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HSA Members Invited to Telephone Town Hall with Minister of Health

HSA members are invited to join a live and interactive telephone town hall event with the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, this Thursday evening – August 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (PST).

This is an opportunity for members to hear directly from BC’s Health Minister about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on British Columbians and our health care system.

HSA report on Workplace Racism now available

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 7, 2020, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) HSA members were invited to complete an online survey investigating experiences of racism at work. Over 200 HSA members working in health care and community social services shared personal accounts of how racism and white supremacy operate within their workplace cultures and impact their daily lives. Survey results provide insight into how discrimination operates at the institutional level, impeding career growth, professional development, and employment opportunities.

URGENT: Important information for HSA members working in long term care

 

TO: HSA members working in Long Term Care

In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in BC’s hard-hit Long Term Care facilities, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, issued two province-wide orders aimed at restricting movement of health care staff between Long Term Care facilities. The orders went into effect yesterday, Thursday March 26, 2020

Learning Gitxsanimaax at Wrinch Memorial Hospital

By Samantha Ponting, HSA Communications

Angie Combs, aboriginal patient liaison worker at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton, BC, recalls that staff at the hospital would occasionally ask her to teach them some words and phrases in Gitxsanimaax, the language spoken by the Gitxsan First Nation. The hospital is on Gitxsan territory, which spans 33,000 square kilometers across northwest BC.

“I started with speaking phrases like, ‘How are you today,’” said Combs.

BC budget continues investments in health care and affordability measures

 For Immediate Release

Health Sciences Association of BC says today’s provincial budget makes important investments in health care and affordability measures, but professional shortages in the health care system require action.

HSA represents more than 18,000 highly trained professionals working in medical imaging and lab testing, physiotherapy, social work, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, early childhood development, and many other health science and social service professions.

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