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Health Promotion & Prevention

PHSA and its agencies offer a number of online health promotion and disease prevention information and resources for health professionals.

See the variety of resources available to health professionals on our agency and affiliated websites. 



Promoting health equity - Health inequities are health differences between population groups that are systematic, avoidable, and unfair. The Population & Public Health Program works with partners at PHSA and across the province to promote health equity.


Promoting healthy weights - PHSA Population and Public Health supports approaches that seek to address the complex problems associated with obesity in ways that protect and promote mental well-being as well as physical health. In addition, we believe that efforts to promote healthy weights and well-being should ensure that they do not inadvertently increase inequities in health or health behaviours.


San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training program - Designed and hosted by PHSA Aboriginal Health, ICS is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Aboriginal people.


BC Cancer Agency

Oral cancer prevention program - Resources for dental professionals to conduct screening for oral cancer prevention. 


tỷ lệ kèo trực tuyến Skin cancer prevention & early diagnosis - The BC Cancer? Agency's on-line course for licensed health care professionals for skin cancer prevention and early diagnosis.


TobaccoEd.org - The BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs' Tobacco Education website. Clinical professionals can take the Clinical Tobacco Intervention Program (CTIP) online course.


BC Centre for Disease Control

Communicable Diseases 

Extensive resources related to communicable diseases including the Communicable Disease Control Manual.

BCCDC has also developed A Quick Guide to Common Childhood Diseases to provide general information about communicable diseases found in children. 

Diseases and Conditions

Information and resources on more than 75 diseases and conditions, ranging from amebiasis to the Zika virus. 


Multiple resources on influenza. These include BC's Influenza Prevention Policy for health care settings, as well as the Sentinel Network (SPSN) of health professionals, which enables BCCDC to assess influenza vaccine effectiveness. 


Immunization and Vaccines - Along with ImmunizeBC, the BC Ministry of Health website on immunization, the BC Centre for Disease Control provides evidence-based information for immunization providers.

On the BCCDC website, there are Immunization schedules with recommendations for children and adults, as well as various immunization reference materials for immunizers. 


Preventing Infection - A variety of resources on preventing infection that range from hand hygiene information to detailed information about specific diseases.  For example, PICNet-BC, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is an infection control knowledge collaborative, providing guidance and advice on health care associated infection prevention and control in BC. 


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - The BC Centre for Disease Control oversees testing, distribution and quality assurance of Point of Care (POC) HIV tests for the BC Ministry of Health. 


Health & Your Environment - The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed a Guide for BC Public Health Decision Makers During Wildfire Smoke Events.

Other environment-related resources for health professionals include Radiation Shielding Guidelines  for health facilities and clinics providing radiological tests, including veterinary practices. 


Hepatitis C Youth Education Project  focuses on primary prevention for youth, and the resources are targeted at youth service providers.

The Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Health Program focuses on innovative and culturally appropriate training, educational resources and wise practice models in sexually transmitted infections, including hepatitis and HIV. 


BC Children's Hospital

Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC is a provincial prevention initiative aimed at reducing the number of shaken baby syndrome cases in BC. 


The Shapedown BC program is a multidisciplinary, family-based assessment and treatment model for pediatric obesity.


The Youth Health Program has developed resources that can be used by health professionals caring for this special population. These include Standards of Care for Adolescents, Tips on Caring for Youth and HEADSS An Interview and Assessment Guide for Adolescents


BC Injury Prevention and Research Unit

Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) - CATT for health professionals features an online training module supplemented with diagnostic tools and links to clinical resources, patient handouts, journal articles, related websites and concussion videos.


BC Mental Health and Substance Use 

Mental Health Literacy - The Mental Health Literacy portfolio aims to enhance the mental health literacy of children, youth and families across BC through a number of initiatives across a range of settings and channels. These initiatives include Healthy Living Toolkits for Children and Youth


Health Compass Mental Health Promotion Resource for Health Care Providers and Leaders - Developed by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in collaboration with other agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), this initiative is designed to enhance the capacity of all health care providers to further promote patient/client and family mental wellbeing. 


BC Provincial Renal Agency

 A guide to Early Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease for Family Physicians - a brochure highlighting key components of the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinical Practice Guideline, which provides recommendations for the identification, evaluation and management of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Tips for Early Diagnosis of Kidney Disease Pocket Cards - includes information on identifying patients at risk, as well as diagnosing kidney disease. 


BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Being baby friendly (resources for professionals) - Topics range from helping women to breastfeed to formula/bottle feeding within a baby friendly setting. 


Perinatal Services BC

Prenatal and Newborn Screening Resources - These resources are designed to help professionals offer prenatal and newborn screening services in a medical practice. The resources cover prenatal genetic, newborn and biliary atresia screening. 


Aboriginal Resources - Resources include the Pregnancy Passport (for Aboriginal women), a Safe Sleep Toolkit for SIDS prevention and the Prevention and Management of Hypoglycemia.  


Primary Care Provider Check Lists - Based on reviews of best evidence and consensus opinion, Perinatal Services BC has developed checklists for early prenatal care and postpartum/newborn care


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