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Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro speaks during a press conference in Calgary on May 29, 2020. The Alberta government is proposing legislation to accelerate approvals of private clinics in order to get more surgeries done. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Unhealthy reforms: The dangers of Alberta’s plan to further privatize health-care delivery

Recent Alberta legislation increasing privatization in the health sector risks undermining the public health-care system, and will likely put profits over the public interest.
Some nurses who live in Windsor, Ont. work at hospitals in Detroit, just across the Ambassador Bridge. (Shutterstock)

Heroes, or just doing our job? The impact of COVID-19 on registered nurses in a border city

Nurses on both sides of the border report that they aren't getting the support they need to feel safe on the job and maintain their own health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of returning to “normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada should adopt a health-care system that focuses on prevention and the social determinants of health. (Pixabay, Canva)

No ‘back to normal’ after COVID-19: Health care should shift focus from treatment to prevention

COVID-19 has shown the flaws of a reactive health-care system designed to care for people who are already sick. A preventive approach would be more equitable, less expensive and keep us healthier.
New guidelines for health-care providers advise supporting every individual to achieve their best health, rather than focusing on weight status. (Shutterstock)

Are we over weight yet? New guidelines aim to reduce obesity stigma in health care

New Canadian clinical practice guidelines for obesity aim to help reduce the prevalence and impact of weight bias and stigma in clinical care, and also encourage the public to advocate for change.
Telehealth is booming like never before, and many patients and health care providers across the U.S. are using it for the first time. Geber86 / E+ via Getty Images

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.
Canada’s Indigenous leaders are concerned that the federal government’s promised support to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis people deal with the impacts of COVID-19 may not be sufficient. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, second from right, makes the point during a news conference in Ottawa with First Nations leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Indigenous communities at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic

Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 within Indigenous communities represent less than one per cent of Canada's funding to limit the impacts of the virus.
A patient is connected to an oxygen tank at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Kabul, Afghanistan, in June 2020. Afghan media has reported that COVID-19 patients are dying in government hospitals due to shortages of medical oxygen. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan’s COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by armed conflict

Decades of armed conflict in Afghanistan has destroyed health-care infrastructure and the reconstruction efforts have failed to provide accessible healthcare, exacerbating the COVID-19 crisis.
Demands on nurses for such things as electronic record keeping take time away from patients. They can also lead to resource deprivation trauma. Helen King/The Image Bank/Getty Images

The psychological trauma of nurses started long before coronavirus

COVID-19 is traumatizing nurses. Yet nurses have suffered trauma for decades, often due to insufficient resources, and changes within the field have been slow.
During the pandemic, hospital areas designated for COVID-19 patients are called ‘hot zones.’ (Hannah Kirkham)

Hot and cold zones: Life and death in a Montréal COVID-19 hospital

The only chaplain in the COVID-19 section of a Montréal hospital offers spiritual care to patients and families, as well to staff, who have found themselves more intimately exposed to life and death.

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