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2022

Africa’s first local manufacturer of COVID-19 vaccines forced to shut down?

6 octobre 2022

Reasons why African countries are not placing orders for life-saving doses

In November 2021, Aspen Pharmacare in South Africa finalized an agreement to manufacture Africa’s first ever COVID-19 vaccine. This monumental deal meant that Strive Masiyiwa, the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccine lead, could finally have some peace of mind. 

In a statement issued by Aspen, Mr…


Phthalates and BPA: Inaction by the Government of Canada Poses a Health Risk to Canadians

16 mai 2022

As a Canadian consumer, it is likely that the detergent, cosmetics, or toys you bought on a recent shopping trip, as well as the packaging of your food and your shopping receipt, contains chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA). Phthalates are a large group of chemicals, often used to make plastics more flexible and durable, but they can also be found in shampoos and detergents, cosmetics, and even plastic packaging. The most common types of phthalates that are found in consumer goods include DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DNOP. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in the…


Nous vous présentons la nouvelle administratrice étudiante de l’ACSP

13 février 2022

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Camisha Rahmatian et je fais un baccalauréat en sciences appliquées avec majeure en santé publique à l’Université Ryerson. Je suis absolument ravie et reconnaissante d’avoir la possibilité de siéger comme administratrice étudiante de l’ACSP pour les deux prochaines années et de profiter de l’expérience et du savoir-faire de mes collègues au c.a. en travaillant à leurs côtés.

J’ai commencé mon parcours à l’ACSP en m’impliquant dans des comités sous la supervision de Monica Emode, l’administratrice étudiante sortante, qui a beaucoup contribué au renforcement…


Infodemic and public health professional's response: my crossed experience in Canada and West Africa

24 janvier 2022

As a health professional trained in Africa, I have been disconcerted to see how rumours can travel rapidly from one continent to another. All this false information in public health now has a name: the infodemic. The WHO defines infodemic as “an overabundance of information, both online and offline,” which is characterized by “deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals” (WHO, 2020a). Although explanations of infodemic in Africa and Canada are scattered, several myths or issues are…


Student Experiences – Internships, Practicum Placements, Public Health Conferences, Workshops

6 janvier 2022

My experience as a postdoctoral intern at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has been awesome. I was enrolled in a project aiming to address misinformation regarding HPV vaccination among parents of children aged from 9 to 15 and influenza vaccination among health professionals. This internship took place in the frame of a Mitacs Accelerate grant, which means I was involved in the project from the first step – writing of the proposal. 

This internship was very instructive for me. At the beginning, we had an idea of the topic; the challenge for me was to find my…


A Call for Race-Based Data in Canadian Public Health Crises

5 janvier 2022

Despite the link between health inequities and marginalized populations, there is a significant lack of race-based demographic data in Canada. This gap has been highlighted by previous public health crises and most recently by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has significantly affected many ethnic groups. Unfortunately, Canada has had sparse reporting of equity-related indicators for COVID-19, with a lack of reporting on outcomes according to factors like race/ethnicity, income, or education by any province or territory.1 At the same time, multiple sources have commented that COVID…


2021

Climate change: From embryo to end of life

5 Novembre 2021

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Intergenerational equity involves the distribution of health throughout time, placing emphasis in ensuring the well-being of current and future generations of populations (Summer & Smith, 2014). Intergenerational equity refers to all generations having the right to access the benefits of the same natural and cultural resources as prior generations, thus placing responsibility on the present generation to assist with conserving the planet and distributing health and wellbeing overtime (Summers & Smith, 2014;…


My life as a Bachelor of Public Health student during the COVID-19 pandemic

22 juin 2021

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My alarm rings at 7 a.m. I hit snooze six times. My dog nudges me persistently. I roll out of bed. My body is stiff; my hips won’t bend and neither will my knees as I make my way down the stairs. I make coffee. I sit in front of my computer. I join back-to-back Teams meetings for school and work. With my camera turned off and microphone muted, I make lunch and eat. The day slips by. By dinner time, I disconnect. If I’m lucky, I go for a walk with the dog. I’m back on my computer doing homework until I force myself to stop…


An Exploration of Northern Gay Men’s Health

21 janvier 2021

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Despite the progress being made in Canada as it relates to the consideration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit + (LGBTQ2S+) health issues, the health and well-being of gay men in a northern Canadian context remains a difficult topic with which to grapple. A small pilot study that I conducted during my undergraduate degree looked at the health of gay men in the Northern Health region of British Columbia using two simultaneous approaches. First, through a targeted literature review and second, by…


2020

Justice in the time of COVID-19

2 juillet 2020

As a public health student, advocate and professional, I find myself at a crossroads. On one hand, we are in the midst of a pandemic of historic proportions – something the world of modern medicine has yet to experience. At the same time, the centuries of oppression, racism and violence that public health professionals have long known to impact health and wellbeing have culminated in one of the largest social movements in recent history. We’re seeing our streets flooded with people protesting against systemic racism during a time when social distancing is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Responding to these two public health issues are seemingly paradoxical.