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.

CCGHR New Global Health Researchers Spring Institute Applications


The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research is pleased to announce the 8th Spring Institute for new Global Health Researchers (SI-8). This SI-8 will be held in Dalanzadgad (southern Gobi), and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Institute will be conducted in partnership with Leading Researchers, a local research-to-action NGO founded by one of our Institute alumni; the World Health Organization (Geneva and Mongolia); the Mongolia Ministry of Health; and the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industry Development.

CEHE Director named Canada Research Chair

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Masuda has been named Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environmental Health Equity. 

This award comes alongside the recent move of The Centre for Environmental Health Equity (CEHE) base of operations to Kingston, where Jeff holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Department of Geography at Queen's University.

The Right to REMAIN in Vancouver's Nihonmachi/Downtown Eastside

by Jeff Masuda with Aaron Franks

Originally published 11 March, 2014 online and in print in The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese-Canadian community, history + culture

What’s in a name? This is a question being posed by a team of Vancouver-based community leaders and university researchers that has been actively engaged in conversations with Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, both past and present, about their experiences of human rights in the neighbourhood. 

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