Looking for credible public health resources?
During this COVID19 pandemic, it seems everyone needs to suddenly become a communicable disease expert, but not sure where to look for credible information. Here are are my top 3 go-to sources that I use in my public health work. They are in order of preference.
This is often my first stop if I am searching for credible data.
The WHO is an International organization with a ton of resources. It is excellent source for everyone, especially professionals. The WHO has endless open resources (data, studies, research) that can be easily found.
This is one of my favourite sources for information about diseases, especially communicable disease. While it is a provincial organization, it is widely used throughout Canada. The BCCDC have teams of specialists including epidemiologists and infection control experts that, not only conduct a ton of research and monitoring, but also conduct outbreak prevention, mitigation, control, and investigations.
On a side note, did you know that, Dr Bonnie Henry, BC’s trusted current Provincial Health Officer, was the Executive Director and Director of Communicable Disease prevention and public health management at the BC CDC for years? She also worked at the WHO, UNICEF, in Pakinstan on polio eradication, in Uganda tackling the ebola virus disease, and more. We are lucky to have her.
PHAC is the Federal public health organization; an excellent resource. To be honest, I have sometimes found that they extract information from WHO and BC CDC, as they are the communicable disease experts. In some cases, it may take a bit longer for the information to be posted on PHAC. A good resource.
This is my top open source for workplace and occupational health. It is a Federal organization, so if you need a provincial-specific guidelines, check with your local worksafe organization, such as WorkSafe BC.
There are a number of other excellent sources for health professional, but they are not handy for non-medical readers since you need a good medical knowledge to extract practical application.