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Understanding and responding to the impacts of a changing climate on human health.
Our HeatAdvice project was about the advice provided to the public for protection against heat-related illness. The potential impact of elevated temperatures on mortality and morbidity are severe. Every year, hospitalizations and deaths in numbers well above average, occur during and just after days of extreme heat, particularly in vulnerable populations. HeatAdvice was developed by the NCCEH...View Full Article
This summary provides current evidence on the effect iveness of a variety of described heat interventions by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each. The authors argue that in the absence of a formal evaluation of effectiveness, and given the limited evaluations of interventions so far accomplished, it is difficult to present a complete review on this topic. The authors also caution...View Full Article
How efficacious and how practical are personal health protection measures recommended to reduce morbidity and mortality during heat episodes?
The potential impact of elevated temperatures on mortality and morbidity is severe. Every year, hospitalizations and deaths occur in numbers well above average during and just after days of extreme heat, particularly in vulnerable populations. Persons living in urban environments may be particularly at increased risk for mortality from ambient heat exposure (urban heat island effect). Other risk...View Full Article
What is the Evidence on Applicability and Effectiveness of Public Health Interventions in Reducing Morbidity and Mortality during Heat Episodes?
Heat events are associated with a diverse range of adverse health effects including excess mortality as well as many symptoms falling under the broad umbrella of “heat-related illness”. Although these effects are most marked in vulnerable populations like the elderly, sociallyisolated, and homeless, everyone is at risk to varying degrees. This negative impact of heat on health continues to be a...View Full Article
Warmer Day Mortality in Yellowknife and Whitehorse: Are There Already Demonstrable Climate Change Impacts?
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: Céline Campagna, Responsable scientifique adjointe, Institut national de santé publique du Québec Abstract: In 2007, the Quebec government released its Climate Change Action Plan (...View Full Article
Presentations: Inuit Environment and Health: One Issue under Climate ChangeOnalee Randell, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environmental Health Strategy David Boyd, Trudeau Scholar at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Environmental Sustainability and Impacts on Health: Building an AgendaRay Copes, NCCEH Workshop ReportView Full Article
One of three presentations delivered as a webinar in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID). The two other presentations from this event (titles below) and the full webinar recording are available upon request from NCCID: Lessons learned from previous outbreaks: West Nile virus Communicating climate change: A whole Earth perspectiveView Full Article
Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference. Climate change is anticipated to have myriad potential impacts on human health, some of which may be difficult to predict. However, the effects of climate change on ground and surface water, and the concomitant risk to human health through disruptions to drinking water, have been the subject of...View Full Article