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People who live in cities are routinely exposed to a complex mixture of air pollutants. However, legislation governing releases and ambient concentrations of air pollutants typically addresses each pollutant in isolation from the others. This presentation describes an innovative approach to characterize cumulative health risk from multiple air pollutants at a neighbourhood level and illustrate how spatial methods were useful in interpreting the results and communicating the findings to the community. The research supports targeted pollution prevention by identifying locations with elevated health risk from air pollution and substances that contribute most to cumulative risk.
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Presenter: Stephanie Gower
Stephanie Gower is a research and policy specialist in the Healthy Public Policy Team at Toronto Public Health. She received her doctorate in health studies from the University of Waterloo and holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her current work supporting a healthier Toronto focuses on health impacts of air pollution and climate change and on interactions between health and Toronto's built environment.
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Victoria Arrandale (firstname.lastname@example.org), Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
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