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Call for abstracts: Women's Health Conference


BUILDING BRIDGES: Creating An Integrated Approach to Women's Health

April 29 - May 1, 2000

Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

Deadline for abstract submissions for sessions - August 3, 1999 (notification Sep 15)

The goal of this conference is to encourage a meeting of minds and an integration of these different approaches, particularly as they relate to women's health. The conference will enable health practitioners, community groups, researchers, policy makers and health promoters to engage in productive dialogue about ways to bring the biomedical and social determinants perspectives together.

Information about the call for abstracts is available from:

Pamela Gole, Health Association of BC

750 - 1380 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H3

E-mail: Fax 604-488-3983 Phone: 604-806--5322

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): new, interactive web-site


To underscore its commitment to engage Canadians in the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Interim Governing Council (IGC) of the CIHR has launched a re-designed, interactive Web-site to report on its progress and to encourage feedback from the health research community and the general public. The Web-site is the latest in a series of activities underway to support a dialogue on the creation of a national network of leading-edge research institutes, which will enable Canada to anticipate and successfully respond to emerging health challenges.

"This new Web-site will be an invaluable tool for members of the health research community and the public at large to keep them informed of the latest developments in the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The site will be interactive to allow full participation in the building process," said Dr. Henry Friesen, Chair of the IGC. "It will be equally valuable to our Council, as it will provide a mechanism for Canadians to communicate their interests and concerns".

To learn more about the progress in the development of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadians are encouraged to visit the Web-site at: .

New HP Websites


**Centre for Social Marketing at the University of Strathclyde


Country of Origin: United Kingdom - Scotland

The Centre for Social Marketing at the University of Strathclyde studies the

social issues of marketing and the marketing of social issues, and, in

particular, health promotion issues, has a new website. This website

includes information about the Centre and it's work.

Some of the ongoing Research Projects described on the site:

* An Investigation into Smoking Cessation in Disadvantaged Communities

* The Development and Evaluation of NE Choices: A Multi-component drugs

prevention programme in Northumbria

* Tobacco Marketing and Young People

* Evaluation of the Scottish Healthy Choices Award Scheme

**Smart Library on Urban Poverty


Country of Origin: United States of America

Author:National Institute of Social Sciences Information

The Smart Library on Urban Poverty contains information, articles and

research on urban poverty. The website aims to answer thousands of questions

about poverty, its causes and how to fight it, from the most important

scholarly work .

**Food and Nutrition on the Web


Country of Origin: Canada

Author:Jean Fremont, RD, School of Kinesiology Simon Fraser University

"Food and Nutrition on the Web - Finding the Right Stuff" is a guide for

health professionals, educators and the public. The website contains

information about and links to scientific nutrition information, special

dietary needs, food science, food safety and more.

These websites were selected from the HPiC Website News bulletin. HPiC is

the Health Promotion Information Centre at the Health Education Authority,

London, UK

New report on health issues


Health Care Unravelling in Ontario: Access Worse, Quality Down, User Fees Up, People More Fearful - New Report Says

Health care in Ontario is unravelling, with people finding it harder to access services, the quality of care spiralling downhill and more costs being off-loaded onto patients, says a report released today by the Caledon Institute. The report, "Costs, Closures and Confusion: People in Ontario Talk About Health Care", by Kate Bezanson and Louise Noce with the assistance of the Speaking Out team, was based on in-depth, repeated interviews conducted since January 1997 with households across Ontario.

The report contains analysis of different health policies (funding, hospital restructuring, closures and bed closures, long-term care). It is available at

The Speaking Out project was launched in Spring 1997 to document the impact of tax, spending and policy changes in Ontario. The project is conducting in-depth interviews with 40 households, comprising 124 people, approximately every six months. This is the fourth report. Speaking Out is a project of The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, with funding from The Atkinson Charitable Foundation.

For more information please contact:

Susan McMurray, Project Manager

Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Speaking Out Project

42 Charles St. E., Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1Y4

Tel (416) 928-3362 ext. 4205


Translated Material in Health Care


This project arose from the work of 22 health organizations in BC. The website ( ) includes guidelines for translating materials and for assessing translated materials. The website also includes translated materials from participating agencies; brochures in 10 different languages; about 100 brochures on a range of health care topics = materials for health care providers and for consumers.

OPHA: New, updated and improved web site


OPHA has a new, updated and improved web site and a new calling card. After months of preparation, the new OPHA web site is ready to be explored. It can be found at The purpose of updating the web site was not only to update information, but also to make our site more interactive. New features include an on-line feedback form so you can make any comments you like and click on a button to instantly send it to OPHA. The public health 411 feature is designed to be the leading contact point for people in community and public health. If you want to add yourself to the list, do so by following the simple instructions. Another section, public health 401, will list leading web sites with web links around the world. It will be added to regularly, so check it out and let us know what you think!

SOPHE 1999 MidYear Scientific Conference


-- Call for Abstracts extended until 1/29/99. See Abstract Guidelines at

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Midyear Meeting, June 17-20, 1999, Minneapolis/St. Paul Hilton Hotel, in cooperation with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, North American Regional Office.

This conference, "New Challenges in Health Promotion: Reaching Beyond our Boundaries," is intended to challenge health educators from Canada, the United States, and the U.S. territories of North America to reach beyond geographic, language, cultural and other boundaries to improve the effectiveness of population and individual-based behavior change. In particular, the conference will focus on five areas related to health promotion evidence, theory, and practice: economics and health care systems access and quality; community interventions; vulnerable populations; evaluation and evidence-based outcomes; and linkages between research and practice.

To receive a copy of the preliminary program, to be available in early April, contact

New Men's Health Resources


New features and services oriented to men's heath are available at http://www , the U.S. government gateway Web site for health information. Healthfinder brings under one umbrella the vast health information resources of the federal government and its many partners. Healthfinder offers a broad range of reliable consumer resources and serves, on average, more than 350,000 consumers each month - more than 5.3 million visitors since it was launched.

The new resources at come just in time for (U.S.) National Men's Health Week, June 14-20 (concluding on Father's Day). Healthfinder is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in collaboration with other HHS agencies.


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