NCCEH eNews - May 2016
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Forest Fires, Smoke, and Public Health

On April 18, experts took advantage of a one-day public forum to explore the trade-offs between wild fire, prescribed fire, forest health, and public health. Hosted in part by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, Health Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, recordings of this event are now freely available online.

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Guidelines for Decision-Makers

An international working group, tasked with assessing the evidence related to wildfire smoke and public health, developed these consensus guidelines for public health decision-making during wildfire smoke events.

Air Quality Assessment Tools

Information generated from the use of assessment tools can inform public health decisions, impact local air quality, and influence air pollution related health effects. This NCCEH guide discusses five tools that address different components of air quality.

Air Quality and Health Workshop

The BC Lung Association held their annual air quality and health workshop this past February. Video interviews and presentation slides from this event are available on their website.

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Free Course on Air Quality and Health
• The UBC School of Population and Public Health is still offering their online course, Outdoor Air Quality and Health and the Air Quality Health Index, until July 31

Next NCCEH eJournal Club
• Join us on Thursday May 26 to discuss Bed Bugs: Prevalence in Low-Income Communities, Resident’s Reactions, and Implementation of a Low-Cost Inspection Protocol

Last Chance for Public Health Students
• The 2016 submission deadline for the NCCEH Student Project Award is Friday May 27

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Recent Publications

Human health risk assessment for sulphur dioxide in Canada
Critical review of health impacts of wildfire smoke exposure​
School-based exposure to air pollutants and grade point average
Twelve-year trends in ambient concentrations of volatile organic compounds in a community of the Alberta Oil Sands Region
The reduction of birth weight by fine particulate matter and its modification by maternal and neighbourhood-level factors in BC

Built Environment
Bed bugs: Prevalence in low-income communities, resident’s reactions, and implementation of a low-cost inspection protocol
Type and proximity of green spaces are important for preventing cardiovascular morbidity and diabetes in Quebec
Natural environments and childhood experiences promoting physical activity
Challenges and opportunities for urban environmental health and sustainability

The impacts of climate change on human health
How cities prepare for climate change: Comparing Hamburg and Rotterdam
Mental health effects of climate change

Contaminants and Hazards
Prenatal exposure to environmental phenols and childhood fat mass
•​ Arsenic in rice cereal and other dietary sources for infants and toddlers
•​ Exposure to pesticides and diabetes
•​ Cadmium and other metals in children’s jewelry
•​ Health effects from low-frequency noise and infrasound in the general population

Listeriosis outbreaks in BC, caused by soft ripened cheese contaminated from environmental sources
•​ Recent fast food consumption and Bisphenol A and phthalates exposures
•​ Changes in household food insecurity rates in Canadian metropolitan areas
•​ Household food insecurity in Canada​

Practices and Procedures
Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2012 – Social determinants of health for the off-reserve First Nations population
•​ The ONtario Population Health and Environment Cohort (ONPHEC)
•​ Partnerships and governance at the environment–health nexus in Ontario
•​ Understanding the social determinants of health: A self-guided learning module for rural health care teams
•​ Income and health: Opportunities to achieve health equity in Ontario

Meeting the public health challenge of protecting private wells
•​ Risk management of viral infectious diseases in wastewater reclamation and reuse


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