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Strengthening Healthcare Systems in Canada and Around the World

The new NorthWest International Policy Network will bolster systems of primary care and examine pressing issues in health policy, particularly around pandemics. The University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health is establishing the NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT International Policy Network at its Institute for Pandemics. Supported by a...

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New First Exposure initiative provides critical resources for maternal, reproductive and child health in Ontario

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A new information hub and research network at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health will fill crucial gaps in health care for mothers and infants. Thanks to a $5-million investment from the Vohra Miller Foundation, the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health is launching a groundbreaking...

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Omicron triples Canada’s COVID-​19 infection count, study shows

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Nearly 30 per cent of Canadian adults – 9 million people – were infected during the Omicron variant wave early in 2022, compared with just 10 per cent who had been infected in the previous four waves, according to a new study led by Toronto researchers. Despite the high numbers...

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DLSPH Open: May is Asian Heritage Month

Dear DLSPH Community, May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. This is a time to celebrate our Asian communities and cultures, but it’s also an opportunity to consider how we can all support our Asian friends, family members, and colleagues in the face of rising racism and discrimination. Tragically, levels...

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Small Steps for Indigenous Health Inclusion in Medical Curricula

Dawn T. Maracle, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Onye Nnorom

by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH After three years of ardent work, the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program is taking its first steps in Indigenizing its curriculum. But program leads Profs. Onye Nnorom and Barry Pakes are not rejoicing just yet. “We hope to Indigenize or at least decolonize our curriculum,”...

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COVID vaccines effective against severe outcomes in people with immune-​mediated inflammatory diseases: study

By Alisa Kim The remarkable speed with which vaccines for COVID-19 were developed speak to global cooperation among scientists and unprecedented investment by governments aimed at finding a panacea for the health crisis. Before such vaccines were approved, they were studied in clinical trials with tens of thousands of people...

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Trainees outline a road map for population health management in Ontario

By Alisa Kim The Connecting Care Act, which was passed by the Ontario government in 2019, laid the groundwork for health system reforms including the creation of Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). Comprised of providers and community health organizations, OHTs are responsible for delivering comprehensive and coordinated care to a defined population...

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Nurturing Implementation Science: DLSPH Trainees Recognized for Projects on COVID-​19 Vaccine Access, LTC Workplace Safety and More

By Elaine Smith Five teams of early-career researchers walked away with prize money in their pockets at the inaugural DLSPH Research Day for Implementation Science on April 6. The 20 researchers – four per team – are the first group of trainees in DLSPH’s  Global Public Health and Health Systems...

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Beyond emergency care: trainee looks at the role of paramedics in the health system

By Alisa Kim As a paramedic, Amir Allana responds to a wide range of calls—from a heart attack or stroke to people struggling with mental health issues and addiction. “On a given day, I might go from acute trauma to someone who’s 70 who has just had a fall but...

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DLSPH Dean Steini Brown Receives Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

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DLSPH Dean Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown was honoured on April 1, 2022 with the University of Toronto's Carolyn Touchy Impact on Public Policy Award. He received the award for his leadership in health system improvement, performance measurement and health emergency planning and response, which has transformed the decision-making process in Ontario....

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