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APHA welcomes new president and (re-) elects 10 board members --Praise for outgoing President Lindsay McLaren and two outgoing board members
APHA held its annual general meeting on May 9th at the University of Calgary, immediately after a very successful 75th anniversary event. Thank you to all members who participated, either in person or remotely.
Angeline Webb, a well-known public health advocate with the Canadian Cancer Society and a long-time APHA member, was affirmed as APHA’s new president. Webb takes over APHA’s leadership from Lindsay McLaren, a University of Calgary professor at the O’Brien Institute, who was president from 2014 - 2018.
Public Health News
The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ (NCCMT) Rapid Review Guidebook
Are you looking for an effective way to synthesize current evidence on a public health topic? Conducting a rapid review might be just what you are looking for! The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools has developed a Rapid Review Guidebook that details each step in the rapid review process, including guidance on how to structure the report and what to include in each section. Click here to download the Rapid Review Guidebook.
Research Symposium on Cannabis, Endocannabinoids, and Mental Health - University of Alberta
Update on Marketing Unhealthy Food & Beverages to Children
The impact of marketing to children is a result of both exposure to unhealthy food ads through settings and media channels, and the power of the marketing techniques used. The proposed approach addresses both by considering three primary elements:settings;
In the summer of 2017, over 6700 stakeholders and Canadians provided input to the second consultation for the revision of Canada’s Food Guide. Click here to see the results from the consultation.
Health Canada's Front-of-Package Regulatory Consultations (Feb 10, 2018)
There is a proposal underway requiring FRONT-of-Package Nutritional Symbol for foods at or within the 15% Daily Value for sodium, saturated fats & sugar intake. Read the full report here.
Help the Department of Health choose a Food label to promote healthier shopping choices. Click to do their 5-min survey.Heart and Stroke continues to work with tobacco control partners to advocate for plain and standardized packaging of tobacco at the federal level. 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. Please click here to send a letter by email to your MP.
Patient Concerns/Complaints Resolution Provincial Framework: click here to read the this framework by the Health Quality Network of Alberta (HQNA).
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).
Issues at a Glance
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
Opioid Crisis in Alberta
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.
Research & Resources
In Defense of Public Health: Conference Summary (May 2018)
APHA partnered with O’Brien Institute for Public Health to discuss how to advance Public Health initiatives in Alberta.
Health Quality Council of Alberta: Certificate Course in Patient Safety & Quality Management
Be part of an accredited academic course recognized throughout Canada. Register now as enrollment is limited.Interested in joining your student public health association?
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
The Alberta Public Health Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2018. In recognition of APHA’s important history, we are pleased to present some materials from a research project titled “Public Health Advocacy: Lessons from the History of the Alberta public Health Association, funded by a grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program awarded to Lindsay McLaren, Kelsey Lucyk, and Frank Stahnisch.
This larger project started in 2015 and aimed to examine the history of APHA from its 1943 foundation to the present day. We invite you to review our Narrative History, scroll through the List of Past Presidents, and consider the impressive breadth of Historical APHA Resolutions.
We welcome feedback (including corrections) on these materials. Please send comments to email@example.com.
Dr. Lindsay McLaren
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