State of BC Health - October 2021

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State of BC Health October 2021

Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

UPDATE BCHC Annual General Meeting - November 9th

Members of BC Health Coalition are encouraged to attend our Annual General Meeting on November 9th from 11AM-3PM (with a break at noon). This is your chance to learn about the state of the coalition and our work, and to get involved in shaping the direction of our organization. If you are a member, please register here*.

ADM Thomas at BCHC AGM 2021

This year we are honoured to welcome Dawn Thomas as a guest speaker for our AGM Keynote Webinar at 11AM. Dawn is Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Health and Reconciliation. She will speaking about the "In Plain Sight" report released last year which showed how anti-Indigenous racism exists within the health care system. ADM Thomas will be sharing progress updates on... the recommendations in the report as we approach the one year anniversary of the report release. This will be an opportunity for you to hear about what we can do to address Indigenous-specific racism in health care. This keynote webinar is open to the public and the webinar can be accessed at this Zoom link on the day of the AGM.

*Is your membership up to date? Remember to renew your membership prior to the AGM.*


A vision for public mental health care

The time is now for public mental health care. Our current public health care system covers few mental health resources, and what is covered is often too little, too late. It doesn't have to be this way.

In this second part of a mental health panel series on November 25th, the BC Health Coalition will bring together key leaders in the area of mental health to explore a vision for public mental health care. Click here to register.

End BC's health care wait period for immigrants

The BC government has walked back on the decision to cut off COVID-related care coverage for new BC residents. While this is temporary relief, it's not enough. Sign the petition to permanently remove the 3-month wait time, an ineffective and cruel treatment of new immigrants in BC.

OPINION Canada has a health-care investment problem

"Public health coverage is deep but narrow, and Canada spends less on health than other OECD countries. Canadians deserve smarter health investments".

Read this piece by Dr. Danyaal Raza, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, family doctor with St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto and a Broadbent Institute Policy fellow.


    • Engage with Health Standards Organization's (HSO) National Long-Term Care Services Standard process. Consultation Workbooks can be submitted until December 1st, 2021. Read more HERE.
    • The 'Safe Supply' Movement Aims to Curb Drug Deaths Linked to the Opioid Crisis. “I’m not a criminal, and obviously, Moms Stop the Harm aren’t criminals,” Kalicum says. “We’re just sick of it. We’re sick of our friends dying”. Read more HERE.
    • Care work is vital work. Read the Canadian Labour Congress letter to PM Trudeau on the Global Day of Action for Care 2021 HERE.
    • The South Vancouver Seniors Network (SVSN) Weekly Live Webinars. The webinars take place every Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30am via Zoom. The goal of the interactive webinars is to connect seniors with government and community leaders and experts in real time, to provide seniors an opportunity to engage and advocate for themselves and their community. To take part in the webinars please be in touch with Andrea Krombein at 778-668-3634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your name to the invitation list
    • Care Can't Wait - long-term care needs a long-term fix. Learn about Hospital Employees' Union new campaign to fix LTC. Help turn the government’s commitment into action. Show your support for better seniors’ care HERE.

    • Report back: advocating for a made-in-BC model of decriminalization. Read an update on Pivot’s participation in BC’s process, their positions respecting decriminalization and threshold quantities, and their conditions for supporting and providing input on BC's proposed model. Learn more HERE.
    • Canadian Mental Health Association's Care to Speak program is a free, non-judgmental and confidential mental health support service for those working in healthcare. Users are supported by a peer support volunteer who has experience in healthcare and have undergone thorough training and interviewing. Learn more HERE.

HERE to donate to the BC Health Coalition

Donations by cheque can be made out to BC Health Coalition and mailed to BC Health Coalition 302-3102 Main Street Vancouver BC V5T 3G7.

If you would like to set up monthly donations by cheque, please fill out this Donation Form and mail it in with a void cheque.


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