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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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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...

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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...

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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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Communicating Health Risk Uncertainty: Busting the myths

Quantitative Risk Assessment: An Overview and Discussion of Emerging Issues

Ethics in Action: A workshop for practicing environmental public health professionals

Presentations: Public Health Ethics: Theory, practice, and policy implications for environmental public health professionalsChristopher McDougall, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy Evolving Environmental Public Health: An overly ambitious ideal or an achievable realityPhi Phan, Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors Continuing Education Credits: 6.0 PDHs

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Health Promotion in the Context of Health Protection

Environmental Health & Safety and the Law: Understanding the legal framework for regulators

Presentations: An overview of private law conceptsDawn House Overviews of constitutional law and administrative lawAngela Westmacott, Lovett Westmacott Barristers and Solicitors Continuing Education Credits: 6.0 PDHs

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Using Comparative Analysis as a Tool for Evidence-based Policy

Agenda Presentation: Using Comparative Analysis as a Tool for Evidence-Based PolicyKaren Rideout, NCCEHChristina Chociolko, NCCEHMona Shum, NCCEHTim Lambert, BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport

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Risk Communication (2011)

Agenda Presentations: Risk Communication FundamentalsHelen Mersereau, Cape Breton University Media PerspectivesPauline Dakin, CBC Risk Communication in PracticeNelson Fok, Alberta Health Services Case studies Additional resources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. A primer on health risk communication: Principles and practices. Atlanta, GA: ATSDR; 2004. Presenting Information at...

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Risk Communication (2009)

Presentations: Risk Communication Theories and Principles, with Examples*Timothy Sly, Ryerson University Risk Communication in Practice from One Health Department's PerspectiveNelson Fok, Alberta Health Services Handout:      * The Perception and Communication of Risk: A Guide for the Local Health Agency  

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Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Environmental Health

Presentation: Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Environmental HealthDonna Ciliska, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and ToolsChristina Chociolko, NCCEH

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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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Regulatory Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Presentation: Telling the Regulatory Performance StorySteve Montague, Performance Management Network Inc.

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Event

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...

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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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UBC School of Population and Public Health - Virtual care and vaccine games: tech and the future of public health

Presenters: SPPH Associate Professor, Population Data BC Scientific Director, Kim McGrail SPPH Clinical Associate Professor, GetCheckedOnline medical lead, Mark Gilbert I Boost Immunity Content Strategist, Ian Roe

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Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) Annual Conference - Facing a Changing World: Transformative Leadership & Practice

Please consider joining us for our annual conference, happening this year from November 16th to 17th at The Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Drawing practitioners of public health from all over the province, PHABC’s annual conference is BC’s leading forum for inspiration, sharing, and learning on public health and health equity at the individual, health care system, and community levels...

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The ENRICH Project & Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) - Over the Line: A Conversation on Race, Place & the Environment

What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, and the environment in Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian communities look like? How can we engage in a more inclusive conversation about the social justice dimensions of the environment? How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, climate change, climate justice, justice-based transition to...

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Sheela Basrur Centre and PHO - Crisis Communications Workshop

The Sheela Basrur Centre and Public Health Ontario are offering a two-day crisis communications workshop focusing on the current opioid epidemic. This interactive workshop will highlight crisis and stakeholder communications while exploring best practices and lessons learned from the field. Both days will be facilitated by risk and emergency communications experts, The Warning Project. This...

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