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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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March 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 March 2018 include: Wildfires, emergency preparedness, and the importance of...

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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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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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Adverse Cardiovascular Health Effects of Exposure to Short-Term Air Pollution

Based on appraisals of recent systematic reviews and patient information, this report provides an overview of: 1) evidence available to generate health protection measures; 2) health protection advice currently recommended to persons with/at risk of cardio-vascular diseases through public health, medical, patient information, environmental, and meteorological websites; and 3) a general framework...

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Systematic Review of Surveillance Systems for Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

The purpose of this review is to synthesize available evidence for public health practitioners, making decisions in the event of emerging zoonosis, by finding public health surveillance initiatives for emerging zoonosis and seeing what criteria have been used to evaluate these systems. Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) can be broadly defined as having newly appeared in a population or rapidly...

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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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Residential Pesticides and Childhood Leukemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Many Canadian municipalities or provinces have banned or restricted cosmetic pesticide use and other jurisdictions are considering similar bans or facing continuous public pressure for such action. Major public and scientific concerns about pesticides include their potential adverse effects on child health and development. Of the 15 most intensely used pesticides in the U.S. during 2001, five are...

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A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Childhood Leukemia and Parental Occupational Pesticide Exposure

Many Canadian municipalities or provinces have banned or restricted cosmetic pesticide use and other jurisdictions are considering similar bans or facing continuous public pressure for such action. Major public and scientific concerns about pesticides include their potential adverse effects on child health and development. Of the 15 most intensely used pesticides in the U.S. during 2001, five are...

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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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Epidemiologic Evidence of Relationships Between Reproductive and Child Health Outcomes and Environmental Chemical Contaminants

This review summarizes the level of epidemiologic evidence for relationships between prenatal and early life exposure to environmental chemical contaminants and fetal, child, and adult health. Discussion focuses on: fetal loss, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm birth, birth defects, respiratory and other childhood diseases, neuropsychological deficits, premature or delayed sexual...

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Workshops Presentations

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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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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Putting Health in Environmental Assessment

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors National Conference 2015 This panel was designed to provide public health inspectors with a basic understanding of the inclusion of health in environmental assessments and to share experiences of working on environmental assessment across Canada.  After a brief overview of environmental assessment, three panel members from the local (Toronto Public...

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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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Monitoring Health Impacts of Climate Change: A GIS Application to Display Real-Time Surveillance of Environmental Data and Health Outcomes Combined with Demographic Information

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. Speakers:Dr. Paul Belanger, Director, Knowledge Management, KFL&A Public HealthDr. Nancy VanStone, Research Associate, Knowledge Management, KFL&A Public Health Abstract:A key need for...

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Exploring Gaps and Sharing Findings: The 2016 NCCEH Environmental Health Needs Assessment

This poster was delivered at the 78th CIPHI Ontario Annual Education Conference. It describes a multi-phase needs assessment conducted by the NCCEH to understand the needs of environmental health (EH) stakeholders across Canada.

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Flint Water Crisis: Can It Happen in Canada?

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference In January 2016 a US federal state of emergency was declared in Flint Michigan due to elevated lead concentration in the city’s drinking water. This presentation gives an overview of the Flint lead crisis and how regulation was insufficient to protect public health given human error and omission....

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Building Effective Public Health Participation in Environmental Assessments

This webinar will focus on the legislative structure of EAs and will identify areas for public health engagement in the process as well as describing the steps for making public health input most useful. Health Impact Assessments as a framework will also be discussed. Identify steps for public health to engage in the EA process Build an understanding of how to effectively frame/position public...

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Communicating data for health equity action

This webinar is part of a series designed for members of the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) and delivered by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. The webinar is open to anyone who would like to attend.    Learning Objectives:   Participants will be able to:   Understand health equity indicators and how to integrate into health status reporting Apply practices for...

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) - Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke: Part 4 of 5

This webinar series will provide attendees with an understanding of the impacts of wildland smoke on the health of tribal communities and strategies to minimize exposure. Each 90-minute webinar will feature multiple presentations on the topics listed below. The webinars are free and open to anyone; registration for the webinars will be available in late November. The webinars will be recorded. In...

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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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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series - Monitoring Health Impacts of Climate Change: A GIS Application to Display Real-Time Surveillance of Environmental Data and Health Outcomes Combined with Demographic Information

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. Speakers:Dr. Paul Belanger, Director, Knowledge Management, KFL&A Public HealthDr. Nancy VanStone, Research Associate, Knowledge Management, KFL&A Public Health Abstract:A key need for...

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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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Case report: Environmental exposure to arsenic

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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Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) - Environmental sources of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants and associated risk of breast cancer in young women: Early results from a population-based Ontario study

In this seminar, an update of the Ontario Environment and Health Study (OEHS) will be provided. The OEHS is a breast cancer case-control study in Ontario women, aged 18-44 years.  In this study, blood and urine were collected to measure biomarkers of exposure to PBDE and OP flame retardants. As part of the overall exposure assessment strategy, a database of PBDE in foods and supplements was...

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Sharing health information with community organizations to promote health equity

Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) have an essential role to play in addressing equity. This webinar is an overview of a Locally Driven Collaborative Project that aimed to identify best practices to select, analyze and distribute key health outcome data that enables community partners to better advance health equity in their communities.   The project produced a guide to support sharing data...

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Using Poison Centre Data as a Potential Surveillance Data Source

Poison centres receive and document calls from the public and professionals about exposure to a variety of substances. We identified over 1200 calls from BC residents related to exposure to cannabis received at the BC poison centre over the period between the years of 2013-2016. Calls about cannabis have increased since 2013, especially for children and older adults living outside Vancouver....

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) - Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke: Part 2 of 5

This webinar series will provide attendees with an understanding of the impacts of wildland smoke on the health of tribal communities and strategies to minimize exposure. Each 90-minute webinar will feature multiple presentations on the topics listed below. The webinars are free and open to anyone; registration for the webinars will be available in late November. The webinars will be recorded....

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