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February 2022

This blog examines the growing trend of feeding pets a raw meat-based diet, the increased levels of antimicrobial resistant bacteria that are found in these diets, and the subsequent risks to human health for pet owners.

Antimicrobial resistance in the food chain

This topic page provides a curated list of resources on the issue of AMR in the food chain and ways to mitigate this problem.

Microplastics in the mix: considering dietary sources and human exposure

Plastic pollution is now regarded as a serious environmental issue, but what do we know about the effects of plastic pollution on human health? This blog explores one of the pathways of exposure - ingestion of microplastics via food and drink.

The Omicron variant - Updating our knowledge as the surge subsides

This blog provides an update of what have learned about Omicron, and some of the key considerations for transitioning to “learning to live” with endemic COVID.

See more COVID-19 resources

Extreme Cold

This topic page provides resources intended to assist environmental public health professionals with the management of extreme cold events, including health and safety precautions to take during cold weather, and considerations for issuing extreme cold alerts.

Time to think 15-minute cities for health and equity

As many cities have been undergoing urban transformation to become more compact and walkable, the 15-Minute City emerges as an urban design concept where all of life’s necessities are within a 15-Minute walk or bike ride from one’s home. Along with many health benefits of the 15-Minute City, equity in neighbourhoods needs to be addressed for an accessible and liveable neighbourhood for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change: Two different, but equally important, crises having major psychosocial impacts

February 24, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm (PST)

Dr. Mélissa Généreux
Université de Sherbrooke

Health Canada’s new lead guideline and results of an Indigenous Services Canada, FNIHB drinking water sampling survey in children's facilities

March 24, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm (PST)

France Lemieux
Materials and Treatment Section Water and Air Quality Bureau, Health Canada

Tony Thepsouvanh

February 2022 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.

New tools to support healthier and equitable built environments:
Seeking users

Two new tools that measure how well neighbourhoods in Canadian cities support the health of Canadians are looking for testers to provide input. HealthyPlace.City is a communication, awareness and public engagement tool that visualizes built environment goods in Canadian cities. HealthyPlan.City is an analysis and reporting tool that visualizes inequities in urban environmental exposures and built environment goods for a variety of populations in Canadian cities. Individuals selected for one-on-one test sessions will be offered a $100 gift card honorarium. Register to test the tools.

Climate and Health Education Student Fellowship

The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) envisions that all health professionals throughout the world – doctors, nurses, and public health leaders and practitioners – will be trained to prevent, reduce, and respond to the health impacts of climate change. To achieve this vision, the GCCHE has created the 1-year intensive Climate and Health Education Student Fellowship - to educate and empower the next generation of health professions students to become global climate and health leaders and communicators in their respective fields and within interdisciplinary collaborations.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

Public Health 2022 Virtual - Call for Submissions

The public health community will gather at the 2022 Public Health Virtual Conference to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health policies grounded in research. 

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022
Conference registration now open

NCCPH KT Graduate Student Awards - Call for Applications

The purpose of 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 virtual attendance at Public Health 2022. 

Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

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