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Social Paediatrics - A Call to Action!

Here are a couple of very simple questions. Why aren’t Canadians appalled by our seemingly miserable track record in child health and well being and why do we seem to be doing precious little about it? The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its 11th report issued last year placed Canada 17th among the world’s 29 wealthiest nations. Some of the data are open to challenge, e.g. how can we fare so badly in the category of Infant mortality and so much better in the percentage of low birth weight newborns? But we seem to say mechanically that we have the best health care system in the world and, well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, OECD statistics do not paint a pretty picture so we should be paying attention. The wringer here is that, according to the Globe and Mail journalist, Geoffrey Simpson who spoke at the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) and the Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition's symposium on Social Paediatrics held in conjunction with CAPHC's 2013 Annual CAPHC conference in Toronto last October; child health has not made it on the radar of

Wisdom 2 Action - CYCC Network Event

Our colleagues from the CYCC Network (we've written about them on this blog before) are hosting a series of one-day workshops focused on sharing knowledge and wisdom to improve mental health and well-being in children and youth in challenging contexts.  

The next event will be held in Ottawa on Feb 13, at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Time: 8:30am – 4pm
Location: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa


Calling all non‐profit organizations, healthcare organizations, youth, government agencies, and researchers who: currently use, want to use or mobilize others to use research, best and promising practices, and local knowledge in mental health programming for vulnerable and at-risk young people.

This is an action planning and wisdom sharing meeting.

Participants will:

  • Learn from CYCC Network partners regarding their best and promising practices
  • Understand barriers to putting new programming into action
  • Develop action plans to document, share and learn best practices

We are particularly interested in hearing from youth who are engaged and committed to work in mental health issues.

CIHR-IHDCYH Strategic Plan 2013-2017: Healthy Foundations of Life

This is a guest post from Rhiannon Renaud, a Project Officer with CIHR's Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. She is responsible for the Institute's communications, social media and event planning activities.

We are pleased to introduce IHDCYH’s new Strategic Plan “Healthy Foundations of Life 2013-2017”. We conducted a nationwide consultation to gain insight into the needs and interests of Canada’s reproductive, child and youth health research community, including researchers, clinicians, healthcare policy and decision makers, and family representatives.

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