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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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Leading the Way in Public Health AI, Collaboratively

By Elaine Smith DLSPH is leading an ambitious, interdisciplinary effort to train a new generation of public health practitioners in artificial intelligence. “This is the first certificate and training program like this in Canada and perhaps worldwide,” says Laura Rosella, associate professor of epidemiology at DLSPH and project lead of...

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DLSPH Researcher to Helm $2.5 Million Training and Mentorship Hub in 2SLGBTQ+ Health

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By Elaine Smith An interdisciplinary research team has received a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to develop the 2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub: an intersectional training and mentorship platform. This innovative hub will tackle a major training and capacity gap in intersectional and community-informed 2SLGBTQ+ health...

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DLSPH Researchers Study Canadian Vaccine Distribution From an Equity Lens

DLSPH researchers and colleagues from across Canada are studying the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in seven Canadian jurisdictions to learn the best ways of reaching equity-deserving and at-risk populations. Prof. Monica Aggarwal and her team received $500,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a year-long study that will...

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Let’s Really Talk: Stigma Still Clouds Suicide Numbers

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by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH PhD Candidate C. Dalrymple-Fraser wants the conversation on suicide to change. Dalrymple-Fraser [they/their] does not have answers—just questions about statistics, personal responsibility and disability that could help spark a frank conversation about how the stigma around suicide has not changed. Recent studies have shown that suicide...

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Researchers to examine the experiences of female health care workers to address burnout, attrition

By Alisa Kim The COVID-19 pandemic has made worse the long-standing issue of burnout among health care workers. A brief prepared for Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, for example, reports prior to 2020 severe burnout—characterized by intense emotional exhaustion and decreased professional achievement—was found in 20 to 40 per cent...

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