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Environmental burden of disease (EBD) studies have been carried out at various levels (e.g. municipal, regional or provincial) and by different organizations, most notably on a global and regional basis by World Health Organization. Although there is mixed evidence on the effectiveness of these studies in causing action, many public health professionals agree that they provide information that may be useful to set priorities and identify areas of need. We will discuss EBD studies conducted to date and work that is currently underway to assess EBD in Ontario.
Presenters: Ray Copes and Elaina MacIntyre
Dr. Ray Copes has been the Chief of Environmental and Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario since 2009. He is responsible for leading the Environmental and Occupational Health team as well as developing and implementing of Public Health Ontario's strategies, policies, services and other initiatives in environmental and occupational health. He also works in collaboration with the Knowledge Services team, ensuring the integrity of research results and the proper dissemination of that information to practitioners throughout the province.
Dr. Copes completed his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Simon Fraser University. He subsequently attended McGill University where he obtained his MD and MSc. He holds appointments as a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
Elaina MacIntyre is an Epidemiologist Specialist in Environmental and Occupational Health. She holds a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia and completed her Post Doc at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health where she continued on as an Environmental Epidemiologist prior to joining PHO. Elaina has worked on various Canadian and European birth cohort studies to examine the association between neighbourhood air pollution and respiratory morbidity throughout childhood. At PHO Elaina provides advice and support in the areas of environmental epidemiology, environmental health tracking, environmental burden of disease, and investigation of non-communicable disease clusters.
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