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April 30, 2012

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The six centres form a network across Canada, each hosted by a different institution and focusing on a different topic in public health. NCCID is hosted by the International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID), located in Winnipeg.

Save the Date! for the NCCPH Summer Institute, May 15 – 16, 2012 in Kelowna, B.C. The theme of this year’s Summer Institute is Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience, which will focus presentations on the integration of health equity into mental health, program planning, health networks, cultural competency, risk communication, ethics, social media, and interculturality. I invite you to join me and our NCCID staff at the Summer Institute.
To find out more about NCCPH Summer Institute 2012, Click here .

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) in Toronto, Ontario April 2 – 4, 2012 provided an opportunity to share NCCID’s latest work with public health practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Project Manager Kelly Bunzeluk presented Antimicrobial Resistance: Whose responsibility is it? with Drs. Donald Low and Barbara Yaffe from Public Health Ontario, Ed Topp PhD from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Deborah Whale, Poultry Industry Council Chair, to highlight human health, agricultural, and environmental approaches and challenges to addressing AMR. Read more on our Antimicrobial Resistance project. In a second presentation, Kelly demonstrated the functionalities of NCCID’s national Notifiable Diseases Database (NDDB), our online tool that allows comparisons between all federal, provincial and territorial reporting requirements for notifiable diseases. This database will soon be publicly available.

Project Manager Dr. Eve Cheuk PhD, in collaboration with Zee Leung and Dr. Karen Morrison PhD, from University of Guelph, and Dr. Dean Middleton from Public Health Ontario, explored governance challenges and opportunities in implementing inter- and trans-sectoral approaches in public health. Read more on our One Health project. Project Manager Dr. Anneliese Poetz PhD and Barbara Anderson of Alberta Public Health Services hosted a workshop on new online tools – the Outreach Planning Checklist and the online Outreach Planning Exchange Network (OPEN), a tool exploring national programs and indicators - for HIV/STBBI Outreach Workers. These new tools are designed to complement NCCID’s Outreach Planning Guide and are based on needs identified by representative outreach workers from across the country. The tools are in the final stages of development. They will be available later this year. Read more on our Outreach project.

NCCID is pleased to present some of our project work at AMMI Canada – CACMID, in Vancouver, British Columbia May 3 – 5, 2012. Kelly will discuss Antimicrobial Resistance: Can collaborative work and partnerships help solve wicked problems? Read more on our Antimicrobial Resistance project. Eve will display a poster on NCCID’s partner notification project - A National Initiative on Partner Notification for Sexually Transmitted and Bloodborne Infections in Canada. Read more on our Partner Notification project. Anneliese will display a poster describing the Edmonton Learning Site – Lessons Learned from the Edmonton STI Outreach Learning Site: Implications for Creating Evidence–Informed Programs. Read more on our Prevention of HIV and STBBI projects.

This is an exciting time of year for NCCID, with so many opportunities for me and our NCCID staff to meet and talk with public health practitioners about our shared work.

Best Wishes,

Margaret Fast, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director

Antibiotic Awareness Week   Save the Date! 
Antibiotic resistance is a threat to your health
Use antibiotics wisely

Antibiotics for children and teens: Tips from the Canadian Paediatric Society
Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12 – 18, 2012

Infectious Diseases in the News
To read more infectious diseases news, visit

Immunisation registers in Canada: progress made, current situation, and challenges for the future
Eurosurveillance, Volume 17, Issue 17, 26 April 2012
Immunisation registers have the capacity to capture data on the administration of vaccine doses at the individual level within the population and represent an important tool in assessing immunisation coverage and vaccine uptake. In 1999, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that a network of immunisation registers be established in Canada. The Canadian Immunization Registry Network (CIRN) was established to coordinate the development of standards and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience to develop a national network of such registers. In 2003, the National Immunization Strategy identified immunisation registers as an important component in improving national immunisation surveillance. In addition, there has been consistent public and professional interest in a national immunisation register being available and considerable progress has been made in developing technologies to facilitate the capture of immunisation-related data. More specifically, the automated identification of vaccines, through the use of barcodes on vaccines, will facilitate collection of data related to administered vaccine doses. Nevertheless, challenges remain in the implementation of immunisation registers in all Canadian provinces and territories such that Canada still does not currently have a fully functional network of immunisation registers with the capacity to be interoperable between jurisdictions and to allow for data to be captured at the national level. READ MORE

FDA Launches Voluntary Plan to Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Animals
NPR news, April 12, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it is calling on the nation's pork, beef, and poultry producers to reduce their use of antibiotics. But some watchdog groups say this voluntary guidance doesn't go nearly far enough. READ MORE

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Cochrane Canada 12th Annual Symposium
May 9 to10, 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba

AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference

May 3 to 4, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
May 12 to 15, 2012
Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference
June 11 to 14, 2012
Edmonton, Alberta

Antibiotic Awareness Week
November 12 to 18, 2012

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