Building Equitable AI for Public Health

Training next generation to close gap in AI and health inequalities A pan-Canadian institute designed to train emerging public health and computational science researchers in equitable artificial intelligence (AI) will be launched this summer by an interdisciplinary team of Canadian scientists. Using interactive teaching methods, case examples and multidisciplinary team-based...

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Targeting each of the four types of opioid-​related stigma can bring health policy and social change

By: Nicole Bodnar U of T researchers have identified four types of opioid-related stigma that depend on a variety of factors, including the context of opioid use, the social identity and networks of the person who is consuming the opioid, and what type of opioid is being consumed, including prescribed...

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Perceived loss of social status linked to rising mortality rate of white Americans

By: Nicole Bodnar The rising mortality rates of white Americans is due to a perceived loss of social status, not socioeconomic disadvantage, according to a provocative new study led by researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH). “This is a startling finding,” said Arjumand Siddiqi, Associate Professor...

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DLSPH welcomes Victoria Arrandale as Assistant Professor of Occupational & Environment Health

Victoria Arrandale joined the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as Assistant Professor (tenure-stream) in the Occupational & Environment Health Division (OEH) on November 1, 2019. Arrandale is an occupational health expert whose research focuses on assessing, developing and evaluating interventions to...

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Lessons Learned: Social Media Helps End Hepatitis A Outbreak in Toronto

by: Roshaneh-Fatema Jaffer, Communications Work-Study Student at DLSPH Men who have sex with men in Toronto were at higher risk of contracting hepatitis A following an outbreak in 2017. Social media helped stop the spread, a study found. DLSPH resident physician Mike Benusic was on a communicable disease rotation when...

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A New Dose of Mindfulness: Monthly Sessions Open for DLSPH Students, Staff & Faculty

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By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Elli Weisbaum remembers the meal’s colour, its flavour and the sound it made as she sat quietly at the table at her first meditation retreat when she was 10 years old. Weisbaum’s family would attend retreats every year when she was younger. Within...

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Climate Change is Increasing Incidence of a Cholera-​Like Disease in the U.S.

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A new study led by DLSPH alumnae found that the United States is experiencing a rise in vibriosis, an infectious disease caused by cholera-like bacteria, and rising sea temperatures from climate change are likely to blame. Vibriosis infections are caused by the same...

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An African Cookbook, a plan for prenatal nutrition care, and a WHO Study in Switzerland: for DLSPH Nutrition Students, Summer Practicums Offered a World of Opportunity

By Heidi Singer Three DLSPH students interested in influencing global nutrition policy took a step closer to their goals this summer, with practicum experiences in Geneva and Ottawa focusing on Maternal and Child Nutrition, and in Kenya researching traditional cooking. Rim Mouhaffel, an international student who moved to Toronto two...

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For One Professor, The Climate Strike Was a Classroom

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Brook didn’t just reschedule his weekly “Introduction to Public Health – Traffic Air Pollution Case Study” class on Friday, he held it at Queen’s Park, during the Global Climate Strike. MPH student Roshaneh Jaffer, a work-study communications assistant at DLSPH, spoke with the air pollution expert about...

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The Future of Obesity May be Whiter, Older and Male

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH DLSPH Prof. Laura Rosella and her team at the Population Health Analytics Lab predicts that in ten years the typical Canadian living with obesity will most likely be a Canadian-born white man, between the age of 50 and 64 – and that he...

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