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September 2023

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

Urban rewilding and public health considerations

Urban rewilding is an ecological restoration practice that seeks to return human-modified urban areas back to nature. This evidence brief provides an overview of the health benefits and potential health risks of urban rewilding, and aims to provide environmental public health professionals with information to evaluate, advocate for, and provide input on the human health component of urban rewilding projects.

The health impacts of drought in Canada

Severe and ongoing drought in many regions of Canada in 2023 has resulted in water scarcity and exacerbated other climate-related hazards. We have updated out drought subject guide with current resources on monitoring and forecasting, health impacts of drought, and preparedness and adaptation, including for multi-year events.

Upcoming Webinars

Health impact assessment of air pollution in Canada:
Recent findings on mortality, morbidity, and monetized costs

September 28, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT

Dr. Angelos T. Anastasopolos and Mathieu Rouleau
Air Sectors Assessment and Exposure Science Division, Health Canada

Research scan

September 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.


Canadian Biomonitoring Dashboard available

On August 23rd, Health Canada’s National Biomonitoring Program within the Healthy Environment and Consumer Safety Branch (HECSB) launched the new Canadian Biomonitoring Dashboard on the Government of Canada’s Health Infobase website. Through this dashboard, the National Biomonitoring Program concurrently released the first national biomonitoring results for DEET, glyphosate, ultraviolet absorbing compounds, organophosphate flame retardants, bisphenol A (BPA) analogues, and other environmental chemicals measured in stored biobank samples.


Registration is now open for CIPHI Ontario Educational Conference

NCCEH will be presenting the following at the conference: 

  • Pulsed Electric Fields: An Emerging Technology to Inactivate Parasites in Fish
    by Tina Chen 
  • Avian Influenza and the Ongoing H5N1 Outbreak 
    by Juliette O'Keeffe

Early bird registration available until October 6, 2023


The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) abstracts due by Oct 20

TOPHC is pleased to accept abstracts for virtual presentations and in-person workshops. Bring new enhanced skills and ideas to questions and concerns facing public health professionals.

Abstracts for TOPHC 2024 must be submitted no later than October 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET. For more detailed information about timelines and the submission process visit our website.


Registration is now open for Blue Cities Conference

Blue Cities (October 24-25, 2023), hosted by Canadian Water Network, focuses on strategic issues of importance related to public health protection and municipal water management. 

Registration is now open


Public Health 2024 call for submissions

Submit to present in person at Public Health 2024.

Public Health 2024 is the national conference where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. The Conference Steering Committee invites oral and poster abstracts, and 75-minute symposium and workshop submissions. Deadline: Thursday 2 November 2023


Registration is now open for the CPHA Infectious Diseases and Climate Change Forum

Registration for the 2023 IDCC Forum (November 8-9, 2023) is now open. Registration offers participants access to 7 sessions over the course of 2 days. Sessions include dynamic plenaries, oral abstracts, and panels. More information on the Forum and how to register can be found at Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum.

Webinar Recording

External events

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