People in Residential Buildings Smell Cannabis More Than Cigarette Smoke: U of T Researchers

U of T researchers found that more people in apartment buildings and condos reported being exposed to cannabis smoke than to tobacco in the year before legalization. In 2017, based on surveys of Ontario residents living in multi-unit dwellings, an estimated 800,000 people smelled cannabis smoke from hallways, other units or...

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DLSPH Researchers Earn Connaught Awards for Cancer Care Projects

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer, DLSPH DLSPH’s Olli Saarela and Jennifer Brooks have received U of T’s prestigious Connaught New Researcher Award for their projects on improving care and screening for cancer. They join 50 winners who are receiving funding as part of U of T’s commitment to fostering excellence...

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Health System Reform Must Include Physicians

Ontario has embarked on a bold experiment to transform care with a large focus on Ontario Health Teams or OHTs. At maturity, OHTs will be responsible for the full continuum of care within a community. As the Premier’s Council’s latest report suggests, OHTs should be able to provide an integrated...

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Uncovering the Communities with the Highest Premature Deaths in Ontario

Alumnus Emmalin Buajitti

U of T researchers have conducted the first spatial analysis of death in Ontario, discovering that social and demographic factors  are by far the biggest factors in predicting who dies before their time. Public health researchers used traditional statistical and geography tools to break down premature death rates community by...

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U of T Researchers Show Kids Widely Exposed to Smoking in Movies

Professor Robert Schwartz

More than half of the top-grossing movies in Ontario in the past 16 years featured smoking, according to University of Toronto researchers with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit – and most of these films were rated as acceptable for youth. Since 2002, Adult Accompaniment (AA) or 14A rated movies have...

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IHPME welcomes new acting director, Audrey Laporte

As the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) bids a fond farewell to outgoing Interim Director Rhonda Cockerill and wishes her well on her retirement, we are very pleased to welcome our current acting director Audrey Laporte, who has been with IHPME since 2001 as a faculty member and...

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DLSPH Push Forward Recommendations to Improve Health of LGBTQ2S+ Communities

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Trans people do not have access to adequate and inclusive medical care. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men face discriminatory policies when donating blood. When measuring homelessness, researchers cannot determine how many LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults experience homelessness....

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Hospital Employees Keep Working While Sick: U of T Researcher

Most Canadian hospital staff knowingly continue to work while sick with flu or other respiratory illnesses, according to University of Toronto researchers. Professor Brenda Coleman, an epidemiologist with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, asked 2,728 workers at nine Canadian hospitals to track their illnesses and sick days over...

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Faculty and Staff Win Big at DLSPH Awards

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Faculty and staff were honoured at this year DLSPH Awards. Dean Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown recognized 11 recipients from 2017-18 and 2018-19. The evening ended with a celebration of Prof Donald Cole's retirement. Recipients The Anthony Miller Award for Excellence in Research in Public...

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Seven DLSPH Faculty Receive Prestigious Canada Research Chairs

The newest crop of Canada Research Chairs includes DLSPH professors Patricia O’Campo, Nav Persaud, Tara Gomes, Noah Ivers, Vincent Kuuire, Beate Sander and Wendy J. Ungar. Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan made the announcement June 14 at the University of Victoria. The Canada Research Chairs Program aims to make...

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