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December 2021

Creating healthy community places and spaces with individuals with diverse abilities

This blog identifies opportunities for public health professionals to expand their roles in creating healthy and equitable community places and spaces with individuals with diverse abilities.

Webinar recording -
Accessibility in the face of a pandemic: How inclusive features are undermined in health crises, and what we can do to improve

This webinar focuses on the importance of considering features of accessibility in the built environment and user-centered design during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flooding Resources

Flood zones are danger zones

In response to the devastating floods in British Columbia, Cape Breton and Newfoundland, we have updated our floods topic page with resources on preventing extreme flooding and mitigating risks, as well as resources to assist during the response and recovery phases. This NCCEH poster highlights some of the key hazards to be aware of when re-entering a flood zone.

Water-related Resources

NCCEH Topic page: Small drinking water systems and private wells

This topic page provides resources to assist EPH professionals and those responsible for managing small drinking water systems and private wells to understand the factors influencing good water quality, interpret water quality testing results, and reduce health risks during routine operation or following unplanned events such as flooding.

Wastewater-based epidemiology: current uses and future opportunities as a public health surveillance tool

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) seeks to use biological or chemical indicators in sewage to provide information on the overall health of a community. This EH Review paper provides an overview of the range of applications of WBE over the past two decades, how it has been used to inform public health responses, and considerations for more integrated approaches to WBE based on a review of the literature.

Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality: Indicators of Fecal Contamination

Health Canada is consulting on changes to the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality: Indicators of Fecal Contamination. All comments must be received before January 25, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to update our EH resources in our COVID-19 topic page. You will find a complete listing of NCCEH's COVID-19 products as well as curated external resources organized by topical headings.

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December 2021 environmental health & COVID-19 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.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer 2021 Report

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer 2021 Report

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has released her latest report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2021, A Vision to Transform Canada’s Public Health System. This year's report describes the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a vision to transform Canada's public health system in order to be better prepared for the next public health crisis, and to help all people in Canada to achieve better health.

PHAC Solicitation - Infectious Disease & Climate Change Fund

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to launch our next solicitation for projects under the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF). PHAC is currently accepting Letters of Intent from interested applicants to address the impact of climate change on human health.

If you have any questions or would like to request an application package, please contact PHAC’s Centre for Grants and Contributions by email at The deadline to submit a completed Letter of Intent package is 11:59 p.m., February 10, 2022.

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