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New Breastfeeding Resources
Published on Thursday, 18 October, 2018

During World Breastfeeding Week in Canada 2018 the Public Health Agency of Canada released Chapter 6: Breastfeeding of theFamily-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines.  The Guidelines are dedicated to improving and creating consistency in maternal and newborn health and to inform evidence based practice across Canada. The aim of the guidelines is to positively impact health from preconception to postpartum, and throughout the life course of children, women and families.

Released are:

·        Chapter 6: Breastfeeding

o  Factsheet: Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: Canadian Recommendation and the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding

o  Infographic: Breastfeeding in Canada

 You can access the PDFs of the chapter and related factsheet/infographic online at:https://www.canada.ca/en/ public-health/services/ maternity-newborn-care- guidelines.html or

https://www.canada.ca/fr/ sante-publique/services/soins- meres-nouveau-ne-lignes- directrices-nationales.html

Over the next two years the Public Health Agency of Canada will be releasing the remaining chapters.

Resources about Cannabis
Published on Friday, 12 October, 2018

The Public Health Agency of Canada worked with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to develop poster-sized (11 x17) and postcard-sized (4 x 8.5) information products based on the Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) and tailored for health professionals across Canada.
Additionally the Chief Public Health Officer's Health Professional Forum, of which CHNC is a member, released a resource for health professionals' use.
 
Cannabasics - A set of fact sheets on cannabis for health and social service providers. It provides a basic overview of common cannabis plants and products, methods of consumption as well as information to better understand consumption and harm reduction. Each fact sheet is comprised of a high level overview with graphics followed by a detailed overview with links and references.

Cannabases - La présente trousse d’information renferme un ensemble de fiches de renseignements sur le cannabis à l’usager des fournisseurs de services de santé et de services sociaux. Elle présente un aperçu des principaux produits et plantes de cannabis et des méthodes de consommation du cannabis, en plus de fournir de l’information pour mieux comprendre la consommation et la réduction des méfaits. Chaque fiche de renseignements comprend un aperçu de haut niveau accompagné de graphiques et est suivi de renseignements détaillés proposant des liens et des références.

 
 

Starting on October 17, 2018,  the poster and postcard will also be available for download on the Government of Canada webpages dedicated to cannabis public education here:
 English: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/drugs-health-products/cannabis-10-ways-reduce-risks.html
 French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-publique/services/publications/medicaments-et-produits-sante/cannabis-10-facons-reduire-risques.html
 
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)has also recently developed a youth LRCUG product (developed by youth for youth) and a LRCUG public brochure for all Canadians. These other products are available for download on the CAMH website now:

 

·        English Youth LRCUG: http://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/guides-and-publications/lrcug-for-youth   (French will be available soon)

 

·        English Brochure: http://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/pdfs---reports-and-books---research/canadas-lower-risk-guidelines-cannabis-pdf.pdf

 

·        French Brochure: https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/pdfs---reports-and-books---research/canadas-lower-risk-guidelines-cannabis-fr.pdf

 

 

In the coming weeks an Evidence Summary of the LRCUG to provide a more detailed reference tool to health professionals will be available.

 

 

CNA has also made resources available for nurses and others.

Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines/Les soins à la mère et au nouveau-né dans une perspective familiale : lignes directrices nationales
Published on Thursday, 21 June, 2018

The Public Health Agency of Canada is pleased to announce the release of Chapters 4: Care during Labour and Birth of the updated Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines. 
 

Annual General Meeting Agenda and Materials Available
Published on Thursday, 24 May, 2018

The agenda and materials for the CHNC 2018 Annual General Meeting are now available for members to review prior to the meeting. Members may log-in to view these materials. 
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Report to Members on Survey Results
Published on Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

Thank you to the many CHNC members who responded to the CHNC Member Survey late in 2017, providing an amazing response rate of 40%.  The report from the survey is now available for you to read on the CHNC website.  

The valuable information learned through the survey will be used to shape the work of CHNC over the next year in particular.  To read the report, please log in.

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Updated Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines
Published on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada released the first sections in the long-awaited update to Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines.

The Guidelines are dedicated to improving and creating consistency in maternal and newborn health and to inform evidence based practice across Canada. The aim of the guidelines is to positively impact health from preconception to postpartum, and throughout the lifecourse of children, women and... families.

Released today are:
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care in Canada - Underlying Philosophy and Principles (including Factsheet: Principles of Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care)
  • Chapter 2: Preconception Care (including Factsheet: Optimizing Preconception Health and Infographic: Preconception Health)
You can access the PDFs of the chapters and related factsheets/infographics online at: Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines - Canada.ca

Over the next two years the Public Health Agency of Canada will be releasing the remaining chapters. 

New CPHO Report Released- Designing Healthy Living
Published on Friday, 27 October, 2017

Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, released her report on the state of public health in Canada. This report raises awareness about how the built environment that surrounds us can impact our health. This report aims to raise awareness among Canadians and to also encourage dialogue across the many disciplines involved in community planning and health promotion. You can learn more about how planning our communities can help build healthy living into our daily lives by reading the full report on Canada.ca/CPHOReport.

Case Study Research Project | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Published on Monday, 23 October, 2017

This summer, the "Declaration of Commitment for Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare" was developed and released by the By Health for Health Collaborative of Canada, led in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and HealthCareCAN. The Declaration is a commitment to advancing the protection and promotion of mental health in the workplace and in alignment with the principles of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).  

A psychologically healthy and safe workplace:
•        Promotes positive culture and staff well-being
•        Prevents stigma and discrimination
•        Contributes to a productive and positive working environment
 
Better healthcare can be achieved when workplaces delivering care are healthy and safe, translating into improved morale, improved staff and patient satisfaction as well as reduced costs and reduced medical errors.


Putting Competencies into Practice
Published on Monday, 23 October, 2017

The Public Health Nursing & Nutrition (PHNN) Division of the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) in Ontario has been a pioneer to establish competencies to guide public health nursing practice. In October of 1993, members of the Nursing Practice Committee reviewed and discussed foundational documents.  Using the Division’s nursing competencies strategic plan and the philosophical statement of the Division, the committee identified 20 key topics. After delivering education sessions on these topics and receiving input from members of the PHNN Division, the final competency document was completed in January of 1997. When this document was developed, it was received as a unique approach in Canada and was used to develop similar documents across the nation. Review and revisions of this document were last completed in June 2004. 

Members of the Nursing Practice Committee (NPC) started a review of the nursing competencies in January 2016. After an extensive review of different foundational documents, the Public Health Nursing Discipline Specific Competencies Version 1.0 (2009) from the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) was selected to replace the DRHD PHNN Nursing Competencies.  The CHNC Competencies were the most comprehensive while reflecting the majority of the knowledge and skills already highlighted in the PHNN Nursing Competencies.  

An event was implemented to provide an overview of the CHNC Competencies as well as introduce a Knowledge and Skills Support Document that was created to support nurses in utilizing these competencies. The support document includes 21 key elements that enhance nursing practice.  The launch event included a detailed description of the competencies and provided history, insight and different perspectives, delivered by guest speaker, Ruth Schofield, BScN, RN, MSc(T), former president of CHNC and CHNIG. Activities were also included to help nurses and nutritionists become familiar with the CHNC competencies.  The CHNC Competencies are currently being used to guide practice in the PHNN Division. 

For more information contact Lindsay LaBarre, RN, Public Health Nurse, Durham Region Health Department at lindsay.labarre@durham.ca

Community Health Nursing Stories Published
Published on Tuesday, 15 August, 2017

Community Health Nurses of Canada was excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this organization at our 2017 conference in Niagara Falls, ON.  In honour of this occasion, CHNC has published a book, launched at the AGM on June 20, 2017.

Caring and Connecting: Touching the Lives of Canadians through Community Health Nursing is a compilation of stories submitted by community health nurses across Canada.   It is a wonderful testament to the impact community health nurses have on individuals, families and communities.  
 
You can read an example of the kind of story that you will find in this book here.
 
CHNC is pleased to make this unique publication available for purchase on the CHNC website.  Nurses at the conference identified that this is a great read and affirming of why they do what they do every day.  It is a good resource for educators and preceptors and students as well.  CHNC invites you to get your own copy today.  A great gift for a fellow nurse, speakers, or nursing students.

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