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Recent immigrants may experience higher contaminant exposures both in their countries of origin and in the countries to which they emigrate regarding ongoing culture-specific food, cosmetic, and self-care practices. A recent literature review noted limited information on environmental exposures among women in relation to ethnicity in Canada. Policy makers and public health practitioners at all levels of government are concerned that the higher concentrations of contaminants observed in population studies may be among vulnerable newcomer groups. Yet, devising an appropriate study design presents numerous challenges, such as: population focus, recruitment approaches, contaminants of interest, community engagement and interventions contemplated. We will discuss these challenges as part of a joint design process currently underway across the Greater Toronto Area.
Presenters: Dr. Donald Cole, Dolon Chakravartty, Dr. Clare Wiseman and Josephine Archbold
Dr. Donald Cole is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and the director of the Collaborative PhD program in Global Health. Dr. Cole is a FRCP(C) in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (1990) and Community Medicine (1992).
Dolon Chakravartty is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and the Environment & Health Collaborative program. Dolon completed her Master's of Health Science at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Clare Wiseman is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Environment and Health Collaborative Program, School of the Environment, University of Toronto. Dr. Wiseman completed her PhD in Earth Sciences and Geography at J.W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
Josephine Archbold, MSc. is a Policy and Research Consultant at Toronto Public Health. Josephine completed her Masters of Toxicology and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto.
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