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Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on Global Increase in Measles and Risk to Canada


February 23, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Global health authorities are reporting a significant increase in measles in 2023 that continues into 2024, due in part to a decline in measles vaccinations during the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 79% increase in the number of global measles cases in 2023 compared to 2022. While cases can occur anywhere in the world, there has been a notable recent increase in the WHO European region.

As we head into the spring break travel season, I am concerned that the global surge in measles activity, combined with the decline in measles vaccine coverage among school-aged children in Canada, could lead to an increase in imported measles cases, potentially resulting in transmission in communities in Canada. I strongly advise everyone in Canada to be vaccinated with two doses of a measles vaccine, especially before travelling. If needed, measles vaccination should optimally be given at least two weeks before departure, but there are still benefits if given less than two weeks before travelling.

Although measles has been eliminated in Canada, cases can still occur here when an individual who is not fully vaccinated has travelled to or from a country where measles is circulating. Imported cases can lead to subsequent spread of measles in Canada among unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people. As of February 23, 2024, we are aware of six measles cases in Canada, some of whom have required hospitalization. Most of these

The Ottawa Hospital and YouTube Health partner to increase access to health information in Canada

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Through evidence-based videos in English and French, this partnership aims to make health information more available for everyone.

In an effort to increase access to local health resources and information, The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and YouTube Health have partnered to deliver quality health information to Canadians. Through videos in both English and French, TOH will develop critical information that Canadians need on a variety of common health conditions, including the common cold, HIV, infertility and meningitis.

“There is a need to make health information — especially in French — more accessible and readily available to folks in the community,” said Melanie Gruer, Chief Communications Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. “Partnering with YouTube Health allows our medical experts to connect with viewers and share information about common health conditions through a platform they are already familiar with.”

YouTube currently reaches 98 per cent of Canadians ages 18 years and older. This partnership will help ensure that local YouTube viewers have access to accurate and high-quality health information. Other conditions that will be covered in these videos include Alzheimer’s disease, appendicitis, fatty liver disease, myocarditis, anemia, coronary artery disease and many more. 

“Our focus at YouTube Health is to make high-quality health information accessible to all Canadians,” said Soneeka Patel, YouTube Canada’s Health Lead. “Through our partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Canada, we’ll be able to leverage the scale of YouTube to connect Canadians with health information that is both evidence-based and culturally relevant.”

The Ottawa Hospital is always focused on improving access to health resources. The partnership with YouTube Health is

Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Funding to Increase Capacity for Behavioral Health Services

SAMSHA Announces $36.9 Million in Behavioral Health Funding Opportunities CMS Issues Guidance Expanding the Availability of Enhanced Medicaid Funding for Behavioral Health Care Providers

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced $36.9 million in notices of funding opportunities for grant programs supporting behavioral health services across the country. Additionally, HHS, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), issued guidance that allows states to expand the pool of behavioral health care providers eligible for enhanced federal Medicaid funding, which will better support this critical workforce as well as improve access to care. The guidance also allows states to claim federal dollars for nurse advice lines.

“We are committed to providing communities with the resources they need to address mental health and substance use needs,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We know that supporting the development and delivery of community-based behavioral health services promotes positive outcomes and advances health equity across the country.”

“With these announcements today, we are furthering our commitment to transforming behavioral health,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm. “Our continued investments in community programs, and in growing the capacity of our system – from prevention to treatment and recovery – are critical to meeting people where they are.”

The SAMHSA grant programs support the Biden-Harris Administration’s priorities to address the overdose and mental health crises, key pillars of the Biden-Harris Unity Agenda. The grant funding opportunities are:

Hospital program to increase patients’ access to their health records

Patients at Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital now have a new way of accessing their health records and receiving information from their care team.

The two hospitals last week launched My Connected Care, an online portal that allows patients to view things such as laboratory and diagnostic reports, read clinical notes from their care team and book upcoming appointments.

This program was developed due to the growing trend of leveraging digital systems to “empower patients,” said Dr. Payal Agarwal, joint chief medical information officer for both hospitals.

“We know that patients who have access to their own information, feel more empowered, feel that they’re better positioned to be active members of their care team and that it actually creates more trust between patients and the health system,” Argawal explained.

“Previously there was a sort of a more clunky, longer way for patients to access their records through paper, but this new portal is great because it gives patients essentially real-time access to a lot of their health information,” she said.

The program is intended to enhance the personal aspect of healthcare and not take away from it, said Argarwal

“Having that time to reflect on your results, either before the time you have with your care team or after the time you have with your care team to come more prepared with questions [next time], can actually really enhance the value of that time you have with your provider.”

My Connected Care was soft launched last November in selected clinics in the hospitals, including the Heart Function Clinic at St. Mary’s.

“My Connected Care has empowered me,” said Greg Griffin, a patient in that clinic, in a release announcing the program. “I feel like a full partner in the management of my healthcare.”

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Ottawa plans to increase health-care wait times

Provinces penalized for allowing patients to pay for their own medical scans at private clinics

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The Trudeau government recently announced it will be taking action to increase health-care wait times in Canada. That wasn’t exactly how it worded

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