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Outreach and Access Program Expands to Runnymede and Westview Centennial High Schools

Student Shamar Small is working with this team

by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH DLSPH’s Outreach and Access Program continues to have an impact on more Toronto high schools. It completed its first semester at Westview Centennial. “It feels great that the program continues to expand and that we’re continuing to develop relationships and reaching more schools, more students, and...

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Kuan Liu: The Power of Data in Public Health

Kuan Liu is a recent PhD in Biostatistics graduate. She is passionate about the role of biostatistics in clinical and public health research and the potential for using accessible data to inform public health efforts and promote public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As public health students, I think...

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Farhana Safa: Connecting the Individual with Community Health

Farhana Safa graduated with a Master of Science in Community Health in November. The Bangladeshi-born graduate has always taken a keen interest in addictions and mental health issues within clinical care and research. “In 2018, my husband and I immigrated to Canada, and I was applying to programs with a...

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Students Develop Harm-​Reduction Toolkit for U of T Community

by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH U of T students developed a “Know Your Drugs 101” toolkit that will help students returning to campus spot the signs of a drug overdose. The toolkit is comprehensive – it includes information on how to respond to an overdose, and how to access and administer...

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Waking Up to the Reasons Behind Chronic Sleeplessness

By Françoise Makanda, DLSPH PhD student Kristie Serota started quilting for a research project on insomnia. Quilting helps her question the ‘sleep industrial complex.’ While she radically accepts her bouts of sleeplessness, her professor in the Social and Behavioural Sciences division, insomnia researcher Michael Atkinson, suggests that it might be...

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Falan Bennett: No Regrets on the Path to Black Health

Before enrolling at DLSPH, Falan Bennett heard one piece of advice over and over from students and alumni: the time goes by in a flash. Make sure to grab the most important opportunities. “I really took that seriously, and now I'm realizing just how fast it went and all the...

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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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Update on Building Access

Dear DLSPH Community, I would like to share our plans for safely navigating DLSPH buildings during the Fall 2021 Term. As a school of public health, we must be exemplary in our own COVID safety protocols. As such, our newly revised protocols (see attached), developed in consultation with DLSPH’s occupational...

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Understanding How Prison Profits Impact Health

By Heidi Singer A DLSPH PhD student is applying lessons learned from the tobacco wars to improve understanding of health in the isolated world of North American prisons. “We have 50 years of strong information on how the tobacco industry operates, and we find that the playbook in these other...

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Rhonelle Bruder: Rising and Making Space in New Places

Rhonelle Bruder

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Rhonelle Bruder starts her PhD in September at U of T after decades of advocacy work to improve health outcomes for marginalized communities and survivors of human trafficking. “I come from the nonprofit sector but I want to pursue a PhD to advance...

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