in the media these days and a matter of concern among public health practitioners in Canada. This episode, we look at Lyme’s risk of transmission and prevention strategies.

Published: 2018

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Mathematical Modelling in Public Health

A mathematical model is a virtual experiment set up to test a hypothesis. It creates a controlled environment where complex relationships between biological, environmental, demographic and behavioural factors can be represented.

For public health, mathematical models can be used to test different “what if” scenarios and the results can help inform policy, programs and practice.

NCCID has released two new resources about modelling and public health. A new video, a partnership with NCCMT, introduces public health to modelling. As a companion piece, NCCID developed a case study of a Promising Practice of a collaboration between public health in Winnipeg and modelers in Toronto, to assess the benefits of new interventions to reduce syphilis infections in Winnipeg.

Published: 2018

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IQ13: Post-landing Surveillance and Virtual Tuberculosis Services in Alberta

In this, the fifth in our ‘TB Talk’ series of episodes, we hear from Dr. Ryan Cooper, an infectious diseases specialist with Alberta Health Services. Here, Dr. Cooper speaks to how post-landing TB surveillance works in Canada (including some Alberta-specific challenges), plus the best approach to on-going follow-up. He also discusses how Alberta’s virtual TB clinic model has made a difference to rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Published: 2017

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IQ12 : New Digital Technologies in TB

The fourth in our ‘TB Talk’ series, conversations from the most recent meeting of the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. This episode, we hear from Dr. Dennis Falzon, a Medical Officer with the Stop TB Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Here, he discusses the WHO’s End TB Strategy, as well as the potential of new technologies to prevent and eliminate TB.

Published: 2017

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IQ11: The Social Determinants of TB in Indigenous Communities (TB Talk, Pt 3)

The third in our ‘TB Talk’ series, we hear from Dr. Malcolm King, a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He discusses the importance of social determinants of health to the rate of new TB infections and better TB outcomes in remote, northern and Indigenous communities.

Published: 2017

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IQ10: Tuberculosis and Cultural Humility (TB Talk, Pt 2)

This episode continues our look at tuberculosis at End TB 2017, a meeting of the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. Our guest, Kay Wallis, is a special projects manager with the Curry International Tuberculosis Center. She presented on cultural proficiency among healthcare providers, or, as she calls it, cultural humility.

Published: 2017

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IQ9: Tuberculosis priorities at End TB 2017 (TB Talk, Pt 1)

This episode, we turn our attention to tuberculosis. This February, the city of Vancouver played host to End TB 2017, a meeting of the International Union Against Tuberculosis, specifically, the North American Region. We hear a sample of attendees’ top TB priorities. In future episodes, we’ll bring you a number of one-on-one conversations with experts at the meeting.

Published: 2017

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IQ8: Refugee oral health and the Interim Federal Health Program

In this episode, we continue our look at refugee oral health. Last episode, we discussed universal screening and how to optimize collaboration between primary care providers and dentists. This time around, we’ll discuss the Interim Federal Health Program. It provides limited, temporary coverage of healthcare benefits to people who aren’t eligible for health insurance.

Published: 2017

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