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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.

NCCEH: Linking Research with Practice

Poster presentation from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch) 2016 Annual Conference.

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Communicating the Risk of Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

A changing climate brings the threat of emerging, new infectious diseases and the resurgence of old infectious outbreaks. To ensure that public health professionals and policy makers receive timely information, effective risk communication must be used.

NCCEH and NCCID jointly presented a webinar last year that provided different perspectives on communicating risk in an “environment of change". The objectives of the webinar were to:

present a range of perspectives on good risk communication for public health stakeholders andto discuss how public health can contribute to effective messaging by providing some examples of emerging and resurging infectious diseases in the context of a changing climate.

Presenters:

Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British ColumbiaAnne-Marie Nicol, PhD, Environmental Health and…
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Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health

In this webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH, participants discussed the evidence and ethics of a case involving radon.

Presenters:

Anne-Marie Nicol, Environmental Health Scientist at the NCCEHMichael Keeling and Olivier Bellefleur, Research Officers at the NCCHPP 

The webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH on November 29, 2016, featured a case involving radon testing at daycares and highlighted both evidence and ethics. This webinar was developed primarily for public health inspectors, but was also intended to be of interest for a general audience. Our goal was to present the case and a brief discussion of the evidence regarding risk, remediation and some of the issues facing inspectors, parents, building owners and managers, not to mention homeowners and the general public. Then we turned our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we presented an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants…

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Creating Space: Enabling Organizational Capacity for Action on Health Equity

In September 2016, the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) hosted two sessions about health equity and environmental public health (EPH) practice at the Annual Educational Conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) in Edmonton, Alberta. This was followed by a workshop at the New Brunswick Branch Education Conference in Fredericton and a presentation at the Nova Scotia Branch Education Conference in Fall River in October 2016. These sessions, including input from participants, are summarized here to provide guidance on priority action areas.

The objectives of these sessions were to:

Identify how health equity (HE) and social determinants of health (SDH) fit into a health protection mandate in environmental public health (EPH).Highlight practical ways for EPH practitioners to take…
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Evaluating a Novel Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Framework in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2016

This poster highlights the findings from our evaluation of Saskatoon Health Region’s carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring policy in 10 long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Presenter: Daniel Fong

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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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Fires, Floods, and Bugs: How Climate Change Impacts Drinking Water Source Quality

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference. 

Climate change is anticipated to have myriad potential impacts on human health, some of which may be difficult to predict. However, the effects of climate change on ground and surface water, and the concomitant risk to human health through disruptions to drinking water, have been the subject of intensive research, particularly for communities with high quality source water supplies that originate in forested watersheds. Observed and modelled impacts include changes to the quantity of water available, as well as changes in water quality. Of particular concern are the anticipated increases in frequency of sudden shifts between high- vs. low-flow conditions, as well as rapidly changing and increasingly variable water quality, which may pose a severe challenge for drinking water treatment, particularly in small water systems.

This presentation will give a brief overview of…

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Integrating Indigenous Community Planning into a Healthy Built Environment

Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2016

In collaboration with NCCAH, this session included four presentations, each addressing different aspects of a holistic approach towards integrating the natural and built environment, economy, and health in Indigenous community planning. The following concepts emerged from the 90-minute symposium:

A healthy built environment takes into consideration community design, housing, infrastructure, air and water quality, and are associated health indicators such as walkability, proximity to traffic, access to healthy food, proximity to green space.In considering the design and planning of a healthy built environment in an Indigenous community context, it is necessary to use knowledge, methods and practice that promote self-reliance, resiliency and respect for Indigenous culture.Indigenous-led planning within a comprehensive community planning framework considers governance, land and resources, health, economy, social, culture…
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Update on the NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

Update on the NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

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Appreciating and applying metal in drinking water guidelines

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 81st Annual National Educational Conference

National and International agencies establish drinking water guidelines based on objectives which combine health protection, aesthetics, and the efficacy of metal removal. Recent examples of requests by BC agencies to BCCDC around selenium, arsenic, manganese and lead in water illustrate the need to appreciate the objectives and evidence supporting the guideline. Here we review how aggregate exposure is compared to effects on health (or other endpoint), how acceptable population all-source intake is set, and review how water consumption is apportioned within overall acceptable exposure. Lesson: read the fine print.

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NCCEH Resources for Environmental Health Professionals

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors Saskatchewan 8th annual Professional Education and Development Seminar

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) presented two sessions at the CIPHI Saskatchewan 8th annual Professional Education and Development Seminar held on September 29-30, 2015 in Regina, SK. See the presentation on Food Security Guidelines, 2015.

This presentation provides an overview of resources available on the NCCEH website on current and emerging environmental public health topics and issues. The NCCEH invites input on evidence-based information needs to inform our work.

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Food Donation Guidelines, 2015

Topics: Food

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors Saskatchewan 8th annual Professional Education and Development Seminar

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) presented two sessions at the CIPHI Saskatchewan 8th annual Professional Education and Development Seminar held on September 29-30, 2015 in Regina, SK. See the presentation on NCCEH Resources for Environmental Health Professionals.

Newly developed industry guidelines to promote donations of healthy foods, and revised guidelines for food distribution organizations, such as food banks and soup kitchens were designed with a focus on relationships, liability concerns, logistic and food safety issues as well as the importance of nutrition and need to provide healthy foods, such as fresh produce, meats and other goods for the food insecure.

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Determinants of health and environmental health practice: Opportunities for Action

CIPHI Manitoba Branch Continuing Professional Competencies (CPC) Fall 2015 Workshop

The National Collaborating Centres for Environmental Health and Determinants of Health (NCCEH and NCCDH) co-hosted a workshop at the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Manitoba Branch Workshop in Winnipeg, MB. This interactive workshop provided an overview of how health equity and the social determinants of health impact environmental public health practice and explored ways practitioners can respond. 

Presentations:

Overview of a pilot study on equity and environmental health practiceDianne Oickle, NCCDHPresented via Skype – refer to slides from CIPHI National Annual Educational Conference 2015 for a version of this presentation.Areas of environmental public health practice affected by the social determinants of healthKaren Rideout, BCCDC/NCCEH

Panel discussion:

Heejune Chang, Winnipeg Regional Health AuthorityTim Ness, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch,…
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Public Health Inspectors Taking Action on Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 81st Annual National Educational Conference

The National Collaborating Centres for Environmental Health and Determinants of Health (NCCEH and NCCDH) teamed up to present at the CIPHI 81st Annual National Educational Conference in Ottawa, ON. This session, titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” focussed on how the social determinants of health and health equity intersect with the work of public health inspectors (PHIs) and environmental health officers (EHOs) and ways that practitioners can address these factors.

Presentations:

Overview of the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) & Introduction of NCCDH and NCCEHLydia Ma, NCCEHSummary of recent report “Equity in Environmental Health Practice:  Findings of Pilot Study” (co-authored by NCCDH and NCCEH)Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Guest speaker:

Vittoria Vecchiarelli, Senior PHI, Regional Municipality of York…
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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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Radon and Lung Cancer

House of Commons Standing Committee on Health

On June 18, 2015, Dr. Tom Kosatsky, NCCEH Scientific Director, Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol, NCCEH Knowledge Translation Scientist, and Dr. Sarah Henderson, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Senior Scientist were invited to present before the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Health, Ottawa. The Committee assembled a panel of experts with the intention of exploring questions related to radon and other causes (other than smoking) of lung cancer. Detailed minutes and transcript can be accessed through the Parliament of Canada website. 

Presentations:

Radon and Lung CancerAnne-Marie Nicol, Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEHLung cancer, smoking (not), and radon: Public health policy for CanadaTom Kosatsky, Medical Director/Scientific Director, BCCDC/NCCEHRadon risk areas and lung cancer mortality trends in British ColumbiaSarah Henderson, Senior Scientist, BCCDC
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Public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing: Seismic activity and potential risks

Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2015

Presenter: Anne-Marie Nicol

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Housing, health and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

Joint NCCEH/NCCAH Workshop at Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2015 in Vancouver

Successes and challenges in mitigation of radon in urban Aboriginal housing, Prince George, BCLeo Hebert, Executive Director, Prince George Métis Housing SocietyInsights into on-reserve housingLinda Pillsworth, Manager, Environmental Health Services, First Nations Health AuthorityMould RemediationMona Shum, Occupational Hygiene and Safety Team Lead, AMEC Environment and InfrastructureMould As A SymptomLouis Sorin, Community Area Director, Winnipeg Health Regional Authority
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Addressing health inequities and the social determinants of health in environmental health practice: Findings of a pilot study

Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2015

Presenters: Karen Rideout, Dianne Oickle

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Food Safety, Food Security, and the Public Health Inspector

Topics: Food
CIPHI New Brunswick Annual Educational Conference 2014CIPHI National Educational Conference 2014 (with Rick Kelly, Food Security Network of NL)
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