What’s your Picture of Health?


The Population Health Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of people working in healthcare. We understand some of the monumental challenges facing our system. Some of the answers to those challenges are found within healthcare. But we also know that just as many answers lie outside of it. There is no amount of healthcare that can fix people whose health is impacted by poverty, stress, lack of access to safe places to sleep. Affordable healthy food, safe communities, fun places to play and learn, and a clean environment all affect our health too. And we need to ask ourselves – as citizens, parents, healthcare workers, farmers, teachers, and business people, what we have the ability to do that might make our lives and our communities to live a healthful life. What’s a small change we can make that can affect someone’s health for the better?

We hope this site can be a resource for you to start conversations, ask some questions and try out new ideas that might help transform our picture of health.


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Latest Articles

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    December 23, 2017

    When it comes to charities, it's a good idea to introduce this to your kids to instil the concept at an early age. This is something they will not forget when they grow older and they will be more likely to play their part to help less fortunate children both at home and abroad. A good time to start is during a holiday period, such as Christmas. As parents, you can greatly influence your kids to help others and grow into generous adults. By setting this example, there is a strong likelihood that they will do the same as you. Here are some ways of teaching your kids about charity and helping other children. [...]

  • Easy Ways to Keep Your Dental Implants Healthy

    December 6, 2017

    The use of dental implants Toronto is an effective way of dental problems such as lost teeth or decayed teeth. It is also great for your smile. However, to ensure that the implants are functional, you need to take good care of them. Below are simple ways to ensure that the implants remain healthy. [...]

  • The 5 types of plastic surgeries most popular among teenagers

    November 10, 2017

    According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 66,347 teenagers between ages thirteen through nineteen underwent plastic surgery in 2016. These surgeries were mostly conducted to fix a problem, improve a physical characteristic or to look similar to their peers. These are the 5 most popular types of plastic surgeries sought by teens in 2016. [...]

  • How Canadian Plastic Surgeons Help Victims of the Ukraine Conflict

    June 9, 2017

    Most people associate plastic surgery with eyebrow lifts, Botox, liposuction, ant tummy tucks; these are all elective procedures within the purview of cosmetic surgery, which not all plastic surgeons practice in Canada. [...]

  • What to Look for in a Great Retirement Home

    June 4, 2017

    Deciding to go into a retirement home is not an easy decision. Likewise, if you plan to help a loved one into a retirement home, this can be a difficult choice too. But once the choice is made, the good news is that there are a number of retirement home options out there, and if you choose wisely, you can find a lovely place for you or your loved one to call home. If you are seeking more information, you will be able to appreciate the resources at the Sienna Retirement Living Ottawa. [...]

  • When to Seek Damages for Pain and Suffering

    January 24, 2017

    Pain and suffering is a broad and often confusing term that is used to describe the physical and emotional pain a victim may feel after an injury accident. It may also be associated with a death accident in relation to the pain the deceased victim felt or the emotional anguish the surviving family felt after their loss. Compensation for psychological injuries as well as for physical injuries is available through the courts through a civil lawsuit, and you may be wondering when to seek damages through personal injury lawyers. [...]

  • When Do You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

    October 15, 2016

    Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the upper and lower teeth found at the very back of your mouth. They typically appear when a person is between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. If your wisdom teeth have enough space to grow in the right position, you may not need to get them removed. However, most people will experience one or more problems with their wisdom teeth. If you experience one or more of the following issues with your wisdom teeth, it is important that you go to your Oshawa Dentist to be evaluated and referred to a dental clinic that can remove them before they cause further problems. [...]

  • Increase Employee Awareness of Workplace Safety

    September 27, 2016

    There are two significant factors that affect workplace safety. Employers have a moral responsibility to protect employees. There are also regulations that are used to control workplace safety and to prosecute employers who violate the regulations. Signs, stickers and colors can be used to mark safety hazards. A no smoking sign can be used to control the dangers from fire and from cigarette smoke. If there are not any regulations for controlling a particular problem, then employees are forced to negotiate with employers to resolve that problem. [...]

  • Naturopathic Medicine: The Missing Link in Cancer Treatment

    August 25, 2016

    Most people assume that a clinical approach is the only effective way to fight cancer and believe that a Naturopath Victoria B.C has no place in a cancer treatment plan. However, naturopathic medicine has an important role to play in cancer treatment. [...]

  • Facts About Medical Marijuana

    August 17, 2016

    Medical marijuana history is a long and turbulent one that spans over six millenniums. The drug has beaten all odds and achieved significant milestones in its march to gain popularity as a powerful and effective medicine. Also, attitudes about marijuana have rapidly shifted for the better. In this post, we are going to focus on specific facts about this drug. [...]

  • Baby Show

    June 29, 2016

    A prior knowledge of the benefits provided by attending a baby show or baby convention is essential for new and expectant parents before they decide whether or not to participate. At such conventions, both expectant and new parents can visit either the local or international booths expecting to learn something new and exciting. [...]

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    When the doctor schedules a bariatric treatment, such as lap band surgery, there are certain steps to take in advance of the big day. Patients need to adjust their diet, get the right foods, and make arrangements to have someone help out at home afterwards. [...]

  • 5 Questions about Poverty: Halifax Public Libraries

    September 14, 2015

    We are moving out of the country and into downtown Halifax! Our contributor on this 5 Questions about Poverty theme is from Sara Gillis. Sara is a Librarian at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, a branch Halifax Public Libraries. Public libraries, as the name denotes, are public spaces, serving a wide range of clients, among them those struggling with poverty. [...]

  • 5 Questions about Poverty: Hampers for Health, part 2

    September 14, 2015

    This is the second part of Heather Howard’s answers to our five questions about poverty. Heather works with Hampers for Health. Heather speaks about poverty from a very personal perspective.

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    I think low income housing needs [...]

  • 5 Questions about Poverty: Hampers for Health, part 1

    September 14, 2015

    On the blog this week we are pleased to have Heather Howard from Hampers for Health. Heather’s perspectives is unique from our last two contributors because she speaks about poverty from a very personal perspective. Heather’s answers are longer but worthy of your time to read, so we are going to break up this segment [...]

  • 5 Questions about Poverty: Women’s Place Resource Centre

    September 14, 2015

    Welcome back to the next installment in our 5 Questions about Poverty, where we asked various community leaders about the impact of poverty in their work. As you’re reading these, I hope you consider these questions in your own work, your community, your life.

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  • 5 Questions about Poverty: Annapolis County Family Resource Centre

    September 14, 2015

    Our first contributor to this month’s series is Wendy Knowlton, Executive Director, Family Matters, Annapolis County Family Resource Centre. She’s first up to answer 5 questions about poverty. How does poverty impact on your work? How does it play out in what you see everyday?

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  • Asking questions about poverty

    September 14, 2015

    Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized by fools. JK Rowling

    When we are not together talking pop health, members of the TriPop group are [...]

  • We’re not smoke-free yet

    September 14, 2015

    Liz Fraser, Addictions Prevention, South Shore Health

    I recently facilitated a workshop about addiction and harmful use of alcohol, drugs, and gambling. During one presentation, the group were asked about the most common drugs used by Nova Scotian youth. Alcohol and marijuana were easily identified as the top two substances. But even with prompting about [...]

  • Promoting Healthy Social Norms during the Holidays

    September 14, 2015

    By Sarah Anstey – Dietetic Intern, Acadia University

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  • Your State of Mind

    September 14, 2015

    Julie Himmelman, Acadia University Dietetic Intern

    An article that appeared in the September 2012 issue of MacLean’s magazine titled, “The Broken Generation” stood out for me as a recent university graduate. I connected with the article as it spoke about the obstacles and pressures university students experience these days. It was interesting to look into [...]

  • It isn’t one or the other … it is both!

    September 14, 2015

    By: Deanna Beck, Health Promoter

    In a recent Macleans magazine article (Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 –http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/08/14/sir-michael-marmot-on-why-all-matters-are-health-matters/, Sir Michael Marmot spoke about the determinants of health and why virtually everything is a health matter. He recognized the issues early on in his medical career, when he treated patients with medication but sent them back to environments [...]

  • Empowering Beyond Barriers

    September 14, 2015

    by Lisa Garand, CHB Coordinator AVH

    Recently, a collegue send me the link to the following vide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jIIA_kWdHk

    It is very short video raising awareness and sensitivity to the topic of poverty created by Nova Scotians right here in Amherst .

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  • Second Hand Drinking?

    September 14, 2015

    by Erica Brooks, Prevention and Health Promotion Coordinator, Addiction Services, SSH

    In general, we have not seen the concept of “secondhand” applied to alcohol. Secondhand would mean consequences harming third parties. People and communities are constantly harmed by heavy drinking by others. Binge or heavy drinkers are responsible for injury or death to others, violence, [...]

  • Leadership Focusing on Transformation

    September 14, 2015

    By Michelle Helliwell, Library and Knowledge Management Services, Shared Service

    The National Health Leadership Conference met in Halifax in June, amidst coolish, rather April-like weather. Over 700 participants gathered, and the theme running through the conference was clear: transformation. We all know that healthcare in Canada is on some tricky footing right now, and that [...]

  • THRIVE NS! A plan for a healthier NS

    September 14, 2015

    The province is addressing childhood obesity and preventable chronic disease with a plan that focuses on healthy eating and physical activity.

    Premier Darrell Dexter and Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, today, June 7, released Thrive: a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The government-wide effort has 34 main points and $2.045-million in new funding [...]

  • Changing Our Picture of Health

    September 14, 2015

    Janet Knox, CEO, Annapolis Valley Health

    Last year, our Leadership Forum at Annapolis Valley Health viewed a new video from our Tri-District Population Health Working Group called Changing Our Picture of Health. The video challenges us to redefine, rebuild andreconnect our views on health and our contributions to helping people be healthy and stay healthy. [...]

  • Are employment and working conditions a huge determinant of one’s health?

    September 14, 2015

    By: Amanda Mashambe, Cuie Yan and Jenna Reid, Dietetic and Nutrition students, Acadia University

    Yes they are! Due to the great amount of time people spend in their workplaces, employment has a huge impact on one’s level of stress as well as physical, mental and social health (Jackson & Polanyi, 2002). Employment and good working [...]

  • Income and Social Status Effects

    September 14, 2015

    By: Nicole MacIntyre, Shelby DeVan and Ashley Higson, Nutrition and Dietetic Students, Acadia University

    Picture this – you are walking down Main Street, Wolfville and you bump into an old friend from your high school days. They appear to be doing well but underneath it all they are suffering from a pay reduction at work [...]