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Gender and health data and statistics: An annotated resource guide

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This new resource guide contains 103 annotated resources on gender and health data and statistics

Health data that take gender into account are critical for generating evidence on best practices and for advancing and informing health policies, which will improve the health of women and families.

This guide arose from the “policy dialogue to strengthen evidence to improve women’s health through gender and health statistics,” held in Washington DC in 2010.

One of the items included is Guidelines for Gender-Based Analysis of Health Data for Decision Making, by CWHN’s partner, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence.

Read more about the guide and download it from the Measure Evaluation website.

New! Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

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The new book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, by Florence Williams, has been attracting lots of attention lately.

Williams focuses on the importance of understanding breasts as more than sex objects, showing how they act as "a particularly fine mirror of our industrial lives." 

Of particular interest is the author’s examination of how breasts are very vulnerable to toxins produced in our society and that we need to go "upstream" to protect breast health. She argues for large scale, systemic changes to prevent diseases such as breast cancer – and not just changes to our individual lifestyles.

Listen to a story about it on National Public Radio, Just What's Inside Those Breasts?

Read an interview with the author in Maclean’s, In conversation: Florence Williams - On why we have breasts, what we don’t know about implants, and the future of breastfeeding

Visit the author’s website.

 

New Canadian mental health strategy launched

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Canada’s first strategy to improve the mental health of all Canadians was publicly released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Commission) this week, which is Mental Health Week.

Visit the Commission’s website for more information about the strategy and to download Changing Directions, Changing Lives.

The strategy includes some discussion about disparities and social determinants and has a short section on gender and sexual orientation and pieces on patient's rights.

Stay tuned for responses to this strategy over the coming days and weeks, on how the strategy has responded to appeals for a stronger gender analysis in mental health that the CWHN and the centres of excellence in women’s health have been asking for, for many years.

To learn more about current research into gender and mental health in Canada, visit The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University.

The safety and effectiveness of generic drugs – update from Health Canada

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From Health Canada:

More and more, generic drugs are being used to fill prescriptions. Canadians want to be sure that generic drugs are as safe and effective as brand name drugs.  

The It's Your Health article on The Safety and Effectiveness of Generic Drugs has been updated with new information and is now available from Health Canada.

It Takes a Village: New comic book on Aboriginal maternal child health

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The Healthy Aboriginal Network (HAN) has launched a new maternal child health comic book.

It Takes a Village is about Lara, a young mom-to-be that is visited by Danis, also a young mom. Danis teaches Lara (visually) the importance of eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol, breastfeeding, keeping dad involved and bonding with her baby. The story was focus group tested online with health professionals and in-person with young, Aboriginal moms.

HAN gratefully acknowledges the support of Health Canada on this project.

You can find a preview of the book, as well as pricing, on their website. Please send an email to sean@thehealthyaboriginal.net if you'd like to order this, or any other of their health and social comic books. Custom rear resource covers are available for high volume, provincial and national distribution.

Why bring a gender and inequity lens to tobacco?

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The Spring edition of The Net, a newsletter produced by The International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT), and sponsored by the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, came out in time for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapor.

To download your copy, please click here.

Population-specific HIV/AIDS status report: Women

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New, from the Public Health Agency of Canada:

Population-specific HIV/AIDS status report: Women is the third in a series of eight reports being prepared by the Public Health Agency of Canada on populations particularly affected by HIV/AIDS in Canada. 

This is the first time that HIV/AIDS-related information specific to women in Canada has been presented in such a comprehensive manner. The status report includes women-focused demographic information and epidemiological data about HIV and AIDS in Canada; information on the determinants of health as they impact the vulnerability and resilience of women to HIV/AIDS; a description of current Canadian research; and a discussion of the current Canadian response to HIV/AIDS among women. 

View the report.

The report is also available by contacting the Agency’s Centre for Communicable Disease and Infection Control (cdic-clmti@phac-aspc.gc.ca) or from the CATIE Ordering Centre

New report shows seniors in need and caregivers in distress

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The Health Council of Canada has just released their report, Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada?

In every region examined, the majority of home care clients are women.

Some other important points about gender and home care to note in this report:

-       Caregivers are most often women.

-       Approximately half of the men studied in this report are married, compared to fewer than one-quarter of the women. Married seniors may have an advantage as the primary caregiver is most commonly a spouse (and most often a woman).

-       The proportion of elderly women with no surviving children is expected to increase considerably in the next 30 years.

The CWHN with the Centres of Excellence in Women’s Health have done extensive work bringing to light the gender issues in home care in Canada. For a strong perspective on women and home care in Canada, read some of these resources we have produced:

Women and home care: why does home care matter to women?

One hundred years of caregiving

Why having a national home care program is a women's issue

Network/Le Réseau Spring/Summer 2002 - Special issue: Women and Home Care.

You can also search our database to find many other resources on women and home care.

Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV

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This easy to read Guide by the Positive Women’s Network aims to provide newly diagnosed women with simple, basic information about HIV and the changes it could bring to their lives.

The Pocket Guide provides simple, basic and easy-to-read information about HIV for newly diagnosed women:

  • Where to Start: HIV basics, how HIV affects women, finding a doctor
  • Living with HIV: information on treatments, alternative therapies, pregnancy, injection drugs, hepatitis C, nutrition
  • HIV & Relationships: disclosure, safer sex, motherhood, children with HIV

Ordering info: For 20 or fewer Pocket Guides, you can email them to send them to you.

Otherwise, you can order them in bulk through the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange or download a PDF version.

The Pocket Guide is also available for download in French.

Montreal Health Press publications are now online!

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A milestone in the Canadian women’s health movement!

The many publications that make up the archives of the Montreal Health Press have been scanned by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and are now online. 

The first publication of the MHP was the Birth Control Handbook, published 1968 at a time when it was still illegal to give out information about contraception in Canada. This and subsequent guides to the successful use of birth control methods have influenced and helped generations of women and men for over 40 years.

Find the Montreal Health Press collection in the museum’s archives.

 

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