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March 2017
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Dean's Message

I am writing to let you know that after five terrific and rewarding years leading the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, including four as the inaugural Dean, I will be stepping down at the end of my five-year term as the School’s leader, effective July 1, 2017. Read more.

What's New

Racism: The Missing Social Determinant of Health

Doctors and public health practitioners have long known that the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age have a profound impact on their health. But there is an important one missing from the list, argues Dr. Onye Nnorom: racism. Read more.

Think Afro-Pink

Mid-way through Black History Month, approximately 15 mother-daughter pairs danced their way to better breast health at Think Afro-Pink, a breast cancer awareness event on February 17 at U of T’s Hart House hosted by public health researchers. Read more.

U of T collaborates with public sector and community partners to make Toronto communities healthier
From promoting healthy relationships among newcomer and second generation teens to harnessing the “hustle” of unemployed youth, a series of community-building projects across Toronto showcased their impact on February 10 at DLSPH. Read more.

U of T home to first North American academic hub for health system comparison

U of T is the first academic hub of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO), which held its launch event on February 6, 2017 at IHPME. Read more.

Sacred Ceremony Marks Change of Leadership at Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

Prof Earl Nowgesic was appointed Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Assistant Scientific Director. Read more.

DLSPH students, faculty and staff help Sistering clients celebrate Valentine's Day

Thank-you to all the DLSPH students, staff and faculty who came together to help Sistering: A Woman's Place clients have a happy Valentine's Day by preparing packages of candy and cards.

VIDEO: John Evans Lectureship explores if Affordable Universal Health Coverage is Achievable Worldwide

The Fall 2016 John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health featured Professor Barbara McPake who asked: Is Affordable Universal Health Coverage Achievable Worldwide? Watch video.

Awards and Honours

Students encouraged to apply for new
award in melanoma research
Are you a graduate student pursuing melanoma research or interested in skin cancer prevention? If so, apply to the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund Award today (photo of David above with his son Noah) and you might be eligible for approximately $4,000 from the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund Award. Read more.

Prof Ananya Banerjee received funding from the Lawson Foundation for the South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program. Read more.

Prof Greg Evans received one of 10 3M National Teaching Fellowships. Read more.

Prof Garry Aslanyan was re-elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. Read more.

Prof Shafi Bhuiyan was appointed treasurer for a two-year term for the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. Read more.

Prof Donna Reynolds was appointed to a four year term with the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC). Read more.

PhD candidate Deika Mohamed received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award from the 2016 SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition. 

In the News

Effects of racism on physical health should be better tracked
Dr. Onye Nnorom in Toronto Star
Read more

17 cases of mumps now confirmed in Toronto
Profs David Fisman and Shelley Deeks in Global News
Watch video

Toronto GP and author offers prescription for health-care system
Prof Danielle Martin on CBC News
Read more

Racism can impact physical health says Toronto physician
Dr. Onye Nnorom on CBC News
Read more

Think Afro-Pink on Metro Morning
Dr. Onye Nnorom on CBC Radio
Listen here (will not play on mobile)

DLSPH students on Canada, innovation and international needs
DLSPH students Afnan Naeem, Leah Shipton, Jannah Wigle & Ifrah Abdillahi on CBC Radio
Listen here

Black women should be aware of higher breast cancer risk
Dr. Onye Nnorom in Toronto Star
Read more

Love drug: Canadian researchers are working on a syphilis vaccine
Prof Dionne Gesink in Global News
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New report suggests racism in Canadian newspaper articles about HIV
Prof Laura Bisaillon in Global News
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U of T physician pushes for Pap tests for immigrant women and those living in low-income neighbourhoods
Prof Aisha Lofters in U of T News
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We have to take the smoke out of dope
Prof Robert Schwartz on the Morning Show
Listen here

Will cannabis legalization lead to an increase in tobacco use in Canada?
Prof Robert Schwartz in Lift News
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GO Transit passengers at risk for exposure to diesel exhaust
Prof Greg Evans in Toronto Star
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Marijuana legalization could normalize smoking again
Prof Robert Schwartz in Global News
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Why Toronto is a liver cancer hot spot
Prof Hla-Hla Thein in Toronto Star
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Prof Greg Marchildon Launches NAO Rapid Policy Response

The North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO), to be housed at IHPME, will generate “policy learning” by responding to requests from health system decision makers, as well as pursuing grants for conducting curiosity-based comparative research. Read more.
Click here for IHPME Connect Newsletter

Upcoming International End of Life Conferences

Second International End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice Conference

Prof Jennifer Gibson is a keynote speaker for two plenary sessions. Read more.

Sept 13-15, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Fifth International Palliative Care and Public Health Conference

Prof Ross is on the conference planning committee. Read more.

Sept 17-20, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario
Click here for The JCB Voice Newsletter

DLSPH Student Blog

Income Security: A Seat at the Table for Public Health 

By: Adrina Zhong, Antu Hossain, Jaya Raghubir, Joy Dawkins, & Rachel McGihon

Income is arguably the determinant of all determinants of health.That’s why a team of 40 public health students hosted the 9th annual DLSPH Student-Led Conference, Secure Income, Secure Health: Working towards equitable solutions. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Higher Learning: Migration and Health in Fire at Sea

Following a screening of Fire at Sea co-presented by DLSPH, subject experts will unpack the complex and compounding health issues facing refugees during their migration and resettlement. Read more.

March 3, 2017
11 am- 2 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Faculty of Arts and Science Teaching and Learning Community of Practice: Learning About Work

Professional development that opportunity allows faculty to connect across disciplines and identify ways to address their teaching interests and challenges. Profs Robert McGill, and Sarah Wakefield will lead a session on encountering work and careers in the classroom to help students to think about work in a way that is informed and shaped by their academic experience. Read more.

March 3, 2017
12:00-1:30 pm
Dean's Office Conference Room (Room 2005), Sid Smith 
100 St. George St.

JuxtaTalks: Critical Health Perspectives + Magazine Launch

How did the heavy-metal poisoning crises in Flint, Michigan and Grassy Narrows, Ontario come about? Panel and open discussion including Professors Donald Cole and Anne-Emanuelle Birn on these issues and relate global public health to politics. Read more.

March 3, 2017
4 pm- 6 pm
Rotman Room 133
105 St. George Street

2017 S.E.E.D.S. Case Competition and Conference

The annual S.E.E.D.S. Conference and Case Competition is designed to bring together university students, professionals, and community members, to offer an educational and professional networking opportunity to explore a public health topic. This year's theme is ‘The Science of Play,’ with a focus on equitable, inclusive solutions to increase physical activity through play. Read more.

March 12, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St. George St.

Cadario Visiting Faculty Lecture featuring Deirdre McCloskey

U of T's School of Public Policy & Governance hosts the 2017 Cadario Lecture featuring Deirdre McCloskey: "How Liberal Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions or Exploitation, Made the Modern World." Read more.

March 13, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm 
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street

2017 Youth Sexual Health Research Symposium: Fight Forward, Fight Back

The goal of the symposium is to bring together community youth (ages 16-30 who are part of a youth group/organization, not attending University, or would like to get connected with people of similar passions) and university students to share their research and artistic pieces on youth sexual health. Read more.

March 16, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
William Doo Auditorium
45 Willcocks Street, Toronto

Killam Research Fellowship Information Session

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 2018 Killam Research Fellowships, which provide two full years of release time from teaching and administrative duties to individual scholars who wish to pursue independent research. These awards are valued at $70,000 per year. Read more.

March 30, 2017
1:00-2:30 pm
Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall, 2nd floor
27 King's College Circle 

Social Media Strategy for the Modern Day Scientist

There is increasing evidence which shows that social media is beneficial for Knowledge Translation in several ways. This workshop will cover: The importance of a good social media profile and how to perfect it, Social media etiquette and tips, and more. Read more.

March 30, 2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street, Toronto

Webinar: Logistic Regression

The Environments and Lifespan Team (BELT), Surveillance and Epidemiology Division, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada, runs monthly learning/collaboration sessions. This session features Dr. Bernard Choi presenting on logistic regression. Read more.

April 12, 2017
1-3:00 pm
Webinar only

The Art and Science of Immunization: A Symposium

Keynote presentation by Dr. Eve Dubé (Anthropology, Université Laval). Other speakers include Dr. Natasha Crowcroft (Chief, Applied Immunization Research and Evaluation, Public Health Ontario) and Dr. Barbara Fallon (CRC and Dean of Research, Social Work, University of Toronto). Read more.

April 13, 2017
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, 1st floor
170 St. George St., Toronto

World Health Summit of the M8 Alliance

The Université de Montréal is hosting the first World Health Summit of the M8 Alliance based on the theme of Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies. This interdisciplinary event will focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health. Read more.

May 8-9, 2017

Global Implementation Conference

The biennial Global Implementation Conference (GIC) was launched in 2011 with a focus on “What is Implementation?” The GIC 2017 conference theme is Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems." Read more.

June 20-21, 2017
Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto

Call for Submissions

Juxtaposition Global Health Essay Competition
Do you enjoy discussing, writing, and learning about global health, development, and the eco-socio-political context of health issues? Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine invites students to participate in the 2017 Essay Competition, which asks the question: “What Global Health issue should receive more attention?

Submissions due: March 5, 2017
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Survey: Personal views towards health, happiness and a good death

The Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation invites you to take part in a study designed to identify the minimum and non-negotiable conditions for a good death that you would like to experience at the end of your own life. The current survey was also circulated to those attending the Dean's Leadership Series: A Good Death for All - What would it take?

Submissions due: Open
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DLPSH Student Blog

Opportunity for all students to share their knowledge and passions with the broader public, and to draw attention to salient public health and health systems issues. It's also an opportunity to have a piece of writing be informally published, and to translate academic literature into digestible language for a wide audience.

Submissions due: Various dates, 2017
More info

City of Toronto Open Government Academic Survey

The brief 5 minute online survey is designed to gauge student and faculty’s knowledge and satisfaction regarding the City’s Open Government initiatives. The results will allow the City to identify service gaps and future partnerships with the academic sector.  

Submissions due: Open
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2017-2018 Collaborative Program In Public Health Policy

Become a part of a dynamic training and research community in Public Health Policy and learn about real-world policy issues and public health policy agenda setting, and enhance the professional skills required to succeed in your profession.

Submissions due: May 5, 2017
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Connaught Global Challenge Award

$750K annually will be awarded to support approximately 3 team initiatives of up-to $250K each. Global Challenge teams will represent new collaborations involving leading UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors. 

Submissions due: June 1, 2017
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Nominate a Canadian Health Hero

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureate nominees are role models to Canadians for their work in furthering health in Canada and the world or for an achievement developed significantly during a period of residency in Canada.

Submissions due: June 26 2017
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