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June 2021

This document has been updated to incorporate new evidence on types of masks, effectiveness of masks, and key considerations for the safe use of masks. It also provides an overview of new evidence on the performance and risks associated with different mask materials, mask fit, and double masking.

See our companion blog for this document summarizing the key points from this document including what's next for mask-wearing.

Growing resilience and promoting health through urban agriculture

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people turned to urban agriculture for stress relief, social connection and food security. The benefits and public health considerations of food gardening, including a discussion of soil and water contaminants in this blog, can be addressed by public health professionals in their practice.

Transitioning from COVID-19 restrictions to new norms: Innovating strategies to restore trust and transit ridership

Public transit ridership decline dramatically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to perceived risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in enclosed spaces and shifts to remote work and learning models. This blog describes selected strategies to restore public trust and bring riders back to transit as pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Upcoming NCCEH Seminar Series
Climate-health adaptation planning: Two approaches, one shared learning journey 

June 24, 2021 @ 12 - 1pm PT
This webinar will highlight key findings from two distinct but complementary knowledge synthesis projects, their significance and utility for public health practice, and the necessity of applying both Indigenous knowledge and Western Science to climate-health adaptation.

Two approaches, one shared learning journey to support climate-health adaptation planning

This NCCEH blog highlights the results of two knowledge syntheses: one that identifies interventions that public health can use to reduce health impacts associated with a warming climate, and the other that addresses how to effectively include Indigenous voices in climate adaptation initiatives.

Climate change resources from other NCC's

NCC of Healthy Public Policy recently published a scoping review that identifies tools and methods to help integrate health into climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies. The NCC of Determinants of Health's practice brief shares how COVID-19 underscores the need for equity-informed approaches to climate change and the building of just, sustainable and resilient communities.

June 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.

Unregulated cannabis: Risky production practices raise concern for consumers

This blog describes a recent pilot study carried out by BC’s Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat with assistance from the BC Centre for Disease Control and the NCCEH. The aim of this project is to increase consumer awareness regarding the potential for unsafe practices when a high-value crop like cannabis is grown without regulatory oversight.

NCCEH Job Posting: 
Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist 

Located in Vancouver, BC, the NCCEH is seeking an Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist focussing on food safety, personal services and other public facilities settings, and environmental contaminants and hazards. Learn more and apply here.

CIHR Team Grant: Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants

The Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants funding opportunity is offering grants focused on increasing our understanding of how to design, implement and promote the systematic and equitable uptake of evidence-based interventions (i.e. interventions that have been piloted or tested in a setting and found to be promising) in multiple urban environments to improve population health and well-being.

Guidance document for consultation: Recreational water quality: Physical, aesthetic and chemical characteristics
Consultation period ends August 11, 2021

This guideline technical document evaluated the available information on physical, chemical and aesthetic characteristics of recreational waters with the intent of recommending guidelines for various parameters. The purpose of this consultation is to solicit comments on the proposed guidelines, on the approach used for their development, and on the potential impacts of implementation.

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