We conducted a second scan of environmental health priorities in Canada. This 2008-2009 study identified the needs and gaps related to delivery of environmental health services and programs in Canada. Results from this study form the basis for our ongoing and future work plan.
In brief, medical officers of health, environmental health directors, and others again identified the following key needs:
- scientific evidence base for environmental health services and programs;
- evaluation of effectiveness of services/programs;
- scientific evidence in a usable form;
- people with advanced training in environmental health; and
- surveillance of environmental exposures and risk factors.
The top five topics selected by participants for additional review, guidance, and summary documents include:
- how to communicate environmental risk to the general public;
- the relationship between common cancers and environmental exposures;
- guidance on small water systems, seasonal in operation, and exceedances of short term exposure;
- interventions to reduce health impacts related to housing; and
- effectiveness of programs such as food safety, e.g., inspection vs. education vs. enforcement.
Participants also suggested that we continue to pull together information from a range of sources for posting on our website. Click for the final report.
Note: As of October 2012, various suggestions from our scans have been or are being addressed by the NCCEH. Are you looking for a topic for your project? Click for a list of suggested document topics yet to be addressed. Our third scan is underway.
If you would like to view the results of our first scan, click for the 2005-2006 report.
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