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Is Depression a Disease? An Open Letter to the Editor of the Globe and Mail By Neil Seeman

DEFINITIONS (to keep in mind as you follow the G8|G20

Maternal Health
Defined by its marker: Maternal death
: (See map here) the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes. The major direct causes of maternal mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour. (ref: WHO). Canada ranks: 7the best (2005).Child Health
Defined by its marker: Child mortality: (See map here) the probability of a child born in a specific year or period dying before reaching the age of five. Infant mortality rate is the probability of a child born in a specific year or period dying before reaching the age of one. Under-5 mortality rate is a leading indicator of the level of child health. For Canada: Infant mortality rate in 2005 (per 1 000 live births) ranks: 6th best (males) 5th best (females).

Will the G8|G20 make a difference? Here’s the full agenda . . . Global health the G20 challenge (PDF)

This Just In: Systems Designed to Fail, Fail Steven Lewis
Workplace Rudeness: A New Pandemic? Neil Seeman
A WestJet Healthcare System? Steven Lewis
AMA, BMJ, and the Innovator’s Transparency Rule Neil Seeman

Preserving system will require urgent reforms (PDF). From TD Economics: Fiscal challenge threatens Ontario’s health care system. For the record: OPSEU is partial to blue. That is if South Bruce Grey Health Centre will require uniforms for their new multi-purpose workers.

Creating Value in Canadian Healthcare: More, Better Care for the Dollars We Spend | Our last Breakfast with the Chiefs until September.

We featured Brian Golden, Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor of Health Sector Strategy at The University of Toronto and The University Health Network and Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

In cooperation with: ACAHO, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. And sponsored by:  Accenture, CGI, and KPMG. Thanks to this sponsorship see and hear it here by video. Free access.

Awarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services for their preliminary 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It recommends that Americans eat less fat, sugar, and salt, and more vegetables and whole grains. The recommendations encourage adopting “a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.” It’s a “daunting public health challenge” of promoting healthy eating in the face of “powerful influences that promote unhealthy consumer choices, behaviors, and lifestyles.” More here.

Here are 50 of the top wage earners in British Columbia’s Health Sector. The full list (some 30,000) is available from the Vancouver Sun.

Our top ten last week:

The Margret Comack Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Ted Freedman Award for Innovation in Education and the Leading Practice Awards. All awards will be presented at HealthAchieve2010 held on November 8 to 10 in Toronto. 

 Photo review of HealthAchieve2009 (PDF). For Awards Sponsorship Opportunities, contact Matthew Hart

A Strategy for Recruiting and Retaining Health Information Management Professionals
Catherine Claiter and Irene Wright


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Healthcare Quarterly
An Integrated, Population-Based Framework for Knowledge Management for Cancer Control
Neil A. Hagen, Peter Craighead and Rosmin Esmail

Internationally Educated Health Professionals and the Challenge of Workforce Distribution
Michel D. Landry, Neeru Gupta and Joshua Tepper

Nursing Leadership
The BC Educator Pathway Collaborative Framework: Creating the Foundation for Nursing Education Capacity
Patricia Semeniuk, Barbara Mildon, Mary Ellen Purkis, Sally Thorne and Patricia Wejr

Healthcare Policy
Perspectives of an Interdisciplinary Research Team to Engage Practice: Lessons from a Knowledge Exchange Trainee Experience
Robin L. Urquhart, Grace M. Johnston, Shauna M. McVorran and Fred I. Burge

Electronic Healthcare
New Brunswick’s E-health Strategy and the Evolution of Regionalization
Patrick Powers

World Health and Population
A Participatory Approach to Assessing Refugee Perceptions of Health Services
Brett D. Nelson, Marya Getchell, Stephanie Rosborough, Benjamin Atwine, Elijah Okeyo and P. Gregg Greenough


Plans are underway for the 2010/2011 season starting in September 2010. Watch this space for announcements of upcoming sessions  Sign up for New Event Alerts here.
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, please contact Matthew Hart at 416-864-9667 x113 or email mhart@longwoods.com The small print: Breakfast with the Chiefs registration requirements: Do you work at a publicly funded organization? If so, you must hold a current personal subscription to at least one Longwoods journal. This covers attendance for the full season. If you are not a subscriber, go here first. If you are a subscriber, go to this page for information on upcoming speakers.

Registrants from private sector organizations, foundations and associations must be registered members of the Longwoods HealthcareBoard. If you are not sure of your status and want more information please contact Matthew Hart at mhart@longwoods.com

June 27 – June 29, 2010: Waterloo, ON. Applied Health Informatics Bootcamp
September 20-21, 2010: Ottawa, ON. Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada for the Data Users Conference 2010: Understanding Health Outcomes
September 27-28, 2010: Toronto, ON. Lean In Healthcare, From Concept to Reality – Putting Lean into Practice Conferences on the Longwoods siteOntario Hospital Association conferences.

Events in Global Health at the University of North Carolina

Bob Bell retiring as executive director of the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital Foundation, St. Catharines, ON
Francis (Fran) Brunelle has recently become the Founder and President of The Canadian Collaborative for Hospital Excellence, Canada Ltd.
Dr. Paul Lasko
to Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Genetics
Pat Mandy, CEO of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network has notified her board of her intention to retire September 3, 2010
Lydia Lee, VP & Chief Information Officer (CIO), University Health Network, and Integrated CIO, Shared Information Management Services to President and Board Chair, COACH
Neil Gardner, Chief Information Officer, Saskatchewan Health (President-elect), to President Elect, to COACH Board of Directors
Mike Barron, Chief Executive Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, to Secretary-Treasurer, to COACH Board of Directors
Maureen Charlebois, Chief Nursing Executive & Group Director, Clinical Adoption, Canada Health Infoway, to COACH Board of Directors
Hélene Clément, Director with Development and Implementation Division, eHealth Ontario, to COACH Board of Directors
Trevor D. Cradduck, Professor Emeritus, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology, University of Western Ontario, to COACH Board of Directors
Andre Kushniruk, Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, to COACH Board of Directors
Liz Loewen, Director, Telehealth and EHR Services, Manitoba eHealth, to COACH Board of Directors
Linda Miller, Consultant and Former Deputy Minister to Past President), to COACH Board of Directors
Heather Tabin, Director, Customer Solutions, Manitoba eHealth, to COACH Board of Directors
Michael Whitt, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP. to COACH Board of Directors
Bill Forward to Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ontario
Judith Wright to Deputy Minister of Health Promotion, Ontario
George Zegarac to Deputy Minister of Children and Youth Services, Ontario
David Lindsay to Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Ontario
David O’Toole to Deputy Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Ontario
Sue Denomy, President and CEO of Bluewater Health was elected to a two-year term as Chair of Medbuy’s Board of Directors
Gregory Adams was named chairman-elect of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
John Hoyt to executive vice president of organizational services, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Carl Dvorak has been elected chairman of HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association

Today’s Leadership Careers

Today’s Nurse Jobs

Longwoods Healthcare JobSheet invites Healthcare Facilities to post positions for Front Line Nurses here at no charge.Longwoods has a portal of more than 50 participating healthcare recruitment centres. Send your career opportunities to Susan Hale at shale@longwoods.com

*Some definitions are based on terminology from the The New York Times guide to essential knowledge: a desk reference for the curious mind – Glossary of Business Terms modified to reflect healthcare administration and practices.

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