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December 2023

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season

Bed bugs back in view

Following last month’s update to the NCCEH subject guide on bed bugs, this blog provides some additional context to the renewed interest in bed bugs globally, and highlights additional resources for environmental public health professionals (EPHPs) in supporting coordinated and collaborative control strategies.

New chapters in the BCCDC Fermented Foods Safety Guidance

Two new chapters on natto and tempeh have been added to the BCCDC Fermented Foods Safety Guidance website. These documents discuss specific food safety risks for common types of fermented foods and provides guidance on mitigation

Upcoming Webinar

Human biomonitoring of environmental chemicals:
Current use and future directions

January 25, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Cheryl Khoury & Kate Werry
Health Canada

Research scan

December 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.


Chief Public Health Officer 2023 report now available

Dr. Theresa Tam has released the Chief Public Health Officer 2023 report, Creating the Conditions for Resilient Communities: A Public Health Approach to Emergencies, which examines the inequitable impacts of emergencies on the health of people in Canada. The report calls for the integration of health promotion tools and principles throughout the emergency management continuum to build on the strengths and specific needs of communities to enhance resiliency and ensure that communities are better able to prevent, withstand and recover from emergencies. A companion report, Generating Knowledge for a Health Promotion Approach to Emergencies, outlines priority research and knowledge generation opportunities to advance action on health promotion and emergency management.

Read the full report

Canada in a Changing Climate Synthesis report now available

The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division is delighted to announce the release of the highly anticipated Canada in a Changing Climate: Synthesis Report. This report synthesizes findings from the five reports that comprise the latest cycle of Canada’s National Knowledge Assessment.

The reports released under the Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action process demonstrate that climate change impacts are profoundly affecting our infrastructure, health, natural resources and ecosystems. In response to these impacts, we are seeing growing examples of adaptation actions being implemented—providing momentum for further action.

Read the full report

Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada

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. Engagement sessions are now complete. For more information and to stay up to date on the progress of this project, see the project website.

NCCPH Knowledge Translation Graduate Student Awards -
Call for applications

Sponsored by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health, the awards is to recognize the work of graduate students regarding knowledge translation in public health in Canada.

Three prizes of $1500 will be awarded during the CPHA annual conference. Awardees are expected to use the funding to support their registration and attendance at Public Health 2024. Award winners will present their knowledge translation research projects to an audience of public health networks in Canada, during the conference, or via webinar (date and format to be confirmed).

Return the completed application form and supporting documentation by February 5th, 2024 via e-mail to

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