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The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar. Webinar instructions will be included in the confirmation email. A recording of this webinar will be posted on the NCCEH website.


Paradox of Wealth and Health: Resource Development and Social Determinants of Health

Presenters:
Barbara Oke, Regional Manager, Health and Resource Development, Northern Health
Melissa Aalhus, Health and Resource Development Technical Advisor, Northern Health

Summary: The understanding and management of health impacts associated with natural resource development activities like pipelines, mines and processing facilities, has traditionally focused on the impacts from biophysical exposures (e.g. changes to air quality, water quality, etc.). However, extensive research conducted over the past three decades leaves little doubt that social factors are powerful determinants of health and much evidence is emerging that the social, cultural and economic impacts of resource extraction and development are highly complex and intersect to shape health outcomes of individuals and communities in diverse ways. By sharing the experiences and evidence gathered by Northern Health’s Office of Health and Resource Development in collaboration with other partners, this webinar will explore the current knowledge and understanding of how resource development and extraction activities can influence the social determinants of health and associated health outcomes. It will also summarize promising and wise practices and principles for assessing and monitoring these impacts and discuss existing knowledge and resource gaps that can inform future work in this area.

Speaker Bios:

Barbara Oke, Regional Manager, Health and Resource Development, Northern Health

Barb Oke is a natural resource management professional with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Physical Geography and over 15 years’ experience working in areas where industrial activities intersect with environmental and health outcomes. Mrs. Oke has worked for Public Health at Northern Health in Northern British Columbia since 2009, where she initially managed the air quality program before leading the development of the Office of Health and Resource Development in 2014. The Office of Health and Resource Development is a unique body within the health authority that focuses on better understanding, managing and addressing the wide array of health impacts associated with major industrial projects. In her role as the Regional Manager for Health and Resource Development, Barb Oke is continuously striving to increase the understanding and improve the practice of how health can be better incorporated into major project decisions.

Melissa Aalhus, Health and Resource Development Technical Advisor, Northern Health

Melissa Aalhus has experience working in a variety of research and public health capacities, and joined Northern Health’s Office of Health and Resource Development in 2015. Since then, she has participated in numerous Environmental Assessment processes across industry sectors, contributed to reviews of policy and legislation, supported research, and co-authored several best practice guidelines. She was the lead author of a summary report prepared in collaboration with the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health on impacts of resource development to social determinants of health. Ms. Aalhus is also the Regional Coordinator for the northern BC branch of the Environment Community Health Observatory Network. She received her B.Sc. in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University. As a fourth generation resident of Fort St. John, BC, a community hosting significant industrial development, she has a unique insight into the challenges a community faces in adapting to changes brought on by resource development.

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