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Racism: The Missing Social Determinant of Health

By: Liam Mitchell, Associate Director of Communications, Faculty of Medicine. Doctors and public health practitioners have long known that the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age have a profound impact on their health. They refer to those factors as the social determinants of health. But there...

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Think Afro-Pink!

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Mid-way through Black History Month, approximately 15 mother-daughter pairs will dance their way to better breast health at Think Afro-Pink, a breast cancer awareness event on February 17, 2017 at U of T’s Hart House hosted by public health researchers. [caption id="attachment_8418" align="alignright" width="200"] Dr. Onye Nnorom, Associate Program Director...

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U of T collaborates with public sector and community partners to make Toronto communities healthier

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From promoting healthy relationships among newcomer and second generation teens to harnessing the “hustle” of unemployed youth, a series of community-building projects across Toronto will showcase their impact on February 10, 2017 at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “Globally, people living in urban areas are facing health inequities...

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U of T home to first North American academic hub for health system comparison

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The University of Toronto is the first academic hub of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO), which held its launch event on February 6, 2017 at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). “Canada has one of the most decentralized health system models in...

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New Year, New faces and New Areas of Focus

I would like to welcome everyone back and extend my wishes for a prosperous new year. Now that 2017 is well underway, there are some leadership changes and new priorities that I would like to share. The first leadership change relates to Professor Dan Sellen, who left the Associate Dean...

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Professor Eileen de Villa appointed Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health

By: Wynna Brown, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto On January 31, 2017, Toronto City Council approved the appointment of Dr. Eileen de Villa as Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health as of March 27, 2017. "I'm very pleased with the appointment of Dr. de Villa," said Mayor John Tory. "Public health matters...

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Dr. Barry Pakes reflects on first year as Nunavut’s deputy chief medical officer of health

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By Jim Oldfield, Writer, Faculty of Medicine Dr. Barry Pakes has been Nunavut’s deputy chief medical officer of health for almost a year. “It's hard to create comprehensive solutions to complex health problems when you're constantly putting out fires,” says Pakes, an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of...

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Student Blog: President Donald Trump’s implications for public health

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DLSPH Student Blog By: Michelle Amri, MPA, PhD student Today, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America. Throughout the presidential election process, Trump became infamous for his voluble election promises. While he did not make many commitments directly referencing public health, many of his pronouncements can provide...

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Nutrition students create recipe planning tool for Toronto women’s drop-in centres

If a truck-load of kale was delivered to a regular Toronto restaurant chef, it would be next to impossible for them to sell enough salads to exhaust their inventory, but that’s exactly what chefs at a local Toronto women’s drop-in centre do every week. To help chefs at Sistering drop-in...

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Q&A: Why Trump’s support for anti-vaxxers could lead to deadly outbreaks

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States. If he delivers on the alarming promises he made throughout his campaign, not only will the health of Americans be adversely affected by the so-called “Trump effect,” but so will the health of Canadians and populations worldwide....

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