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Recognizing the health impacts of the natural and human-made surroundings in which we live, work, and play.

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Are greener (and bluer) cities really better for health?

 Are greener (and bluer) cities really better for health? A discussion of how Interdisciplinary perspectives are informing environment and public health policy.

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Resources to Improve Health and Promote Active Transportation

This webinar will feature resources and tools public health professionals can use to educate others on the importance of active transportation, including the 2018 Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and Walking in the United States, a study exploring access to trails in Milwaukee and success stories from the Planners4Health initiative.

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Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) - Urban Green and Built Infrastructure as a Tool to Mitigate Local Air Pollution

For his presentation, Dr. Baldauf will summarize the U.S. EPA’s research program on the use of built and green infrastructure to mitigate local air pollution impacts from transportation facilities. His presentation will describe the current scientific understanding of how urban infrastructure affects local air quality, including a review of projects conducted in the US and other parts of the...

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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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Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) - Measuring Walkability and Urban Sprawl: Opportunities and Challenges

Urban form is associated with health behaviours, including physical activity, and health outcomes, including diabetes. A challenge with conducting studies examining the association between the urban form and health is that there are no national scale indicators for concepts like walkability and sprawl. This webinar will discuss the potential of national walkability and urban sprawl indices...

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UBC School of Population and Public Health - Pedestrian Crossing Behaviour and the Built Environment: How Can We Keep Them Safe

The best of current research in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) field is presented at these seminars, which run weekly during the academic year. Presenter: Marie-Soleil Cloutier

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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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NCCEH Ron de Burger Student Award Winners for 2018

Presentation 1: Exploring the Relationship between the Built Environment and Social Isolation and Loneliness: Implications for Public Policy   Summary: Purported to be as much of a risk factor for premature mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, social isolation and loneliness is a significant predictor of adverse health outcomes. Through the application of a social ecological lens, a semi-...

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Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach

The annual conference is designed to help attendees learn new methods of fostering safe, healthy and inclusive communities by showcasing the latest work and research within the realm of public health and beyond. Some topics that will be discussed include: Violence prevention at the individual & societal level, health equity, health literacy, fostering healthy relationships, keeping...

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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series - Public Health Surveillance of Housing Conditions: Recent Data From Montreal and Thoughts on Improving Impacts on Policy

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online. Speaker: Dr. David Kaiser, Specialist Physician, Montreal Public Health Abstract: Housing conditions are a fundamental determinant of health and one of the core targets of public health...

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Healthy Housing: Exploring the Interface between Public Health and Municipal Property Standards

Housing plays an immense and complex role in shaping our physical, mental and social well-being. Access, condition, proximity to environmental hazards, and connectedness with the rest of the community are all factors that determine whether housing contributes to or detracts from human health. This relationship has been recognized in the Healthy Environments and Climate Change Guideline released...

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Does climate modify the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and self-reported walking?

Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar The presentation will explore how neighbourhood walkability may influence physical activity levels and chronic disease risk. Examples will include Public Health Ontario’s research into the relationship between walkability and health. The presenter will also describe recent analyses of climate variables, such as temperature and precipitation, and how...

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The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)

TOPHC 2019 will explore how strategy, leadership and practice align to address changes in the public health sector. Discover tools and approaches to move knowledge into practice, refresh your knowledge at thought-provoking sessions and collaborate with colleagues motivated to build healthier and more sustainable communities. 

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Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) - Ecohealth in Action: Achieving Health and Well-being through Greenspace

Join us on November 9th in Toronto for our biennial workshop, Ecohealth in Action: Achieving Health and Well-being through Greenspace! Our biennial, interactive workshop will include five round-table discussions; expert speakers from the fields of public health, planning, academia and the environment; a keynote speech from Dr. Faisal Moola; networking and a catered breakfast and lunch. Keynote...

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Supporting health equity through healthy built environments

This webinar will focus on how health equity can be supported through the built environment and how community planning and design can incorporate factors to address health inequities. Several resources will be highlighted, including the BCCDC FACT SHEET: Supporting Health Equity Through the Built Environment, which offers evidence-informed principals to support health equity through interventions...

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The Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (v2): Reviewing the conceptual framework and tools

Partnering with local governments is a powerful public health strategy to encourage healthy living and prevent chronic disease. To support the integration of health priorities within community planning and design, BCCDC has released an update to the “Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit: making the links between design, planning and health” (Version 2.0, 2018). Since its original release in...

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