Healthy Prisons, Healthy Communities? An afternoon of learning and conversation. The Tett Centre, April 25th 2016

On behalf of the organizers and sponsors, we would like thank those who were able to attend our public lecture and sharing circle on April 25th. For those who were not able to join us, approximately 50 participants who represented a wide range of perspectives and experiences in the Kingston community came to the event - itself a testament to the high level of community strength and interest around issues of incarceration, prisoners’ rights, and health - whether from advocacy, research, or direct community support, development, and action.

THE RIGHT TO REMAIN (R2R) Documentary airs on CBC Television

Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents find an unexpected and influential ally as they fight to save their community from developers. http://www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/

The Right to Remain - TRAILER from Greg Masuda on Vimeo.

EduTOX Video Challenge - Your Environment. Your Health, Speak Out!

Do you like making videos? Are you interested in helping get the word out about toxins – hazardous substances that can affect our health – and what can be done to avoid them? Do you want to be part of making our world a healthier place? If yes, the EduTOX Video Challenge is for you.

Considering culture and context when supporting the development of communities

Andre-Anne ParentCEHE Knowledge Leader André-Anne Parent has recently published an article in the journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective, stemming from her PhD research at Université Laval. The article “Considering culture and context when supporting the development of communities” reviews the ethnographic case study conducted by Parent et al.

Catching up with our Knowledge Leaders

Knowledge Leaders 2012In 2012, 20 Knowledge Leaders in children’s environmental health came together in Vancouver to learn about and develop equity-focused knowledge translation (EqKT) approaches in their work. We recently caught up with some of the Knowledge Leaders to check in on their own career developments as well as their continued collaborative work on EqKT initiatives that were inspired by their time together. Keep reading to find out more about their projects and achievements!

Engaging Aboriginal Families Affected by Allergies and Asthma: Identifying Gaps in Social Support and Developing Culturally Relevant Interventions for Educational Programming

Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic conditions affecting Aboriginal children, yet they often receive inadequate support, services, and information to cope with these conditions and feel socially isolated as a result. There is a need for culturally appropriate interventions that provide children and families with the information and services they need to manage these conditions.

A Q&A with Linor David about the environmental health equity issues of nail salon workers in Toronto

Linor DavidThere are over 1150 nail salons in Toronto with approximately 10,000 workers who are routinely exposed to chemicals that are known to be harmful to health1, yet related occupational health and safety policies and regulations are limited. This is a health equity issue; many nail salon workers are female immigrants from China and Vietnam who may be unable to access information or to report exposures and working conditions due to language barriers or power imbalances related to immigration status.

CPCHE’s RentSafe initiative: Advocating for safer housing for low-income tenants and families

by Kathryn Laferriere

CPCHEThe Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment (CPCHE), a long time CEHE collaborator, is leading an ambitious initiative that aims to address housing-related environmental health risks for low-income populations. The focus will be on low-income tenants and their families because they tend to be disproportionately affected by housing insecurity (e.g. renter insecurity, substandard housing) and to face higher exposures to indoor environmental health risks (e.g. mould, lead, pests, among others), which can lead to a wide variety of poor health outcomes.

Prenatal Environmental Health Education (PEHE) forum a success

Eric Crighton at PEHEOn November 20-21, 2014 the Prenatal Environmental Health Education (PEHE) Forum brought together prenatal health practitioners (family physicians, obstetricians, midwives, and nurses), policy makers, and environmental health experts (educators, researchers, students) from across Canada and the United States. The forum was hosted at the University of Ottawa and led by Dr. Eric Crighton, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography.

Environmental justice for Canadian cities?

The City Talks, IUniversity of VictoriaOn October 16, 2014 CEHE Director Jeff Masuda delivered a public lecture in Victoria, B.C. hosted by the University of Victoria’s CityTalks series. The linked video provides the full recording of this lecture http://youtu.be/jJP5mLo-vk8 in which Jeff discusses the relevance and shortfalls of environmental justice as a lens for understanding urban inequality in the Canadian context, highlighting the difference between top-down and bottom-up definitions and approaches.

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