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About Men is the website of the Men’s Health Initiative of British Columbia (MHIBC).  This site was created as a one-stop resource for men to explore important health issues and hear from a variety of experts. 

Allergy/Asthma Information Association
The AAIA is a Canadian association dedicated to disseminating health information on allergies and asthma. The website includes a variety of information, links, and a glossary.
The Mesothelioma Center offers the most comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, including treatment options and patient resources.

BC Cancer Agency
The B.C. Cancer Agency Web site provides information on cancer -- general information, symptoms, treatments, drug therapy, and community resources in British Columbia.

BC Community Health Atlas
A web-based interactive mapping tool that displays indicators of population health by geographic area. For additional information on this mapping tool, visit the BC Community Health Atlas page.

BC Community Health Data website 
The new BC Community Health Data website features three tools that help paint a picture of health in your community and across BC. You can:

  • Read your updated community health profile
  • Search the interactive database for health and social indicators of interest
  • Map these indicators across BC using the health atlas

British Columbia Centre for Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
The mission of the BCCEWH is to improve the health of women by fostering collaboration on innovation, multi-disciplinary research endeavours and action-oriented approaches to women's health initiatives, women centred programs and health policy.

Canadian Abilities Association
The Canadian Abilities Association's mission is to provide information, inspiration and opportunities for people with disabilities. This site offers a wealth of information in areas such as: education, employment, health, housing, transportation, etc.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Government agency mandated to protect the health and safety of people. Provides information on a broad range of health topics including information for travelers such as outbreaks, diseases and vaccinations.

Health and Human Services Library: British Columbia Ministry of Health Services
This site links to services available through the library: Collection, New Books, Journals, Bibliographies, Statistics, Databases, Quick Reference and other Health Links. Also links to other B.C. health/medical libraries.

Health: British Columbia Ministry of Health Services
This site provides links to information about the provincial health system and programs and services for Families, Children, Seniors, Women, Regional Health, Environmental Health and Vital Statistics.

Health Canada
Information related to all aspects of health and medicine in Canada, as well as links to other sites of interest.

Health Information for British Columbians
"This guide to health information is tailored specifically to British Columbians (or those interested in) seeking information to help health consumers monitor their overall self-care and wellness. Its aim is to provide a starting point for information providers and librarians in their support of consumers and patients seeking information in health especially in finding reliable, authoritative information on drugs and medications, diseases and syndromes and in complementary and alternative medicine or integrative medical care."

HealthLink BC
HealthLink BC is the gateway to access non-emergency health information and services in British Columbia. Information contained in the HealthLink BC Health Navigation Service has been provided in partnership with the BC Health Authorities and Information Services Vancouver. It’s has brought together the BC HealthGuide, BC HealthFiles, BC NurseLine and Pharmacist service – and expanded these with an online and by-phone navigation service to help B.C. residents find the publicly funded health resources and facilities they require, closest to where they live.

An ongoing project of Children's Hospital Boston, this site uses an interactive display to map disease outbreaks across the globe. Each report includes links to news sources. The site allows for advanced searching for local reports as well as information about related projects. 

An excellent consumer health site with information on conditions, diseases, diagnoses, prevention and healthy living.

Medical information provided by a network of physician educators dedicated to providing up-to-date information to the public. A to Z index for Diseases & Treatments and Pharmacy & Drugs. Also features an Ask the Experts question and answer service. Other links include Medical Dictionary, First Aid / Emergencies, Poison Control Centers, Medical News Archives and Health Fact Archives.

MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home edition
Written in plain English, this online version of the book provides information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Searchable via keyword or via the extensive Table of Contents. Very user friendly.

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. This site offers a wealth of health information for consumers, including links to men's health, children & teen's health, women's health, senior's health, minority health, and wellness & lifestyle.

Be sure to visit their online publication NIH News in Health, a free monthly newsletter bringing you practical health information based on research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You may also wish to visit online NIH Research Matters, a review of NIH research from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

Public Health Agency of Canada
The role of the Public Health Agency of Canada is to promote health, prevent and control chronic diseases and injuries, prevent and control infectious diseases, prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, serve as a central point for sharing Canada’s expertise with the rest of the world, apply international research and development to Canada’s public health programs, and strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health and facilitate national approaches to public health policy and planning.

RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Look up a drug and get the details on: clinical pharmacology, indications & usage, contraindications, warnings, precautions, drug interactions, dosage & administration, overdosage, adverse reactions, and how supplied.

Injury prevention literature database.  A service of the World Health Organization and the San Diego State University.


BC Children's Hospital - Family Support & Resource Centre
The resource centre offers a wide variety of books, pamphlets, DVDs and other resources on children's health topics. You can also use the kiosks throughout the buildings to search for resources, and borrow the resources via our online library and catalogue. The resource will be packaged and shipped. A map of kiosk locations is available outside the Resource Centre.


ABC's of Diabetes
Excellent video on diabetes by Dr. Mike Evans.

American Diabetes Association
A site rich in information about: nutrition & diabetes; weight loss & exercise; diabetes prevention & research; and a section for parents & kids.

Canadian Diabetes Association
Provides information about diabetes for diabetics as well as professionals. Also provides links to programs & services available from the CDA and its Regional Offices.

Diabetes - Learn About Diabetes
Learn about the type of diabetes you have, whether you just found out you have the disease or have been living with it for some time. Our topics will teach you about eating well and about controlling your blood sugar levels. You will learn how to manage diabetes and prevent further health problems. You will find helpful tips on how to take care of your feet, and you will learn how to manage other health problems related to diabetes.

Diabetes Learning Center
Provides information on popular diabetes topics.

Diabetic Gourmet Recipe Archive
Recipes from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine.

Diabetic Lifestyle Online Magazine
DiabeticLifestyle (part of the Vertical Health family of websites) is a trusted resource for people affected by diabetes:  people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, as well as their families and caregivers.  Full of practical content on managing blood glucose levels, taking diabetes medications, exercising, and eating well, DiabeticLifestyle helps you thrive with diabetes.

Diabetic Self Management
Created by Diabetic Cooking Magazine, this site offers selected recipes for diabetics based on dietary guidelines.

Joslin Diabetes Center
Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center focuses on research, care and education for diabetics and professionals. Visit this site: to learn about diabetes; for diabetes words and phrases; and to learn how to manage your diabetes.

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association - NADA
NADA is a member of the Diabetes Council of Canada. NADA's mission is to be the driving force in addressing diabetes and Aboriginal peoples as a priority health issue by working together with people, Aboriginal communities and organizations in a culturally respectful manner in promoting healthy lifestyles among Aboriginal people today and for future generations. Provides information and resources about diabetes, signs & symptoms, prevention and healthy living.


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
YouTube video by Dr. Mike Evans showing how 30 minutes of exercise can change your life.

Centered Being
A mindful approach to movement that combines the best features of Yoga, Pilates and Fitness. Visit their Youtube channel, loaded with videos.

Cory Holly Institute (CHI)
CHI provides consumers with resources in the area of sports nutrition, health and fitness, teaching people how to get well and age with excellent health through fitness and nutrition science. 
Go to CHI Channel on Youtube to view their education clips.

eHow Sports & Fitness
Features videos, exercises and articles on fitness.

Fitness Blender
Excellent site dedicated to fitness and exercise through videos, printable workout routines and healthy recipes. Checkout their free full-length workout videos on YouTube - Fitness Blender Channel.

Provides workout information, healthy recipes, and streamed workout/exercise video clips.

No Excuses Workouts
Videos by fitness expert Jonathan Roche

Slim Tree - Live Healthy
Offers consumers, via a free user account,  access to more than 100 video clips ranging in length from 1-minute to 5minutes.

Free yoga training videos posted on YouTube.

Health Alerts

BC Centre for Disease Control - Health Alerts
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) monitors major health risks and provides updated information for the public, health care providers and health service professionals.

Influenza A(H7N9) Virus
WIKI developed for health professionals & health librarians.

Public Health Agency of Canada
Reports on current health risks, including infectious diseases and SARS.


AIDS Vancouver
AIDS Vancouver was founded in 1983 as one of the first AIDS service organizations in Canada. For the past 20 years, AV has been at the forefront of community response to the epidemic here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Our 28 paid staff and 300 volunteers strive to provide a comprehensive and integrated range of health promotion, education, and support services.

CATIE: Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
CATIE is a national, not-for-profit charity committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. CATIE serves people living with HIV/AIDS and the people and organizations that support them by providing accessible, accurate, unbiased and timely treatment information. CATIE works in partnership with a network of other information providers to ensure that people have access to the information they need, in the form they desire, to make informed health care choices.

Health Canada is responsible for the overall coordination of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. The Federal Initiative works towards a Canada free from HIV and AIDS and the underlying conditions that make Canadians vulnerable to the epidemic.

Last updated April 6, 2017