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Surveillance for Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Canadian Perspective (UBC Bridge Program)

Surveillance approaches for emerging zoonotic infectious diseases is less well developed than for traditional clearly-defined diseases. Zoonotic diseases with recent implications in Canada include: influenza, West Nile Virus (WNV), Lyme Disease (LD), Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease (HPS), and food-borne zoonoses, with influenza having the greatest human impact. Emerging zoonotic disease (EZD)...

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Case Study of a Persistent Landfill Fire and Community Health Impacts

This case study explores the issue of health impacts in the community from persistent landfill fires and covers a number of topics including: outdoor air pollution; waste management; health equity; health surveillance; environmental surveillance; and occupational health. Although written from a broad public health and medical health officers’ point of view, this case study may be helpful to...

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Systematic Review of Human Biomonitoring Studies of Environmental Contaminants

This review synthesizes information on biological markers of exposure to environmental contaminants in Canada through a systematic search of the published and grey literature from January 1990 to January 2007, evaluates the studies, and summarizes the information in an easy access format. This review will make the Canadian work on biomonitoring for environmental contaminants more accessible to...

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How the New Analytical Geomatics Technologies can help Environmental Health Professionals and Decision-makers to make Further use of Mapping than what is offered traditionally by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Web Mapping

This review presents an analysis of geospatial applications in the health field. In this report we focus on the following technologies: spatial dashboard, spatial on line analytical processing (SOLAP), spatial data mining, and spatial data warehouse. Consequently, the report does not include a systematic review of traditional GIS of health practitioners. For environmental health professionals...

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Workshops Presentations

Health Impact Assessment in Environmental Health: Methods, Tools and Policy Change

Abstract: Health impact assessment (HIA) is usually defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, a program or a project can be judged or evaluated on the basis of its potential effects on the health of a population. This session will cover various aspects of HIA, including theoretical basis, HIA tools and use of HIA to influence policy. At the end of this session...

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Environmental Health Surveillance Workshop

Presentations: IntroductionTom Kosatsky, BCCDC Environmental Health Surveillance in Canada NowEric Lavigne, PHAC National Environmental Public Health Tracking: Environmental Health Surveillance in the U.S.Heather Strosnider, US CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking In New York StateNeil Muscatiello, New York State Department of Health Environmental Public Health Surveillance in EnglandMike...

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Event

Public Health Ontario (PHO) Grand Rounds - Surveillance systems as a cornerstone to public health decision-making: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) experience

During this presentation, Dr. Choi will share his experience in developing and applying public health surveillance systems and networks at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. Methods adopted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to prioritize program areas will be described, which are based on surveillance data and statistics. Following its development and...

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Legislation

Bodies of Deceased Persons Regulation, Alta Reg 135/2008

Communicable Diseases Regulation, Alta Reg 238/1985

Health Act Communicable Disease Regulation, BC Reg 4/83

Communicable Diseases Regulations, NS Reg 196/2005

Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Conditions Regulations, NS Reg 195/2005

Transportation of the Dead Regulations, NS Reg 44/42

Environmental Assessment Regulations, NS Reg 26/95

Disease Surveillance Regulations, NWT Reg 096-2009

Communicable Diseases - General, RRO 1990, Reg 557

Specification of Communicable Diseases, O Reg 558/91

Specification of Reportable Diseases, O Reg 559/91

Notifiable Diseases and Conditions and Communicable Diseases Regulations, PEI Reg EC560/13