NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar

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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar

By Chen, Tina

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Date and time

Thursday, November 29, 2018 · 12 - 1pm PST


BC Centre For Disease Control / Online webinar 655 12th Ave W Lane Level Lecture Hall Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4 Canada


This seminar has been rescheduled to November 29 due to the original date coinciding with a statutory holiday.

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar. This seminar will feature two winners from the NCCEH Ron de Burger Student Award 2018. Webinar instructions will be included in the confirmation email. A recording of this webinar will be posted on the NCCEH website.

Seminar details

Presentation 1: Exploring the Relationship between the Built Environment and Social Isolation and Loneliness: Implications for Public Policy

Summary: Purported to be as much of a risk factor for premature mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, social isolation and loneliness is a significant predictor of adverse health outcomes. Through the application of a social ecological lens, a semi-systematic review was conducted to understand the association between the built environment and social isolation and loneliness. This webinar will present the findings of this research.

Speaker: Amber Gillespie, University of Guelph

Amber Gillespie is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator currently completing a Master of Public Health degree with the University of Guelph. She has a strong interest in population health at the health systems level with specific interest in how enhancements to intersectoral collaboration can improve health outcomes.

Presentation 2: Computer Keyboards Transmitting More Than Words: A Knowledge Synthesis of Computer Keyboards in Hospitals as a Reservoir for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection

Summary: The advent of modern medicine has paved the way for electronic patient records, thus there has been a drastic increase in computer use in hospital settings. Followed by research on a number of inanimate objects in the hospital environment, computer keyboards are gaining global attention as a plausible reservoir for pathogens and their role in disease transmission. The implications of computer keyboard contamination must be considered in regard to patient health and awareness is imperative as this is a preventable public health issue. This environmental health evidence review was conducted to examine the current evidence surrounding computer keyboards as reservoirs for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospi tal settings and highlight gaps in both knowledge and policy. The webinar will present the global findings of this research.

Speaker: Saarah Hussain, University of Guelph

Saarah Hussain is currently completing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Guelph and previously completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University. Saarah is passionate about community health, with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. She enjoys collaborating with different stakeholders, developing health policy, and applying knowledge translation skills. She has experience working and volunteering in both hospital and public health settings, most recently completing her summer practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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