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Dr. Stan Houston graduated MD in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan and trained in family medicine, tropical medicine, internal medicine and infectious diseases. He worked in primary care in northern Saskatchewan and rural Lesotho and as a specialist for four years at the University of Zimbabwe. He participated in TB control projects in Ecuador and South Sudan for more than 10 years. He is a professor of medicine and public health at the U of A, former 30-year director of the Northern Alberta HIV Program and active in the development of harm reduction and refugee health in Edmonton.
Bill 6, the Public Health Amendment Act, 2023, proposes fundamental changes to the management of public health emergencies by shifting authority for major decisions from public health officials to cabinet. This blog explores the ramifications of Bill 6 and makes the case for changes that would allow for more transparency and informed decision-making in future health crises.
As Alberta sees more cuts to help with the overdose epidemic, now is a time to be investing more, not less in the overdose epidemic response, according to an op-ed that originally appeared in the Edmonton Journal. Dr. Stan Houston co-authors the piece with Dr. Ginetta Salvalaggio.