From Race to Racism as a Determinant of Health

DLSPH Student Falan Bennett is Working to De-Pathologize Black Health Falan Bennett’s journey into public health wasn’t straightforward. She came to it through undergraduate studies in molecular biology and social psychology – and in seeing what was missing in the space between the natural and social sciences. “Learning about the...

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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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DLSPH Researchers Part of $2.1 million Grant for COVID-​19 Initiative

SUPPORT-Canada initiative will capture data and biospecimens in order to identify factors contributing to COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes in Canada Two DLSPH researchers are part of a $2.1 million CIHR grant to CanPath (the Canadian Partnership for Canada's Health) to learn more about COVID susceptibility. The initiative, titled SUrveying...

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Should STI/​HIV Testing be Offered Online?

DLSPH Researchers Study Ways to Remove Barriers to Testing for Cis and Trans Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men A group of DLSPH academics and LGBTQ+ peer researchers are examining barriers to sexual health testing – and whether delivering testing online could improve the experience...

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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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DLSPH Researchers Create Engaging Mental Health Resource for Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Other Guys into Guys

U of T researchers have launched a comprehensive website to support guys into guys— gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, two-spirit, gender queer, gender non-binary, trans, and other guys who are sexually and/or romantically interested in other guys. The resource, called goodhead.ca, is a product of significant community consultation work and is...

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U of T Researchers to Study Impact of Cannabis on Indigenous Oral Health

Clinical research and Indigenous knowledge models will help team gather first evidence of effects of cannabis on Indigenous peoples of Canada A multidisciplinary team from the University of Toronto, with experts from the Faculty of Dentistry and the Waakebiness-​Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public...

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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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