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The team at NCCEH regularly presents at environmental health events across Canada in addition to organizing workshops and meetings on various developing topics. A select listing of our presentations made at conferences and other meetings is available here.

Please contact us to find out if we can contribute to an upcoming event.

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

Topics: Surveillance

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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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 climate change adaptation strategies is effective public health surveillance. Geographic Information System (GIS) applications are common tools for public health purposes. GIS technology provides visual tools—through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data—that can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. KFL&A Public Health has developed and maintains a situational awareness tool, the Public Health Information Management System (PHIMS) that enables visualization and spatial analysis of environmental data with underlying…

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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 interventions in an urban context. However, surveillance data regarding housing conditions are largely absent at a local level in Canada. Since 2010, Montreal Public Health has carried out a number of studies aimed at generating data on a variety of housing-related issues - molds, bed bugs, cockroaches, upkeep & repair, essential services, affordability - their determinants, and impacts on health. In this webinar, we will briefly present some examples of local-level data from our most recent housing survey, carried out in 2017. We will discuss potential uses of such data,…

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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. Comparisons will be made to the Canadian regulatory system and a discussion of the role of lead monitoring in drinking water and blood lead surveillance in Canada will be presented. Effective mitigation strategies for lead in drinking water and implications for public health inspector practice in Canada will be discussed.

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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 Health), provincial (BC Centre for Disease Control) and national (Health Canada) levels spoke.  The presentation slides from this panel can be found below. 

Putting Health in Environmental AssessmentEmily Peterson, Tom Kosatsky, & Lydia Ma, BCCDC/NCCEHIntegrating health into EA at the local level: Experiences and challengesRonald Macfarlane, Toronto Pubilc HealthReadiness of BC’s health authorities to stand for health in mandated environmental assessmentsLinda Dix-Cooper & Tom Kosatsky, BCCDC

Health Canada also provided a summary document that gives an overview of their…

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Environmental Health Surveillance Workshop


IntroductionTom Kosatsky, BCCDCEnvironmental Health Surveillance in Canada NowEric Lavigne, PHACNational Environmental Public Health Tracking: Environmental Health Surveillance in the U.S.Heather Strosnider, US CDCEnvironmental Public Health Tracking In New York StateNeil Muscatiello, New York State Department of HealthEnvironmental Public Health Surveillance in EnglandMike Studden, England Health Protection AgencyThe Uses of Surveillance in Environmental Health: The Case of TransportationLouis Drouin, Montreal Public Health DepartmentUses of Surveillance: To Follow the Effects of DevelopmentJames Irvine, Northern Saskatchewan Population Health UnitEnvironmental health surveillance to assess intervention adequacy: case studies from the BCCDCSarah Henderson, BCCDCThe Alberta Biomonitoring ProgramJennifer Graydon, University of AlbertaEnvironmental Health Surveillance in QuebecGermain Lebel, INSPQThe Canadian Total Diet StudyRobin Churchill, Health CanadaHealth…
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Health Impact Assessment in Environmental Health: Methods, Tools and Policy Change


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, participants will: 1) understand the HIA approach as demonstrated in theory and a case study; 2) acquire knowledge and skills in applying HIA by working through real-world examples; 3) be able to assess the relevance of HIA in their own diverse contexts and practices; and 4) understand how information from HIA can be used to influence policy. The session will include formal talks, a case example using waste-to-energy, and group work using case examples from participants’ own situations.


HIA in Environmental Health: Approaches within and outside of…
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