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Programs and Services - Who Does What?

Environmental health programs and services are delivered by various agencies across Canada. In an effort to make this information readily available, we have compiled it into a two-part, comprehensive resource. The initial directory of this information was created in 2010 through a pilot project with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) and was last updated in 2013. The...

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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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Systematic Review of Environmental Burden of Disease in Canada

Few studies have estimated the environmental burden of disease (EBD) in Canada. Available data suggest that the total EBD for high-income, developed countries, like Canada, may range from as low as 1 – 5% to as high as 15 – 22%, depending on how EBD is calculated and defined. Potentially preventable illnesses and deaths resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants have been estimated to...

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April 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for April 2018 include: The built environment: Understanding how physical...

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February 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for February 2018 include: A review of the experimental evidence on the...

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January 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories. Editor’s Picks After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for January 2018 include: Adverse effects after medical, commercial, or self-...

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Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Personal cultivation as described by the proposed Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to both promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, particularly when retail outlets are difficult to access, and to undercut the black market. However, indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also...

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Evaluating the Carbon Monoxide Monitoring and Response Framework in Long-term Care Facilities: A Brief Guide

This guide is intended for public health practitioners, facility/property maintenance managers, risk managers, occupational hygienists, clinicians, or other persons working at long-term care facilities (residential care facilities, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, care occupancies, etc.) when they: have implemented a carbon monoxide (CO) policy in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) consistent...

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Using a Hierarchy of Evidence to Assess Chemical Health Risks of Artificial Turf

Over the past 40 years, artificial turf has become common in public and private settings. Compared to natural turf, artificial turf is easier to maintain, requires less water and no fertilizer, and provides a year-round access to playing surfaces. This is presumed to have important public health benefits by promoting physical activity and access to recreational space, although detailed research...

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Guide for Implementing the Carbon Monoxide Monitoring and Response Framework in Long-term Care Facilities

This guide is intended for public health practitioners, facility/property maintenance managers, risk managers, occupational hygienists, clinicians, or other persons working at long-term care facilities (residential care facilities, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, care occupancies, etc.) who would like to implement a program to reduce the risk of indoor carbon monoxide (CO) exposure to...

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Key resources for environmental public health practitioners to address health equity: A curated list

Public health organizations across Canada have highlighted health inequities as a priority area for action.  Environmental public health practitioners may be unclear of how to approach health inequities within their scope of practice because they have often not been included in discussions about how public health can do this work. This list contains resources specific to environmental public...

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Toward health equity: Practical actions for Public Health Inspectors

NCCEH, the NCC for Determinants of Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control have collaborated to produce a Framework and accompanying User Guide to help environmental public health practitioners identify potential actions on the social determinants of health and health equity. Environmental health practitioners can play a role to address the social determinants of health (SDH) and work...

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Equity in Environmental Health Practice: Findings of a Pilot Study

Public health inspectors (PHIs) are environmental health professionals who carry out inspections, enforce health protection regulations, and provide environmental health education and training. This qualitative study explored the role of environmental public health practitioners in addressing the social determinants of health (SDH) and health equity related issues that may present as barriers to...

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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 other...

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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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Comparison of Guidelines and Regulatory Frameworks for Personal Services Establishments

Personal services establishments (PSEs) have been identified as a priority area by public health inspectors (PHIs) and provincial ministry staff in several provinces, as well as by people within the industry. There are a lot of gaps and conflicting information regarding public health issues associated with PSEs. Guidelines and regulations are often vague or impractical. In general, there is a...

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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 and...

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Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) - Closing Gaps in the Health Data of Indigenous People

The Revised Ontario Public Health Standards 2018 identify Indigenous people as a priority population for Public Health. Information about the health status of Indigenous people living in urban areas of Ontario is often incomplete or not available. Getting a true count of urban Indigenous populations, and knowing about their health and social inequities are essential for effective planning and...

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Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) - Legalizing cannabis: Clearing the smoke

Canada is poised to pass the Cannabis Act. But, is it just about providing legal access to the drug? Regulations that lessen the risks and enhance the benefits of legalization will be key to the success of the policy. The Canadian Public Health Cannabis Webinar Series is focused on a range of issues related to cannabis consumption. It is imperative that Canadians are able to access unbiased and...

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Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Population Health Intervention Research: Creating Evidence to Support Healthy Cities

Presenter: Dr. Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU Meghan Winters is a population health researcher leading a research program on the linkages between health, transportation, and city design. She works in close collaboration with cities and stakeholders to conduct research and create tools that address real-world challenges. Dr. Winters is an Associate Professor...

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UBC School of Population and Public Health Grand Rounds - Do-it-yourself health: empathy as medication and a course of emotional learning

This monthly seminar series running during the academic year will involve both faculty and guest speakers, who will share new and innovative research, and current issues and trends in population and public health. Presenters: Dr. Jeremy Howick, Oxford University Primary Care Eva Oberle, SPPH Assistant Professor Guest MC: Daniel Steel, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics Associate...

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NCC for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) - Rapid Review Guidebook: Synthesizing Evidence to Inform Public Health Practice

Rapid reviews in public health As public health organizations across Canada adopt and implement evidence-informed approaches to public health decision-making, there is a need for up to date evidence that can be applied to local contexts. While the most rigorous approach is to find or do a systematic review, timelines and resources often dictate a rapid review of the literature. Rapid reviews are...

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Population Data BC - Data Visualization and ArcGIS (4-part webinar series)

This four-part webinar course examines the basics of handling, manipulating and visualizing data in a spatial context using geographic information systems (GIS). The course will provide a broad overview of common spatial problems related to health and provide you with the tools to identify these issues and how to handle them in a GIS environment. Focus will be on designing effective...

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American Public Health Association (APHA) - Crafting Richer Public Health Messages: Lessons and Examples for State and Local Advocacy

In turbulent political times, crafting public health messages that resonate across differing political ideologies is more important and challenging than ever. In this webinar, the presenters will offer practical examples of how public health issues have been effectively communicated across party lines in the politically divided state of North Carolina through the application of Moral Foundations...

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American Public Health Association (APHA) - National Public Health Week Partnership Webinar

Join APHA staff and partners to discuss innovative strategies for promoting National Public Health Week in local communities and on social media. This webinar will also promote tools and resources you can use to create fun and informative events. This webinar will also promote tools and resources you can use to develop fun and informative events for your community.

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American Public Health Association (APHA) - Fostering Community Partnerships to Advance Health Equity

On the third webinar of the "Advancing Health Equity in Local Health Departments" series, we’ll discuss: Why fostering community partnerships is key to advancing health equity How Alameda County in California engages in social justice movements to advance health and racial equity How Kansas City shares power and space with community organizers to change policy How NACCHO is supporting building...

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Public Health Ontario (PHO) Grand Rounds - Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years)

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology convened representatives of national organizations, research experts, methodologists, stakeholders, and end-users who followed rigorous and transparent guideline development procedures to create the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. These novel...

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Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) - A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner with a Public Health Impact

What role can urban planners play to improve health? How do you embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies? Given that the built environment, land use and transportation systems are among determinants of population health, this webinar will explore the role of an urban planner with a focus on public health and how urban planning can help support more socially just and equitable...

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National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) - Public Health Ethics and Equity: Naming and Navigating Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice

The National Collaborating Centres for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) are pleased to invite you to a webinar showcasing the findings of the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) research project on public health ethics and the process of navigating ethical issues in public health practice. During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to learn more...

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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series - Policy options for healthier retail food environments in city-regions: The case for a solid measurement foundation

Title: Policy options for healthier retail food environments in city-regions: The case for a solid measurement foundation Speaker: Leia Minaker, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo Abstract: Measurement of the food environment can be complex and depends on community context. In deciding which retail food environment measure to implement, three important criteria are worth considering:...

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BC Healthy Living Alliance - Hashing it Out: Can We Learn About Cannabis From What We Know About Alcohol?

In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in policy approaches to substance use in Canada and BC. The introduction of Happy Hours and expansion of booze sales to new places such as farmers markets, grocery stores and hair salons are a few examples of the loosening of alcohol regulations that happened when elements of the 2013 Liquor Policy Review promoting consumer convenience and industry...

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Public Health Ontario - PHO Talks

New ideas and creative minds help drive innovation in public health. Hear some of the brightest minds at Public Health Ontario share their ideas in this unique event on October 26th. This brand new series of short, compelling talks by our diverse experts are appropriate for all audiences. In one hour, you’ll hear three short talks from PHO experts Dr. Natasha Crowcroft, Rhonda Pollard and Stacie...

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Public Health Ontario (PHO) Grand Rounds - Building Evaluation Capacity in Public Health Units Using an Action Research Methodology

This presentation will share the findings of 10 Action Research projects that demonstrate effective strategies to strengthen evaluation capacity building (ECB) in Ontario Public Health Units (PHUs).  As part of an ongoing Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP), 10 PHUs were recruited by the research team to test promising evaluation capacity building strategies within their units.  This...

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NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) - Collective impact, health equity and public health

Join us for a discussion of how participating in a collective impact initiative can deepen public health’s commitment to community engagement and health equity. This webinar will be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about working with community to make change; however, we recommend you read Collective Impact 3.0 from the Tamarack Institute before attending, or watch the video in which...

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Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group (EKTA) - Indigenous Health and Research

In this Webalogue Dr. Travis Holyk will explore the topic of hot button issues in his communities and the community view of research. This will be followed up by Dr. Henry Harder a registered psychologist who has been in the field of mental health, rehabilitation and disability management for over 30 years. Dr. harder will be addressing the topics of research  and mental wellness as it pertains...

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NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) - Developing public health leadership for health equity action

Presented collaboratively by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) Attention to health equity within the public health sector has increased in recent years due to a growing evidence base, greater commitment to action by leadership, the incorporation of health equity into strategic plans and...

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