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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 -

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

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

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.

CNF Documentary "The Journey"
Published on Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

CNF launches new documentary film profiling three Indigenous nurses in their quest through education to better their communities. 


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Release of Arabic Maternal and Child Health Resources
Published on Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, is happy to launch a collection of evidence-based maternal and child health related resources that have been translated into Arabic. The materials are translations of resources that are available in English and French and well utilized across Canada.

The documents are intended for prenatal women and families with young children who read Arabic. Topics include prenatal care, breastfeeding, child health and safety, nutrition, behaviour, early child development and parental coping skills.

Please find attached a list and description of each resource in English and French. The documents are only available electronically and can be accessed by sending a request to DCA.public.inquiries@phac-

Stop Marketing to Kids Campaign Update
Published on Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

One Year Since Coalition Launch!

It’s been one year since the Stop M2K Coalition was launched on February 24, 2016. Thanks in large part to your endorsement of the Stop M2K Coalition’s policy recommendation, The Ottawa Principles, we have made huge strides towards robust M2K legislation in Canada. We have many milestones and achievements to celebrate!


The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual Report on the Health of Canadians unveiled groundbreaking research on internet food and beverage marketing to kids in Canada.

The report revealed that the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death.

  • Collectively, Canadian kids (ages 2-11) see 25 million food and beverage ads a year on their 10 top favourite websites.  
  • The top five products marketed to children online are Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, McDonald's Happy Meals, Red Bull Energy Drink, and Kraft Lunchables. 
  • The top five products marketed to teens online are Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, Kellogg's Froot Loops, Red Bull Energy Drink, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, and Tim Hortons’ Roll Up the Rim to Win.

CHNC Endorses Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers Curriculum
Published on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) is pleased to endorse the Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers curriculum developed by the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health at the University of Manitoba.  These courses are an important educational resource for community health nurses.  Oral health is a critical component of being a healthy person throughout life, impacting such things as nutritional status, mental health, prevention of chronic disease, and more. Find out more by visiting the website to see the courses offered.

CPHA Position Statement: The Opioid Crisis in Canada
Published on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

CPHA Position Statement: The Opioid Crisis in Canada
There is an expanding opioid crisis in Canada that is resulting in epidemic-like numbers of overdose deaths. The current approaches to managing this situation have failed to reduce the death toll and should be supplemented with an enhanced and comprehensive public health approach. Such an approach would include the meaningful involvement of people with lived experience. CPHA calls on the Government of Canada, in partnership with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous peoples’ governments to expand current efforts to manage this crisis.
Énoncé de position de l’ACSP : La crise des opioïdes au Canada
Une crise des opioïdes s’étend au Canada et entraîne un nombre épidémique de décès par surdose. Les démarches actuelles pour gérer la situation n’ont pas réussi à réduire le bilan des pertes humaines; il faudrait y ajouter une démarche de santé publique rehaussée et globale. Une telle démarche inclurait la participation concrète de personnes ayant une expérience vécue. L’ACSP appelle le gouvernement du Canada, en partenariat avec les provinces, les territoires, les municipalités et les gouvernements autochtones, à élargir les efforts en cours pour gérer cette crise.
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