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JULY BULLETIN


An Ode to the Class of 2021
DLSPH students Deanna Pinder (MPH, Nutrition and Dietetics), Dr. Sina Moin (PhD, Health Services Research), Dr. Nakia Lee-Foon (PhD, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) and Steven Winkelman (MPH, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) reflect back on the last two years.

LEADERSHIP CORNER

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"Throughout the pandemic, IHPME faculty have been researching the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on all segments of society, from young children to older adults living in long-term care facilities and in the community."

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Meet DLSPH’s New Indigenous Health Lead

Asst. Prof. Angela Mashford-Pringle is DLSPH’s first-ever Indigenous Health Lead. She says her goals are “very simple”: “I want to create a safe and welcoming environment for Indigenous students, faculty, Elders and Knowledge Keepers and their guests.” Read more 

DLSPH NEWS

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Teaching the Art of Diplomacy in Public Health

He works with national governments and world bodies, but Adj. Prof. Garry Aslanyan always maintains a simple question in the back of his head: ‘What does this mean for the health of a person?
 

Scoping Review Highlights Lack of Research on Health Outcomes for Queer and Trans People in Lower Socio-​Economic Status

Queer and Trans people living in poverty face poor health outcomes, DLSPH researchers discovered through an extensive scoping review of Canadian studies.


“A Golden Opportunity on a Silver Platter”: The Infectious Enthusiasm of DLSPH’s Digital Evangelist

Asst. Prof. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco is DLSPH’s online engagement guru – a surprising new role for the long-time AIDS activist and community-based researcher.
 

U of T Endocrinologist to Lead ‘Powerhouse’ Diabetes Research Network

Lorraine Lipscombe has been selected to lead a “powerhouse” research network that will impact the global fight against diabetes and other serious chronic diseases.
 

IN DEPTH STORY

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“I hope I’ll be able to bring a voice for public health much more broadly across the country and to many other tables,” Vivek Goel says. “In other countries they have figured out ways to insulate the public-health infrastructure from politics. We need people to talk about how to protect and sustain them, and there’s a role for academic institutions in that process.”

Vivek Goel’s Public Health Vision

Prof. Vivek Goel – his career, and academic evolution —  is deeply entwined with DLSPH and its emergence as Canada’s top public health school. As the former U of T provost and emeritus IHPME professor prepares to become president of the University of Waterloo, he leaves a faculty that he played an outsized role in creating. Read more
 

MORE DLSPH NEWS

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Pillars of the Pandemic Honoured for Service to Public

Thirteen individuals, groups and organizations have been named Pillars of the Pandemic by DLSPH in partnership with Closing the Gap Healthcare.
 

PhD Candidate Award Sheds Light on Health Barriers for Black People Living with HIV

Apondi Judith Odhiambo received the Canadian Association for HIV Research 2021 New Investigator Award last month. 
 

Improve Alignment Between Domestic and Foreign Policy says U of T Researcher

Assistant Prof. Erica Di Ruggiero is calling on all levels of government to adopt an integrated strategy that recognizes public health as a truly global phenomenon.
 

U of T Students Question Popular Paper Which Supports Three Foot COVID Distancing

Students have found that an influential paper may have overstated the safety of three feet of physical distancing to protect against COVID-19.
 

Prof. Fiona Miller Awarded $6 Million to Lead a Collaborative Project 

Prof. Fiona Miller has been awarded $6 million from Environment and Climate Change Canada to lead a project that aims to engage Canada’s health-care community in climate action.
 

Antibody levels are stronger after receiving two doses of COVID-19 vaccine

CanPath's initial preliminary COVID-19 Antibody Study results show a high degree of variability in the level of antibodies produced by a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
 

Aviv Shachak Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics

IHPME Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator Aviv Shachak, can add one more title to his CV.
 

ALUMNI Q&A

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“If you don’t understand why hospitals behave the way they do, you do not know how to create a culture that is conducive to high quality,” says Nusrat Farhana who graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s Health Services and Research.

Nusrat Farhana’s Story: Dissecting Healthcare Competitiveness in Canada

Nusrat Farhana spent the last six years understanding what drives hospitals to compete through the Ontario and Alberta healthcare systems. Read more

Sarah Richter: A New Pivot

Sarah Richter has been running non-stop. At the beginning of the pandemic, as DLSPH grappled with the fast move to online classes, Richter and the Public Health Students’ Association pivoted as well.
 

Devon Bowyer: From the Bench to Indigenous Vaccine Clinics

The Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong Vaccination clinic will have a full-time program logistic manager:: Devon Bowyer.

WEBINARS

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Behind the Mask: See Where N95 Masks Are Being Researched
Hosted by: Alumni Reunion, UofT DLSPH
Speaker: James Scott

HEADLINES

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“We’re actually moving to a point where Canadians are going ‘hey, I didn’t recognize how big a problem this is and let’s have a discussion so that we can move towards healing,’ because right now we’re not near healing if we can’t even talk about the truth of the genocide that’s happened in Canada,” said Prof. Angela Mashford-Pringle.
 

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

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The University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium was transformed into the site of a vaccine pow wow over the weekend, with volunteers dancing and playing hand drums while community members received their shots. Read more 
ON government spending $10M to identify residential school burial sites - but more work needs to be done
Angela Mashford-Pringle in 640 Toronto's Morning Show

As more unmarked graves are found, Indigenous communities face renewed trauma
Suzanne Stewart in CTV News

Indigenous health training is a journey, not a check-box: New research shows cultural training programs need more than just filling knowledge gaps 
Stephanie McConkey in Education News Canada

‘Staggering disparity’: Study finds Indigenous people travel farther to give birth
Janet Smylie in Global News

‘We’re really afraid’: Kashechewan First Nation grapples with COVID-19 outbreak
Angela Mashford-Pringle in Global News

They have one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world. How First Nation campaigns became a success story
Anna Banerji in The Toronto Star


 

VACCINE HESITANCY
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If we didn't have race-based data today, we might still be arguing whether Blacks and racialized populations have COVID disparities," said Prof. Akwatu Khenti. 
 

20 townhalls later, here's how Toronto's Black scientists' task force reduced vaccine hesitancy

Prof. Akwatu Khenti says the task force has plans to continue into the fall, with the goal of tackling two major issues. Read more 
Experts urge Ontarians not to hesitate to take Moderna for 2nd vaccine dose
Jeff Kwong in CBC News

Why reports of COVID-19 infections after 2 vaccine doses aren't cause for alarm
Akwatu Khenti in CBC News

Efforts needed to reach last quarter of unvaccinated Ontarians, experts and officials say
Maria Sundaram in Global News

A Manitoba Dispensary Is Offering a Year of Free Weed in Vaccine Lottery
Susan Bondy in Vice News


 

CRITICAL ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH
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“There’s a thing that we call sacrifice syndrome, because you sacrifice your own identity for the well-being of the work situation, the well-being of your family, and then that will lead to burnout,” said IHPME Asst. Prof. Abi Sriharan.
 

Employers must show 'real support' as pandemic burnout overwhelms parents, caregivers: experts

Women, who traditionally take on most of the caregiving responsibilities, end up sacrificing themselves to keep their work and families afloat.  Read more
A third of Ontario schools still have dangerous levels of lead in drinking water – two years after the province pledged to fix it.
Emmalin Buajitti in The Toronto Star

U of T’s new Black Health Lead on how to build anti-racist health care post-pandemic 
Roberta Timothy in The Toronto Star

Policing and evicting people living in encampments will not solve homelessness in Canada
DLSPH Global Journalism Fellow Amie Tsang in Two Row Times

Rapid COVID-19 testing at the airport may be here for good — this is the Toronto company that helped make it happen
Laura Rosella in The Toronto Star

Collection socio demographic information by health care providers is key to promoting health equity
Michael Rachlis in The Toronto Star 

Canadian researchers develop calculator that can predict risk of dementia

Fellow Stacey Fisher in CTV News

 

COVID HOT TOPICS
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"You do have some fraction of our schools that don't have any mechanical ventilation at all — poorly ventilated spaces," Prof. David Fisman said. "If we don't improve ventilation, we're not taking advantage of the ability to get infectious material out of the air that people are going to breathe in."

Want safe classrooms in September? Get the ventilation right, experts say

The GTA's other school boards all reported similar efforts to bolster ventilation, especially in classrooms without HVAC systems. Those classrooms, said Prof. David Fisman are the ones parents should be most concerned about. Read more

COVID-19 tragedies could have been avoided if Ontario had heeded lessons learned from SARS, critics say
David Fisman in CBC News

How long will immunity to COVID-19 last after vaccination? Studies offer clues
Prabhat Jha in The Globe and Mail 

‘Vaxxed and waxed, baby!’: Summer dating heats up for singles vaccinated against COVID-19
Dionne Gesink in Global News

The Delta variant means COVID ‘has upped its game massively.’ What Ontario can learn from the U.K. experience and new data 
Ashleigh Tuite in The Toronto Star

Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds
Ashleigh Tuite in CBC News

Concerns grow over risk of rare heart condition from COVID-19 vaccine in young men 
Anna Banerji in The Globe and Mail

Covid-19 Deaths This Year Have Already Eclipsed 2020’s Toll
Prabhat Jha in The Wall Street Journal

Canadian study shows success of treatment for blood clots connected with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination
Ben Chan in The Globe and Mail

EVENTS
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Virtual Hereditary Cancer Series
Jan. 15 - Nov. 19 | Details

One on One with Steini
July 19 | Details

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