The Portal brings together a broad selection of resources from all six of the National Collaborating Centres (NCCs). Search for resources by clicking on NCC, Type, Topic and Core Competency.
Please note: the Portal is not exhaustive and not all resources are indexed by PHAC Core Competency.
Exploring alternative methods to HIV testing to meet Canada’s obligation to UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: Meeting Proceedings
On April 26, 2018, The National HIV/AIDS Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, together with the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases brought together partners and participants to foster a reflection on alternative methods for HIV testing. The session held at the Canadian Association for HIV Research annual conference, featured new testing technologies and approaches that have the potential to expand HIV testing options in Canada if scaled-up and in order to reach people where they are.Read More
In reviewing the natural history of HCV infection in populations, including the potential role of genetic differences, this webinar covered the specific etiology, prevalence and incidence of HCV infection among Indigenous peoples. The presence of co-morbidities in HCV infection was also discussed, as well as what can be done to address prevalence and incidence within this population.Read More
The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, together with the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, hosted a Google Hangout On-Air about culturally-safe nursing practices and STBBIs in Indigenous communities. The 1-hour webinar was co-led by Clarence Frenchman, a Nurse Manager/HIV Case Coordinator at the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre in Saskatchewan, and Albert McLeod, a cross-cultural consultant/trainer whose work includes a focus on Aboriginal peoples and HIV/AIDS.Read More
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends “influenza vaccination for all individuals aged six months and older” in Canada. But what is the evidence for universal programs? In this webinar, Dr. Richard Schabas (Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario from 1987-97, now the Medical Officer of Health for the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit) explored this question, including the impact and implications of new research.Read More
Reaching Underserved Populations: Leveraging Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections to Explore New Program Options in Canada
Point-of-care testing (POCT) is one solution for rethinking testing and screening strategies. POCT offers the flexibility to perform medical diagnostic testing outside the clinical laboratory in close proximity to where the patient is receiving care. It can be performed in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, pharmacies, ambulances, nursing and long-term care facilities, or the patient’s residence, bringing diagnostics closer to people, especially to populations who are not currently using health services for many different reasons including, stigma, discrimination, criminalization, and geographic isolation.
While there is interest in expanding POCT in Canada, translating research and evidence into POCT policies and programs remains a challenge. To support national efforts to improve sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) screening and support awareness building for equitable access to and uptake of new diagnostic technologies for STBBIs, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) commissioned this evidence review on POCT as it relates to the Canadian context. This review is the first of several projects NCCID is conducting, and is intended to summarize POC technologies and devices that are currently used, on the market, approved or available in Canada, or in the pipeline.
Commentary on POCT for HIV/STBBI : an analysis of contextual factors impeding implementation in Canada
As Canada gears up to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV/AIDS, an underlying obstacle remains: detecting HIV in the 20% of individuals who remain unaware of their HIV sero-status. In this commentary, we make a case for a greater use of point-of-care technologies (POCTs) , their versatility of use across Canada, and potential for decentralized deployment, which will increase access and improve detection rates, and thus help achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.
Further, to effectively control HIV/STBBI syndemics, we call for the following: i) increased funding for combined POCT initiatives, ii) scale-up of successful POCT pilots into provincial screening programs, iii) approval of POCTs to increase choice, availability, reduce costs, iv) training/certification of professionals on POCTs, and finally, v) making POCTs widely available nationwide for expanded access and health equity.
NCCID has curated a list of international resources for public health personnel that can be considered and adapted for the Canadian context. As Dr. Yoav Keynan, NCCID’s Scientific Lead, notes in his commentary, Canada has not yet seen a rise in multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, but with greater migration of people from around the world, MDR-TB may soon become an issue for public health in this country.Read More
Mathematical modelling is a method of research that allows for simulations of the real world in a virtual space. For Public Health, the results of modelling can be used to determine possible interventions and optimize desired outcomes for populations.
At the 2016 5th biennial workshop of the Pan-InfORM research group, public health practitioners and analysts and mathematical modelling researchers were brought together to learn from each other how the two disciplines – modelling and public health – can collaborate to improve disease prevention and control. In the course of discussions about new frontiers for modelling and infectious diseases public health, modelers and epidemiologists expressed interest in knowing where to find data on vectors (e.g., mosquitos and ticks) that can be used to predict emerging diseases.
To address this gap, NCCID and NCCEH have compiled a list of provincial entomology datasets on vectors, including what information the databases contain and who to contact to access the data.
Behind the Curtain of Mathematical Modelling : Inside a collaborative modelling project on public health strategies for syphilis management
This case study describes the experiences of an interdisciplinary team associated with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), the University of Toronto, and Harvard University who came together to apply mathematical modelling to assess the impact of a newly designed intervention to reduce the burden of syphilis in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their story illustrates how mathematical modelling can provide timely evidence to guide decision-making by public health planners and practitioners throughout the implementation of a new intervention. The lessons they share may help to demystify modelling and reveal the benefits of collaborations between modellers and public health personnel.Read More