Learn about connecting seniors to volunteer supports and more | Summer 2020
 
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Summer 2020 - Welcome back!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a health emergency for B.C., Canada and countries around the world. A Picture of Health was paused from February to September 2020, to allow the ministry, the provincial health office, health authorities and key stakeholders to focus on reducing transmission and protecting public health. Stay tuned for future issues that will highlight health-care partners' and the ministry’s work during the pandemic. 
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B.C. mobilizes to support the most vulnerable

Not only are older British Columbians at higher risk of developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19, but for many seniors, their regular support networks were disrupted by the pandemic. This created a need to address non-medical supports for seniors, such as delivering groceries, to ensure they are able stay safe in their homes. At the same time volunteers from across the province were needed to support seniors - prompting a province-wide response and mobilization.
Learn more about connecting seniors to volunteer and community supports.
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Primary Care Patient Voices - Sharing ideas to improve primary care networks in B.C.

Throughout B.C., the primary health-care system is changing – and as part of that change, so is the role of patients, families and caregivers. Through a partnership with Patient Voices Network and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC), patients, families and caregivers are increasingly being sought out to be part of the team. Not only in their own health decisions, but at all levels of planning, delivery, and implementation of B.C.‘s health care system. 
Learn more at Primary Care Patient Voices.
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Reducing the spread of COVID-19

Since February, Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix have been providing regular updates on the Province‘s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes issuing Orders as needed.
Learn more at PHO.

BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Resources

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection control measures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are continuously updated and made available online. 
Learn more at BCCDC.
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Partner Snapshot
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Popo project helps seniors at MSJ residence with COVID-19 isolation

The Popo project (‘popo’ is Chinese for ‘grandma’) by UBC faculty and students is helping residents at long-term care homes stay connected with families and make new friends with the use of technology.
Read more about it in Providence Health Care’s The Daily Scan.
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Online Clinic and Information Line answers 12,000 calls

Just two months after launching, the Northern Health Online Clinic and Information Line has answered over 12,000 calls from Northerners!
Learn more at Northern Health.

COVID-19 antibody testing underway on Cormorant Island

Island Health and the BCCDC are supporting a community-led effort to learn more about COVID-19 and the cluster of cases on Cormorant Island.
Learn more at Island Health.

From HIV to COVID-19: how research pivoted in the face of the pandemic

Until mid-March, PhD student Natalie Kinloch had been completely focused on her HIV genetics research. But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and suddenly, everything changed.
Learn more at Providence Health.
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Ministry News

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About Us

A Picture of Health is an online newsletter focused on telling the provincial health care transformation story. This online resource for B.C.'s health sector is aimed at keeping our health system partners up-to-date on the work to improve patient experiences and outcomes.  This issue can be found the B.C. Government website along with frequently asked questions. 
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