World Health Organization

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 23, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 5:00pm

This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Key Points: 
  • This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
  • Both community transmission and outbreaks are contributing to COVID-19 spread in Canada, including spread to high risk populations and settings.
  • Canada needs a collective effort, from individuals and public health authorities, to support and sustain the response through to the end of the pandemic, while balancing the health, social and economic consequences.
  • What comes next for us this Fall and Winter is for every one of us to determine, through our decisions and actions.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Key Points: 
  • This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
  • Both community transmission and outbreaks are contributing to COVID-19 spread in Canada, including spread to high risk populations and settings.
  • Canada needs a collective effort, from individuals and public health authorities, to support and sustain the response through to the end of the pandemic, while balancing the health, social and economic consequences.
  • What comes next for us this Fall and Winter is for every one of us to determine, through our decisions and actions.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 21, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 5:00pm

This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Key Points: 
  • This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
  • Both community transmission and outbreaks are contributing to COVID-19 spread in Canada, including spread to high risk populations and settings.
  • Canada needs a collective effort, from individuals and public health authorities, to support and sustain the response through to the end of the pandemic, while balancing the health, social and economic consequences.
  • What comes next for us this Fall and Winter is for every one of us to determine, through our decisions and actions.

Experts Issue Recommendations for Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00pm

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A group of vaccine experts led by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has published recommendations to ensure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Key Points: 
  • PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A group of vaccine experts led by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has published recommendations to ensure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
  • The paper outlines five main principles by which policymakers can implement an equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy:
    Recruit diverse populations to participate in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine to ensure the data reflect the racial, ethnic, age and gender diversity of the US.
  • The authors also recommend establishing benchmarks by which policymakers can measure progress on these recommendations in order to support the goals of equitable vaccine distribution.
  • "Ensuring Equitable Access to Novel COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States: An Overview of the Current System, Challenges, and Opportunities," Health Affairs, Nov. 19, 2020, https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.01554 .

TVM.Bio® Introduces New Tool to Fight COVID Pandemic and Potentially Stop Lockdowns: Smart COVID Card™ Helps Individual Users Verify Negative Disease Status, Keeping Communities, Businesses and Employers Safe Through Data Sharing

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:36pm

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --TVM.Bioofficially announced the release of its patent-pending Smart COVID Cardto help businesses and local governments battle the spread of the ongoing global pandemic (Smart COVID Card https://ScreeningAndTesting.com/ ).

Key Points: 
  • TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --TVM.Bioofficially announced the release of its patent-pending Smart COVID Cardto help businesses and local governments battle the spread of the ongoing global pandemic (Smart COVID Card https://ScreeningAndTesting.com/ ).
  • Used voluntarily, and in tandem with TVM.Bio's highly accurate rapid-response COVID-19 mobile testing facilities, the Smart COVID Card can help red-zone lockdown areas bring the pandemic under control.
  • But what use is this information if it is not securely stored and voluntarily shared in real time?
  • And individuals need a way to accurately communicate their COVID infection status, because individual businesses and citizens who are COVID negative should be free from lockdowns.

Vizient Urges Congress to Again Support Hospitals in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 3:26pm

As COVID-19 rates continue to rise throughout the country, Vizient, Inc. today shared a letter with House and Senate leadership urging Congress to continue pandemic response efforts by passing another legislative relief package.

Key Points: 
  • As COVID-19 rates continue to rise throughout the country, Vizient, Inc. today shared a letter with House and Senate leadership urging Congress to continue pandemic response efforts by passing another legislative relief package.
  • More specifically, Vizient emphasized the need for Congress to consider providing hazard pay to front line clinical workers and liability protections for hospitals and health care workers operating in good faith to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Vizients recommendations also identified legislation to aid in the development of physician leaders, policies that assist state Medicaid programs and opportunities to support vaccine access.
  • Those efforts should include additional policies to support hospitals in future COVID-19 relief legislation.

Canadian Mental Health Association introduces BounceBack®

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

"As demand for mental health supports increases due to COVID-19, Bell Let's Talk is proud to help CMHA grow the reach of its proven BounceBack program.

Key Points: 
  • "As demand for mental health supports increases due to COVID-19, Bell Let's Talk is proud to help CMHA grow the reach of its proven BounceBack program.
  • It's a key initiative in the special Bell Let's Talk funding program for leading Canadian mental health organizations developed in response to the COVID crisis."
  • Bell announced a $5 million increase in Bell Let's Talk funding in response to COVID-19 with immediate support for 5 organizations delivering urgent mental health support on the front lines of Canadian communities, including $1 millionto expand BounceBack.
  • Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada.

Healthmap Solutions Earns National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Population Health Program Accreditation

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 2:05pm

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthmap Solutions, Inc. (Healthmap), an industry-leading Kidney Health Management (KHM) company, today announced it has earned Population Health Program (PHP) Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Key Points: 
  • TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthmap Solutions, Inc. (Healthmap), an industry-leading Kidney Health Management (KHM) company, today announced it has earned Population Health Program (PHP) Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
  • It is only the second year the NCQA has included a Population Health Program accreditation and Healthmap is among the first KHM companies to have earned this distinction.
  • Earning NCQA accreditation with Healthmaps initial application speaks to the strength and quality of our proven, industry-leading population health program.
  • NCQA Population Health Program Accreditation requirementsensure that organizations align their operations with population health management best practices, improving management of individuals with complex needs.Requirements cover data integration, population assessment, population segmentation, targeted interventions, practitioner support, and measurement and quality improvement.

CDC Foundation Launches Crush COVID-19 Campaign to Meet Urgent Needs Caused by Pandemic

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:03pm

The CDC Foundation activated its emergency response fund in January to meet critical public health protection needs for the COVID-19 response.

Key Points: 
  • The CDC Foundation activated its emergency response fund in January to meet critical public health protection needs for the COVID-19 response.
  • With the pandemic rapidly spreading in America and globally, the CDC Foundation is ramping up its emergency response to support urgent public health protection needs identified by CDC and state and local health departments.
  • To be able to continue to respond to the immense needs and crush COVID-19, the CDC Foundation is intensifying its fundraising efforts, including its highly successful crowdfunding campaign .
  • The CDC Foundation is seeking immediate, significant resources to support the most critical COVID-19 response needs during this phase of the pandemic.

CMA President statement on rising COVID-19 case numbers: Time for political resolve

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 4:02pm

Right now, our health care system and everyone who works in it is getting the short end of the stick.

Key Points: 
  • Right now, our health care system and everyone who works in it is getting the short end of the stick.
  • We are calling on our leaders to show political resolve as we continue to battle COVID-19.
  • With case numbers on the rise this week, Alberta physicians called on the government to impose a "circuit-breaker" immediate two-week emergency lockdown.
  • While we, as physicians and health workers, do our part, we must demand that our political leaders do the same by prioritizing health above all.