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Canadian Public Health Association

2022

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

May 16, 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…


Meet Your New CPHA Student Director

February 13, 2022

Hello! My name is Camisha Rahmatian, and I am a Bachelor of Applied Science student majoring in Public Health at Ryerson University. I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Student Director of CPHA for the next two years, working alongside my fellow board members with their various experiences and expertise. 

I started my journey at CPHA by getting involved in committees under the supervision of Monica Emode, the previous student director, and I owe much of my skill building and interest development in public health leadership to her. Thank you…


2021

Climate change: From embryo to end of life

November 5, 2021

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; Venn, 2019). By fostering this goal, intergenerational equity utilizes a…


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

June 22, 2021

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 at 9:30 p.m. I’ve given up on my social life. I’m in bed by 10 p.m…


An Exploration of Northern Gay Men’s Health

January 21, 2021

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 carrying out four interviews with men of various ages and…


2020

Justice in the time of COVID-19

July 2, 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.

Public Health and Police Violence

June 26, 2020

The murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has fueled widespread protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. While police violence is often viewed as a political or social issue, its impact on public health is clear.

Despite general violence being classified as a public health issue for decades, very few studies examine the impacts of police violence on wellbeing (Lockhart, 2019). However, police violence is a social determinant of health. Black and Indigenous Canadians are particularly at risk, as represented by the recent deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and…


The case of cancer drugs: An ongoing dilemma and the need for public engagement

June 25, 2020

Making coverage decisions – also known as “priority-setting” – for cancer drugs has become increasingly complex for governments. The rise in cancer cases means more services and treatments are needed. The introduction of innovative technologies has made it possible to detect cancers at an earlier stage, while improved treatment options mean people are living longer. Further, many new cancer drugs come to market with big price tags and some policymakers are worried that the costs might not justify the often-small increase in health benefits they provide (Woods, Coppes, & Coldman, 2015)…


The Ontario Premier’s Plan to Address Gun Violence

June 19, 2020

Over the past decade, gun violence in Canada has increased, and in 2019, Toronto, the largest city in Ontario, set a record for the number of shootings in a given year. In the country, gun violence results in hundreds of lives lost per year and places a significant burden on society, making it a public health crisis.

The COVID-19 Endgame: How the Credibility of Public Health Could be Won or Lost

June 8, 2020

Public health officials all over the world have been featured prominently alongside political leaders as recommended control measures have been put in place to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic. To save lives and minimize disease transmission, physical distancing and social isolation are having a tremendously deleterious effect on economies, as well as people’s social and mental health. The trust being placed in our public health institutions could be jeopardized if the endgame of this outbreak is not effectively directed and managed.   The endgame I am referring to is the…