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Canadian Public Health Association

Concurrent Sessions 1

Tuesday 29 May 10:45 - 12:15


Growing recognition of the imperative of the ecological determinants of health (EDoH) has not been matched by commensurate changes in public health training, education and professional development. Building public health workforce that can engage with both ecological and social determinants of health requires targeted education and training efforts focused on public health implications and effective responses, strengthening capacity for intersectoral collaboration, and working with unusual allies. In particular, public health is challenged with how to foster new ways of seeing, relating and doing that recognize living systems as foundational to human health. 

This interactive workshop, co-led by members of the pan-Canadian group, EDGE (Ecological Determinants Group on Education), will share insights from an analysis of challenges and opportunities for educational reform posed by the EDoH, and will profile and discuss a range of resource materials, relevant publications, competency considerations and sample course outlines that are relevant to addressing EDoH as an integral part of public health training and practice. Intended for teachers, students, and practitioners, the workshop will focus on what needs to be put in place to equip public health practitioners to respond to emerging challenges, as well as work that is already underway to address this. 


Presented by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

With the explosion of big data, and the use of social media, smart phones, wearable technologies and other innovations, there is an increasing interest to explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches such as machine learning and natural language processing can be used to address public health challenges. Yet, despite the exciting opportunities that new technologies and data present, we also face a new set of challenges and the potential for unintended consequences. In addition to the broad challenges faced by all sectors working to incorporate these new approaches and technologies, Public Health may face a unique set of challenges. One particularly pressing question is: what will be the impact of AI on health equity? 

Join CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in a discussion of the ethical challenges of incorporating AI into public health research and practice. Examining issues including access, bias, and representation, participants can expect to further their understanding of the impact that AI, and the increasing reliance on big data, may have on equity. We will also explore the role that stakeholders from various sectors can play to promote health equity in the age of AI.


Presented by: Assembly of First Nations

Advancing the health and wellness of First Nations in Canada is a shared commitment among communities, partners in the jurisdictional continuum and politically mandated organizations. This session aims to demonstrate how policies and programs generated with First Nations’ meaningful participation can shape culturally responsive and competent public health systems that uphold the wholistic health needs of First Nations. 

Public health surveillance and measures estimate that First Nations experience high rates in many disease profiles (diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, mental wellness and infectious diseases). 


Presented by: Association pour la santé publique du Québec 

Simultaneous interpretation will be available for this session.

The Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ) invites you to a session regarding the benefits linked to an economy in prevention towards sustainable health for all. 

Sustainable health is a collective right, a social and economic asset. Like prevention, it implies responsibilities, both individual and collective. As a result, it is up to governments, businesses, communities and citizens to jointly and unitedly take responsibility for maintaining and improving health for all, especially that of future generations, throughout the entire life cycle. 

Building sustainable health is the result of teamwork, which requires the mobilization of society as a whole around key environmental, political, social, economic and cultural issues. 

As Daniel O'Neil demonstrated in his plenary session, the current economic model, based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), contributes to environmental degradation and increased social and economic inequality. A new paradigm is needed. Daniel O'Neil, François Reeves, Marie-France Raynault and Laure Waridel believe that it is possible to create a humanistic economy in prevention of sustainable health. Several examples of initiatives to bring about change will be presented.


  • The association between social norms regarding pregnancy and pregnancy attitudes among youth experiencing homelessness – Stephanie Begun
  • Development of an online perinatal mental health toolkit for local public health practice – Brent Moloughney
  • Early predictors of mental illness in women: The case of preeclampsia and late-onset depression – Aimina Ayoub
  • Delivering the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in rural communities – Karen Campbell
  • Power and knowledge: Understanding how migrant and Canadian-born women participate in obstetrical decision-making – Priatharsini Sivananthajothy


  • Can community resources mitigate the effects of household poverty on adverse childhood experience incidence? – Alexandra Blair
  • Redressing the achievement gap through early social emotional learning: Building a foundation with early childhood educators in a professional learning community – Jessie-Lee McIsaac
  • Breaking down the relationship between sex, neighbourhood socioeconomic status, and early child development across Canada – Simon Webb
  • The potential for adult role models and community involvement to mitigate the effects of economic disadvantage on children’s social competence – Lisa Ritland
  • Social determinants of development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A population-level study – Ayesha Siddiqua


  • Creating healthier food environments in Canada: The Food-Environment Policy Index – Lana Vanderlee
  • An assessment of the retail food environment in a functional region of Northern British Columbia, Canada – Rebecca Hasdell
  • An assessment of the rural consumer food environment in Newfoundland and Labrador – Catherine Mah
  • Development and monitoring of nutritional targets for Quebec food products – Mylène Turcotte
  • Impact of a mandatory policy on calorie labelling in restaurants: evidence from a prospective quasi-experimental cohort in Canada – David Hammond


  • Assessing interdisciplinarity in global health training – Erica Di Ruggiero
  • CSIH MentorNet Program: Exploring the application of the module-based curriculum for mentoring students and young professionals in global health – Yoshith Perera
  • Experiential Learning for Public Health Professionals: An evaluation of educational value – Miranda Loutet
  • Teaching public health ethics in Canadian universities: Are the current means meeting the needs of future public health professionals? – Louise Ringuette
  • Developing a research trainee competency framework in population health: A student-led initiative – Christie Silversides


  • The rise of overdose deaths involving fentanyl and the value of early warning  – Matthew Young
  • Impacts of an unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Toronto: A preliminary analysis  – Gillian Kolla
  • Identifying, piloting, and evaluating a Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) system in Vancouver, BC  – Rebecca Thomas
  • Inter-disciplinary administration/dispensing/distribution of intramuscular naloxone across multiple programs – Jessica  Bridgeman
  • Safety profile of injectable hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine for long-term severe opioid use disorder – Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes


  • Using a whole-of-government approach to remove barriers for individuals with complex needs in northern Canada – Katie-Sue Derejko
  • Can local public health units and health care partners improve population health together? – Vera Etches
  • The necessary factors for effective social prescribing – Jessica Runacres
  • A “poisoned chalice”? How systems thinking was useful to study key factors that influenced health promotion in Australia – Lori Baugh Littlejohns
  • Healing Together: Identifying the value of partnerships between rural Australian Aboriginal communities, services and researchers to co-design, implement and evaluate programs to reduce substance-related harms – Alice Munro