History of Public Health


The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) marked its centenary in 2010. This voluntary, non-governmental organization was formed by a small group of doctors who were concerned about the state of public health in Canada. CPHA used the centenary of its founding to celebrate the great achievements of public health in Canada. Our goal was to increase awareness of the history of public health in Canada and increase understanding that health is determined by many factors which are outside of the health care system.

During our centenary year, we explored our public health past through a website, a history book, and through an exhibit that was unveiled at the centenary conference in June 2010.
 

The History e-Book

This is Public Health: A Canadian History is an interactive e-book. It’s engaging, richly illustrated, suitable for a broad audience and available as a free download. Canadian public health history is now accessible and easy to share!

The Virtual expo

This is Public Health! is a “walking tour” of the last 100 years in Canadian public health. The EXPO celebrates our achievements and profiles the people who made them happen.

12 Great Achievements

The average lifespan of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s, and 25 of those years are attributable to advances in public health. There are various public health achievements that led to this remarkable feat.

Milestones in Public Health

Window on Public Health

1933: Eye disease and grandmothers

[Among the Indians of Western Canada], many cases of trachoma noted in the children are undoubtedly attributable to aged grandmothers who occupy the same dwellings.

Clennel Evelyn Van Rooyen

Pioneer in the Development of the Polio Vaccine

1998: National nutrition guidelines for infants released

Ottawa—Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and Dietitians of Canada (DC) released comprehensive guidelines to assist health care professionals in providing parents and caregivers across Canada with consistent information on infant nutrition. Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants, authored by the three organizations, contains 50 recommendations to keep infants healthy, growing well and free from chronic disease.

Video galleries

CPHA Centenary poster

This is Public Health

This is public health

Centenary Video