The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), in partnership with the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Prescription Drug Misuse, released a comprehensive 10-year, pan-Canadian strategy on April 2, 2013, First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis. The strategy highlights the action required to address the devastating harms associated with prescription drugs in Canada in the areas of prevention, education, treatment, monitoring and surveillance, and enforcement.
For individuals with an interest in health care and how to use health information, this resource provides an introduction to health indicators: what they are, where they come from, and how they can influence health care decisions and policies.
NCCID gathers, distills and disseminates current information, technology and tools on infectious diseases and ensures it reaches public health practitioners to the benefit of all Canadians. We identify gaps in research and knowledge and bring it to the attention of researchers and their funding bodies.
NCCID collates relevant information and helps public health practitioners understand and use the latest research and evidence. Our conferences and strategic consultations bring together Canadian and international experts and help foster collaboration.
Our mandate is to increase the expertise of public health actors across Canada in healthy public policy through the development, sharing and use of knowledge.
At the NCCHPP, our interest is in Healthy Public Policy, which we understand to mean public policy that potentially enhances populations' health by having a positive impact on the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.
We are one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. Our focus is on the social and economic factors that influence the health of Canadians. We translate and share evidence with public health organizations and practitioners to influence interrelated determinants and advance health equity.
The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and is hosted by St. Francis Xavier University.
Our products and services are available and relevant to all organizations that make up the public health sector in Canada, including
*Health authorities/health units
*Ministries of health and public health agencies (provincial and federal)
*Public health associations
*The practitioners, decision makers and researchers that work within public health
The NCCAH supports a renewed public health system in Canada that is inclusive and respectful of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Using a holistic, co-ordinated and strengths-based approach to health, the NCCAH fosters links between evidence, knowledge, practice and policy while advancing self-determination and Indigenous knowledge in support of optimal health and well-being.
Six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) located throughout the country are helping to strengthen and renew the public health system in Canada. Established in 2005 and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada, the NCCs produce information to help public health professionals improve their response to public health threats, chronic disease and injury, infectious diseases and health disparities.
The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health's mission is to translate relevant evidence produced by academics and researchers so that it can be used by public health practitioners and policy-makers.
The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health.
Our primary target audiences are public health managers and professionals across Canada who promote and facilitate evidence-informed decision making. Our products and services are available and relevant to all public health practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
We believe that using evidence to inform public health practice and policy in Canada improves our public health system and, ultimately, the health of all Canadians.
We help you find and use innovative, high quality and up-to-date methods and tools for sharing what works in public health.
The report, titled The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic, reveals that the worldwide supply of illicit opiates, such as heroin, has increased by more than 380% in recent decades. Drug seizures, arrests, criminal convictions and other commonly reported indices of drug law enforcement “success” have actually been ineffective in reducing the availability of illegal drugs. For instance, despite a more than 600% inflation-adjusted increase in the U.S. federal anti-drug budget since the early 1980s, heroin prices in the United States have decreased by approximately 80% during this period. Heroin purity, meanwhile, has increased by more than 900%. Similar patterns of increasing availability, falling prices and increasing potency are seen when data for other drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana, are scrutinized.
Recognizing the pivotal role that tobacco control plays in preventing many types of cancer and other chronic diseases, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer supports Canadian tobacco control efforts through a unique online resource.
The Directory brings together cancer and chronic disease prevention policies from hundreds of Canadian sources in a searchable online tool. It was created to support public health professionals, academic researchers, and policy specialists as they work to create healthier communities through policy change, for example by developing policies that limit exposure to second-hand smoke in public places.
While tobacco control content is an important focus, the Directory also includes Canadian policies — including legislation, regulations, and codes — relating to the other key modifiable risk factors for cancer and related chronic diseases including: nutrition, physical activity, the built environment, alcohol consumption, infectious agents, environmental and occupational exposures, and UV/ionizing radiation.
This growing resource currently brings together more than 1,100 documents from nearly 300 sources and is available through the Partnership’s cancer control portal, cancerview.ca. Municipal policies are a new component of the database with 31 communities, including jurisdictions in every province and territory, now being added.