2015 Highlights

January 1, 2016

Environmental Public Health Week

 

 

Environmental Public Health Week recognizes the important work that Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) such as Public Health Inspectors, Environmental Health Officers and other allied environmental public health occupations across Canada carry out in our communities. The week is also an opportunity to improve awareness of our profession within the public health family and amongst the general public.  See Procolomation for EPH Week here

 

This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward; Building on a 100 years of success”.  EPHPs are health advocates; promoting public health in its broadest form. Public health is influenced by many factors outside of the health care system and responding to a society’s changing needs is vital when preparing to face the future.  New challenges to public health emerge all of the time and a  strong system is built both on its past successes and the reduction of the burden of illness in the near and distant future. 

 

Within the Canadian spectrum of health care, EPHPs are an integral and important component.  The opportunity for health begins where we live, work and play.  Public health advances such as safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, healthier environments and the recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard have contributed significantly to Canadians living longer. The commitment and leadership in activities that address the broad determinants of health has never been stronger.

EPHPs work within federal, provincial and local governments, First Nation Tribal Councils and also within the private sector.  We are involved in inspection, enforcement and education in a wide range of programs and services, including but not limited to:  food safety, recreational water, healthcare and childcare facilities, personal service settings, drinking water systems, land use planning, sewage system evaluation, air quality analysis, radon strategies, school safety and the implementation of controls on disease and health hazards.

 

 

 

EPH Week Celebration

 

Greetings members,

You are invited to celebrate Environmental Public Health Week with colleagues from across Nova Scotia!  Please see attached invitation. RSVPs must be sent by September 22, 2015 to heidi.darling@novascotia.ca or (902) 499-9530.

Hope to see you there!

Heidi
Central Region Representative
NS/PEI CIPHI Branch

 

 

 

Prince Edward Island Health Inspector Wins National Award

 

 


Charlottetown, Prince Edward, September 21, 2015 -- Environmental Health Manager Joe Bradley’s hard work and dedication to his work in environmental health has earned him national recognition, says Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.


Mr. Bradley is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspector’s 2015 Alex Cross Award. “This is a prestigious national award that recognizes a member annually for their leadership, promotion and commitment to advancing the field of environmental health,” said Minister Currie. “Joe has made an outstanding contribution to environmental health and safety and he is a most deserving recipient. We are all proud of his accomplishments.”


“We are so pleased for Joe,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison. “This is an exciting recognition which also acknowledges the work of the whole team of inspectors here in the Chief Public Health Office.”


Environmental health officers across Canada are being recognized as part of Environmental Public Health Week from September 21 to 25, 2015. The national campaign is headed by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward; Building on 100 years of success.”


"Food safety is important to Islanders and we are very thankful for the good work of our public health inspectors and their important role supporting the Chief Public Health Office," said Minister Currie. "These dedicated professionals work to ensure the health and safety of Islanders through education, consultation and routine inspections of services and facilities.”


Environmental health officers - also known as public health inspectors - are certified by the Board of Certification of CIPHI. The certification process guarantees that the highest standards for entry into the profession are met.


Public health Inspectors work together with owners and operators of eating establishments, public pools, and child care facilities to reduce the chance of illness and prevent disease in PEI.  Other responsibilities for the inspectors include areas of water quality, radiation safety, animal bites under the Public Health Act, Smoke Free Places Act and the Tobacco Sales and Access Act.

 

 

Volunteer Position- BOC Exam Coordinator 

 

Please see the attached advertisement for a BOC Exam Coordinator for a 3 year term.  You must be a regular member in good standing and participating in the CPC program.

 

To apply please submit a detailed letter outlining your experience.  Experience with examination process as an examiner or prior involvement with the Board of Certification, are considered significant assets.   This is volunteer position and requires time commitment within and outside normal working hours for arranging the examination process, so discussion with your supervisor is strongly encouraged.  Only travel within the province is necessary for this position.

 

Thanks for your time and consideration.  Your letter of application must be received by October 1, 2015, in order to be considered,  previous applicants are welcome to resubmit their application for consideration.

 

 

NS/PEI Rep on the BOC

 

Please see the attached advertisement for a NS/PEI Representative on the Board of Certification for a 3 year term.  You must be a regular member in good standing and participating in the CPC program.

 

To apply please submit a detailed letter outlining your experience.  Experience with examination process as an examiner or prior involvement with the Board of Certification, are considered significant assets.   This is volunteer position and requires time commitments for travel, meetings and work within and outside normal working hours, so discussion with your supervisor is strongly encouraged.

 

Thanks for your time and consideration.  Your letter of application must be received by October 1, 2015, in order to be considered,  previous applicants are welcome to resubmit their application for consideration.

 

Project Ron 2015

 

Dear CIPHI, 

We invite you/your organization to be part of an important project called Giving Back to Ron de Burger: A Message of Strength & Hope.  

Ron was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.  Over the years, Ron has created an important legacy in the public health community - locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.  Now it is time to give back.

Under the banner 'Project Ron 2015,' we are developing a video similar to this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKnf-pkd-YE.  In order to make it meaningful, we are inviting colleagues and organizations that have been touched by Ron during his very long career to send in still photos or short video clips (a few seconds in length) which will be compiled to form a message of strength and hope.  You can gather one or many folks together to be in the picture or video.  Each organization will make two signs - one with a word or words your organization has been assigned and one with the name of your organization.  These should be displayed, easily visible in the picture/video.  There will be music playing over the videos/pictures and so no need to do verbal messages in your contribution.  We would like the picture or footage to be in a  bright, welcoming place and with spring at our heels, outside may be a good option.  

For CIPHI, the word you are to display is "Amazing" along with a sign for your organization e.g. CIPHI - BC Branch, CIPHI - NEC etc.

Please upload your photo(s) or video footage to https://app.box.com/ProjectRon2015 or email it to ProjectRon2015@gmail.com by April 17, 2015
 
As part of your upload/email, please include a list of the names and emails of the people who are in the photo/video along with the organization they are from on the top of the list (this can be emailed separately to ProjectRon2015@gmail.com). Please ensure videos or pictures are in the highest possible resolution. 
By providing media to this project you are waiving any rights to its display and/or use and that you understand the media may be viewed/shared broadly. On our end, we promise to use the media only for the purposes of this video and we promise to only provide information to Ron for purposes of acknowledgement.

We intend to share the final list with Ron to show him the many lives and organizations that he has positively touched.  Upon completion of the video, Ron will advise whether he would like the video to be shared more widely, including with the contributors. Finally, we are hoping to keep the project confidential from Ron and his family until it is presented to them, so your assistance in that regard is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact to contact Stefane Gravelle (204 726 7001 or Stefane.gravelle@gov.mb.ca) who is the lead contact for the CIPHI group.


Thank-you for your contribution. 

 

Sean

 

Professional Development Session & Annual General Meeting

 

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors

Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island Branch 

Professional Development Session & Annual General Meeting

April 10, 2015

Inn on the Lake, Fall River, NS

 

 

The Branch is seeking nominations for the National Education Award from our membership. The award information and application are attached. In short, the successful recipient will receive $500 toward registration at the upcoming education conferences in Ottawa in September 2015 or Edmonton in 2016.

 

Additionally, the Branch is also seeking nominations for election this year of the following positions: Treasurer, Webmaster and Councillors for Cape Breton, Southern, Western and PEI.  Please let any member of your Executive know if you are interested in any one of these positions. We are working toward confirming who is reoffering for various positions but know that Councillors Rodney Lahey in Cape Breton and Ryan Neale in PEI are not reoffering. The Branch wishes to sincerely thank Ryan and Rodney for their contributions to our organization over the past few years.

 

Finally, we will be updating our NS/PEI Bylaw to work towards finalizing our incorporation with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies in Nova Scotia. The proposed changes will be forwarded to the members for review about 2 weeks prior to our professional development session.

 

Regards,

Sarah MacEachern

Secretary NS/PEI Branch CIPHI

 

 

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