NCCEH eNews - August 2017
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Splash Parks and Public Health Risks

Splash parks are a fun and economical way for users to enjoy outdoor recreation in the summer, and are commonly seen in Canadian parks and play areas. However, they may also present an increased risk of contamination and disease transmission that can be mitigated through proper design and operation.

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Oceans, Lakes, and Other Natural Venues

Untreated recreational water venues, such as oceans, lakes, and rivers, attract large numbers of users year-round. The resources presented on this new topic page provide information on hazard identification, water quality monitoring, and risk communication.​

Pools, Hot Tubs, and Other Treated Facilities

Treated recreation water facilities include public swimming pools, hot tubs, splash parks, and wading pools. This new topic page contains resources that address the design, construction, and operation of these facilities.

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Responding to Wildfire Smoke

With extreme temperatures of these recent months giving way to numerous active wildfires in the British Columbia Interior, the NCCEH would like to remind all practitioners to take advantage of all resources available on the BCCDC Air Quality page, including its most recent addition, the BC Health Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination Guideline.


Congratulations to the 2017 Ron de Burger Student Award Recipients!
• Edrene Cabantog, a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health student from Simon Fraser University, for Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Extreme Heat Events Among Homeless Populations in BC’s Lower Mainland
• Emily Denstedt, a Master of Public Health student from the University of Guelph, for Echinococcus multilocularis as an emerging public health threat in Canada
• Ken Diplock, a PhD student at the School of Public Health and Health Systems from the University of Waterloo, for Application of behaviour change theories to food safety education in youth
• Rachelle Janicki, a Master of Public Health student from the University of Guelph, for Finding Headspace: A Knowledge Synthesis of the Effects of Urban Green Space on Mental Health

EIDM Casebook Entry: CO in Long-Term Care Facilities
• In order to protect vulnerable populations in long-term care facilities from the risk of carbon monoxide exposure, a pilot program was created to establish a CO monitoring and response framework. Read more about the implementation, evaluation and impact of this initiative in the NCC for Methods and Tools' evidence-informed decision-making casebook.

Save the Date: eJournal Club on September 28
• The next NCCEH eJournal Club will take place at noon on Thursday September 28 to discuss the short paper: Water Quality Survey of Splash Pads After a Waterborne Salmonellosis Outbreak (Clayton et al., 2017). Online registration will open in early September.

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Recent Publications

Ambient particulate matter, landscape fire smoke, and emergency ambulance dispatches in Sydney, Australia
Seasonal ambient particulate matter and population health outcomes among communities impacted by road dust in British Columbia
Air quality strategies on public health and health equity in Europe​

Built Environment
Urban green space and health: intervention impacts and effectiveness
Urban green spaces: a brief for action
Community gardens as environmental health interventions: benefits versus potential risks

Climate change, extreme heat and health
Association of elevated ambient temperature with death from cocaine overdose
Risk of hospitalization for fire-related burns during extreme cold weather
Modeling the effects of urban design on emergency medical response calls during extreme heat events in Toronto​

Contaminants and Hazards
Fentanyl: A briefing guide for first responders
2016 Surgeon General's report: E-cigarette use among youth and young adults
Effects of mobile phones on children's and adolescents’ health: a commentary
Artificial tanning devices: public health interventions to manage sunbeds

Prevalence of allergies and food intolerance: a comparison between the Persian community and Canadians of European descent
Critical review on the public health impact of norovirus contamination in shellfish and the environment
Assessment of toxicological risk to the Quebec population following exposure to pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables

Practices and Procedures
Public health surveillance for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance

Source water protection planning and management in metropolitan Canada
Diagnosing water security in the rural North with an environmental security framework


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