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November 2021

The British Columbia Radon Data Repository –
What is it and how can we use it?

Nov 25, 2021 @ 12-1pm PT (Pacific Time)
David McVea and Jeffrey Trieu

BC Centre for Disease Control

In this seminar, we describe the repository and highlight two uses for the data. First, the BCCDC has developed a new interactive map of indoor radon levels for the province. Users can visualise the estimated proportion of homes exposed to different levels of radon, at spatial scales from health authority to municipality. This visualization helps the public quickly understand the risk that radon poses and raises awareness with regions at particular risk.

Updated radon topic page

This updated topic page highlights new Canadian-led radon research and provides links to the growing number of radon programs led by local public health agencies in Ontario.

Introducing British Columbia’s new interactive radon map

A new interactive map developed by the BC Centre for Disease Control displays measured radon levels recorded in homes across the province, and also provides estimates for the increase in lung cancer risk at each radon level for smokers and non-smokers.

Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention

Radon: Public Health and Cancer Prevention

This NCCEH video gives some background information about radon and provides advice as to how public health practitioners can mitigate the effects of radon in their communities.

A rapid review of the use of physical barriers in non-clinical settings and COVID-19 transmission

This evidence review looks at the guidance around installing physical barriers in various non-clinical settings, and presents the evidence on their utility in preventing COVID-19 transmission, alone or in combination with other public health measures.

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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November 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.

December NCCEH Webinar

Infection prevention and control infractions and Ontario personal service settings – What were the common issues in 2018 and what can we do differently?

December 16, 2021 | 12 - 1pm PT (Pacific Time)
Katherine Paphitis and David Ryding
Program IPAC Specialist, Public Health Ontario

Public and Expert Perceptions of Climate Change and Health: Focus on Infectious Disease

November 23, 2021 |12:00-13:00 ET

Presented by Laura Cameron, Mohammad Alam (Prairie Climate Centre) and Gillian Pritchard (Canadian Public Health Association). Moderated by Lydia Ma (National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health)

Climate change is already impacting health and health systems in Canada. Understanding the views of people in Canada on this public health crisis is vital to charting our path forward. In this webinar, the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) will present the findings of their projects exploring public perceptions and expert opinions on climate change and health, with a particular focus on infectious disease. The PCC will share the preliminary results of a nationally-representative survey of Canadians and discuss implications for public health and climate communications. CPHA will highlight the challenges and opportunities that Canada faces with respect to infectious disease and climate change, gathered from conversations with experts from across the country.

HealthyDesign.City wants to share your victories!
Have you or your organization had some success making changes to the “built environment” that promise to improve health or health equity in your community? Have you:

  • Improved tree coverage in low-income neighbourhoods?
  • Developed a policy that ensures equitable access to parks?

If so, HealthyDesign.City would like to hear from you. They want to share success stories about urban interventions that foster health. They are particularly interested in projects that address environmental inequities to improve the health of vulnerable or disadvantaged populations. If you have a story to share, please send a note to them at Learn more here.

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