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

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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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

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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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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Q&A: Why Toronto needs supervised injection services

Across Canada and the United States, rates of overdose to opioid drugs, including Fentanyl, have sky-rocketed in recent years. The situation in British Columbia led the province to declare a public health emergency after 200 overdose deaths in the first four months of 2016.  And this past summer, the former...

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Professor Daniel Sellen pursues new opportunity with U of T’s Centre for Child Nutrition and Health

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health wishes Professor Dan Sellen success as he pursues a new opportunity with U of T’s Centre for Child Nutrition and Health as Director from January 1, 2017. “As our first Associate Dean of Research, Dan was a guiding force for the Faculty’s research...

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DLSPH scholars explore resilient and responsive health systems at global symposium

The DLSPH had an impressive showing at the fourth annual Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver from November 15-18, 2016 that was hosted by the Canadian Society for International Health. The conference theme was resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world and tackled a number of...

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Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia

An international team of researchers has found that people who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away. The study found that people who lived within 50 metres of high-traffic roads (like Ontario’s Hwy. 401) had a seven per cent...

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Dr. Suzanne Stewart named Director of the Waakebiness-​Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart is the new Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health as of January 1, 2017, following a search conducted by representative committee of Indigenous and DLSPH leaders facilitated by a firm specializing in recruiting for Indigenous academic positions. “I am delighted to welcome Suzanne to...

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Professor Andrea Tricco awarded Canada Research Chair to help governments, health-​care providers and patients make health-​related decisions

Andrea Tricco, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis, federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced today. The five-year chair worth $100,000 a year will allow Tricco to continue her work in knowledge synthesis – combining information from large numbers of research studies...

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