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2018-2019 PHPM Webinar Series: Knowledge Translation in Public Health Medicine


For the past seven years, the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health and the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) have presented a series of free, online, accredited (CME) webinars, each focusing on a different public health priority. Designed to build on public health practice competencies, the PHPM (public health and preventive medicine) series is intended for physicians and residents who:

  • Have primary specialty training in public health;
  • Have completed a professional graduate education in public health related area;
  • Perform select services within the context of the public health system;
  • Are involved in public health administration, policy, or advocacy;
  • Want to expand their knowledge or skills in leadership and management with a public health focus. 

Throughout this series, experts from across Canada will lead interactive sessions where public health physicians can learn about current public health issues and develop important skills for their future practice.

Mark your calendars for the dates and topics below, and check back for links to recordings of the webinars (usually a few weeks following the date of presentation) that will be added to the description of each webinar below.



"Using Poison Centre Data as a Potential Surveillance Data Source"

Presenter: Dr. Tom Kosatsky, Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health

Abstract: Poison centres receive and document calls from the public and professionals about exposure to a variety of substances.  We identified over 1200 calls from BC residents related to exposure to cannabis received at the BC poison centre over the period between the years of 2013-2016. Calls about cannabis have increased since 2013, especially for children and older adults living outside Vancouver. Calls about adolescents were highest in terms of population proportion.  Interestingly, even seasoned users call for support.  Calls from physicians seem to vary with their clinical familiarity.  For older adults, self-medication is an important driver of poison centre calls. Edibles are an important route for all age groups. Cannabis exposures (in BC) that are not in conjunction with other drugs rarely have severe acute outcomes. People need guidance regarding dosing, edibles, drug interactions, and what symptoms to expect.

Learning objectives:

  • In the immediate pre-legalisation and regulation period, be aware of who uses cannabis, where and how cannabis is used, and what are the immediate consequences to health
  • Understand the value and limits of poison centre call data in characterizing the epidemiology of exposure to harm substances.

Presented by the NCC for Environmental Health on November 7, 2018. Couldn't attend? Click here to view a recording of the webinar.



"Using Surveillance Data as Evidence"

Presenter: Mackenzie Slifierz, PhD, Epidemiologist, City of Hamilton Public Health


Provide an overview of population health assessment and surveillance activities at the City of Hamilton
Describe the strengths and challenges of using surveillance data as evidence for decision-making
Provide examples of how surveillance data is used as evidence within local public health practice

Description: Learn more about how surveillance data is used as a component of evidence-informed public health. This webinar will feature examples of how surveillance data is used as evidence by an Ontario public health unit as well as describe the strengths and challenges of using surveillance data as evidence in decision making. 

Presented by the NCC for Methods and Tools on November 20, 2018 - Couldn't attend? Click here to view a recording of the webinar.



"Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s – 1980s"

Presenter: Dr. Maureen Lux, Professor and Chair of the History Program, Brock University

Moderators: Donna Atkinson (NCCAH) & Margaret Haworth-Brockman (NCCID)

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the book: Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s – 1980s. Separate Beds is the shocking story of Canada’s system of segregated health care. Operated by the same bureaucracy that was expanding health care opportunities for most Canadians, the “Indian Hospitals” were underfunded, understaffed, overcrowded, and rife with coercion and medical experimentation. Established to keep the Aboriginal tuberculosis population isolated, they became a means of ensuring that other Canadians need not share access to modern hospitals with Aboriginal patients. Tracing the history of the system from its fragmentary origins to its gradual collapse, Dr. Lux will describe the arbitrary and contradictory policies that governed the “Indian Hospitals,” the experiences of patients and staff, and the vital grassroots activism that pressed the federal government to acknowledge its treaty obligations. Webinar participants will gain a deeper appreciation of this legacy which continues to affect attitudes and perceptions about TB today.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants will:
•    Understand the history of Indian hospitals in Canada and their relevance to contemporary Indigenous health inequities
•    Understand how Indian hospitals intersect with race, medicine, and public policy in the wider context of twentieth-century Canadian health care
•    Have strengthened CanMEDS competencies in health advocacy and professionalism

Presented by the NCC for Aboriginal Health on December 4, 2018. Couldn't attend? Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Suggested Readings: Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s – 1980s. University of Toronto Press, 2016

Speaker Bio:  Maureen Lux is Professor and currently Chair of History at Brock University.   She studies the history of Indigenous-state relations, health, and health care in 19th- and 20th-century Canada.  Her latest book, Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s to 1980s (2016) won the Canadian Historical Association prize for the best book in Indigenous History, as well as the Royal Society of Canada’s Jason Hannah Medal for significant contribution to the history of medicine.  She is currently at work on a history of reproductive politics in Canada in the 1970s.




"Communicating Health Equity Data for Action"

Description: Population health status or community assessment reports represent data that has been collected, analyzed and presented to describe the health of a group, community or geographical area. Population health status reports (PHSR) can inform what practitioners and decision-makers need to know to allocate resources as well as plan programs and services.

Because of this purpose, communication is a critical component of how knowledge mobilization happens in equity-integrated population health status reporting. Communicating PHSR data effectively means making sure that audiences — including decision- and policy-makers — have current information presented in a way that makes it useable to influence programs and priorities. Data can be produced and communicated in ways that appeal to different audiences and bring attention to the underlying reasons that contribute to health inequities across the population.

This English-language webinar will focus on communicating health equity data to public health decision-makers who address population health inequities. Strategies for framing health equity data to highlight the root causes of inequities will be presented, as well as approaches to knowledge translation and mobilization in the health status reporting of data relating to the social determinants of health.

This webinar can support the fulfillment of Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “monitoring and assessing the health of the public” and “communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the public’s health.”


  • Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, NCCDH
  • Katrina Plamondon, Regional Practice Leader, Research and Knowledge Translation, Interior Health Authority (Kelowna, BC)
  • Bruce Krentz, Planning and Decision Support Analyst, Northern Health Authority  (Thompson, MB)

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand health equity indicators and how to integrate into health status reporting
  • Apply practices for knowledge mobilization and communication of health equity data
  • Create ways to frame data to highlight the root causes of health inequities


For more information on this webinar, please contact Dianne Oickle, NCCDH Knowledge Translation Specialist.

Presented (in English) by the NCC for Determinants of Health on January 17, 2019. Couldn't attend? Click here to see a recording of this webinar.




"Antibiotics Matter: Ethical Questions about Antibiotic Stewardship"

Description:This webinar explores ethical considerations of appropriate antibiotic prescribing of public health, primary care and specialist physicians, where there may be perceived tension between duty to individual patients and duty to avoid overuse of antimicrobials.

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing threat to population health and can be devastating for patients. There is evolution of a coordinated approach to AMR: there is more information available for patients and prescribers ( to educate and guide, and health authorities and governments are starting to invest more in their antimicrobial stewardship efforts. This can leave some physicians unsure about what is best for their patients.

Our presenter, Dr. Lynora Saxinger explores the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship, including how this is framed by national physician societies, and offer some current and evolving strategies to help balance practitioners’ concerns, such as whether they will be held accountable for any harm from withholding treatment, or fears of doing something ‘new’ or non-normative among their colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of antimicrobial resistance globally and in Canada
  • Evaluate some of the ethical issues posed by AMR both broadly (current and future risk, issues of distribution of resources) and in specific physician patient interactions including considerations for appropriate prescribing for infectious diseases
  • Propose strategies to mitigate concerns from patients and colleagues when asked to make changes to prescribing habits
  • Demonstrate enhanced CanMEDS competencies (particularly Professional, Communicator, Advocate, Leader, Collaborator) in areas of antimicrobial resistance, appropriate prescribing and stewardship, health advocacy and professionalism

Presented in English by the NCC for Infectious Diseases on February 25, 2019. Couldn't attend? Click on the following link to view a recording of this webinar.


Dr. Lynora Saxinger, Associate Professor, Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta. Dr. Lynora Saxinger is an Infectious Diseases specialist whose clinical practice includes HIV, Hepatitis C, non-transplant immunocompromised hosts, and Travel and Tropical Medicine. She is co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and is Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Committee of AMMI Canada, involved in national stewardship initiatives to promote best practices in antibiotic use. Areas of research interest include antimicrobial utilization, epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, and derivation of stewardship best practices.


Margaret Haworth-Brockman (NCCID)





"Discussing Public Health Roles in Population Mental Health and Wellness Promotion"



  • Pascale Mantoura, Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP
  • Shana Calixte, Manager Mental Health, Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Penny Sutcliffe, MOH/CEO, Public Health Sudbury & Districts

Description: During this webinar, participants will learn about the context in which the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health have become involved in clarifying the roles of public health in population mental health and wellness promotion. They will learn about the processes which led to this clarification. A general overview of these roles will be discussed. Finally, an example of integration of a population mental health perspective in public health practice will be presented.

Learning objectives:

A general overview of these roles will be discussed. Finally, an example of integration of a population mental health perspective in public health practice will be presented.At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the context and processes that led to the clarification of the roles of public health in population mental health and wellness promotion.
  • Identify the various roles public health may play in promoting population mental health and wellness.
  • Understand the process of integration of a population mental health perspective in a public health practice setting.


Presented in English by the NCC for Public Policy on Friday March 22, 2019, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT -  More information and registration (TBA). See also the French version of this webinar on Monday, March 18th, 2019.