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Health Promotion & Prevention

PHSA and its programs 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 program and affiliated websites. 


San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training program - Designed and hosted by PHSA Indigenous 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 Indigenous people.


BC Cancer

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


Skin cancer prevention & early diagnosis - BC Cancer‎ online course for licensed health care professionals for skin cancer prevention and early diagnosis. - BC Cancer Prevention Programs' Tobacco Education website. Clinical professionals can take the Clinical Tobacco Intervention Program (CTIP) online course.


BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has 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, including information on the Sentinel Network (SPSN) of health professionals, which enables BCCDC to assess influenza vaccine effectiveness. 

Communicable Disease Control Manual

A manual to assist public health practitioners with decision-making about specific situations and support consistency of provincial public health practice.


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. 


The Population & Public Health (PPH) program informs and advises on current population health policy and practice to reduce chronic disease and preventable injury. Our activities include the following:

Providing Accurate, Timely and Actionable Intelligence - PPH actively seeks to provide information on the health of the population to help inform practice and policies for improving the overall quality of life for BC residents.

Promoting healthy community planning and design - PPH collaborates with multi-sectoral partners to promote healthier built environments that increase opportunities for physical, mental and social health and well-being.

Injury prevention - PPH provides ongoing leadership and support for Injury Prevention in BC, including chairing the BC Injury Prevention Alliance and BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition.

Improving food security - PPH leads provincial food security initiatives and collaborates with the Ministry of Health, health authorities and non-government sectors.

Promoting healthy eating and healthy weights - PPH 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.

Promoting health equity - PPH works with partners at PHSA and across the province to promote health equity.

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. 


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


BC Renal

 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:

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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