Public Health Services Renewal in BC

Canada’s public health system faces serious systemic challenges for adequately meeting the health needs of the population. To help guide a plan for improvement and renewal of public health services in BC, the BC Ministry of Health has developed a Framework for Core Functions in Public Health. This framework defines the core activities of a comprehensive public health system, and serves as the roadmap by which the province is planning and investing in public health services. By studying the implementation and outcomes of the Core Functions Framework, this team will contribute new knowledge for BC and Canada regarding ways for public health system renewal to improve population health, reduce health inequities, and better integrate with health services. This team received an MSFHR Team Planning Award in 2006. MSFHR’s Team Start Up grant will now support the team — which comprises academic researchers and key decision-makers at the provincial, regional, and national levels — to further develop its productivity and competitiveness.