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Call for Nominations for CHNC Board of Directors
Published on Friday, 15 March, 2019

Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Nominating Committee is seeking experienced, committed, skilled individuals, who are passionate about community health nursing, as nominees for the CHNC Board of Directors to lead CHNC into the future.
The Call for Nominations is for the following Director positions for two-year terms of office beginning at the time of the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the National Community Health Nursing Conference, May 27-29, 2019 in Saint John, NB.
The following positions are open for nominations:
Communications Officer (member of Executive Committee and Board)
Provincial/Territorial Reps from:
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
More information is available here.

Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth: Creating Spaces that Support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Published on Thursday, 21 March, 2019

You are invited to Canada’s premier conference on bullying prevention and promoting safe and healthy relationships for children and youth! Our goal is to ensure that all adults involved with children and youth (e.g., educators, mental health professionals, police, parents, volunteers) have evidence-based knowledge, strategies and tools to promote mental health and prevent bullying.
Conference Highlights
May 14th - Evening Wine and Cheese Reception at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown Hosted by PREVNet’s Scientific Director Dr. Wendy Craig

May 15th - Public Education Conference Day featuring keynotes and a choice of 5 morning and 5 afternoon workshops by North America's experts.

May 16th - Additional Professional Development Training Opportunity! PREVNet is offering a full day session to bring the newest educator-reviewed bullying prevention workshops based on the Bullying Prevention: Facts and Tools for School resource to our attendees. 
PREVNet is Canada’s authority on research and resources for bullying prevention, with a network of 130 leading Canadian research scientists and 60 national youth-serving organizations. Together we can make a difference in the ongoing efforts to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth.
Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1X7 Canada

End of Grant (EoG) Knowledge Translation Course
Published on Thursday, 21 March, 2019

This is an online course designed to provide researchers, trainees and others with the knowledge and
skills to design an end of grant KT plan.

To help you develop your EoG KT plan, the KT Program offers the End of Grant Knowledge Translation (EoG KT) course. This online, self-directed course provides a flexible way for you to not only learn why and how to develop an effective KT plan for your grant application, but also provides the optional opportunity for you to receive feedback on your EoG KT plan from KT experts.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Develop an end of grant KT plan
• Develop an approach to help tell the story about your research using media and social media
• Assess impact of research publication and how to use and interpret bibliometrics and altmetrics

Note: this course will not focus on best practices in implementing practice changes, but rather focuses on
disseminating research evidence. If you are interested in learning about implementing changes in practice, click here for information on our Practicing Knowledge Translation course
EoG KT course highlights:
• A flexible online course to help you set and meet your individual EoG KT learning goals and effectively develop
your EoG KT plan
• Access to course webinars (asynchronous), resources, and instructors for two-months
Participants are encouraged to move through the course at their own pace and take advantage of coaching and feedback opportunities within the two month course
• Opportunities to connect with other professionals doing EoG KT work through online discussion forums
Course Schedule: May 27 to July 19, 2019
This is a self-directed course. Participants can access all course materials and resources throughout this time at their own pace.

• $475.00 CAD per person

Application Instructions & Contact
• To apply, please fill out the EoG application form.
• The application deadline is May 13, 2019.
• We will review applications on a rolling basis. Acceptance into the course will be based on a first come first serve basis.
• If you would like to discuss whether this workshop aligns with your learning goals and needs, please contact Melissa Courvoisier.

Help wanted for stroke and sexuality study
Published on Sunday, 17 March, 2019

We are conducting a research study to explore attitudes towards addressing sexuality among health professionals in the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

We would like to invite you to complete a survey which measures attitudes and barriers to including sexuality in stroke rehabilitation.

If you are a physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist speech pathologist, psychologist, social worker or rehabilitation counsellor working in stroke rehabilitation in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Singapore or South Africa we are looking for people like you!

Dr Margaret McGrath, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney
Dr Emma Power, Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney
Michelle Anne Low, Honours student at the University of Sydney

Please read the Participant Information Sheet 


Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, on the current measles outbreak and vaccine hesitancy
Published on Wednesday, 13 March, 2019

March 12, 2019 Ottawa, ON Public Health Agency of Canada
OTTAWA, ON - As Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, I am very concerned to see vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly those as serious and highly contagious as measles, making a comeback in Canada and around the globe. From my perspective, even one child dying of measles is unacceptable.

In an era where, thanks to the success of vaccines, we are no longer familiar with these dangerous illnesses, some parents have come to fear the prevention more than the disease.

Seeds of doubt are often planted by misleading, or worse, entirely false information being spread in campaigns that target parents on social media and the internet. It is no wonder some parents are confused and concerned.
Parents want only the best for their children, always. Some parents may question, hesitate or delay vaccinating their children for a variety of reasons, but they all want to protect their children from harm.

Yet over the past few weeks, we have heard Canadian parents speak to the media about watching their children suffer through a vaccine-preventable disease. Some have spoken of difficult recoveries that have taken weeks or months, sometimes leaving permanent disabilities, and heartbreakingly, some have spoken about losing their children.

Sadly, as a paediatric infectious disease specialist, I have witnessed the devastating effects of vaccine preventable diseases on the lives of children and their families.

Healthcare providers are on the front lines of this battle between truth and misinformation. We must support parents as they tease apart fact from fiction. How we talk to parents who have questions about vaccines can have a direct effect on improving their confidence and supporting them in getting their children vaccinated.

I urge my fellow healthcare provider colleagues to take the time to answer the questions of concerned parents, and in turn, I urge parents and guardians to ask questions and seek out trusted and reliable sources of information to help guide them. To that end, I am including links to some top Canadian websites providing credible information on vaccines.

Keeping Canadians, especially our children, healthy and free from disease is our shared priority.
In the weeks and months ahead, I will work with partners and stakeholders to continue to address the misinformation around vaccines. The health of our children and of our country deserves nothing less.
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Consultation on new proposed vaping regulations
Published on Thursday, 21 February, 2019

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, has announced new measures to address vaping by young people. These measures are outlined in a Notice of Intent on additional advertising restrictions for vaping products and a new public education campaign targeted at young people. See the Press Release at
To further strengthen Canada’s regulatory framework, the Notice of Intent outlines the Department’s plans for new advertising rules. The proposed rules would restrict where advertisements could be displayed to limit their visibility to young people. They would also require health warning messages on permitted advertisements, and would restrict the display of vaping products at points of sale. See link:
The Notice of Intent initiates a 45-day consultation period. Health Canada will consider the comments received through this consultation in the drafting of new proposed regulations. All Canadians are encouraged to provide their feedback on proposals to protect youth and non-smokers from the harms and risks associated with vaping products. This process will close on March 22, 2019.
In addition to the Notice of Intent posted today, Health Canada will post another consultation document in March 2019 seeking comments on further measures being considered to address and reverse the recent trends of youth vaping.
This week also marks the official launch of the Government of Canada’s new public education campaign to raise awareness, particularly among youth and their parents, of the harms and risks of vaping. Some campaign materials were made available to the public in December 2018 and new materials and expanded activities will continue through 2019. The campaign can be accessed at

Notice of 2019 AGM and Call for Resolutions
Published on Monday, 28 January, 2019

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 27, 2019 in conjunction with National Community Health Nursing Conference in Saint John, NB.

Details to be posted with the agenda at a later date.

Call for Resolutions
Please submit any resolutions on or before March 31, 2019 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time to the Governance Standing Committee at   For Resolution Guidelines click here.

2019 Call for Nominations for CHNC Awards
Published on Monday, 28 January, 2019

Do you know a nurse who deserves to be recognized? Nominations are open for CHNC awards.


To access the criteria and details about the nomination process please log-in to the CHNC website and go to the About tab/ Awards.


Award of Merit

Each year, the Community Health Nurses of Canada offers an Award of Merit to one outstanding nurse for their exemplary, visionary contribution to community health nursing. To be eligible for this award, the community health nurse must be nominated by a current CHNC member. The nomination must have a minimum of one supporter.

Deadline for submission is April 7, 2019.


Honorary Lifetime Award

Honorary lifetime membership will be awarded to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of Community Health Nursing and Community Health Nurses of Canada. Deadline for submission is April 7, 2019.



Barbara Mildon Certification Bursary

The purpose of the $500.00 bursary is to provide encouragement and support to an individual(s) pursuing certification and to offset the cost of the initial certification examination.  Applicants must have been a member of CHNC for one year prior to application. Deadline for submission is April 19, 2019.

Canada's New Food Guide Launched
Published on Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor has launched the new Canada’s Food Guide.
The Food Guide has been a trusted source of information for Canadians for more than 75 years but had not been updated in more than a decade. The new version is about more than what we eat; it’s also about how we eat. The new food guide encourages Canadians to be more mindful of their eating habits, to cook healthy food at home, and to eat meals with others. It also highlights that culture and tradition are an important part of healthy eating.


Measuring low income and Canada's Official Poverty Line Consultation
Published on Monday, 14 January, 2019

From October 15, 2018 to January 31, 2019, Statistics Canada is conducting a consultation to gather input from Canadians to help validate how we are measuring poverty.
Recently, the Government of Canada announced that the Market Basket Measure (MBM) will be used as Canada's Official Poverty Line. Statistics Canada is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the MBM.
The MBM is a measure of low income which is based on the cost of a basket of goods and services that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs and achieve a modest standard of living. Wherever individuals and families are living across the country, if they cannot afford the cost of this basket of goods and services in their particular community, they will be considered to be living below Canada's Official Poverty Line.
By participating in this consultation, you will be supporting Statistics Canada's ability to accurately measure low income and poverty.
More info here
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