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PHO Rounds: Nail Salon Workers Project at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Center (CHC): An example of community-driven public health

In 2013, the Nail Salon Workers Project was initiated at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre with the goal of improving health outcomes and working conditions of nail salon workers. The Nail Salon Workers Project has supported the development of a Nail Technicians Network in Toronto as well as a grassroots.

Healthy Nail Salon Coalition that includes settlement organizations, legal clinics, community health centres, researchers, and occupational health and safety organizations. Over the last decade, several research and community projects have been supported, including a pilot project using social media to share video messages about occupational health and safety for nail salon workers.

This Public Health Ontario (PHO) Rounds describes the progression of the project, illustrating how the CHC model has been leveraged to support public and occupational health through programs and academic partnerships.

Intended audience: Public Health Inspectors, Health Promoters, Occupational Health professionals, Public Health managers

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recall hazards and health risks that nail salon technicians face at work
  • Discuss challenges faced when working to increase awareness among nail salon owners and technicians
  • Describe the range and scope of work supported by the Nail Salon Workers Project at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
  • Identify examples where Community Health Centers support public and occupational health through their programs

Presenter(s): Cate Ahrens, Jackie Liang, Neil Magtalas and Victoria Arrandale

Cate Ahrens is Health Promoter at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre.

Jackie Liang is a Community Health Worker at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre.

Neil Magtalas is a Volunteer with the Nail Salon Workers Project at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and a recent York University graduate.

Victoria Arrandale is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 4 July 2024