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February 2021

This field inquiry updates the evidence since our previous review in May 2020 on the SARS-CoV-2 transmission risks from handling of decedents known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 at the time of death.

Health in impact assessments for natural resource and large infrastructure developments – opportunities for public health

Canada's Impact Assessment Act 2019 is the first federal legislation requiring the inclusion of health criteria in impact assessments for resource and large infrastructure developments. This blog discusses the challenges and opportunities for public health practitioners involved in assessing the potential positive and negative effects on community health of projects in fields such as mining, forestry, energy and transportation.

Scoping Population Health in Impact Assessment (ScopHIA)

The 180 Planning Phase​ is an important innovation in the impact assessment process under Canada's Impact Assessment Act 2019​. It expands the scope for intersectoral collaboration needed to assess the health, economic, social and environmental effects of proposed projects. This blog discusses the role of the Planning Phase in ensuring that health equity considerations for affected individuals and communities are included in federally mandated assessments of natural resource and large infrastructure developments.

Nimble, efficient and evolving: the rapid response of the National Collaborating Centres to COVID-19 in Canada

Since December 2019, there has been a global explosion of research on COVID-19. In Canada, the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health form one of the central pillars supporting evidence-informed decision making by gathering, synthesizing and translating emerging findings. Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and located across Canada, the six NCCs promote and support the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practice, programs and policies. This paper offers an overview of the NCCs as an example of public health knowledge mobilization in Canada and showcases the NCCs’ contribution to the COVID-19 response while reflecting on the numerous challenges encountered.

February 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.

Government of Canada seeking input on Canada Water Agency Discussion Paper
Survey Deadline: March 1, 2021

Recognizing the Government’s strong foundational freshwater work, and the important freshwater management roles played by provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous governments, and others, the “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency” Discussion Paper is designed to obtain your input on how to maximize the benefits from these investments and respond to future challenges. The Discussion Paper seeks feedback on which opportunities the federal government should pursue to enhance freshwater management, and which are the highest priorities.

CANUE is looking for feedback on GoodScore.City - a prototype tool for exploring health-related built environment factors

Take the survey by March 12th

Call for applications - 2021 NCCPH KT Graduate Student Awards 
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) Knowledge Translation (KT) Graduate Students Awards recognize the work of graduate students for KT in public health in Canada. Three prizes of $1500 will be awarded during the Canadian Public Health Association annual Public Health conference. Awardees are expected to use the funding to support their registration and virtual attendance at Public Health 2021 (October 6–8, 2021).

COVID-19 and Public Health Forum 2021

The COVID-19 and Public Health Forum will be held virtually 21-22 April 2021. The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies to prevent, reduce, and control the spread of COVID-19. Registration now open.

Tools and Methods for Integrating Health into Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policies and Strategies

NCCHPP's new report presents the results of a scoping review of the literature on existing tools and methods for integrating health concerns into climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies.

Free Online Courses

Mould Investigation (NCCEH)

This is an online, self-directed and self-paced course based on the NCCEH Mould Investigation Toolkit that was originally developed for public health inspectors (PHIs) and environmental health officers.

Ready-to-Eat Meats: Assessing the Food Safety Risks (NCCEH)

Developed specifically for public health inspectors (PHIs), this online, self-directed course focuses on micro-, small-, and medium-sized ready-to-eat (RTE) meat production operations. 

Recent NCCEH Webinar Recordings

Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Creative knowledge translation using infographics

This blog outlines how infographics can increase knowledge translation efforts and includes helpful resources for people who want to incorporate infographics into their work.

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