Our Priorities

Reducing Harms

Substance use is a health issue, not a moral one.

Unintentional drug overdoses due to toxic illicit drugs have become a public health crisis, and despite a declaration of a public health emergency in 2016, many people are still dying. In fact, life expectancy in BC has decreased due to the pervasiveness of overdose deaths. The response to the toxic drug poisoning crisis has been extensive, and through harm reduction strategies and services, lives are being saved. Yet the emergency persists. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic greatly exacerbated the emergency, leading to a staggering increase in overdose deaths. To compound the challenge of the toxic drug poisoning crisis even 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 emergency affecting the entire country.

This is why we have the Reducing Harms Priority area. We’re raising funds to advance concrete solutions to the toxic drug poisoning crisis. Gifts to the Reducing Harms Priority will support projects that address putting an end to the overdose epidemic.

Reducing Harms Projects

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

Peer Support

Peers (people with lived and living experience of substance use) are the front-line experts working to save lives, eliminate stigma, and provide harm reduction and overdose response services and education in their communities. By supporting peers in their work, we ensure that we offer solutions based on, and driven by, community needs.

Identifying Solutions for the Safer Supply of Drugs

The majority of overdose deaths are the result of a contaminated drug supply, and a #SaferSupply can end the growing number of deaths due to the illicit toxic drug supply. This is vitally important in ending this toxic drug poisoning crisis, and we aim to support solutions that can ensure access to safe substances.

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

Public opinion influences law, policy, institutions and systems, and can create additional harms for people who use drugs. We want to work alongside peers and activists in educating people about what a safer supply means, why supporting peers is critical, how stigma plays a role, 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 in BC, and across the country.

How you can help

We need your help to fund the solutions that will eliminate stigma, support peers, and offer innovative solutions to end the toxic drug poisoning 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 our Reducing Harms Projects, 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 public health is in the detection of and response to infectious diseases and environmental hazards, as well as prevention efforts to protect the health of our population. Key examples of this work at BCCDC and elsewhere include vaccination, outbreak detection and response, monitoring and treatment of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, preventing chronic diseases and injuries, creating safe and healthy environments, and much more. To support collaboration, innovation and surge capacity, the BCCDC brings disease surveillance, detection, and prevention, and other areas, together into one centre that, at its core, takes care of people and works to create the healthy human.

With the help of our donors, we’re able to support innovative projects and programs, which can 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 and helping us to support state-of-the-art work at the BCCDC and for public health broadly.

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.

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

Our Emerging Areas Priority holds two funds:
The Driving Innovation Fund and the Emergency Response Fund.

Emergency Response Fund

The Emergency Response Fund supports rapid-response activities to public health emergencies. Established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, gifts to the Emergency Response Fund support activities to address the novel coronavirus, and future outbreaks or emergencies. Donations support a range of activities including research, equipment and lab technology, expert personnel, data management and visualizations, knowledge translation, and more depending on developing situations. These funds are flexible and needed immediately in times of emergency, and allow experts and leaders in health to protect our population. In order to protect ourselves from tomorrow’s threats, we must invest in preparedness today.

Driving Innovation Fund

The Driving Innovation Fund provides flexible and broad funding for growth, innovation, and development of new ideas and initiatives. It supports the awareness-raising and public education of what public health really is, and how it’s important to all of you, and provides general support for all areas of public health. It helps us advance the state of the art and improve the health of British Columbia. All monthly donations to the BCCDC Foundation support the Driving Innovation Fund. Your gift has the potential to do exactly what the fund name suggests: drive innovation in public health.

How you can help

Donate to either the Emergency Response Fund or the Driving Innovation Fund today.

To get in touch with us or to make a donation, please contact us at donate@bccdcfoundation.org or (604) 707-2400 ext. 273067.

What We Have Funded

See examples of the public health work, innovations, and solutions that we’ve funded in the past.

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