Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Smooth Waters Ahead?

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Smooth Waters Ahead?

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Public health has been in turbulent waters for the last 18 months. Canada has experienced SARS, West Nile, BSE and emerging recognition of chronic disease such as childhood obesity, among others. In governments, we see increasing attention to the link between chronic and infectious disease, and activity around planning, programs and structures for public health. The re-appointment of Dr. Carolyn Bennett as Minister of State (Public Health) and the announcement of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the first Chief Public Health Officer signal the importance the federal government places on these issues.

However much more remains to be accomplished - public health must be emphasized in the Speech from the Throne and in the federal budget along with increased resources, and most importantly, must be included as part of the dialogue of the First Ministers around the sustainability of the health care system.

All of us in public health have both an individual and a collective role to play to ensure that we're sailing in the same direction. The federal budget is coming up, and you have an opportunity to participate in pre-budget consultations across Canada to encourage adequate sustainable funding for public health infrastructure at all levels. …

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