NCCEH eNews - May 2017
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Environmental Influences on Population Mental Health Promotion for Children and Youth

All six National Collaborating Centres collaborated to create a new collection on population mental health promotion for children and youth, with the aim of increasing understanding and encouraging discussion about how to better integrate and strengthen public health practice in this area. Mental health wellness is a public health priority that will benefit from front-line staff working in collaboration with others to build healthy and resilient communities.

The project collection includes five papers on the following topics: the environment, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, healthy public policy, and Indigenous health. Environmental Influences was written by the NCCEH and the NCC for Determinants of Health to provide an overview of the evidence of how the built, natural and social environments affect the mental well-being of children.

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Green Space and Mental Health: Pathways, Impacts and Gaps

The physical and mental health effects associated with the built and natural environments, including green space, are of growing interest to the public health community. The NCCEH has summarized a student evidence review on the impact of green space on population mental health and on those diagnosed with mental health disorders. Both the original review and the summary are available below.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health and Well-Being

The US Global Change Research Program has released a comprehensive scientific assessment that examines how climate change is affecting human health. Each chapter characterizes the strength of the scientific evidence for a given “link” in the causal chain between a climate change impact and its associated health outcome. Chapter 8 of the assessment, linked below, focuses specifically on mental health and well-being.

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Featured Event
• May 25: NCCEH eJournal Club - The Geographic Distribution of Liver Cancer in Canada Does Not Associate with Cyanobacterial Toxin Exposure​

Deadline Approaching for Student Award
• A final reminder for environmental or public health students interested in applying for the Ron de Burger Student Award that the 2017 submission deadline is Friday May 26.

Extended Call for Abstracts for CIPHI National Conference
• The abstract submission deadline for CIPHI's Annual Education Conference taking place this fall has been extended to June 9. (Note: the abstract submission form may not yet reflect this change.)

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Recent Publications

Fort McMurray reentry: Preliminary air quality data
Horse River wildfire May 2016: updated preliminary air quality assessment
Sources, health effects and control strategies of indoor fine particulate matter
Impact of coal-carrying trains on particulate matter concentrations in South Delta, BC
Metro commuter exposures to particulate air pollution and pm2.5-associated elements in three Canadian cities

Built Environment
Greenspace and ecohealth toolkit: Improving health and wellbeing through greenspace provision, design and access
Demographic and environmental factors associated with mental health: a cross-sectional study
Aging and safe active transportation: issues and courses of action for public roadway development
Pour une stratégie de biosurveillance au Québec
Des gains encore possibles en sécurité routière : perspective de santé publique

Elevated ambient temperatures and risk of neural tube defects
Risk of congenital heart defects after ambient heat exposure early in pregnancy
Association between quantity and duration of snowfall and risk of myocardial infarction
Beyond storms & droughts: the psychological impacts of climate change
Adapting to climate change : An introduction for Canadian municipalities
Ontario climate change and health toolkit

Contaminants and Hazards
Tick borne diseases response plan
Biological effects of exposure to static electric fields in humans and vertebrates
Indoor radon in micro-geological setting of an indigenous community in Canada
A risk assessment matrix for public health principles: the case for e-cigarettes

Are fish consumption advisories for the Great Lakes adequately protective against chemical mixtures?
A novel methodology to assess land-based food self-reliance in the Southwest British Columbia bioregion
Gender differences in the prevalence of household food insecurity
Community food environments and healthy food access among older adults

Practices and Procedures
Health in all policies: Experiences from local health departments
Measuring policy and related effects of a health impact assessment related to connectivity
Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Environmental racism

Reconciliation and relationality in water research and management in Canada: Implementing indigenous ontologies, epistemologies, and methodologies
Arsenic in the groundwater: Occurrence, toxicological activities, and remedies


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