Activate Health Blog Posts
Check out our Activate Health blog posts below. This page is updated regularly.
8 Ways to Be a Health Ambassador in Your Community This Year: As we embark on a new year, we are excited about all the ways we can Activate Health together! Read our latest blog post to learn eight ways you can be a health ambassador in your community this year.
7 Ways to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season: Respiratory illness season, winter conditions, and more can make staying safe during the holidays more challenging. But there’s much you can do to Activate Health and keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Read our seven ways!
The Impact of Activate Health in 2021-22: Through through Activate Health, we call on you to be a health ambassador for your community! Last year, through our blog posts, we wove many Activate Health principles into the conversation. Read on for highlights of some of our most impactful messages last year, and why they are very much still relevant to the health, resiliency, and recovery of our province today.
Vaccines Work: 5 Ways to Activate Health: Vaccines work, saving millions of lives each year, yet they can easily be taken for granted. Since vaccines are so important, and it happens to be National Immunization Awareness Week, check out our blog post for how vaccines work, as well as five vaccine-specific ways you can Activate Health this month.
Witnessing a War Unfold: Being Informed is a Show of Solidarity: We are devastated by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and severe impacts this crisis has, and will continue to have, on the health and wellbeing of those living in Ukraine. While we’re not claiming to be experts on the situation, we can, in our small way, show our support. Read on for ways you can Activate Health and show your support.
Reflections: COVID-19, Looking Back and Ahead, Together: In a follow-up to her COVID-19 reflections piece in 2020, our Executive Director, Kristy Kerr, returns to share her reflections on living and working in the pandemic two years later.
Vaccination: Our Strongest Tool in Our COVID-19 Toolkit: One of the clearest Activate Health messages we’ve had since COVID-19 vaccines became available, and one of the clearest ways we can each, as individuals, protect the health and safety of the population, is through vaccination—our strongest tool in our toolkit—true before COVID-19, and will remain true after COVID-19.
Looking Back on Activate Health Over 2021: In this blog post, we take a look back at Activate Health over 2021, our battle cry for British Columbians, and invite you to join us in the new year by becoming a health ambassador in your community!
Activate Health by Reducing Unnecessary Antibiotic Use: The World Health Organization (WHO) declared November 18th-24th World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. In this guest blog post from antimicrobial expert, Nick Smith, at the BC Centre for Disease Control, learn how you can Activate Health to ensure antibiotics continue to work now and into the future.
Activate Health to Protect Yourself and Your Community This Fall and Winter: With both COVID-19 and respiratory illnesses like influenza around us, we share the importance of staying safe for the protection of yourself and others as we move through another fall and winter season.
7 Ways to Promote Gender Equality: It’s Gender Equality Week in Canada and while we’ve made some progress, we have not yet reached gender equality in Canada, or in the world. In this blog post, you’ll learn seven ways you can Activate Health and help promote gender equality.
Another Election, Another Reason to Talk About Voting and Health: Last year, we wrote “Why Voting is Good for Your Health and Our Collective Health.” This year, as we face a federal election, we’re once again urging all eligible people to vote, especially young adults.
The Health of Our Planet Affects the Health of Our Population: Climate change is not only a public health issue, it’s a public health emergency. In this blog post, we share three ways you can Activate Health, and how, by your individual actions, you can help create a positive impact for the population.
Indigenous Health and Rights: Time for a Healing Way Forward: June is National Indigenous History Month, and we must work today, and for the future, on the hard truths and vital reconciliations—we must work toward healing. From a public health perspective, in this blog post, we share ways, through a collective commitment, that we can do this together.
Activate Health: Be a LGBTQ+ Ally: We recently celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, yet these so-called ‘phobias’ still exist today. In this blog post, learn how you can Activate Health by being a LGBTQ+ ally.
Vaccine Hesitancy: Foe of Healthy Communities: In this blog post, learn what drives vaccine hesitancy, how to beware of misinformation, how to strengthen vaccine confidence, and more.
Why We Must Continue to Follow Public Health Guidelines During the Vaccine Rollout: As more and more British Columbians get vaccinated every day, it’s important that we continue to follow public health orders. In this blog post, we share three big reasons why.
Help End the Overdose Crisis: 7 Ways to Reduce Stigma: The overdose crisis is killing members of our community every day. In this blog post, learn 7 ways you can eliminate stigma and help bring an end to this public health emergency.
Looking Forward: How You Can Activate Health in 2021: While much is still out of our control, this year, let’s focus on what we can control–our individual actions. This is how positive change happens—one person, one decision, one action at a time–leading to collective impact.
2020: Looking Back at the Value and Impact of Activate Health: From staying up-to-date with your vaccination schedule, to washing your hands and using evidence-based information, we’ve all seen first-hand why these actions are so important. Join us as we look back at 2020 and look ahead to 2021 with an Activate Health lens.
Addressing the Infodemic: Everyone Must Play a Role in Stopping Mis- and Disinformation: In the middle of a global pandemic, we’re also in the middle of a global infodemic. In this blog post, we outline steps to stop the spread of mis- and disinformation.
Why Voting is Good for Your Health and Our Collective Health: When making decisions about your voting direction, it’s important to think about what health means to you, and what you want the health of our province to look like.
Activate Health to Eliminate Stigma: We can all play a role in eliminating stigma to prevent overdoses and save lives. Experts, advocates, and people with lived experience are battling for a safe supply of drugs and decriminalization; we can join them through actions we can take, every day, starting now.
Prevention 101: Decoding Public Health: In our Prevention 101 blog post, we share examples on how and why prevention works. Plus, five ways we can use our individual actions and voices to move towards a new way of thinking.
COVID-19: Our Shared Experience, Our Shared Success: We thank every individual that’s played a role in protecting our population: from our donors, to the superhero staff at the BC Centre for Disease Control, to our provincial leaders, and to every person who has done their part to wash their hands, physically distance, and take precautions.
Social Justice and Public Health: Taking Action: Each of us has the power to create meaningful change that our world urgently needs. Here are 8 ways you can support social justice and public health right away.
When Two Public Health Emergencies Collide: BC is facing two concurrent public health emergencies: the overdose crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we protect all British Columbians, especially vulnerable populations, in this context?
Reflections: COVID-19, Together, Apart: Reflections from Kristy Kerr, Executive Director, on community coming together during COVID-19.
Activate Health to Stop the Spread of COVID-19: Our battle cry during COVID-19 is to stay home.
Activate Health: A Battle Cry for BC: A new year, a new way to think about health. 20x20x20: 2020, 20 days, 20 ways to Activate Health.