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Overall air quality in Ontario has improved in recent years however traffic remains a major contributor to air pollution. As many Ontarians spend time close to major roadways, they are at risk of increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) and its associated health impacts. Better understanding of population-level TRAP exposure can focus efforts on reducing the specific health burden due to this issue.
This presentation features information from the new Ontario Health Profile on traffic-related air pollution and provides an overview of the approach used to estimate the proportion of the population exposed to TRAP at the public health unit-level.
Presenters: Elaina MacIntyre and Natalie Greenidge
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.
Natalie Greenidge is an epidemiologist with the Informatics department in the Knowledge Services division at PHO. Her work at PHO includes being a part of the Ontario Health Profile project team developing infographics and interactive web-based reports on key public health stories.
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