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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

Email: [email protected]

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

[email protected].

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.

Report: The Quality of Life in Ontario- Spring 1999


See the full report at:

The Quality of Life in Ontario marred by Social Deficit

The Quality of Life in Ontario has recovered almost to the level of 1990. But there is a growing "social deficit." This deficit reflects the failure of society to care for its vulnerable populations. It refers not only to the immediate consequences of unmet basic needs, such as hunger and homelessness, but also the long term damage it inflicts, especially on the life chances of children. This is the trend revealed by the Quality of Life Index in the Spring of 1999.

This report is the fourth in the series on The Quality of Life in Ontario, which is published by the Ontario Social Development Council (OSDC) and the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO). We are using the Quality of Life Index (QLI) as a tool to measure and monitor changes in living and working conditions which affect the quality of life in our communities.

There are twenty community partners across Ontario involved in the QLI project, using the Quality of Life Index to measure changes in their local communities. Their results, and those of those province, are included at .

The main areas of progress have been in the environmental indicators, low birth weight babies, and social assistance. There are setbacks in public housing, child welfare, long term care, new cancer cases, and bankruptcies.

The sectoral trends in the QLI indicators show a disturbing undercurrent. The social indicators have been hardest hit since 1990, showing a decline of 21%. A social deficit has emerged in the '90s as a result of changes in public policies and the globalization of the economy. "The short term fiscal gains made by governments through drastic cuts in public services have come at the expense of long term pain for the vulnerable groups most affected by these negative social trends -children, the elderly, and the poor, who are mainly women and children. The gradual economic recovery is not being matched by a social recovery," says Malcolm Shookner, author of the report. Our quality of life has been the subject of public debate from many different points of view this spring. The trends and issues we have identified through the Quality of Life Index provide a basis for raising issues of public policy for attention by the newly elected provincial government.

Contact: Malcolm Shookner

Ontario Social Development Council

2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3

Tel: (416) 345-8561 Fax: (416) 345-8904 Net: [email protected]

Muskoka-Parry Sound Health Unit Survey: Teenagers and Smoking


In late May, the Muskoka-Parry Sound Health Unit unveiled the results of a survey of 2,700 teenagers in six of the secondary schools in the area. The survey revealed that the incidence of smoking has been on the rise among teenagers since a similar survey was conducted in 1995; today, more than half of the high school population smokes either occasionally or regularly. The trend in this rural/recreational area is higher than the provincial average as well.

When the stats were released it prompted a flurry of attention from the media. Even more beneficial to the staff of this health unit, it prompted members of the board of health to offer their help in generating bylaws and raising awareness of the problem. The research has given us momentum as the tobacco project office begins working on strategies to toughen local smoking bylaws - and to increase enforcement of the laws that exist. A full copy of the report is available on the health unit's website as an Acrobat .pdf file. It's located at:

Submitted by: John Challis

Communications Officer

Healthy Lifestyles

Muskoka-Parry Sound Health Unit


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