Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Annual Report 2010-2011

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Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Annual Report 2010-2011
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Table of Contents

  • Message from the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council Co-Chairs and P/T Liaison Deputy Minister
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Goals of the 2010-2011 PHN Annual Report
  • I. PHN Governance and Structure – April 2005 – March 31, 2011
  • II. Changes to PHN Council Membership
  • III. Reporting on 2010-2011 PHN Priorities & Deliverables
    • Summary of Key 2010-2011 PHN Workplan Priorities and Deliverables
    • Priority One: Streamline PHN governance and operations
    • Priority Two: Human health issues related to Influenza in swine in Canada
    • Priority Three: Develop an Aboriginal engagement strategy for the PHN
    • Priority Four: Continue focus on healthy living
    • Priority Five: Enhance existing surveillance and epidemiological capacity to strengthen public health surveillance
    • Priority Six: Renewal of Pandemic and Annual Influenza Vaccine Contracts
  • IV. Building Relationships with the Public Health Community
  • V. Looking Ahead to 2011-2012
  • Conclusion
  • Reference Documents
  • Annex A
    • PHN Structure and Groups – As of March 31, 2011
  • Annex B
    • Public Health Network Council Members – April 2005 – March 31, 2011
  • List of Figures
    • Figure 1. Structure of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network – As of March 31, 2011
    • Figure 2. Logic Model for PHN Operational Review Recommendations
    • Figure 3. New Structure of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network – As of April 1, 2011
  • List of Textboxes
    • Textbox 1. The Pan-Canadian Public Health Network: At-A-Glance
    • Textbox 2. Declaration on Prevention and Promotion and F/P/T Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights
    • Textbox 3. Renewal of Pandemic and Annual Influenza Vaccine Contracts

Executive Summary

The Pan-Canadian Public Health Network (PHN) was established by Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial (F/P/T) Health Ministers in 2005, as a key intergovernmental mechanism to:

  • Strengthen and enhance Canada's public health capacity;
  • Enable F/P/T governments to better work together on the day-to-day business of public health; and
  • Anticipate, prepare for, and respond to public health events and threats.

This is the fourth annual report on the contributions and achievements of the PHN in assisting governments and other public health partners in collectively advancing work on public health priorities for Canada. Briefly, fiscal year 2010 – 2011 saw the completion of work on many PHN priorities, including

  • completion of an operational review of PHN governance and operations, and development of recommendations for a new PHN governance structure with greater efficiencies and alignment with Deputy Ministers’ direction;
  • endorsement of the Creating a Healthier Canada: Making Prevention a Priority – A Declaration on Prevention and Promotion from Canada’s Ministers of Health and Health Promotion/Healthy Living, by F/P/T Ministers of Health, which articulates Ministers’ commitment to promoting health and preventing disease in Canada;
  • approval of the Curbing Childhood Obesity: A F/P/T Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights, by F/P/T Ministers of Health, which will facilitate collaboration across governments and sectors to promote healthy weights in children.
  • renewal of pandemic and annual influenza vaccine contracts for Canada to secure vaccine supplies for Canadians and further enable governments to protect the health of Canadians; and
  • development of options for the engagement of Aboriginal public health expertise within the PHN to ensure the systematic consideration of Aboriginal public health issues in the work of the PHN, and to enable key issues to be identified.

The PHN also continued to build relationships with the public health community in Canada. Members of the network participated in the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference and took part in hosting a conference workshop, pre-conference session and presented an exhibit booth. These activities contributed to raising awareness of the work of the PHN and its contributions to improving public health in Canada.

The PHN also engaged with the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCs) to explore potential synergies with the activities ongoing within the NCCs. The PHN will continue to engage with the NCCs and other public health stakeholders, and leverage partnerships with experts to ensure the work of the PHN is informed by Canada’s best available public health expertise.

Looking ahead to fiscal year 2011 – 2012, the PHN will continue to build on its successes to respond to Ministerial and Deputy Minister direction and ensure the network continues to be an a effective and efficient mechanism for governments and public health partners to work together toward improving the health of Canadians and strengthening the public health system in Canada.