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The Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) provides consultations regarding exposures to poisonous substances reported by the general population and health care providers across Ontario.
Public Health Ontario has collaborated with OPC to examine exposure records related to priority environmental health hazards (carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and pesticides) between 2009-2013.
This presentation will review how poison centre information has been used to inform public health practice in jurisdictions outside Canada and will characterize exposure data from the OPC on priority environmental health hazards. This will demonstrate how this type of data could be used to support evidence-based public health practice in Ontario.
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Presenters: Elaina MacIntyre and Heather Hudson
Elaina MacIntyre is an epidemiologist specialist in the Environmental and Occupational Health team at Public Health Ontario. She holds a doctorate in occupational and environmental hygiene from the University of British Columbia and completed her postdoc in the Institute of Epidemiology at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health. Elaina worked as an environmental epidemiologist prior to joining PHO in 2013.
Heather Hudson is the Advanced Nursing Practice Educator for the Ontario Poison Centre. Heather has a Masters of Education from OISE-University of Toronto, with a specialization in Adult Education. Heather is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and her teaching focuses on toxicology specific education for health care professionals, as well as province-wide poison prevention education programs.
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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