Poverty is a significant risk factor for premature death

Poverty is one of the strongest determinants of health, regardless of immigration status, according to a new study from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). “What our study found was despite the healthy immigrant effect, those living in the most deprived areas, irrespective...

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Appointment of Professor Adalsteinn Brown as Interim Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Sent on behalf of the Office of the Vice President & Provost, Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved of the appointment of Professor Adalsteinn Brown as Interim Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), from...

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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!

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. Participating in a Zumba class is a fun way to...

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

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

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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