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National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

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.
Monday, December 10, 2012

War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic

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.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prevention Policies Directory

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, Municipal policies are a new component of the database with 31 communities, including jurisdictions in every province and territory, now being added.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Public Health.

Health Indicators 2012

Health Indicators 2012 is the 13th in a series of annual reports containing the most recently available health indicators data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada. In addition to presenting the most recent indicator results, this year's report introduces a suite of new acute-care readmission indicators, as well as three new indicators focusing on avoidable mortality. An in depth analysis of Avoidable mortality indicators is presented in the In-Focus section of the report.
Thursday, May 24, 2012


"Éduc’alcool is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Its members are parapublic institutions, alcoholic beverage industry associations and individuals from various milieus (public health, education, journalism), who, fully of aware of their social responsibility, implement information, education and prevention programs designed to help young people and adults make enlightened, responsible decisions about drinking. Éduc’alcool’s mission is to make Quebecers accountable for their drinking by encouraging informed, moderate behaviour. The organization promotes the culture of taste as opposed to drunkenness. Its ultimate aim is to improve Quebecers’ relationship to alcohol."
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
General Public.
Alcohol Drinking.

Qualaxia Network

"Mental health problems represent a great burden in our society. Qualaxia wants to remedy the situation by supporting effective actions such as the promotion of mental health and the prevention and treatment of the most common mental disorders. Qualaxia also works to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that aim to improve public mental health. Qualaxia is a network of researchers, experts, decision-makers, managers and clinicians who are committed to succeeding in this mission by means of research, expertise, training, knowledge transfer and international collaboration." Findings are disseminated via reports, a blog and a newsletter.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment Study, 2012 (TOSCA)

Do Toronto and Ottawa need supervised consumption facilities? Is the implementation of supervised consumption facilities in Toronto or Ottawa feasible? To answer these questions, we conducted the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) a scientific study involving the collection and analysis of data from a variety of sources.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dementia: A Public Health Priority Online Appendix

Table of contents 1. Methodology for dementia prevalence estimate 2 2. Full list of studies included and excluded from the systematic review of dementia prevalence 4 3. The quality of the studies included in the survey 25 4. Strategies used to generate prevalence estimates within global burden of disease regions 27 5. Methodology for dementia incidence estimate 31 6. Full list of studies included and excluded from the systematic review of dementia incidence 33
Friday, April 13, 2012

Dementia: a public health priority

The report “Dementia: a public health priority” has been jointly developed by WHO and Alzheimer's Disease International. The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach and to advocate for action at international and national levels. Dementia is a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday activities. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 35.6 million. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in most countries, resulting in stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacting caregivers, families and societies physically, psychologically and economically. The report is expected to facilitate governments, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to address the impact of dementia as an increasing threat to global health. It is hoped that the report will promote dementia as a public health and social care priority worldwide.
Friday, April 13, 2012

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. [9 minute YouTube video explaining the health benefits of exercise with the aid of graphics.]
Sunday, December 18, 2011
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