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Patient Wait Times Guarantees

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Health Canada

Patient Wait Times Guarantees (PWTGs) are important tools to help provide certainty for patients, build public confidence in the public health system and enhance system accountability. As international experience has shown, PWTGs can be designed to meet particular needs as part of a multi-pronged access strategy.

For more on this, please visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2007/2007_wait-delai-bk1_e.html

Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2007

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Plan International

This 98-page publication summarizes issues of inequality and poverty faced by many girls and includes relevant tables and statistics. This is the first of several reports on the topic to come from Plan International, and it offers an eight-point plan listing steps through which individuals, organizations, and governments can contribute to improve girls' lives.

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Overlooked and Uninformed: Young Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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International Women's Health Coalition, 2007

This is the first in a series of briefs on very young adolescents (10-14 years old). This brief highlights the challenges faced by policy-makers, health professionals, and other adults, as well as young people themselves, in protecting their health and rights.

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UNESCO Guidelines on Language and Content in HIV- and AIDS-Related Materials

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Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The guidelines are intended to assist anyone involved in the development, revision and editing of HIV and AIDS related materials and have been developed through a process of consultation with key stakeholders in HIV and AIDS work.

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Stolen money and stolen health-older adults and financial abuse

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From the Canadian Health Network

Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse reported by older adults. A senior who is financially abused is often also subject to other types of abuse , such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Most financial abuse of older adults is by members of their own families. Older adults may also be the victims of financial fraud, specifically targeted at seniors. The financial exploitation of older adults is under reported, as with many forms of abuse.

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Read more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

You can prevent a stroke!

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From the Canadian Health Network

Stroke, a brain attack, is a medical emergency. It happens when blood flow to a part of the brain is cut off. Brain cells in the injured area become damaged or die due to lack of oxygen. The effects of stroke can be devastating to both the victim and the victim's family, particularly when the victim is robbed of strength and independence thereby affecting their personal relationships and ability to work.

Fortunately, this emergency is avoidable. "Stroke can be prevented by what we call risk factor control," says Jeerakathil. There are certain conditions and lifestyle choices that can put you at a greater, or lesser, risk for stroke.

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June is Stroke Awareness month!

Vacation planning for people with disabilities

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From the Canadian Health Network

For people with disabilities, accessibility issues can sometimes make organizing a vacation difficult: but with a little time and lots of planning ahead, your trip can be as enjoyable and relaxing as a vacation is supposed to be.

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Language Access Solutions for OB/GYN Medical Practices

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District 1X California, 2004

The ACOG District IX, California, initiated a project in 2004 to explore approaches employed by its physician members to communicate with patients with limited (LEP) or no English language proficiency. The project employed a series of focus groups of physicians and consumers and a survey of District IX's membership to catalogue physician.

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HPO 20th Anniversary Presentations

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The (Health Promotion Ontario) HPO executive was thrilled with the attendance and response to our 20th anniversary conference, May 10-11, 2007 . 68 Health Promoters from across Ontario gathered in Toronto and shared ideas, learned from keynote speaker John Garcia , and panelists Ronald Labonte , Pegeen Walsh , Paul McDonald, and Suzanne Jackson . The conference also featured presentations by Alycia Fridkin , Brian Hyndman and Gayle Bursey on Health Promotion Competencies.

Presentations are now available for download

JAMA-français

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new online edition of the journal: JAMA-français, the weekly French-language online edition of JAMA. Each week, a selection of articles from JAMA are translated into French by the journal's expert medical translators and published simultaneously with the English-language edition. This is no small accomplishment. In fact, of the leading international weekly medical journals, JAMA is the only one with an online edition published simultaneously in a second language.

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