Season's Greetings

As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.  We would also like to take this chance to direct you to a blog article we wrote that highlights some of our accomplishments from this year.

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New Evidence Brief: Foraged Mushroom Consumption in Ontario

  • Public Health Ontario has released a new evidence brief that looks at the practice of wild mushroom foraging in Ontario. Potential health hazards of consuming foraged mushrooms are examined as is the regulatory framework that may pertain to the sale of foraged mushrooms in Ontario.  Many of the lessons learned in the Ontario context are applicable to the broader Canadian perspective.

Call for applications - 2020 NCCPH KT Awards for Graduate Students

  • The purpose of the awards is to recognize the work of graduate students regarding knowledge translation in public health in Canada. Up to three awards will be given annually at the CPHA Annual Conference. Travel, accommodation and registration fees to attend Public Health 2020 will be covered up to a maximum of $1,500. Following the conference, the award winners will be required to give one NCCPH webinar on their topic as an opportunity to make their work known within public health networks in Canada.

Preparing and Conducting Work Meetings Within the Context of the Health Impact Assessment Process

  • Created by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHP), this guide is designed for teams responsible for carrying out an Health Impact Assessment (HIA) but also for anyone who might participate in an HIA process.It contains information that will help determine 1) the tasks to be carried out in preparation for the meeting 2) the meeting's agenda 3) the support materials that might be required for the meeting  4) how much time to allocate for the meeting. It also provides practical advice to ensure the meetings run smoothly.

Free Course from Harvard University: The Health Effects of Climate Change

  • By looking at air quality, nutrition, infectious diseases, and human migration, this course will show you how increases in greenhouse gases impact public health. Experts working in a variety of settings will present their recommendations for responding to these challenges, and interested students will have the opportunity to learn about the research methods that measure the health effects of climate change.

New Healthy Built Environment Newsletter

  • The NCCEH has created a new newsletter for those interested in receiving updates on topics related to the Healthy Built Environment.  Sign up is simple: go to our automated email management page (don't be alarmed that the page doesn't recognize you), enter your email address, select "Healthy Built Environment Newsletter" from the list of newsletter options and then click "Submit".  Your existing account will be updated with the new subsciption.

Guidance on Human Health Risk Assessment for Environmental Impact Assessment in Alberta, Version 2

  • Environmental assessment is a key element of Alberta's process for the review and approval of new major industrial projects. The process requires the preparation of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report, which includes information on the potential human health impacts of the proposed project. The primary objective of this document is to provide general guidance for the completion of a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) as part of an EIA, with the overall goal of ensuring quality, consistency and completeness of risk assessments conducted in Alberta.

New Video: Finding Safe Drinking Water in an Emergency

  • In an emergency or disaster, access to safe drinking water is essential to survival. Preparation is key! This short explainer video provides some tips on preparing for a water emergency, and principles for treating drinking water in an emergency.

Ready-to-Eat Meats: Assessing the Food Safety Risks


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