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“A Perfect Storm”: DLSPH Researchers Fight Vaccine Hesitancy in the Philippines

By Heidi Singer DLSPH researchers are working with NGOs, religious and other community leaders in the Philippines to build trust in COVID vaccines -- helping to address unique historical and geopolitical factors underpinning a vaccination rate that is among the world’s lowest. “COVID has been a big tragedy in The...

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Antipsychotic Use Declining in Nursing Homes in Ontario: U of T Researchers

By Heidi Singer Residents of Ontario nursing homes are taking fewer antipsychotic medications and benzodiazepines, and more antidepressants and anticonvulsants, according to a study by researchers at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, and colleagues. The findings, published Feb. 15 in the peer-reviewed journal JAMDA,...

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High Levels of Hazardous Chemicals Found in Canadian Nail Salons

Researchers at U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in collaboration with Parkdale Queen West Community Heath Centre and the Healthy Nail Salons Network, have found that nail technicians in discount salons are exposed to several chemicals widely used as plasticizers and flame retardants. The study, published Feb....

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Meet DLSPH’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Health Lead

By Elaine Smith Daniel Grace, an associate professor at DLSPH, has been named the School’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Health Lead, effective Jan. 1, 2022. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the advancement of education and research in 2SLGBTQ+ health,” says Grace, Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender...

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Shelly Bolotin to Head Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases

By Heidi Singer Shelly Bolotin has been fascinated by infectious disease all her life – first the biology of it, and then the profound way social, economic and other human factors drive its spread. “Viruses are smarter than we are --  that blows my mind,” says DLSPH’s Associate Professor of...

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Dr. Julia O’Sullivan partners with First Nations communities across Canada to strengthen early childhood literacy

Students from Ermineskin Elementary School, a Cree Community School in Maskwacîs, Alberta, who participated in the Model Schools Literacy Project. Professor Julia O’Sullivan is the chief advisor of the project, which aims to enhance the reading and writing skills of First Nations children in Canada.

By Alisa Kim The window of opportunity for literacy is narrow, closing for most by the age of 10 years. Early literacy is not only critical for academic success but confers socioeconomic benefits. “If you can’t read and write well by the time you go to grade four, you...

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A Blueprint for Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto

By Heidi Singer DLSPH faculty helped make history last month with the launch of North America’s first Black Food Sovereignty Program – an attempt to address food insecurity by creating a Black-run food pipeline from field to table. The Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Plan, the result of a unique partnership between...

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Cannabis Research Blocked by Policy Hinders Public Health

by Françoise Makanda at The Dalla Lana School of Public Health Are edibles better than vaping cannabis? Is vaping cannabis better than smoking marijuana? Even the experts don't know—yet. Since the legalization of cannabis in Canada, researchers have been very focused on these questions. “You need full documentation on each...

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Partnering with Faith Communities to Promote Vaccines — What Works?

Across Canada, public health officials are trying new partnerships and approaches to encourage vaccine confidence. DLSPH researchers hope to learn whether these efforts help. By Heidi Singer DLSPH researchers are beginning to study how Canadian public health officials and religious leaders are collaborating to build vaccine confidence in communities and...

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Return to In-​Person Classes Announcement – Winter Term 2022

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Dear DLSPH community, After extensive research and careful consideration of multiple academic and social factors and public health guidance, we have decided to return to in-person courses for the Winter 2022 term. Instructors will determine what in-person means for their Winter course(s) and communicate accordingly to students. For the majority...

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