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Continuing Professional Development Symposium & Annual Events

Sunday, May 27 to Thursday, May 31, 2018  /  Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, QC

PHPC will host its thirteenth annual Continuing Professional Development Symposium in Montreal on May 27-28, 2018 as part of the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association, Public Health 2018. 

Registration for CPHA Public Health 2018 including the PHPC CPD Symposium & Annual Events:

CPHA early bird registration deadline: April 6th

PHPC events and  Public health 2018

PHPC CPD Symposium & Events only

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PHPC CPD Symposium Day 1

Day 1: Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal Quebec

PHPC Annual General Meeting
09:00 - 10:00

Join us at the AGM to hear highlights of what PHPC accomplished in the past year and help set the direction in the years moving forward.

Who’s Table? Reframing Our Public Health Language to Work Across Sectors
10:00 - 10:30

While the appetite by public health for intersectoral action to address complex issues and the social determinants of health has grown, our ability to impact change remains insufficient. We argue that the language and terminology we employ within public health activities with other sectors remains one of the greatest barriers. Recognizing ‘who’s table’ we are at, and learning their language and terminology is one strategy that may open new opportunities to advance public health issues. Opportunities and challenges with this perspective will be explored in this interactive discussion-based session

Navigating the politics of resource extraction, industrial or infrastructure projects while maintaining scientific independence as a Public Health physician.
11:00 - 12:30

This session was created in direct response to our membership’s feedback and will consist of a panel of PHPC members with experience in managing resource extraction, industrial or infrastructure projects in their jurisdiction.  The first half of the session will consist of each panelist speaking to their experience and outlining strategies and techniques they employed.  The second half of the session will engage the group at-large to discuss, ask questions, learn from each other and identify gaps for the Scientific Independence Termination Risk Task Group to advocate on or address further.

Advocacy training session - presented by the Canadian Medical Association
13:30 - 15:00

The CMA offers training to help groups of physicians hone their advocacy skills. Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or just starting out, this session will help you build the skills and knowledge you need to be a more effective advocate.

Topics include:

  • tips for meeting MPs
  • media training
  • an overview of federal politics
  • how government works
  • communicating your message

Advocacy & Current Issues Committee Policy Forum
15:30 - 17:00

The Policy Forum is an opportunity for participants to have direct influence on PHPC's policy and advocacy initiatives.

This event is open to all physicians working in Public Health

PHPC Continuing Professional Development Symposium Day 2: Is the Grass Really Greener in Other Public Health Regions?

Day 2: Monday, May 27th, 2018
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal Quebec

Public Health in the Era of Trump
08:00 - 09:00

This breakfast session will explore changes being made in the U.S. political arena have the potential to directly and indirectly impact public health practice in both the United States and Canada. This breakfast session will bring experts from both sides of the border to review the changes that have occurred thus far during U.S. President Donald Trump’s term, and provide critical analysis and insight into what the changes mean for public health practitioners and partners and how the changes might differentially impact Canadian and U.S. agencies.

Is the Grass Always Greener in the Other Public Health Region?

This session will engage public health and preventive medicine (PHPM) specialists and other physicians working in public health and provide a forum to discuss specific public health practice scenarios and cases related to the jurisdictional health system the presenter operates in.  The structure, organization and enabling legislation of public health differs dramatically between (and within) jurisdictions in Canada. How does this impact public health outcomes? How does this impact your role and your work? How might things have been different in another jurisdiction? How can we learn from each other to advocate for a more optimal structure?  Is this even possible? The M&M Rounds format will provide a forum for public health physicians and residents to explore challenging cases and the public health systems they arise in.

This event is open to all physicians working in Public Health

PHPC Annual General Meeting

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 09:00 - 10:00
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal Quebec

Join us at the AGM to hear highlights of what PHPC accomplished in the past year and help set the direction in the years moving forward.

PHPC's Annual Society Dinner

Monday, May 28, 2018

Location: Modavie (1 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC)

Join the networking dinner for public health and preventive medicine specialists and other physicians working in public health

PHPC Resident Social

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 18:30 - 22:00 PM

 Location: Les 3 Brasseurs (732 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, QC)

Join PHPM residents from across the country for a casual get-together and dinner.  All PHPC members are invited to attend.

PHPC Collaborator Session: Shaping the future of public health services

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 13:00 - 14:30
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal Quebec

Building on the principles identified in the plenary discussion: Health for All and the future of public health, this workshop will delve deeper into the question of “How must public health services be structured to reduce persistent health inequalities and improve population health outcomes, including quality of life, for all Canadians?” 

Panelists will discuss what these principles could look like in action and identify potential steps forward.  In group discussions, participants will identify additional principles and ways to begin implementation in the current climate of health system restructuring across Canada.  

Rural, Remote & Northern Public Health Network Reception

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 17:00 - 19:30 PM

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

The second annual face to face meeting of rurally involved public health physicians is provided to further develop the formalized Rural, Remote and Northern Public Health Network of Canada.  

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