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Creating a National Forum for Knowledge Exchange, Capacity Building and Collaboration to Address Infectious Diseases and Climate Change

CPHA has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund for the “Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change” project to run July 2020 to March 2023.

The goal of the project is to increase the knowledge and capacity of, as well as collaborations among, professionals and providers across Canada so that they can inform and educate their communities and respond to the increasing demands posed by climate change and infectious diseases. Through scoping and engagement activities we will determine what work is being done at national, provincial/territorial, regional and local levels.

Our objectives are to ensure that professionals and providers have:

  • access to evidence-informed resources, capacity building tools and networks needed to support accurate guidance and advice for populations, communities and clients concerning climate change and infectious diseases; and,
  • the knowledge and capacity to better predict and respond to climate change and infectious diseases in their communities.

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will be held virtually 5 October 2021. The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies to deal with the impacts of climate change on infectious disease in Canada. 

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CPHA conducted 16 key informant interviews during the fall of 2020 with professionals representing several sectors, including public health, climatology, environment, engineering, health care and planning. The report summarizes conversations with key informants, describing what is currently happening in Canada with respect to climate change and infectious diseases. It also highlights challenges and opportunities within this emerging field of inquiry.  

Read the report.

WEBINAR SERIES Our webinar series features presenters from across the country who explore current and emerging infectious disease and climate change topics to share knowledge, research and best practices. 

Upcoming Webinar 

Tuesday 28 September  | 12:00-13:00 ET

Emerging vector-borne diseases in Eastern Ontario: eco-epidemiological research in action   

In this webinar, researchers from the Interdisciplinary Spatial Informatics for Global Health (INSIGHT) Research Lab at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health, led by Dr. Manisha Kulkarni, will present on their research investigating the social and ecological determinants and drivers of vector-borne disease emergence and risk in Eastern Ontario. INSIGHT’s research projects are exploring the spatial epidemiology and ecology of West Nile virus and Lyme disease using a multidisciplinary approach, integrating field-collected and disease surveillance data. Findings are helping us to understand how climate and other factors are impacting vectors and vector-borne diseases to inform disease surveillance and prevention efforts.
The webinar will be offered in English only. Register now  


View our complete Webinar Series on Infectious Disease and Climate Change or choose individual webinars below. External webinars can be found in our IDCC resources section.

•    Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modeling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes | Watch now

•    Tick surveillance goes online: Progress and preliminary results of the eTick program in Canada | Watch now 

•    The Climate Atlas of Canada: Educational tools on infectious diseases and climate change | Watch now

•    The impact of lethal rat control techniques on the ecology of climate-driven vector-borne zoonotic pathogens: focus on Bartonella spp. | Watch now

  • Study of distribution of invasive mosquitoes in Newfoundland and Labrador and St. Pierre and Miquelon: a citizen science approach | Watch now

POSTER CONTESTIn Spring 2021, CPHA held a poster contest for grade 6 students titled “Infectious Disease & Climate Change: Awareness & prevention in your community”. It was an opportunity for Grade 6 students across Canada to learn more about climate sensitive infectious diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and share awareness and prevention information with their friends, family and communities.

See the winning posters and learn more.

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