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November 2023

Do-it-yourself (DIY) air cleaners: Evidence on effectiveness and considerations for safe operation

Radon, energy retrofits, and impacts on indoor air quality

Reducing energy consumption in homes is an important part of climate mitigation but energy retrofits can inadvertently increase indoor air pollutants such as radon gas. Building on our 2022 NCCEH blog, the Government of Canada recently released a publication on radon and energy retrofits, with ways to mitigate health risks.

More information on this topic can be found at BC Lung Foundation’s Health Indoor Environments Program page.

Bed bugs

Bed bug infestations continue to affect cities worldwide, generating public concern and uncertainty over their control and possible health impacts. This updated subject guide provides resources intended to provide information on bed bug identification, prevention, and control, and the possible human health effects of bed bugs.

Rapid Review: What is the effectiveness of public health interventions on reducing the direct and indirect health impacts of wildfires?

NCCMT and NCCEH collaborated on producing this rapid review of research evidence on the effectiveness of public health interventions for reducing health impacts due to wildfire and smoke exposure.

Upcoming Webinars

INTerventions, Equity, Research and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT): Research and knowledge translation for scaling our understanding of health and the built environment

November 22, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Daniel Fuller, PhD
University of Saskatchewan

One Health Approach to Risk Assessment (OHARA)

December 6, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Sharon Calvin, DVM, MSc
Public Health Agency of Canada

Research scan

November 2023 Environmental health research scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.


Core Competencies for Public Health in Canda – Share your ideas and perspectives!

The Public Health Agency of Canada has commissioned the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) to engage with the Canadian public health community in order to update the 2008 Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada.

Core competencies reflect the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for effective public health practice. Have a say in shaping the 2024 Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada. Your ideas and perspectives are critical.

To find out more and get involved, see the information page

Official release of HealthyPlan.City

November 28, 2023 | 10:00 - 11:00am PT

HealthyPlan.City is a free web mapping application for stakeholders concerned with the well being of urban dwellers by helping identify opportunities to improve public health while addressing environmental inequities and climate change risks. In this first formal version of the tool, nationally standardized environmental and demographic indicators are combined for over 125 Canadian cities. Dr. Sarah Viehbeck, Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, will open the webinar followed by an introduction of the tool by HealthyPlan.City co-directors Jeff Brook and Dany Doiron and closing remarks from Dr. Sonia Anand, Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at McMaster University.

Climate Change and Vector-borne Diseases: Addressing Local Climate Projections by Enhancing Surveillance Tools

November 30, 2023 | 8:00 - 9:00pm PT

This presentation highlights the importance of addressing climate change's impact on public health and sets the stage for our next steps in this area.

Register here

Invitation to Participate: Environmental Scan Online Survey

The NCCDH is calling on the Canadian public health community to share their ideas and perspectives to their national environmental scan through a quick online survey. Your voice matters in informing how the NCCDH organization can shift their work to support public health initiatives across the country. 

Take the 20-minute survey now: NCCDH Environmental Scan

Survey closes on December 1st, 2023.

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