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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.

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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Cannabis Legalization and Environmental 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.

Speaker: Angela Eykelbosh, Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH/BCCDC

Abstract: Legalization of cannabis in 2018 will bring many challenges for public health professionals in Canada, ranging from the difficulties of establishing regulatory frameworks in a short period to the unknown consequences of widespread availability of this psychoactive substance. However, beyond the effects of the drug itself, cannabis cultivation (whether commercially or at home) brings with it certain environmental health (EH) risks that can be mitigated through public education. This webinar will summarize concerns around specific EH risks (pest control products, chemical and biological contaminants, household mould and humidity control, and fire and electrical…

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How We Talk about "Pot" Matters: Risk Messaging around Cannabis Legalization

This presentation, originally delivered at the 2017 CIPHI Annual Education Conference in Richmond, BC, provides an overview of some basic risk communication principles as they pertain to cannabis legalization in Canada, and provides suggestions and examples for those shaping public health risk messaging.

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From communication to mitigation: The challenges of managing radon exposure in Canada

This presentation, delivered at the BC Lung Association’s 4th Annual Radon Workshop, outlines a theoretical framework that supports radon outreach and behavior change.

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Radon and Child Care Facilities

This presentation was delivered at the 83rd CIPHI National Annual Education Conference and created in conjunction with an environmental health officer from the BC Interior Health authority. It provides an overview of testing research and policies to reduce childhood radon exposure.

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Policy options for healthier retail food environments in city-regions: The case for a solid measurement foundation

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: 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: Relevance; Resources, and; Response. Relevance refers to whether the food environment measure is theoretically and empirically related to dietary or health outcomes. Resources considers the cost of undertaking the measurement. Response refers to the type of response that your measurement will elicit from decision makers in your community. Four specific types of responses to municipal retail food environments will be presented, including those related to urban and regional planning, transforming…

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Public Health and Industry: Partners In Reducing Lead Exposure

This presentation, delivered at the Canadian Water Quality Association's (CWQA) Annual General Meeting, discusses opportunities for Public Health and the Drinking Water Treatment Industry to partner in reducing lead exposure.

 
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Health Effects of Oil Spills: Implications for Impacted First Nations Communities

This presentation, delivered at the Centre du savoir sur mesure (CESAM) 1st national symposium, contains a combination of academic research carried out during the Exxon Valdez oil spill as well as a much more recent event that occurred in Heiltsuk territory on BC’s central coast.

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Environmental health equity: From the molecular to the global

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. Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Victoria

Abstract: As is the case with the social determinants of health, the environmental determinants of health are distributed inequitably based on income, ethnicity, age, geography, level of development and so on. In this presentation I will discuss various forms of environmental health inequity, ranging from the molecular to the global level, and the implications for communities, societies and public health and other health professionals.

 

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Can Eating be a Risk-Free Activity?: Conceptualizing Public Policy Initiatives Aimed at Improving Food-Related Health Outcomes

Topics: Food

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. Shannon Majowicz, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Abstract: Food and health are intimately intertwined, and what we eat is influenced by a complex web of individual and environmental drivers, such as socioeconomic status, culture, politics, economics, trade, legislation, and our built and natural environments. Although all food-related polices integrate at the moment of consumption, policies aimed at influencing food-health outcomes are primarily developed within silos (e.g., food safety efforts, sustainability initiatives, school allergy policies), each focused on optimizing a particular outcome. Since ‘solving problems’ in one domain may create new problems in another, understanding the complex interactions between public policy initiatives…

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Case Studies in Food Risk Assessments

Topics: Food

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: Lorraine McIntyre, Environmental Health Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Abstract: If you’ve ever wondered how long partially dried pasta can be refrigerated, the risks with carob or chocolate in raw food and baked desserts, or whether you can safely sous vide shell eggs, this presentation is for you.  Following a brief review of risk analysis, case studies derived from EHO field questions will be used to guide you through the process of a food safety risk assessment.

 

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EHOs' involvement with food security: Promoting food donations

Topics: Food

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: Winifred Lao, Kimberly Wrixon, Cathy Wong, and Wilson Yu, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Abstract: Food insecurity is a serious public health issue that can result in chronic illnesses, as well as social and mental health problems. Although food distribution organizations (FDOs) are not the ultimate solution to address food insecurity, they were formed to provide support to those in need by collecting and distributing foods. However, FDOs encounter many food donation issues, which affect their capability to help improve the health of the food insecure. Hence, this webinar will provide an overview of the issues related to food insecurity and food donations to enhance Environmental Health Officers’ (EHOs) understanding of the public health…

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BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2015

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: Knowledge Translation and the Public Health Inspector: Turning Evidence into PracticeSpeaker: Charlene Tang, British Columbia Institute of TechnologyAbstract: This study focuses on knowledge translation – the process of using the best available knowledge to inform decision-making. PHIs are tasked with the critical responsibility of protecting public health. However, there is little data available about how effective and consistent current methods of distributing information to professionals across Canada are. The purpose of this research is to address this deficit by determining: (1) what information PHIs use when making public health decisions, (2) how PHIs go about finding the information required, and (3) the level of trust invested into each source of data. …
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