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Canadian Public Health Association

Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum

Climate-related factors propel the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. As our climate changes, animals and organisms are able to live in places that were previously unsuitable habitats, increasing the risk and transmission of disease. Consequently, small changes to climate impact where and how many people get these diseases. To continue to highlight the relationship between climate change, infectious disease, and health, CPHA is hosting its second Infectious Disease & Climate Change (IDCC) Forum. 

The IDCC Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students, and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices, and policies to deal with the impacts of climate change on infectious disease, and on the health of everyone in Canada. 

The IDCC Forum was held virtually 8-9 November 2023.

This event is part of CPHA’s overarching infectious disease and climate change project, titled “Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change.” Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, the goal of the project is to increase the knowledge and capacity of, as well as collaborations among, professionals and providers across Canada so that they can inform and educate their communities and respond to the increasing demands posed by climate change and infectious diseases.  

Thank you to our partners at the Climate Risk Institute, First Nations Health Authority, Prairie Climate Centre, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit for their support in developing this year’s IDCC Forum. 


  • Engage public health leaders, local organizations, and other partners from within and outside the health sector;
  • Facilitate education, awareness, and the dissemination of information, tools, and best-practices across disciplines;
  • Highlight different perspectives on, and social impacts of, climate change and infectious disease on health and well-being;
  • Showcase local, regional, provincial, and national level projects; and
  • Provide a platform for professionals and providers to network with peers, and discuss gaps and opportunities in the area of infectious disease and climate change.


View the final program here


View the session summaries here