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PHO Grand Rounds: The Lac-Mégantic tragedy: The public health emergency response
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Chronic Diseases and Injuries; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental and Occupational Health; Family Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

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In July 2013, a train derailed in downtown Lac-Mégantic (Quebec, Canada) resulting in a major fire and explosions. The tragedy was responsible for 47 deaths, 44 destroyed buildings, and created an unparalleled oil spill. This event raised the question of how the regional public health department of the Eastern Townships effectively responds to all public health aspects of this extraordinary event. The public health dimension of emergency response operations covered several potential threats, including chemical, physical and biological threats. Dr Généreux, head of Eastern Townships Public Health, will present a comprehensive analysis of direct services provided by her team during the first hours, days and weeks of the accident, including health protection measures for the general population and workers on site, as well as health risk assessment and management.

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.

Presenter: Dr. Mélissa Généreux

Dr. Mélissa Généreux has worked as a public health and preventive medicine specialist since 2010. In July 2013, she was appointed Director of Public Health of the Eastern Townships in Quebec. As an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Sherbrooke, Dr. Généreux also participates in multiple educational and research activities.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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