Ounces and Pounds...ACAHO Member investments to Address Infectious Diseases and Emergency Preparedness

For the most part, when Canadians think about the future of health and health care in Canada, it is usually in the context of accessing quality health services on a timely basis. Notwithstanding the need to continue to look for new and innovative ways in which to manage and deliver care that meets the changing health needs of Canadians, there is also a growing recognition that we need to invest additional resources in a range of public health activities such as health promotion, health protection, disease and injury prevention, health assessment and surveillance, including pandemic planning, and emergency preparedness.

As much as members of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) focus on the care delivery process - along with its training & education, and health research missions - there is an increasing convergence on the symbiotic relationship between upstream investments in public health initiatives and their downstream linkages to the formal health care system.

June 15, 2006

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