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OEH Seminar: TARGetKids: A study of children’s blood lead
Friday, March 10, 2017 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: University of Toronto. Gage Building, Room 108. 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street)
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar
Lead is a toxicant with a range of potential long-term effects, including diminished intellectual function and neurobehavioural problems in children. There is limited information on the blood lead of young children in Canada. The key source of biomonitoring data in Canada, the Canadian Health Measures Survey, captures Canadian residents 3 years of age and over, and is nationally representative. The childhood peak in blood lead levels occurs around 18-36 months of age.
In response to a request from Toronto Public Health, our team partnered with the TARGet Kids cohort study investigators to measure blood lead in preschool age children and look at risk factors for elevated levels. This presentation will provide a background on the project and the preliminary results of the analysis.
Presenter: Dr. JinHee Kim
Dr. JinHee Kim has been a Public Health Physician with the Environmental and Occupational Health team at Public Health Ontario (PHO) since 2014. After her MD at the University of British Columbia, she completed her residency in Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, as well as her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She worked briefly in Toronto Public Health as an Associate Medical Officer of Health before joining PHO.
JinHee’s current work includes projects related to lead, the Environmental Burden of Disease Project, food safety, resident education and providing support to PHO clients on a variety of environmental health issues.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is 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. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (
DISCLAIMER: 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.
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