Creating a Smarter, More Equitable COVID Response

University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health launches the Institute for Pandemics Governments and world bodies typically struggle to respond quickly to emerging health threats, bogged down by bureaucratic and political obstacles and rising public mistrust of authority. If we are to facilitate a more agile response, universities...

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Human rights and COVID-​19: Temporary foreign workers in Canada at the intersection of human rights and COVID-​19

By Anwaar Baobeid As the global spread of COVID-19 brings social, political, civil, and economic inequities to the forefront, many questions arise at the intersections of human rights and public and global health. Panellists in a webinar co-sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s (DLSPH) Centre for Global...

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Female health-​care workers at increased risk for stress, burnout and depression during COVID-​19

By: Nicole Bodnar Female health-care workers — who comprise eighty per cent of Canada’s health workforce — are at increased risk for stress, burnout and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study led by IHPME researchers. “Our early findings suggest that the pandemic is resulting a number of...

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Meet IHPME’s first Health Systems Artificial Intelligence emphasis student: Dr. Rashmi Nedadur

By: Nicole Bodnar The Health Systems Artificial Intelligence (AI) emphasis — IHPME’s newest Health Services Research area of specialty — will welcome its first student this September. “My goal is to be a surgeon-scientist with expertise in AI and cardiovascular medicine,” said Dr. Rashmi Nedadur, a cardiac surgery resident at...

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DLSPH welcomes Francisco Ibáñez-​Carrasco as part-​time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco was appointed as a part-time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on July 2, 2020. Francisco is nationally recognized for excellence in pedagogy and educational leadership, and for his ability to inspire and connect through innovative and inclusive teaching. His priority this...

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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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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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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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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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