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Budget 2012 Misses Mark on Health Leadership, Says CHA

Ottawa, Ontario – March 29, 2012 – The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) notes that Budget 2012 reflects the government’s focus on creating jobs and economic growth for Canada. But when it comes to health system improvement, CHA asks, where is the federal leadership?

“Budget 2012 addresses a number of important health concerns,” said Pamela C. Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Healthcare Association. “But, Canada will not have the world class health system it deserves with a piecemeal approach. Federal leadership is a necessary component of comprehensive health system improvement.”

by NationTalk on March 30, 2012921 Views

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VIHA Plan Strives to Improve Health Outcomes for Aboriginal Residents

March 28, 2012

Vancouver Island – The Vancouver Island Health Authority and its Aboriginal partners unveiled the health authority’s 2012 Aboriginal Health Plan at a special signing ceremony held in the traditional territory of We Wai Kai Nation/Cape Mudge located in the Campbell River area.

The plan, entitled Remember the Past, Reflect on the Present, and Build a Healthy Future, will serve as a guide for VIHA’s Board, leadership and staff in their work to continue to improve the health status of Aboriginal residents. The 2012 Aboriginal Health Plan updates VIHA’s 2006 plan and encompasses more than a year of engagement and collaborative working partnerships between Aboriginal partners from across Vancouver Island and VIHA leaders and staff.

by NationTalk on March 28, 2012745 Views

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Government of Canada Invests in HIV/AIDS Project in the North Bay Area

March 28, 2012
For immediate release

Fact Sheet: Increasing Awareness of HIV and AIDS in the North Bay Area

North Bay, Ontario – On behalf of the Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq, Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing – Timiskaming, announced support for a community-based project to increase awareness and improve access to health care services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the North Bay area.

“Through HIV prevention and outreach campaigns, this project will ensure residents of North Bay and its surrounding area have access to the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their health,” said Mr. Aspin. “Our government commends the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area for their continued dedication to addressing HIV/AIDS at the community-level and particularly among high-risk populations.”

by NationTalk on March 28, 2012696 Views

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SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Workshop

Become an Alert Helper

Free safeTALK workshops subsidized by Ottawa Public Health

Learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources.

Why come to safeTalk?

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

by NationTalk on March 27, 2012617 Views

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Dog bites story / focus group testing

Two new bits of information to share today. If they’re not your cup of tea, hopefully the next comic book release in April will grab you.

Dog bites focus group video
We are in the process of testing our new dog bites story. As most of you know, we make videos out of the rough pencil sketches to make the story testing process more palatable to youth and busy adults. We’d like to hear what you think of the draft story, and most importantly, what changes we could implement to make it better. We will take your feedback and revise the story, while it is cheap and easy to do so. You can check out the short on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ healthyaboriginal, or if social media is blocked at work, on our website at www.thehealthyaboriginal.net (you may need to refresh your browser if you can’t see the embed at the top). Please email your thoughts to sean[at]thehealthyaboriginal.net by April 6th at the latest. The finished product will look like the rest of our comic books, naturally.

by NationTalk on March 27, 2012734 Views

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Paediatricians urge children and teens to get up and get moving

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ottawa—Physicians should counsel Canadian families to reduce children’s sedentary time, such as watching television or sitting with a computer, and increase their physical activity, says the Canadian Paediatric Society in a new position statement released today.

“We’re starting to see kids with health and obesity problems before they even start school,” said Dr. Claire LeBlanc, chair of the CPS Healthy Active Living and Sports Medicine Committee and co-author of the statement. “Parent and caregivers need to incorporate age-appropriate physical activity into their children’s day as young as possible.”

by NationTalk on March 27, 2012577 Views

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Health and Healing: Her Excellency Sharon Johnston hosts a Roundtable Dialogue on Aboriginal Health with Canada’s Nurses at Rideau Hall

Ottawa, March 27, 2012 – A roundtable hosted by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, C.C., in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and its National Expert Commission, will put a spotlight on aboriginal health issues today.

The CNA and the Commission accepted Mrs. Johnston’s invitation to gather leaders in Canada’s aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities, including experts in the field of nursing, medicine, midwifery, health policy, health care administration, science and government. The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, will provide opening remarks during the roundtable entitled Taking Action to Improve the Health and Healing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis People, Families and Communities.

by NationTalk on March 27, 2012789 Views

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$500,000 to support health of multicultural families

For Immediate Release
2012HLTH0024-000352
March 26, 2012

Ministry of Health

Surrey – The Province is providing a grant of $500,000 to the interCultural Online Health Network (iCON), which offers health information to multicultural and Aboriginal families throughout B.C.

iCON, a program established by the University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine eHealth Strategy Office, promotes partnership and communication between community members and health professionals by hosting various public-health workshops and forums throughout the year.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012608 Views

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Government of Canada Invests in AIDS Niagara to help reduce the spread of HIV in Region

March 23, 2012

Fact Sheet: Increasing Awareness and Education of HIV and AIDS in the Niagara Region

St. Catharines, Ontario – On behalf of the Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq, Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, today announced support for a community-based project to improve knowledge and reduce the rate of HIV in that region.

“Through education and awareness programs, this project seeks to reduce the rate of HIV infection among high-risk populations including First Nations, Inuit and Métis,” said Mr. Dykstra. “Our Government applauds the work of AIDS Niagara as they continue to make great strides in addressing HIV and AIDS at the community level.”

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012607 Views

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Providing clean water for Yukoners

FOR RELEASE #12-054
March 23, 2012

Whitehorse—More than $32 million is identified in the Department of Community Services’ 2012-13 budget for planning and construction of key drinking water projects across the territory.

“The Yukon government is committed to ensuring that Yukoners have safe and sustainable drinking water,” Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor said. “In partnership with the federal government, we work with municipalities, First Nations and other community groups throughout the territory to ensure Yukoners have year-round access to clean drinking water.”

by NationTalk on March 23, 2012755 Views

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