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Condition-Specific Trusted Resources

These resources are for information only and are not to be considered a substitute for medical advice.

Physical Conditions

Login to or register for Homewood Health using invitation code BCI714 (note: 3 capital letters, 3 numbers) and use the looking glass search tool at the top of the page to search specific conditions.


Autoimmune Disorders (e.g. MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes)

Medline Plus – Autoimmune Disorders

An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders.

Global Autoimmune Institute

This A-Z list and basic information about each recognized autoimmune disease were compiled and written by our dedicated research team at the Global Autoimmune Institute. The list provides a starting point in learning about autoimmune diseases and immune-mediated conditions, with links to other sources that we believe to be accurate and informative. This section will be updated periodically.

Cancer, Information for Employees 

BC Cancer

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

Canadian Cancer Society

We offer a nationwide support system in the country for people with cancer and their family, friends and caregivers. Access free programs and services that can help manage life with cancer, including our supportive online community, our online and phone-based information specialists and much more.

Cancer and Work

The Cancer and Work website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing work or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer.


Cancer, Information for Managers and Coworkers

Talking to Your Employee About Cancer

As a manager, your first conversation with an employee about their cancer can feel daunting. You will probably be concerned for their wellbeing and conscious of the need to balance the employee’s needs and rights with the needs of the workplace. This fact sheet provides some suggestions about how to approach this conversation, what to expect and how to talk about cancer.

Cancer and Careers - Managers

Access information on the important role that managers play when an employee is diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer and Work - Employers

Advances in medical treatment for many of the over 200 types of cancer have dramatically increased both the life span and quality of life of people with cancer. Many cancer survivors are able to remain at work or return after treatment. When employers make accommodations and offer supportive working environments, survivors are more likely to lead productive working lives. Learn about seven key principles to support return to work.

Cancer and Careers – Coworkers

When a coworker has cancer, access guidelines on what to say or do, and what is not helpful to say or do.

Job Accommodation Network: Cancer

Access questions to consider and information on accommodating employees with cancer. Not all people will need accommodations to perform their jobs and others may only need a few accommodations.




The BCDiabetes team includes physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, receptionists and support staff – all highly trained and dedicated to optimizing care & improving outcomes for every British Columbian with diabetes.

Diabetes Canada

Our mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Are you at risk?

Information about the disease and how our organization helps those affected.

Pain Management 

Pain BC

Pain BC aims to enhance the well-being of all people living with pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation.  

Tired of waiting for pain to go away? Learn a science based approach to overcome chronic pain.

Self-Management BC

Self-Management BC offers FREE health programs for adults of all ages with one or more ongoing health conditions. Programs are offered in person, virtually, online, by telephone, or by mail for adults living in BC. 

You are not alone on your journey to cope with pain. There is hope. Power Over Pain provides you with access to resources, courses, peer support and much more.



More resources will be added soon.