U of T Modelling Shows Ontario Must Keep Distancing to Continue Opening Up

University of Toronto researchers have found fresh evidence that Ontario’s physical distancing measures have worked. But their newest models suggest that without more testing and tracing, an increase to more than 50 percent of pre-COVID physical contact would quickly overwhelm the province’s ICUs. The model is a worst-case scenario that...

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U of T students develop informatics platform to aid COVID-​19 decision making

Rapid Evidence Access Link (REAL) is an COVID-19 evidence pipeline for government and health sector leaders By: Nicole Bodnar An interdisciplinary team of health systems students and professionals built a digital platform that rapidly provides reliable COVID-19 information to health sector leaders and decision-makers across Ontario. Rapid Evidence Access Link...

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Your questions answered: economic implications of the COVID-​19 pandemic

On April 30, 2020, IHPME hosted its first COVID-19 webinar — the sixth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured four health economists discussing how integrated economic and epidemiological modelling could support policy decisions and provided insights into how Canada...

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Your Questions Answered: COVID-​19 and Health Equity for Marginalized Populations

On April 9, 2020, DLSPH hosted our third COVID-19 webinar, which explored the health disparities that COVID-19 has exposed among marginalized populations in Canada. Is COVID-19 the 'great equalizer'? Many disagree. While all levels of governments are trying to find ways to curtail the virus’ spread, measures like physical distancing,...

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DLSPH appoints Olli Saarela as PHS Graduate Coordinator

Olli Saarela was appointed Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s and PhD programs in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on May 1, 2020. Saarela is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics whose areas of interest include Bayesian inference, causal inference, epidemiological...

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COVID-​19 is a Deadly Threat to Children

by Natasha Crowcroft, Director of the University of Toronto's Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases; Professor, University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and David Morley C.M., President and CEO, UNICEF Canada With the world anxiously awaiting a vaccine for COVID-19, the importance of vaccinations has not received such...

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Your Questions Answered – Understanding the Ethics of Using Restrictive Measures

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Two weeks ago, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health hosted its second COVID-19 webinar which explored the ethics of using restrictive measures in the control of infectious diseases. Responding to a pandemic through the healthcare system alone may not be effective. The...

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NAO partners with WHO on COVID-​19 information sharing

The North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO) is contributing to domestic and international efforts to reliably track and document the policy interventions by federal, provincial and territorial governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “By creating a credible, open resource that captures the timing, intensity and range...

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Natasha Crowcroft to lead WHO’s Measles and Rubella Program

Dr. Natasha Crowcroft has accepted an international leadership role with the World Health Organization (WHO) as Senior Technical Advisor - Measles and Rubella Control that she will begin later this spring. “I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge with WHO – my dream job following a decade of working...

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CPTP is now CanPath

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is now CanPath, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health. This change is the result of extensive consultation with scientific leadership, funders, regional cohorts, participants and the National Strategic Advisory Council, in a national branding exercise that culminated on March 16, 2020. “Our Leadership Team carefully considered how the CPTP name represented the important work...

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