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Environment and Global Health

Neighborhood of single family homes with large industrial stacks raising in the backgroundEnvironment and Global Health | May 29- June 2, 2023

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COURSE FORMAT

Online only. Course will be live in French approximately 8:30am-12:00pm (Montreal time) and in English approximately 1:00-4:30pm on May 29 – June 2, 2023. Participants are welcome to join either French or English sessions or both. There will be some unique material and some overlap of materials between the two languages, but each part is meant to be stand alone. All teaching will be recorded and available to view until July 1, 2023.

DESCRIPTION

Global health crises unfolding around the world are inextricably linked to the sustainability of vital bio-physical systems. Environmental health approaches explore the interdependent relationship between human health and natural ecosystems. This course examines the environment-health links from healthcare practitioner, environmental science, public health and policy perspectives. It is designed for those who wish to gain insight into how human health and well-being is directly affected by environmental factors and to explore a variety of approaches to environment and health problems on macro and micro-scales.

COURSE DIRECTORS

Neil Arya, BASc, MD, CCFP, FCFP, DLitt
Founding Board President PEGASUS Institute
Adjunct Professor- Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
Former Chair Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) Environmental Health Committee and member Pest Management Advisory Council of Health Canada
Detailed biography of Dr. Arya

Nolwenn Noisel, PhD
Professeure adjointe, École de santé publique, Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail, Université de Montréal

CONTENT

Speakers will share experiences and expertise on local and global issues such as: climate change, pesticides, air, water and food contamination related to extractive industries, agricultural practices, different ways of knowing and advocacy from health perspectives. Course participants will also be encouraged to reflect and share their own observations and examples.

OBJECTIVES

  • To foster an understanding of the interconnections between public health, and environmental systems
  • To encourage participants to apply an environmental perspective to their own areas of interest with respect to human health.
  • To explore how evidence is developed, science-based policy made, and share different approaches to global and human health ranging from the biomedical model and evidence-based medicine to Indigenous ways of knowing to broader ecosystem and environmental perspectives affecting public and individual health
  • To examine impacts on at risk populations in the Global North and South including Indigenous populations
  • To consider what role environmental advocacy may be playing in health care and the implications for human health and the advocate/practitioner.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Transdisciplinary group including health practitioners, public health and environmental studies graduate students and faculty, programme managers, policymakers, advocates with an interest in global and community health, the relationship between human health and the physical environment, ethics, political, development and governance considerations

PREVIOUS COURSE FACULTY

Simron Singh- Professor & Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

Riina Bray- Medical Director of the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine with cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Theresa McClenaghan- Executive Director and Counsel at the Canadian Environmental Law Association

Sir Andy Haines (MBBS MD FRCGP Hon FFPH FRCP FMedSci) is the former Director (Dean) and is currently a Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years and worked internationally in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.

Alan Abelsohn (MBChB, CCFP, FCFP) is an Associate Professor in Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is past-chair and Provost of the Working Party on the Environment for the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

Kalpana Balakrishnan is the Dean of Research at the Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research (SRIHER) and is a leading global environmental health scientist in India.

Bénédicte Jacquemin has a degree in Medicine, a Master in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Life and Health Sciences. She was a researcher at the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology and joined the Research Institute for Environmental and Occupational Health (INSERM-U1085).

Jane Law is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She holds a Ph.D. in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, a University Teaching Diploma, an M.Sc. in Land Information Systems and a B.Sc. in Survey and Mapping Sciences.

David Heymann is a Professor and distinguished fellow in the Global Health programme. Previously he was the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication.

David Pencheon is a UK trained doctor and was the founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England. He is now an Honorary Professor and an Associate at the Medical and Health School at the University of Exeter, UK.

Jennifer Moore- Jen Moore is an Associate Fellow based in Mexico City with the Global Economy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, a U.S. think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society in partnership with social movements.

Faculty are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list.

ENROLMENT

Maximum 100 participants

 

Large scale industrial complex just behind small single family homesEnvironnement et santé mondiale | Du 29 mai au 2 juin 2023

FORMAT DU COURS

En ligne seulement. Le cours sera donné en temps réel en français d’environ 8 h 30 à 12 h (heure de Montréal) et en anglais d’environ 13 h à 16 h 30, du 29 mai au 2 juin 2023. Les participant(e)s sont invité(e)s à assister aux séances dans l'une ou l'autre des langues (ou les deux). Une partie de la documentation sera commune aux deux langues, mais le cours français est conçu indépendamment du cours anglais. Toutes les séances seront enregistrées.

DESCRIPTION

Les crises sanitaires qui font rage à l’échelle de la planète sont indissociables des problèmes de durabilité liés aux systèmes biophysiques essentiels. Dans la démarche axée sur la santé environnementale, on s’intéresse particulièrement à l’interdépendance entre la santé humaine et les écosystèmes naturels. Le présent cours examine les liens entre l’environnement et la santé du point de vue de la médecine, des sciences environnementales ainsi que des politiques publiques. Il est destiné aux étudiant(e)s qui souhaitent comprendre pourquoi et comment les facteurs environnementaux influent directement sur la santé et le bien-être humains, et explorer les problématiques environnementales et sanitaires, à grande comme à petite échelle.

DIRECTEUR(-TRICE)S DE COURS

Neil Arya, B. Sc. appl., M.D., CCMF, FCMF, D. Litt.
Président fondateur du PEGASUS Institute
Professeur associé, Études sur l’environnement et les ressources, Université de Waterloo
Ancien président du comité Santé environnementale du Collège des médecins de famille de l’Ontario et membre du Conseil consultatif de la lutte antiparasitaire de Santé Canada

Nolwenn Noisel, Ph.D.
Professeure adjointe, École de santé publique, Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail, Université de Montréal

MATIÈRE

Les intervenant(e)s discuteront de leur expérience et transmettront leurs connaissances spécialisées sur des questions d’importance, ici et ailleurs, notamment : les changements climatiques, les pesticides, la contamination de l’air, de l’eau et des aliments associée aux industries extractives, les pratiques agricoles, les savoirs traditionnels et le militantisme sous l’angle de la santé. Les participant(e)s seront invité(e)s à participer à la réflexion et à parler de leurs propres expériences et observations, exemples à l’appui.

OBJECTIFS

  • Favoriser la compréhension des interrelations entre la santé publique et les systèmes environnementaux.
  • Encourager les participant(e)s à appliquer sous l’angle environnemental leurs propres domaines d’intérêt relatifs à la santé humaine.
  • Étudier comment les données probantes sont générées et comment les politiques fondées sur des faits scientifiques sont élaborées, et présenter diverses façons d’aborder les questions de santé mondiale et de santé humaine, notamment : le modèle biomédical, la médecine fondée sur les données probantes, les traditions autochtones et l’influence des écosystèmes et de l’environnement sur la santé publique et individuelle.
  • Examiner les répercussions sur les populations vulnérables du Nord et du Sud planétaires, notamment les populations autochtones.
  • Considérer le rôle des mouvements écologistes dans les systèmes de santé ainsi que leur incidence sur la santé humaine, sur les militant(e)s et sur les professionnel(le)s de la santé.

PUBLIC CIBLE

Ce cours est destiné à un public multidisciplinaire: professionnel(le)s de la santé, étudiant(e)s aux cycles supérieurs ou enseignant(e)s en santé publique ou en sciences environnementales, gestionnaires de projets, décideur(-euse)s, militant(e)s qui s’intéressent à la santé mondiale et communautaire, à la relation entre la santé humaine et l’environnement physique, aux questions d’ordre éthique ou politique, au développement ou à la gouvernance.

EFFECTIF

Maximum de 100 participant(e)s

 
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