NCCEH eNews - February 2016
 
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Investigating the Mould Investigation Toolkit

The NCCEH released a Mould Investigation Toolkit last year that provides some tools for evaluating indoor environments for mould, and it proved to be one of our most popular resources. Please let us know if you found this toolkit useful and how you think it can be improved. With your input, we can better focus our continuing support of environmental health professionals across Canada.

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Aboriginal Housing in Canada

Mould Remediation and Mould as a Symptom are two presentations that were delivered at CPHA 2015 as part of the Housing, Health and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada symposium.




Assessment of Mould Outbreaks

Awareness and ongoing prevention activities for mould and moisture are important strategies for building occupants and homeowners. This report provides recommendations for evaluating buildings, residences, and other built environments for mould.

Remediation of Mould Outbreaks

Mould remediation can reduce the risk of exposure to mould and prevent structural damage. This guidance document contains useful home remediation tips and provides a summary of knowledge about mould remediation in homes.


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Announcements

Open call
• The BCCDC is looking for examples of EHO or PHI involvement in equity or social determinants of health work

Featured event
• Following our January evidence review on Public Health Implications Concerning Shale Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing, the upcoming February 25th BCCDC Environmental Health Seminar will be  On Shaky Ground: Public Health Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing

• Are you a public health student in Canada? We invite you to participate in our  2016 Student Project Award
• Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for new research articles, resource spotlights, upcoming events, conversations on environmental health topics, and more!
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Recent Publications

Air
Childhood exposure to ambient air pollutants and the onset of asthma
Effective strategies to reduce commercial tobacco use in Indigenous communities
•  Roadside vegetation barrier designs to mitigate air pollution impacts
•  Using Canadian Health Measures Survey to examine exposure to industrial air pollutant emissions and lung function in children

Built Environment
•  Built environment influences on children's physical activity

Contaminants and Hazards
Parental, in-utero, and early life exposure to benzene and the risk of childhood leukemia
Exposure to PBDEs and hypothyroidism in Canadian women
Arsenic in the urine and nails of individuals exposure to low concentrations of arsenic in drinking water 
Impact of shale gas fracturing on humans and the environment
Cumulative environmental, community, and health effects of multiple natural resource developments  

Climate
Climate-sensitive health priorities in Nunatsiavut, Canada  
Climate change impacts on some major food sources of the world 
Impact of heatwaves on community morbidity and healthcare usage

Food
Density of fast-food versus other restaurants in relation to weight status
BCCDC Guidelines for food distribution organizations with grocery or meal programs

Practices and Procedures
Community engaged leadership to advance health equity and build healthier communities
Application of citizen science risk communication tools in a vulnerable urban community
Integrating human health into the environmental assessment process

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