Fast-​food “swamps” linked to greater diabetes risk

Canadians under the age of 65 have a greater risk of developing diabetes if they live near a high number of fast-food restaurants and few healthier dining options, known as fast-food swamps, according to researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The study, Relative and absolute availability of...

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LGBTQ Health Research-​to-​Action on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

DLSPH Student Blog By: Kinnon Ross MacKinnon On May 17, 130 countries around the world will celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.  May 17 is significant for international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) and ally communities because it was on that date in 1990 that the...

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Six public health and health services students receive Gordon Cressy Award

Three Dalla Lana School of Public Health and three Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation students received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions to the University of Toronto community on April 20, 2016. This year’s recipients include: Shannon Brent (MPH Epidemiology), Melissa...

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Health Promotion students IMAGINE a better future for interprofessional health education

DLSPH Student Blog By: Anne Rucchetto, Fatima Mussa, Antu Hossain, & Anjum Sultana Healthcare is an ever-expanding field where various specialists — including public health professionals, physician and nurses — must work together to improve health for all.  All healthcare experts are interdependent and beneficiaries of one another’s success when...

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In the Loop: Zika virus

Two public health experts explain Zika virus within the global context at alumni event Two days following an announcement from the World Health Network Organization (WHO) that Ebola is no longer a public health emergency of international concern, two U of T public health leaders discussed the latest global infectious...

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Nutrition students to coordinate Indigenous cultural competency training

Two Nutrition and Dietetics students received U of T professional development funding for an Indigenous cultural competency training initiative to help bring context to the current health disparities that disproportionately affect Indigenous people in Canada. Branka Gladanac and Tenzin Lama where among the 10 graduate student groups awarded funding from U of T’s...

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Setting the Racial Health Equity Agenda: Research, Reform and Advocate

DLPSH Student Blog By: Navita Singh, Anjum Sultana, Meena Bhardwaj & Eden Hagos March 21, 2016 is the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966. The same Assembly named the period 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent,...

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Alumni-​Student Mentorship Program Launches

The 2016 Alumni-Student Mentorship Program launched on February 9, 2016 at a Health Sciences building event that was attended by more than 60 students and alumni, both in person and via Skype. Now in its fourth year, the program — a partnership between the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) and...

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Canada’s first ethnicity, culture and health course underway at Dalla Lana School of Public Health

One of the first ethnicity, culture and health course offered at a Canadian health sciences faculty teaches students to view culture as a facilitator, not just a barrier, to health. “Health professionals must be mindful of how ethnicity influences health and able to provide counsel that is reflective of personal...

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Toronto’s first peer cancer education program for black women improves awareness and screening

Public health researchers created a first-of-its-kind peer education project targeting black women to improve breast and cervical cancer awareness and screening for black women living in Toronto’s Malvern community. “There is a lot of silence in the black community. People think that cancer is not a black issue and many...

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