STBBI Webinar for Physicians
Join us on January 18 for a webinar focused on sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) in Manitoba. Hosted by Doctors Manitoba and led by Manitoba Public Health, the webinar will look at the current epidemiology of STBBIs, testing and treatment, as well as how physicians can play a role in Public Health’s strategy to tackle rising STBBI rates. This a review of new tariffs available to physicians to claim for completing new public health reporting forms.
Presenters will include Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, as well as Medical Officers of Health Dr. Santina Lee and Dr. Pierre Plourde.
Questions can be submitted in advance or asked live during the Q&A segment
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Register: Register here to participate
Note: a recording will be available to watch on-demand for those unable to join live.
Respiratory Virus Updates
Manitoba Public Health provides weekly reports on Fridays. Over the holidays you can watch for COVID and Seasonal Influenza updates here.
Health System Updates
Infant Formula Shortage Update
Manitoba Public Health sent an update this week on the infant formula shortage. It notes that the situation for specialized infant formula has stabilized, with the supply of hypoallergenic formula now stable, while amino-acid based formula remains behind the counter as was the practice before the shortage. For regular infant formula, there should be enough supply to meet demand, however supply is limited which means consumers’ choices could be limited. Shortages continue for lower cost options, which poses challenges for lower income households. Additional stock should be arriving in the next few weeks.
At this point, we encourage providers to share the following key messages with parents and families regarding the limited supply of infant formula:
- The supply of regular and specialized infant formula continues to meet demand. However, supply of specific formula brands fluctuate.
- Switching brands and types of formula will not be harmful for most infants.
- Imported hypoallergic formula products continue to be available for order at pharmacies.
- Avoid stockpiling or panic buying, as this would further exacerbate supply issues.
- Only use store-bought infant formula.
- It is not advisable to purchase or procure breastmilk online
You can access the full memo from Public Health here, and the current decision tree for hypoallergenic formulas here.
Health Status Report Released by Public Health
Manitoba Health has released the 2022 Health Status of Manitobans Report, written by the Office of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, to provide an overall assessment of the current health status of Manitobans. This year’s report, titled Healthy Communities: A Role for Everyone, examines the health gaps between different groups of people in Manitoba and the inequitable practices and conditions that have led to them.
The report also reviews the impact of COVID-19 in Manitoba from August 2020 to March 2022. Public health data showed a relationship between income level, race and severe COVID-19 disease, and the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba provided a real-time look at how certain groups and populations experience inequitable health outcomes. Overall, there has been a gradual improvement in the health status of people in Manitoba and a longer life expectancy. However, the data again shows the health of people in Manitoba is not equal, and the gap in health between Indigenous communities and other people in Manitoba is widening. Racism, colonialism and low incomes are cited as some of the causes for the gaps.
The report has a wealth of information and recommendations and is available here. You can also read a Winnipeg Free Press story here and CBC story here.
Raising Awareness — Avoiding Unauthorized Health Products Online (Information Session for Health Care Professionals)
This fall Health Canada hosted 5 webinar sessions titled “Raising Awareness — Avoiding Unauthorized Health Products Online (Information Session for Health Care Professionals”. If you were unable to attend the sessions, you can now access the handout and the slides for the sessions. The handout speaks to the risks of buying health products online and avoiding unauthorized health products. It also summarizes a list of resources on Health Canada’s webpages.
Health in the News
It’s been another busy week of health care news! See below for stories we’ve curated for you, including reaction to a potential list of rural ER closures, out of province surgery, children’s hospital capacity and more.
Here are some important and top-read recent updates, in case you missed them:
Upcoming events are always listed on our events calendar.
Quit multiplying by zero: leveraging LEADS to enhance physician wellbeing — Online Workshop — Thursday, January 26 4 – 8pm
This workshop will help you extrapolate LEADS into action to address this critical issue of physician wellbeing. We will define and normalize these concerns, understand stress and how to recognize when it turns into distress. Health will be defined as a shared responsibility between the individual, the culture of medicine and the healthcare system in which we work. We will address how physician leaders can best support their teams at this time. The 5Cs framework for resilience will be defined, and practical strategies to help colleagues to implement this and manage their stress effectively, both in their professional and personal lives. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to identify at least three leadership actions you can take to bring LEADS to life in the service of creating a healthy work environment. Learn more here.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness (CBTm) for Physicians and Medical Learners — 5 Module Course- Begins January 19
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness (CBTm) for Physicians and Medical Learners — 10-week Virtual Workshop — Begins January 24
Creating Healthy Work Culture through Trauma-Informed Leadership — March 3 & 4
Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit — April 28 & 29Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit — May 3, 4, & 5