Built Environment


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

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Public policies and development projects putting health equity at the forefront

Are you interested in working collaboratively to design healthy, active, and equitable communities? Do you want to expand your professional practice, push the conventions of citizen engagement, and…
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Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention

Video TranscriptIn Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer but what is radon and what can public health do about it?Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and…
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Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention

In Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer but what is radon and what can public health do about it? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and soils break…
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Reducing COVID-19 Transmission Through Cleaning and Disinfecting Household Surfaces

Background The primary mode of human-to-human transmission for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is via direct contact with an infected person and their…
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Reducing Residential Indoor Exposure to Pesticides: a Toolkit for Practitioners

The scientific literature indicates that avoidance of pesticide use and alternative practices, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), may be effective methods for reducing indoor residential…
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Resources to Improve Health and Promote Active Transportation

This webinar will feature resources and tools public health professionals can use to educate others on the importance of active transportation, including the 2018 Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and…
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Review of Field Tests on Bed Bug Control Technologies

Economic, environmental, and health concerns with bed bug control technologies and management options are of interest to public health and pest management agencies, who often receive and need to…
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ROOMING HOUSES 2017: Highlights of a study by Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal and Direction de l’habitation de la Ville de Montréal

The investigation was conducted in summer 2017 and focused on rooming house residents in five central boroughs of the Ville de Montréal: Côte‑des‑Neiges–Notre‐Dame‐de‐Grâce, Le Sud‐Ouest, Ville‐Marie…
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Safety Considerations for Cycling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past few months, there have been numerous reports of increasing numbers of people riding bicycles in many Canadian cities. There are also expectations that during the warmer months, cycling…
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Sicker, Fatter, Poorer

Dr. Leonardo Trasande a pediatrician, professor, and world-renowned researcher, will tell us a story of how our everyday surroundings are making us sicker, fatter, and poorer.  He uncovers evidence…
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Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Population Health Intervention Research: Creating Evidence to Support Healthy Cities

Presenter: Dr. Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFUMeghan Winters is a population health researcher leading a research program on the linkages between health,…
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Social Isolation and the Built Environment - Can Housing Form Play a Role?

Social isolation is an increasingly important issue in Canada which has been associated with negative health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline among those with dementia. In…
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Summer is coming: Wildfire Smoke + COVID-19

It is meant as an ominous threat when characters in the popular Game of Thrones series utter “winter is coming”, and I feel the same way about the summer of 2020. The catastrophic wildfire seasons of…
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Supporting health equity through healthy built environments

This webinar will focus on how health equity can be supported through the built environment and how community planning and design can incorporate factors to address health inequities. Several…
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The Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (v2): Reviewing the conceptual framework and tools

Partnering with local governments is a powerful public health strategy to encourage healthy living and prevent chronic disease. To support the integration of health priorities within community…
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The Indigenous Healthy Built and Social Environment: A Framework to Address Health Disparities of Indigenous Peoples

For over a century, through the advancement and investment into the colonial built environment, Canada has progressed and achieved status as one of the greatest developed countries in the world.…
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The invasive European fire ant: Are they more than picnic pests?

Why do European fire ants matter for Canadians? The European fire ant is an emerging problem insect across Canada. Formally named Myrmica rubra, the European or ruby fire ant is a very small,…
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The Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities through Resilience

The Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities through Resilience will take place October 28-30, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. The eighth annual Livable…
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UBC School of Population and Public Health - Pedestrian Crossing Behaviour and the Built Environment: How Can We Keep Them Safe

The best of current research in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) field is presented at these seminars, which run weekly during the academic year.Presenter: Marie-Soleil Cloutier
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