Year: 2021 Source: Ottawa, ON: Office of the Chief Public Health Officer. (2021). 37 p. SIEC No: 20210477

A virtual Best Brains Exchange (BBE) was held July 29, 2020 as a partnership between CIHR and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (OCPHO) at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The purpose of this BBE was to bring together Federal, Provincial, and Territorial policy and decision makers, researchers and implementation experts, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders to inform the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (CPHO) 2020 Annual Report on COVID-19. The BBE aimed to better understand the intersectional COVID-19 impacts on the health and well-being of priority groups in Canada to inform the design of protective strategies moving forward. The BBE focused on the following action-oriented objectives:
• Provide input into the CPHO’s equity-based framework, articulating the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 as part of the 2020 Annual Report;
• Share evidence-informed advice and lessons learned on how to take an intersectional and intersectoral approach to creating structural change that leads to health improvements; and,
• Offer recommendations to identify priorities for future near- and medium-term COVID-19 actions addressed in this BBE.