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April 2024

Avian influenza A(H5N1) in dairy farms:
An update on public health and food safety concerns

Following the detection of avian influenza A(H5N1) in US goats, dairy cattle and their milk, and a US farm worker in March 2024, this blog provides an update on the ongoing outbreak and addresses key questions about transmission pathways and food safety.

Cold plunge tanks:
Considerations for environmental public health

This document summarizes the potential health risks associated with cold plunge tanks and how these risks may be mitigated.

NCCEH's Healthy Built Environment Forum has moved!

To support cross-sector and pan-Canadian collaboration and discussions, the NCCEH has developed an online, participant-driven platform to facilitate knowledge sharing and topical discussions related to Healthy Built Environment (HBE) in Canada. In April 2024 we migrated the forum to a new platform on Mighty Networks. Please visit the forum to learn more and connect with others across the country!

Upcoming Webinar

Predicting the environmental drivers of recreational water quality in Canada
Evacuation during wildfires and public health – results from a pilot study and literature review

May 9, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Dr. Stéphane Perron
Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Register free

Research Scan

April 2024 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.


Environmental public health bursary program for Indigenous students

The Environmental Public Health Bursary for Indigenous Students provides financial support to Indigenous students pursuing an education in the field of Environmental Public Health at a program accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

More information on CIPHI accredited Environmental Public Health Programs can be found by going to

Submission closes April 30, 2024 at 11:59pm MST

Open call for public candidates to serve on the International Joint Commission’s expert advisory boards working on Great Lakes water quality

Are you an expert in water quality science and research, policy and governance, or environmental health? Do you want to help guide the future of Canada-United States cooperation on protecting and restoring the Great Lakes basin and transboundary ecosystems?

The International Joint Commission (IJC), an independent international organization, seeks talented and dedicated individuals to help it develop advice to the governments of Canada and the United States regarding implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, as amended.

The IJC is accepting self-nominations to fill public positions for three boards: the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, and the Health Professionals Advisory Board

Please submit self-nomination materials here: by May 3, 2024.

HARS Stocktake Survey - Request for interest from those working in extreme heat preparedness and response to participation

The NCCEH is conducting a survey to gauge the implementation status of Heat Alert and Response Systems (HARS) or HARS-like plans of all health authorities/units/zones, provinces, territories, and relevant agencies in Canada. The information gathered will allow the NCCEH and federal partners to better understand HARS implementation across Canada, uncover best practices for HARS across different regional contexts in Canada, and help shape future heat-related program and policy development. The data collected in this study is anonymous, and all responses collected will remain confidential.

If you are involved in extreme heat-related preparedness and response work at health authorities/units/zones, provincial/territorial (PT) governments or relevant agencies in Canada and would like to participate in this survey, please contact us by email at

Webinar Recording

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