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Abstract deadline extended! Community Health Nursing - Health for All
Published on Friday, 17 November, 2023

Don’t miss your chance to submit: Abstract deadline extended until December 1, 2023!

The Community Health Nurses of Canada are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for CHNC2024: Community Health Nursing - Health for All, our national Community Health Nursing conference. 

CHNC2024 takes place April 22-24, 2024 at historic Hart House at University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Our goal is advancing Community Health Nursing in Canada and you are invited to join a dynamic group of nurses from across Canada who will come together and share their community health knowledge.

Creating opportunities for health equity is foundational to community health nursing. Over the past few years the challenges faced by many in society for acceptance and access to services have been exacerbated. But through application of the Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice, community health nurses have risen to the challenge and modified existing programs or have developed new and innovative approaches to reach out to those who could benefit from their services.

Our conferences bring together individuals who have an interest in Community Health Nursing from practice, research, administration, policy and education. Networking opportunities offer a forum to explore issues of mutual concern as well as exchange knowledge, share evidence and ideas, and generate solutions. 

Abstracts are due by December 1, 2023Submit Your Abstract!

For more information, including information about discounted rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Downtown, please the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Great Big News - Fall 2023
Published on Tuesday, 7 November, 2023

Great Big News - Fall 2023 is hot off the press!

Included in this edition is a message from our new President, Karen Curry, a chance to meet some of our board members, a member feature, information and links for the Public Health Core Competency virtual engagement sessions, webinar information, CHNC Conference 2024 and much more!
Click the link below to access GBN today!

Les IISCC organisent une réunion participative en mode virtuel afin de recueillir les opinions et les commentaires relativement
Published on Thursday, 2 November, 2023

Le présent courriel d’Infirmières et Infirmiers en santé communautaire du Canada (IISCC) vise à vous annoncer une grande nouvelle pour le milieu de la santé publique au pays. L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a mandaté les Centres de collaboration nationale en santé publique (CCNSP) pour travailler avec le milieu de la santé publique du Canada à la mise à jour des énoncés de compétences essentielles en santé publique au Canada qui remontent à 2008.

Pourquoi le projet est-il important?

Soulignons que les énoncés de compétences essentielles en santé publique servent :

·         De cadre de référence en matière de perfectionnement professionnel, de collaboration, de planification et d’action en ce qui a trait à la main-d’œuvre en santé publique.

·         De fil conducteur pour l’enseignement et la formation (p. ex., programmes d’études supérieures et reconnaissance professionnelle en santé publique) et la formation continue en santé publique.

·         D’outil de recrutement, d’orientation, de description de poste, d’évaluation du rendement et de rétention du personnel.

·         De fondement aux compétences spécifiques à certaines disciplines.


Invitation à participer – Faites connaître votre opinion et vos idées!

Les CCNSP se sont engagés à obtenir des perspectives aussi diverses que nombreuses du milieu de la santé publique au Canada. L’équipe de projet échangera et collaborera avec les principaux partenaires de la santé publique au pays afin d’élaborer des énoncés de compétences essentielles adaptés aux besoins et aux priorités d’aujourd’hui en santé publique.

Les IISCC organisent une réunion participative en mode virtuel afin de recueillir les opinions et les commentaires relativement aux compétences essentielles. Inscrivez-vous pour connaître les dernières nouvelles au sujet du projet et donner votre avis sur les thèmes transversaux, les catégories et ainsi de suite.

Les compétences essentielles réfèrent aux connaissances, aux habiletés et aux attitudes à maîtriser pour assurer des pratiques efficaces en santé publique. Ayez votre mot à dire concernant la mise à jour 2024 des énoncés de compétences essentielles en santé publique au Canada. Vos idées et votre opinion comptent énormément!

Inscrivez-vous ici : 8 Novembre 2023    15 Novembre 2023

Pour en savoir plus au sujet du projet, rendez-vous au

N’hésitez pas à transmettre l’invitation à vos collègues, à vos partenaires de la santé publique et aux membres de vos réseaux.


Communiquez avec l’équipe de projet au si vous avez des questions, des commentaires ou des idées au sujet du projet.

Health Equity and Community Health Nursing: One Organization's Journey
Published on Tuesday, 31 October, 2023

CHNC is pleased to announce our next webinars for November 2023, which is brought to you by the CHNC Leadership Committee!


There is no charge to attend this webinar, and all are welcome to join! Please feel free to share this webinar information widely.


Title of Webinar:

Health Equity & Community Health Nursing: One Organization’s Journey


Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023

Time: 12-1 pm ET (9-10 am PT; 10-11 am MT; 11 am - 12 pm CT; 1-2 pm AT)

To register for this webinar, click here


Learning objectives for this webinar:


· To share Key Health Equity Concepts

· To briefly describe Ontario Public Health Standards

· To identify Nursing Ethics and Code of Conduct

· To provide an overview Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Health Equity Journey

· To outline opportunities to Make Health Equity Efforts More Impactful


Presenter Bio:


Sandra Laclé, RN, BN, MScN


Sandra Laclé, Acting Director at Public Health Sudbury & Districts has returned from a brief retirement to continue her contribution and passion for public health leadership and ensuring access to health for communities. Sandra entered the public health leadership realm more than 30 years ago and has led in roles of executive director (acting) and director for teams of 75 to 500 people. Sandra has a passion for helping leaders contribute to their full potential as they work collectively, across sectors, to achieve their goals and make a difference in the health of communities. Sandra’s work is grounded in her nursing experience (BN Class of 1982) working front line in public health, long term care and acute care. She has also held management roles each of these sectors, as well as a volunteer membership on several Boards and Committees.


2024 Core Competencies for Public Health: CHNC Engagement Sessions
Published on Monday, 30 October, 2023

The Community Health Nurses of Canada are reaching out today with some exciting news for the Canadian public health community. The Public Health Agency of Canada has commissioned the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health to engage with the Canadian public health community in order to update the 2008 Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada.

Why is this project important?

The Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada have been used:

· As a framework for public health workforce development, collaboration, planning and action.

· To inform public health education and training (e.g., graduate public health programs, certification) and continuing professional development.

· As a human resources tool for recruitment, orientation, position descriptions, performance evaluation and retention.

· As a foundation for discipline-specific competencies.


Invitation to participate – Share your ideas and perspectives!

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health are committed to seeking input from a broad and diverse range of perspectives that make up the public health community in Canada. This project will engage and collaborate with key public health partners across the country to develop core competencies aligned with current needs and priorities of the public health system.


The CHNC is hosting a virtual engagement session to receive input and feedback on the core competencies. Hear an update on the project and provide input on cross-cutting themes, categories, and more.


Core competencies reflect the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for effective public health practice. Have a say in shaping the 2024 Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada. Your ideas and perspectives are critical.

Register here: November 8, 2023 Session  or November 15, 2023 Session . For more information about this project visit:


Please share this invitation broadly with your colleagues, public health partners, and wider networks.


If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or ideas about this project, you can contact the project team at

CNA seeking volunteers
Published on Friday, 29 September, 2023

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are seeking input from a variety of nurses to review the Competency Framework Draft and provide feedback through a Survey (Apprx. 2 hrs)  throughout all provinces.  This includes nurses from any regulatory class and with varied areas of expertise. Preferred participation criteria is provided below, and it is preferred that volunteers meet one or more of the listed expertise and/or work experiences:

      • Clinical Nurses Prescribers
        • Including Nurse Practitioners and Authorized Nurse Prescribers
      • Clinical Nurses (non-prescribing)
        • Direct care role
        • IPAC nurse role
      • Nursing education expertise
        • Development/implementation of nursing competencies
        • AMS knowledge base, curriculum development
      • Nursing policy expertise
      • Nursing research expertise
        • Specifically related to the development/evaluation of nursing competencies

If you are interested, or if you know of 1 or 2 nurse members who may be interested in this work and who meet any of the classifications above, please forward the names and contact information as well as a brief bio or their experience to our Lead Investigator, Deanne O’Rourke at Selected Participants will be contacted by Ms. O’Rourke with further information and next steps.

Published on Friday, 4 August, 2023

CHNC Conference Toronto Ontario

The National Conference Planning Committee would like your help in supporting the planning for the CHNC National Conference in 2024, April 22-24, 2024, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the conference is Community Health Nursing: Health for All. The Conference will be in Toronto on the campus of University of Toronto, The Hart House. The National Conference Committee has been working to start planning for this event. The co chairs for the National Conference Planning Committee, Karen Curry, and Cindy Baker- Barill look forward to working with CHNC members to ensure a successful in person conference in 2024. There are a few committees that need your input and ideas to ensure the conference has broad reach and addressed the concerns of all domains of practice in community health. If you are interested in participating in conference planning, please contact Karen Curry

Program Committee:

· Abstract preparation

· Keynote presentations

· Program Planning

· Pre-Conference Planning

· Evaluation


Contact with local, provincial, and national sponsors.


· Developing communication tools to promote the conference and abstract submissions.

· Work with CHNIG re Ontario social media promotion via CHNIG

· CHNC Communications committee member support


· Ontario CHNC members, mainly

· Welcome event planning.

· Registration Desk volunteers

· Offsite event planning

Register for the upcoming webinar with Dr. Claire Betker
Published on Friday, 26 May, 2023

Continuing on with the 2023-2024 CHNC Professional Development Webinar Series, we are pleased to announce the next session. Dr. Claire Betker will speak to us about System transformation: Positive disruption to address the structural and social determinants of health and advance health equity
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Time: 12-1 am EST (9-10 am PT; 10-11 am MT; 11 am - 12 pm CT; 1-2 pm AT)

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss how health inequities exposed during the pandemic contributed to poor population health outcomes and moral distress in CHNs
  2. Discuss system transformation and opportunities for positive disruption
  3. Explore the distribution of power and its influence on system transformation
  4. Learn approaches, levers and strategies to influence systems to advance health equity
  5. Identify community organizations and partners to work with in system transformation.
Speaker Bio: 
Claire is an RN and the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). Claire was previously the Executive Director of the Population and Public Health Branch within the Department of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Her career has included roles in rural and urban public health, home health, primary health care, regional health authority and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Claire is a past president of the CNA and of the CHNC. Her Ph.D. work focused on the capacity of public health leadership to advance health equity. Claire brings a wealth of expertise, rich networks and a passion for translating knowledge and evidence,  specially to position public health to advance health equity. 
Webinar is free to attend. Please share across your networks.

CHNC Annual General Meeting
Published on Wednesday, 24 May, 2023

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Members of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (the "Association”) will be held at at the hour of 7:00PM (Eastern Time) in the evening on the 14th day of June, 2023, for the following purposes:
  1. To receive the financial statements of the Association for the period ended December 31, 2022 together with the report of the public accountant thereon;
  2. To elect directors to the Board of Directors of the Association;
  3. To appoint a public accountant for engagement review for the Association for the financial year 2023;
  4. To receive reports from the Board of Directors of the Association;
  5. To transact other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.
The 2023 Annual Meeting of Members will be held online. Pre-registration is required (please see details below).
Documents for the annual meeting of members are below.
DATED at the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, this 24th day of May, 2023.
Access Information

The 2023 Annual Meeting of Members will be held online. To attend the meeting, you must register for the meeting in advance. 
Once your registration is approved, you will receive a link and further instructions to attend the meeting. 

Please note, you must be able to log into the online platform (computer, smartphone/tablet app) to cast votes at the meeting.
Meeting Documents
Additional documentation to follow.

Next CHNC Webinar: May 23 - It's Time to Talk: Increasing HPV Awareness and Prevention with your Patients
Published on Friday, 12 May, 2023

CHNC is pleased to announce another webinar in our 2023-2024 CHNC Professional Development Webinar Series!


The next webinar is part of a series of three webinars that will specifically focus on Vaccines Across the Lifespan. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the CHNC YouTube site for those who are unable to attend. There is no charge to attend the webinars and all are welcome to join!

Title of Webinar: It's Time to Talk: Increasing HPV Awareness and Prevention with your Patients


Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Time: 12-1 pm ET (9-10 am PT; 10-11 am MT; 11 am - 12 pm CT; 1-2 pm AT)

To register for this webinar, click here.


Learning objectives for this webinar:

1.    Provide an overview of HPV and recent trends in HPV diseases including head and neck cancer

2.    Review HPV public programs in Canada

3.    Discuss the value of adult HPV immunization, including males

4.    Discuss NACI recommendations and Medical Society position statements on HPV prevention

5.    Explore practical tips on how to initiate discussions on HPV diseases and prevention

Presenter Bio: Nancy Durand, MDCM, FRCSC

Dr. Durand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto in Canada. She received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McGill University. She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical practice focuses on HPV and colposcopy. She speaks nationally and internationally about Human Papilloma Virus and HPV vaccination.

This webinar has been generously supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, Merck, and Sanofi.
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