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2017-2018 President-Elect

APHA is seeking a President-Elect for 2017-2018.  For further information see the Call for Expression of Interest.

Costco Membership Offer
APHA members who become new Costco members can receive a $10 Costco Cash card.

Strengthening Evidence and Public Health Advocacy for Housing: In Collaboration with the APHA - by Megan Thomas
This report (with figures) by student Megan Thomas describes how the APHA can use its advocacy role to inform public policy on social determinants of health, such as housing.

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Alberta Public Health Association

Vision

Health for all Albertans

Mission

To be a leading voice for public health and work to strengthen the impact of those who promote and protect the highest standard of public health

Mandate

  • Providing leadership on issues affecting the public's health
  • Advocating on issues that affect health
  • Providing educational and networking opportunities
  • Providing mechanisms to discuss issues and views of members and partners
  • Providing expertise and consultation in public and community health


Make Alberta Better is a new campaign by Wellness Alberta to secure provincial government support for the creation of a well-financed, effective and sustainable Wellness Foundation

Issues at a Glance

Childcare Subsidies - Alberta's recent pilot project initiative to subsidize child care has potential to improve lifelong health of Albertans - overview by Erika Roy. Organ, tissue, and blood donation in Alberta
The need for organ, tissue, and blood donation is a concern for Albertans. Our intern Erika Roy provides an overview of the current situation.

Opioid Crisis in Alberta
The recent increase in opioid overdoses is a big concern for Albertans and policy leaders. Our intern Erika Roy provides an overview of the current situation.

Parks, wild spaces, and public health
Access to parks and wild spaces can impart numerous health benefits. Our intern Erika Roy provides an overview of the public health issue.

Public Health

http://files.constantcontact.com/2b05cabb301/f2fa6dc5-a996-47db-97eb-daeeba1ffb60.png  continues to work with tobacco control partners to advocate for plain and standardized packaging of tobacco at the federal level. Legislation is now before parliament and we need to demonstrate pan-Canadian support to move it forward.

Plain and standardized packaging would prohibit all promotional features on all tobacco packaging, including the use of colours, images, logos, slogans and distinctive fonts or finishes. Health warnings would remain. We need to mobilize and show public support for plain packaging. Please click here to send a letter by email to your MP.

2018 Active Living Research Annual Conference
The Active Living Research Conference 2018 will be held in Banff from February 11-14.Canadian Cannabis Regulators Forum - Nov. 28-29, 2017. Participate in a forum with municipal/provincial regulators, policymakers and enforcement authorities to discuss upcoming cannabis legislation and share innovative approaches.

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) has recently launched a new ‘Webinar Series’ page highlighting upcoming webinars as well as the recordings and slides from previous webinar events. for more information. The NCCMT also has a Registry of Methods and Tools. This registry aims to help busy health professionals use evidence in their practice.

Basic income guarantee for household food insecurity: click here to read a report on the concept.

Patient Concerns/Complaints Resolution Provincial Framework: click here to read the this framework by the Health Quality Network of Alberta (HQNA).

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) Learning Modules 

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools has an online learning resource available. This is a resource for members of the public health workforce to learn about evidence-informed public health. It features ten online learning modules, each of which grants a competency certificate with success on the final test. It also features two non-certificate modules. Each module is interactive, and has an estimation of the time needed to complete it. The resource is free, self-paced, open to anyone, and supports professional development.

Informed Decision-Making for Labour and Birth: click here to read a position paper prepared by members of the Reproductive Health Workgroup of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA).

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