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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 topics. A select listing of our conference presentations and external webinars, as well as presentations from our Environmental Health Seminar Series are available here.

Paradox of Wealth and Health: Resource Development and Social Determinants of Health

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: Barbara Oke, Regional Manager, Health and Resource Development, Northern HealthMelissa Aalhus, Health and Resource Development Technical Advisor, Northern Health

The understanding and management of health impacts associated with natural resource development activities like pipelines, mines and processing facilities, has traditionally focused on the impacts from biophysical exposures (e.g. changes to air quality, water quality, etc.). However, extensive research conducted over the past three decades leaves little doubt that social factors are powerful determinants of health and much evidence is emerging that the social, cultural and economic impacts of resource extraction and development are highly complex and intersect to shape health outcomes of…

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Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water

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:  Juliette O'Keeffe, Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH Victoria (Tory) Colling, Scientist, Walkerton Clean Water Centre

Title: Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water in Canada, Key issues for Public Health

The NCCEH has undertaken an evidence review of Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water: Occurrence, risks, management and knowledge gaps for public health. This presentation will provide the highlights of the report.

Title: Challenges and a Pilot Study on Cyanobacteria and Small Drinking Water Systems

There is a growing concern regarding cyanobacteria in surface waters and the risks of cyanobacteria entering our drinking water treatment systems. This webinar will discuss the challenges and knowledge gaps for…

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Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation

This presentation is based on an NCCEH Evidence Review titled Growing at Home: Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation, which you can access here. A two page factsheet was also developed which is available here.

Multiple versions of this presentation were given between May 2018 and March 2019 to various stakeholder groups including: CIPHI National, CIPHI Manitoba, CIPHI Ontario, First Nations Health Authority (Environmental Public Health Services), First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Alberta Health Services (Safe Healthy Environments), BC Lung, the Canadian Public Health Association, and UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. While individual presentations were tailored to each group, this slide deck has been developed to represent a generalized version that contains the key content presented to each group.

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Indigenous Food Safety and Security: Community Adaptations in the Wake of Climate Pressures

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: Casey Neathway, Interior Regional Manager of Environmental Public Health Services, First Nations Health AuthorityLeela Steiner, Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH

Summary: Indigenous people have long relied on traditional foods, as they are nutritionally, culturally, and economically important to individuals and communities, and are an important aspect of food sovereignty. As the climate changes and as other environmental stressors begin to amplify, many Indigenous people and communities are pursuing ways to both strengthen their connections with local land and food systems and bolster their ability to produce and retain traditional foods. This webinar presents evidence on six unique food safety issues, based on adaptation…

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NCCEH Ron de Burger Student Award Winners

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.

Presentation 1: Exploring the Relationship between the Built Environment and Social Isolation and Loneliness: Implications for Public Policy

Summary: Purported to be as much of a risk factor for premature mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, social isolation and loneliness is a significant predictor of adverse health outcomes. Through the application of a social ecological lens, a semi-systematic review was conducted to understand the association between the built environment and social isolation and loneliness. This webinar will present the findings of this research.

Speaker: Amber Gillespie, University of Guelph Amber Gillespie is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator currently completing a Master of Public Health degree with the University of Guelph.…

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Unwrapped – Plastic Food Contact Articles And Chemical Food Safety

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: Shirra Freeman, Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH

Summary: Plastics are emerging as an important environmental public health (EPH) issue. Within this issue, the safety of plastic food contact articles (PFCA) is especially important for EPH practice. PFCA are designed to safeguard the quality and safety of food and are used extensively in food service and retail settings. Plastic packages, utensils, surfaces, equipment and components provide cost-efficient, convenient solutions for handling, processing, preparing and serving food. The main safety concern is that under certain conditions, toxic chemicals may leach from PFCA into foods, exposing consumers to health risks.

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Mapping the Built Environment: Peel Public Health’s Healthy Development Mapping and Monitoring Project

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: Maria Mukhtar, Analyst, Research and Policy, Peel Public Health (Ontario); David Guillette, Data and GIS Specialist, Peel Data Centre (Ontario)

Summary: The impact of the built environment on health and chronic disease outcomes is increasingly being recognized. The Region of Peel – Public Health has been at the forefront of collaborating with Regional and local municipal planning departments to create innovative approaches to entrenching health as an explicit consideration in the land use planning process. Successful implementation of public health built environment interventions relies on the ability to measure changes in the built form, over time. The Healthy Development: Mapping and Monitoring Project measures the health-promoting potential of the…

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How the “Tick Talk” works for communicating risk awareness

Climate changes are expanding the areas where ticks can survive and thrive across Canada. The number of Canadians contracting tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis, is also increasing. As a result, educating Canadians on how to prevent tick bites is becoming increasingly important.  This presentation details an animated tick awareness program, aimed specifically at children, that was developed in conjunction with the BCCDC.

 

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Inuit and Metis radon research across the country

Radon, an odorless, colourless, radioactive gas, is an established carcinogen and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon poses a health risk for indoor environments, particularly in rooms on ground or basement levels where the gas can enter through cracks in the foundation. Health Canada has been measuring radon levels in homes and workplaces and elevated levels of radon have been identified in most regions of the country.

The following presentation focus on radon testing in First Nations communities. The first presentation details historical radon testing initiatives conducted with First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada. The second presentation provides an overview of a recent collaborative project, done in conjunction with the First Nations Health Authority, that tested radon in communities in the interior of British Columbia. 

 

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BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2018

Topics: Cannabis, Food, Mould
 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. The June 29, 2018 Environmental Health Seminar highlighted three student research projects from the BCIT Environmental Health program:  Presentation 1: An Evaluation of the Knowledge and Practices of Metro Vancouver Residents Regarding MouldSpeaker: Chloe LeTourneau-Paci, Student, BCIT Environmental Health ProgramSummary: The average Canadian spends approximately 90% of their day indoors, a proportion of which may be in public spaces, thereby making Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and its subsequent effects on health, a pertinent topic for the fields of Public and Environmental Health.This study evaluated the public perception of Metro Vancouver residents in regards to mould as an IAQ issue in order to provide Public and Environmental Health practitioners, including EHOs, with a deeper…
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Enabling organizational capacity for health equity in environmental public health

Topics: Equity

This presentation examines the intersection of Environmental Public Health & health equity.  Key concepts covered in the presentation include:

a review of the structural & intermediary determinants of healthan examination of the different theoretical approaches that can be used to understand health equitya look at organizational capacity, barriers & facilitators to health equity worksome of the practical implications of integrating health equity into EPH worksuggestions for tools for EPH practitioners
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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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Public Health in a Changing Climate: Leveraging Connections and Knowledge for Action

This presentation was delivered at the 78th CIPHI Ontario Annual Education Conference. It provides an overview of how climate change impacts public health and how public health workers can act at a local level to address climate change challenges.

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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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Conservation as a Public Health Strategy for Climate Change Preparedness

Topics: Climate Change

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. Craig Stephen, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Abstract: A community’s capacity to cope with change and make incremental improvements to health may be a way interdisciplinary health teams can contribute positively to climate change preparedness, prevention, and adaptation. Most attention has been focused on social determinants of climate change vulnerability and resilience as well as on acute health outcomes such as heat exhaustion and zoonoses. This presentation will explore how nature conservation can be an essential component of building…

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Splash Parks: Understanding the Risk and Implementing Better Practice

This presentation was delivered at the 83rd CIPHI National Annual Education Conference and was created in conjunction with Chris Russell an Environmental Health Specialist from the BC Interior Health authority. It provides an overview of the risks associated with splash parks and it describes some of the best practices regarding the design and operation of these kinds of facilities.

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Improving Public Health with Healthy Food Environments

Topics: Food

This presentation was originally delivered at TOPHC 2018 in Toronto, ON.

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Public Health in a Changing Climate: Leveraging Connections and Knowledge for Action

This presentation was originally delivered at the 2017 CIPHI Ontario Annual Education Conference in Brampton, ON.

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BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2017

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.

 Title 1: Assessing the risk of lead exposure to children from drinking water in Metro Vancouver child care facilitiesSpeaker: Thomas Quach, BCIT Environmental Health StudentAbstract: With the recent elevated lead levels detected in the drinking water of BC schools, greater attention and concern has come to the issue of lead exposure to young children. Water samples were collected from Metro Vancouver-area licensed child care facilities and analysed to assess the risk of exposure to children as well as the efficacy of flushing as a control measure. Title 2: Evaluation of the daycare managers’ knowledge, attitude, and practice on lead in drinking water at daycares licensed by Fraser Health Authority ​Speaker: Jill Lin, BCIT Environmental Health StudentAbstract: Young children…
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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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