Category: Blog Posts

Shedding Light on Stigma

Over the past few months, we teamed up with LifeLabs and Toward the Heart to develop a campaign that sheds light on the impact that stigma has on people who use substances, and to really drive home one message: words matter. People who use substances face stigma on a daily basis, and that stigma has …

The Threat & Reality of Conversion Therapy in Canada

Guest post by Dr Travis Salway Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University Affiliated Researcher, BC Centre for Disease Control and Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity When I was a teenager, I did my best to hide the fact that I was gay. I had a girlfriend and a buzzcut and avoided talking …

Open Awards Program Fall 2019: Six successful applications in recent competition

The BCCDC Foundation is pleased to announce funding for six new projects: four for “Blue Sky” research awards, one Workshop award, and one Travel award. Dr Victoria Cook and team have been awarded travel grant funding for “Quality Improvement Initiatives at BCCDC” to present the results on improving patient and client outcomes in multiple service …

The BCCDC Foundation is Hiring!

The BCCDC Foundation works in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). The BCCDC provides health promotion and prevention services, analytical and policy support to government and health authorities, and diagnostic and treatment services to reduce communicable and chronic disease, preventable injury and environmental health risks. The BCCDC Foundation is the philanthropic partner …

Reflections on PHABC’s “Simplifying Complexity”

On November 14-15, we attended the Public Health Association of BC Conference, “Simplifying Complexity”, to connect with our like-minded public health peers who are doing amazing work and listened to fascinating presentations. An always-inspiring two days, talks showcased work ranging from substance use and the overdose crisis, to food security and safety, to wicked problems …

What’s this Giving Tuesday thing, anyway?

By Katie Koncan, Senior Development Officer Chances are, you’ve heard of Black Friday—the massive shopping day after American Thanksgiving in late November. Maybe you’ve even heard of Cyber Monday? (It’s the Monday following Black Friday when, you guessed it, a ton of online shopping and sales happen). And then, there’s Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was …

Reflections: Conversion Therapy Survivors Dialogue – Part 2

Read through part 1 of this series for Katie’s reflections and key takeaways from attending a conversion therapy survivors dialogue event. What does conversion therapy have to do with public health? Public health is about preventing disease and injury, promoting health, ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their optimal health (health equity), …

Supporting Peers at a Grassroots Level

BC is at a point in history where the average life expectancy is falling because of overdose deaths. As the charitable partner of the province’s leading public health agency, we see it as our duty to support solutions to our public health emergency. Our incredible donors have stepped forward to join us in making those …

Reflections: Conversion Therapy Survivors Dialogue – Part 1

By Katie Koncan, Senior Development Officer November 2nd was a day I had been looking forward to for the past 7 weeks. On that remarkably crisp and sunny November morning, I was lucky enough to be allowed to attend a private dialogue event of individuals, researchers, allies and activists, leaders, and policy whizzes who were …

Time Travelling Murder Mystery Collaboration 2019

The BCCDC Foundation recently collaborated with Science World and the scientists and experts of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Public Health Labs to offer an educational and fun evening trying to solve a murder mystery, for the third October in a row! This year’s event featured a capitalist with a time machine, bringing …