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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
New Brunswick
More information is available here.

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

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.

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

MAID Reports Released
Published on Monday, 14 January, 2019

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released three reports on requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID), the result of an independent Expert Panel review conducted at the request of the federal government. The reports were released following their tabling in Parliament in December.

The CCA was asked to examine three particularly complex types of requests for MAID that were identified for further review and study in the legislation passed by Parliament in 2016: requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition.

The Expert Panel’s final reports reflect a broad range of knowledge, experience, and perspective from healthcare professions, diverse academic disciplines, advocacy groups, and jurisdictions where MAID is permitted. They gathered and interpreted, with the sensitivity required of the subject, the available evidence, and explored the societal, clinical, legal, and practical implications and issues associated with both permitting and prohibiting MAID in the three topic areas.

The CCA has a well-established approach for convening experts and assessing evidence to inform public policy development in Canada. It brought together a multidisciplinary expert panel of 43 individuals with expertise, knowledge and leadership in a range of disciplines including law, medicine, nursing, bioethics, social sciences, and health sciences, among others.         

The CCA is a not-for-profit, independent, and non-partisan organization. The reports provide evidence to inform dialogue and decision-making and do not make recommendations about specific laws, practices, or cases.

Visit the website to download the reports.

National Palliative Care Framework
Published on Thursday, 10 January, 2019

The Honourable Ginette Pettitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, has tabled the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada in Parliament. The Framework can be found in English at: and in French at :

The next steps in advancing improved access to palliative care: Departmental officials will develop a Framework implementation plan, which will aim to action the guiding principles and goals reflected in the Framework. Health Canada will also establish the Office of Palliative Care to provide high level coordination of palliative care activities going forward.


Furthermore, Health Canada will continue to work with National Indigenous Organizations to explore the development of Indigenous-led engagement processes toward the development of a distinctions-based palliative care framework for Indigenous Peoples. These activities will start the process of embodying the principles and goals of the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada into measurable action so as to support improved access to palliative care for all Canadians.

Introducing the Opioids Clinical Primer
Published on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018

In collaboration with Ontario’s six medical schools, Machealth has launched a new online learning program designed to help Canadain health professionals better understand their role in the management of the ongoing opioid crisis. The program addresses common challenges in the management of chronic pain, with a specific focus on risk reduction when prescribing opioids, as well as a focused look at preventing opioid use disorder and overdoses. 

Our online program, the Opioids Clinical Primer was developed with the goal of reducing opioid-related harms by: 
  • Helping clinicians develop strategies for safer opioid prescribing 
  • Increasing awareness of opioid use disorder and the availability of evidence-based treatment 
  • Facilitating access to naloxone 
  • Educating regarding harm reduction 
This program is entirely free, just like all of Machealth's continued professional development programs. To date, the first two courses in a set of six have launched – but you can look forward to more soon. The fully featured program will include the following courses: 
  1. Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care: Principles of Assessment and Management
  2. Managing Patients with Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care with Buprenorphine
  3. Safer Opioid Prescribing Skills
  4. Mental Health, Chronic Pain, and Substance Use: Addressing the Connections
  5. Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain: Moving Beyond Opioids
  6. Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Initiating Buprenorphine in Primary Care, ED and Inpatient Settings
We’re excited to spread the word about this exciting new continued education opportunity for health professionals in Canada. In addition to being a valuable educational experience, every course will be certified for both Mainpro+ and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC credits for continued professional development. 
Division of e-Learning Innovation, Faculty of Health Sciences 
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

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: public-health/services/ maternity-newborn-care- guidelines.html or 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:
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:   (French will be available soon)


·        English Brochure:


·        French Brochure:



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.

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