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April 2023

This document reviews strategies aimed at reducing tick habitats and tick-borne disease transmission in parks, recreational areas, and residential properties and explores the role of citizen science and risk communication tools. It is the third document in a four-part series focussing on the health risks of tick exposure in Canada.

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

Understanding adaptation approaches to sea level rise and health

The final two documents from our 4-part series on Sea level rise and public health implications are now available. Report 3 reported on a review of Community-based adaptation approaches to sea level rise and health and Report 4 summarized input from key informants on Identifying health priorities in sea level rise adaptation planning. A recording of the webinar summing up the project findings is now available here.

Alternative disposition services: Green burial, alkaline hydrolysis, and human composting

With growing interest in greener end-of-life disposition options, we carried out a review of current practices in Canada and elsewhere for these three alternative disposition services. This document summarizes the findings on the possible environmental benefits, environmental health concerns, and approaches to minimizing potential hazards.

Upcoming Webinars

Rapid implementation of bikeways for healthy, safe, equitable
and more sustainable communities

May 24, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT

Matt Craig, Director, System Planning, TransLink
Brian Patterson, Senior Transportation Planner, Urban Systems

Research scan

April 2023 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.


Environments and Health Research Summit event recordings are now available

The Environments and Health Research Summit was held earlier this week on April 17th and 18th. Over two days, more than 100 online and in-person attendees heard from and engaged with environments and health experts from across Canada and around the world. Recordings of the keynote remarks and panel discussions are available now. In the coming months, there will be a report published summarizing the discussions and key insights shared at the summit.

Watch the event recordings

Free Certificate-Based Course
Pan American Climate Resilient Health Systems

April 4 - May 2, 2023
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

The goal of this course is to equip federal, regional and local health systems planners, hospital administrators, long-term care/community care professionals, emergency planners, sustainability officers, public health officials, health practitioners, and others with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for climate change. This includes how to apply best practices to assess health system vulnerabilities and adaptation options, measure and monitor the climate resilience and environmental sustainability of health systems, and undertake health system greening, all while integrating health equity and undertaking broad stakeholder engagement.

Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum - Call for Abstracts

The 2023 IDCC Forum aims to present multi-sectoral research and knowledge in the areas of climate change and infectious disease while also engaging participants in more action-oriented sessions that build the knowledge and capacity of professionals to identify and implement programs and policies that reduce the impact of climate change on infectious disease, health, and well-being. Keeping this goal in mind, the IDCC Forum is accepting submissions for oral abstracts, panel discussions and workshops. 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023

Open Call for Public (Nongovernmental) Candidates to serve on the International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Advisory Board

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking talented and dedicated individuals to help it develop advice to the governments on transboundary environmental health and the implementation of the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This is an opportunity to work with well-established researchers and officials from both countries on work funded by IJC at the cutting edge of science and health. Some of the projects recently completed by the board include a review of the human health impacts of selenium in aquatic systems; a proof-of-concept study of acute gastrointestinal illness in the Great Lakes; and an assessment of the science used to determine human health effects of cyanobacteria toxins in the Great Lakes region.

Submit your nomination package by Monday, May 15, 2023.

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