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Recognizing the health impacts of the natural and human-made surroundings in which we live, work, and play.

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A local food environment policy framework: How to take action and measure change in Ontario

Government policies targeting the availability, affordability, and marketing of foods can shape the food environment. Local governments are often the first to implement innovative healthy food…
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Are Naturally Ventilated LEED Buildings Healthier?

Green building rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) employ a variety of design solutions to reduce energy and minimize environmental damage. These solutions,…
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Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach

The annual conference is designed to help attendees learn new methods of fostering safe, healthy and inclusive communities by showcasing the latest work and research within the realm of public health…
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Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) - A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner with a Public Health Impact

What role can urban planners play to improve health? How do you embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies? Given that the built environment, land use and transportation systems are…
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Community Planning with a Health Equity Lens: Promising Directions and Strategies

Community planning has the potential to reduce health inequities. Applying an equity lens to community health planning can encourage greater focus on the process, the implications, and suggested…
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Environmental public health guidance for encampments during the COVID-19 pandemic

To prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, public health guidance promotes physical distancing, staying home when ill, good hand hygiene and environmental…
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Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Building organizational capacity for health equity

Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Health equity knowledge to action

The Equity in Environmental Public Health Workshop Toolkit, created by the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a collection of readymade, customizable resources that can be used to create a…
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Equity in EH Workshop Toolkit: Introduction to health equity

The Equity in Environmental Public Health Workshop Toolkit, created by the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a collection of readymade, customizable resources that can be used to create a…
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Exploring the Relationship between the Built Environment and Social Isolation and Loneliness: Implications for Public Policy

This work was one of the 2018 Ron de Burger Student Award winners. Author: Amber Gillespie, University of Guelph, Master of Public HealthIntroductionSocial isolation and loneliness is a significant…
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Extreme Heat can be a Killer

Video TranscriptCanada is experiencing more extremely hot days and longer periods of heat than during the late 20th century and it is going to get worse. Every year, about people die from heat…
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Health Effects of Large LED Screens on Local Residents

In 2011, three high-definition outdoor LED video billboards were erected around a city sports stadium. The residents of the surrounding community are exposed to the lighted images of these screens…
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Knowledge and Needs Scan: Findings, Gaps and Recommendations

Background Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a structured approach that allows decision makers to consider how a policy, program or project could affect health. HIAs are often carried out as part of…
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How can public health shape inequitable social environments to promote positive mental health?

Join your fellow community members from November 18-22 in talking about positive mental health from a health equity perspective. Log into NCCDH Health Equity Clicks community to participateThe…
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Incorporating Health in Urban Planning: Quebec City Case Study

For over 50 years the importance of protecting health has been recognized in many areas of public policy. Concepts and approaches for actually including heath considerations in assessment processes,…
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March 2018 Environmental Health Research Scan

Full Scan The attached PDF version of the Research Scan has over 100 references and is broken into over 30 categories.Editor’s PicksAfter searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the…
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Public Health and Environmental Assessments Webinar #3

Registration is live for the 3rd webinar hosted by the OPHA Built Environment workgroup on Public Health and Environmental Assessments. Join us on Thursday, February 28, 12 – 1 pm for an informative…
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