Built Environment


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

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Does climate modify the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and self-reported walking?

Occupational and Environmental Health SeminarThe presentation will explore how neighbourhood walkability may influence physical activity levels and chronic disease risk. Examples will include Public…
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Environmental Health Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, occurs primarily via direct contact with or respiratory droplets from an infected person. However, there is evidence to suggest that…
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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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Fact sheet: Environmental Health Risks of Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Personal cultivation as described by the Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian Federal government will be…
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Fact Sheets for Promoting Healthy Built Environments

This set of fact sheets provides an overview of Healthy Built Environment issues for Environmental Health professionals (EHPs include public health inspectors, environmental health officers, and…
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Food Environments

The foods that people choose to consume are influenced by the availability, affordability, and accessibility of foods in the environments in which they live, work, and play. Defined by the built and…
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Forest Residues to Energy: Is this a pathway towards healthier communities?

Forest residues are non-merchantable woody biomass found in forests and wood waste from logging practices and industrial operations, such as sawmills. Forest residues are a convenient fuel for open-…
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Foundations of Health and the Built Environment

From ship to shore: Sightings of Asian Giant Hornets in Canada’s west coast

Recent sightings of the Giant Asian Hornet- dubbed the murder hornet by some sources- have left many wondering whether these enormous, aggressive insects are a new insect of concern.   Their usual…
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Green Space and Mental Health: Pathways, Impacts and Gaps

Around the globe, mental health disorders are a significant and growing cause of ill health and early death, with the burden of such diseases increasing by more than a third between 1990 and 2010.…
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Green space can reduce ADHD symptoms in children

In Canada, almost 4 out of 5 of us live in medium or large cities. Surrounded by buildings, concrete, traffic, noise, and pollution all day every day takes a toll on our physical and mental health,…
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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…
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Health and Planning: Exploring Options for Rural Communities

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

BackgroundHealth 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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