Our Priorities

Reducing Harms

In 2016, BC declared a public health emergency in response to the mounting death toll from illicit drug overdoses. Since January 2016, over 11,000 people have lost their lives due to opioid-related overdoses across Canada. To compound the challenge of the overdose crisis further, we’re also contending with the spread of communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C associated with substance use. This is a public health crisis affecting the entire country.

This is why we have the Reducing Harms Priority. Substance use is a health issue, not a moral one. Gifts to the Reducing Harms Priority will support projects that promote harm reduction, anti-stigma education, and address putting an end to the overdose epidemic.

Reducing Harms Projects

We’re raising $200,000 to advance concrete solutions to the overdose crisis.

Your gift to the Reducing Harms Priority may fund a variety of projects including:

The Compassion, Inclusion, Engagement Program

CIE is a province-wide program that builds capacity for emerging peer (people with lived experience) groups to organize and engage in anti-stigma, harm reduction, and overdose response work in their communities. CIE develops skills and capacity for these groups to grow and ultimately become self-sustaining, and provides grants to carry out their work.

Identifying Solutions for the Safer Supply of Drugs

Projects that identify solutions to how a safer supply of drugs is vitally important in ending the overdose epidemic. The majority of overdose deaths are the result of a contaminated supply, and a #safersupply can end the growing number of overdose deaths.

Public Education About Important Issues like Stigma, Substance Use, and Safer Supply

Public opinion influences law, policy, institutions and systems, and creates additional harms for people who use drugs. We want to work alongside peers and activists in educating people about what a safer supply means and why substance use is a health issue, not a moral one. By educating the public and raising awareness, we have the opportunity to effect change across the country.

How you can help

We need your help to raise $200,000 to fund the solutions that will eliminate stigma, support people who use substances in building capacity and solutions, and end the overdose crisis. In partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control we have the mandate, the experts, and the drive to find innovative solutions. We need your help to make it a reality.

Make a one-time gift to the Reducing Harms Priority, or make a one-time or monthly gift to the Driving Innovation Fund today! 

See Emerging Areas for more information on Driving Innovation.

Addressing Threats

The bedrock of the BCCDC has been in the detection of and response to infectious diseases and environmental hazards, and addressing threats. The BCCDC has immense strengths in areas such as vaccination, chronic disease prevention, outbreak detection and response, sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, and preparing for and responding to major emergencies. With the help of our donors, we’re able to support innovative research programs which lead to changes in practice and policy. When you make a gift to the Addressing Threats Priority at the BCCDC Foundation, you’re supporting cutting-edge developments in health research that prevent chronic disease, and the technology we need to respond to outbreaks in real-time.

Addressing Threats Projects

Your gift to the Addressing Threats Priority may fund projects including:

Preventing Childhood Asthma

What if we could prevent generations of children from having to suffer from asthma? We’re supporting new research that suggests just that. New evidence suggests that limiting antibiotic use in infants can lead to fewer cases of asthma in children by preserving a healthy gut microbiome. Asthma is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease—being able to reverse the asthma epidemic would save hundreds of thousands of children across the country from unnecessary suffering, their families from worry, and alleviate massive burden on our health care system. Make a gift to support this new research with global implications, and help keep children healthy and happy. Whether you have asthma yourself or you know a child who does, you can support research to change that for thousands of others.

Real-time outbreak response

When there’s a dangerous outbreak, the last thing you want to do is wait. Our donors can ensure that we have the tools and equipment to respond in real-time when an outbreak hits, making sure we can find the source of the outbreak, and respond to it, right away. By using whole genome sequencing, we’re able to genetically fingerprint microbes as soon as we know there’s an outbreak. This ability to respond immediately is what saves lives. Make your gift today and you’ll help us purchase the equipment we need to keep you and your family safe from ever-increasing outbreaks of microbes like Salmonella.

How you can help

Gifts to the Addressing Threats Priority can help us reverse a serious childhood epidemic and respond to outbreaks that can have health implications on a national level. Whether it’s addressing asthma or Salmonella, lives are at risk—but they don’t have to be. These are threats that we know are issues today. But there’s hope. You can join the BCCDC Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation today and make sure that these projects can keep you, your family, and your community safe and prevent sickness. Join us and change the path of health history.

Emerging Areas

The Driving Innovation Fund is our signature fund that can provide quick and flexible funding when it’s needed the most. It helps us advance the state of the art and improve not only your health, but the health of British Columbia. While our other priorities—reducing harms and addressing threats—support health solutions to critical issues we know of today, we’re growing the Driving Innovation Fund to be able to help respond to the issues we see ahead or that we’re not yet aware of – issues that could emerge tomorrow – our Emerging Areas.

All monthly donations to the BCCDC Foundation support the Driving Innovation Fund—by making a monthly donation, your gift has the potential to fund the first solution to BC’s next emerging public health issue. Whether it’s responding to an environmental health hazard, addressing a communicable disease outbreak, or preventing chronic disease through new discoveries, your gift to the Driving Innovation Fund will build the BCCDC Foundation’s capacity, and support our ability to respond quickly.

Make a one-time or monthly donation to the Driving Innovation Fund today!