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From Race to Racism as a Determinant of Health

DLSPH Student Falan Bennett is Working to De-Pathologize Black Health Falan Bennett’s journey into public health wasn’t straightforward. She came to it through undergraduate studies in molecular biology and social psychology – and in seeing what was missing in the space between the natural and social sciences. “Learning about the...

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Eleven DLSPH research teams receive CIHR funding for COVID-​19 projects

Eleven research teams led by DLSPH and IHPME faculty have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and globally. “Now more than ever, our community’s research expertise is critically needed to support Canada’s pandemic recovery,” said Professor France Gagnon, Associate...

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DLSPH Researchers Part of $2.1 million Grant for COVID-​19 Initiative

SUPPORT-Canada initiative will capture data and biospecimens in order to identify factors contributing to COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes in Canada Two DLSPH researchers are part of a $2.1 million CIHR grant to CanPath (the Canadian Partnership for Canada's Health) to learn more about COVID susceptibility. The initiative, titled SUrveying...

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Should STI/​HIV Testing be Offered Online?

DLSPH Researchers Study Ways to Remove Barriers to Testing for Cis and Trans Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men A group of DLSPH academics and LGBTQ+ peer researchers are examining barriers to sexual health testing – and whether delivering testing online could improve the experience...

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The Bigger and Global Picture of Health – The Professional Journey of DLSPH Alumna Kate Lillepold

By Tara Faghani Hamadani, MPH student at DLSPH For Kate Lillepold, living and working abroad is a familiar experience. “I think why I was drawn to the field of global health was that pathogens and diseases don’t respect borders,” says Lillepold, who completed her MPH in Epidemiology and a collaborative...

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Attention to health disparities must guide efforts to monitor and mitigate the impact of COVID-​19

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic must consider the complex interplay between socioeconomic status and health disparities, according to an analysis led by a team of U of T researchers published in the British Medical Journal. The paper, “Using socioeconomics to counter health disparities arising from the covid-19 pandemic,” argues...

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From Theory to Practice: Origins of the University of Toronto Journal of Public Health

by Daniel A. Harris, Rebecca A.G. Christensen and Jean-Paul R. Soucy The University of Toronto Journal of Public Health (UTJPH) reflects a grassroots, student-led initiative that grew out of a simple question: “How can we support the next generation of public health leaders?” This question was raised at a division-specific...

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Vivek Goel to step down as U of T’s vice-​president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives

Vivek Goel, who led U of T's extensive research operation for the last six years, will take on a new role as a special adviser to U of T’s president and provost, helping to guide the university’s COVID-19 planning efforts (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn) by Geoffrey Vendeville, U of...

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DLSPH launches a pan-​Canadian study to understand the financing, organization, and performance of provincial and territorial public health systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the critical role of public health, revealing variations across the country in the preparedness and effectiveness of provincial and territorial (PT) public health systems. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how public health is financed, governed, and organized, and the composition of...

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Your questions answered: the path to an effective COVID-​19 vaccine

On May 26, 2020, IHPME hosted a COVID-19 webinar — the twelfth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the path to an effective COVID-19 vaccine. It featured leaders from research, policy and private industry describing the pharmaceutical trajectory of new antiviral products (including the COVID-19 vaccine), from development...

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