Public Health Responses to Wildfire Smoke Events

Building on our 2018 report on Public Health Responses to Wildfire Smoke Events, this follow-up study interviewed 22 practitioners from multiple jurisdictions to understand what new initiative and capacity-building activities are underway to respond to future wildfire smoke events, and how past experiences have changed perceptions of wildfire smoke as a public health priority.

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Lessons in public health planning for wildfire smoke

Join on us Sept 26th, 2019, for details on a recent project entitled Public Health Planning for Wildfire Smoke. The author, Sally Maguet, will lead us through her analysis of input from public health practitioners from Canadian and American jurisdictions who are working to make their communities more resilient in future wildfire smoke events.



Updated Wildfire Smoke and Health Topic Page

We’ve updated our Wildfire Smoke and Health topic page! Check out curated resources on protecting and preparing communities, risk communication, and data and tools to support public health interventions, as well as resources specific to Indigenous and remote communities.

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Fish Consumption Advice Mobile App

  • This app was launched to provide Albertans with information about the safe consumption of fish from our lakes and rivers where there may be concern about mercury. One of the great features of the app includes usability offline, should one be fishing where cell service is fluctuating. The app has recently been updated with new data on fish weight and length.

Healthy Built Environment Funding Opportunities from CIHR

  • The latest round of CIHR Planning Grants is expected to launch in the next few weeks. Launching under the Healthy Cities Research Initiative, the Implementing Healthy Urban Policy Workshop is a pilot program designed to bring researchers and city decision-makers together to collaborate, design, implement and evaluate healthy cities programs related to active transportation and design of public spaces.

Free online course: Health Impact Assessment, step by step

  • Discover the new NCCHPP free online course on Health Impact Assessment (HIA)! HIA is a structured and innovative approach to inform decision makers about the potential impacts of a project, program or policy on the health and well-being of populations. This 5-hour course is available free of charge in English and French and can be accessed at any time upon registration. It consists of 9 online modules including videos with experts, different learning activities, as well as various tools to perform HIAs. 

Healthy Built Environment Discussion Forum

  • The NCCEH and BCCDC have collaborated to pilot a pan-Canadian online HBE discussion forum for professionals, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The forum is free to join and anyone with an interest in built environment-related issues is encouraged to participate. Visitors can read posts without signing in but those wishing to post to the forum will need to create an account. Visit the "Welcome to the Forum" section to get started!

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