News Topics: Child Health


Systems gaps identified in new RCYBC report on teen suicide

Bernard Richard, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, as released Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story, which draws from the death of a 17-year-old the lesson that major gaps exist in BC’s youth mental health system. Richard calls on BC’s new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to take the lead in MORE


Case study of prenatal nutrition care in a rural First Nations community

This qualitative project is a collaboration between First Nations Health Authority, Haisla Nation, and The University of British Columbia. Using a community-centric, case study framework, the study explores the experiences of the birthing population and care providers of accessing and providing nutrition care and programs within the Northern community of MORE


Vancouver Foundation grants for early years, education, children and youth

Vancouver Foundation Education and Training field of interest grant guidelines are available – applications open October 2, 2017. These grants supports projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia in order to influence and change the systems that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces MORE


Film making program for at-risk youth seeks participants, Lower Mainland

The Frames Film Program is looking for referrals for their upcoming session and seeking youth ages 16 to 30 living in the Lower Mainland. All youth who face a barrier of any kind (such as homelessness, mental health challenges, unemployment, marginalization) are welcome to apply. The program starts October 4 at Drive Youth Employment Services. Further MORE


Canada lags behind rich nations in meeting SDGs for children

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016, set ambitious targets that apply to rich countries as well as poor. The most telling sign of a nation’s progress towards meeting those goals will be how well it meets the needs of its children. The June 2017 UNICEF report card, Building the Future: MORE

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NDP Appoint Gender-Balanced Cabinet, Achieve Parity in BC Legislature

On Tuesday, the new NDP government appointed a gender-balanced cabinet consisting of 11 women and 11 men. This bodes well for key policy recommendations made by First Call, efforts to reduce economic inequality, and of course for children and youth: “…increased gender parity in education lowers infant and child mortality rates, lowers maternal MORE