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American Academy of Pediatrics links global warming to the health of children

Posted under In the News Resources and Publications on 6/11/15

“Climate change poses a threat to human health and safety, but children are uniquely vulnerable. Failure to take prompt, substantive action would be an act of injustice to all children.”

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Pain management during immunization

Posted under Resources and Publications on 31/8/15

“Immunizations are the most common recurring health-related procedure undertaken in childhood. For most children, these procedures can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety which can lead to long-term non-adherence with recommended health care interventions and missed immunizations.

Given the crucial role of parents in reassuring, soothing and supporting their children, they must acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to mitigate stress and anxiety during immunization.” (http://www.immunize.ca/en/parents/pain.aspx)

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Report: Growing Up in B.C. - 2015

Posted under Resources and Publications on 12/8/15

“This joint report between the Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer examines the question, “How are our children doing right now?”  The report finds that while there have been some improvements, vulnerable children and youth, especially Aboriginal children and those in government care, continue to lag behind their peers. In addition, it found that with changes to the way governments are collecting data, it’s getting harder to get a clear picture of the well-being of B.C. children and youth.”

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Women and Alcohol fact sheet (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse)

Posted under Resources and Publications on 11/8/15

Why are the drinking guidelines different for women and men?
What are the low-risk drinking guidelines for men and women?
What is the impact of alcohol on women’s health and well being?

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Our communities, our youth: The health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC

Posted under Resources and Publications on 11/8/15

“Homeless and street-involved youth are among the most vulnerable populations in Canada and experience significant health inequities. The 2014 Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Survey (HSIYS) captured information from youth living in 13 diverse communities across British Columbia between October 2014 and January 2015.”

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No Time for Games: Children’s Health and Climate Change

Posted under Resources and Publications on 13/7/15

The organization ‘Doctors for the Environment Australia’ has published a report describing climate change’s negative health effects on children and youth in Australia. Solutions to cope with this growing problem are provided, and the Australian government is strongly encouraged to take quick action. Many of the facts and findings are applicable to Canada and to Canadian children. No one is immune to climate change.

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New module launched! The Health Profile on Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth in Canada

Posted under Resources and Publications on 19/5/15

Canadian children and youth are culturally and linguistically diverse, bringing many different strengths, attributes and needs to their communities. Overall, children and youth who are recent immigrants fare well in Canada in terms of health status. However, the overall population of immigrant and refugee children and youth is not homogeneous - and certain groups of immigrant children and youth fare better than others.

View the module to learn more about this important segment of the Canadian population.

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Report: Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Posted under Resources and Publications on 8/5/15

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national survey in which 923 trans youth participated.

Many important findings came from this study. For example, the trans youth who lived in their felt gender all of the time were almost 50% more likely to report having good or excellent mental health. View the report for more interesting findings and recommendations.

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Promoting positive mental health video (Caring for Kids)

Posted under Resources and Publications on 6/5/15

“Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your children’s mental health. You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home.”

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Update - Comprehensive policies to combat poverty across Canada, by province - CCNPPS

Posted under Resources and Publications on 15/4/15

“This document provides an update of the tool developed in 2009 by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) which provided an overview of anti-poverty policies implemented by five Canadian provinces, namely the Government of Ontario’s poverty reduction legislation, Manitoba and Nova Scotia’s comprehensive strategies, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador’s and Québec’s efforts to combat poverty through broad‐based policies.”

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