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Built Environment and Population Mental Health for Children and Youth

December, 11 2017

Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCHDH)

This webinar was available in English only.


This webinar will focus on factors in the urban built and social environments that promote child and youth mental health, as well as how public health can work to support these factors through upstream approaches. The built environment refers to structures, spaces and products created or modified by people. Elements such as housing, transportation, buildings and urban green space (e.g., parks, gardens, playing fields) and blue space (e.g., waterfronts) intersect with the natural and social environments to impact mental health. Children and youth are particularly vulnerable to physical and social factors that promote or impede the development of positive mental health.

Content will include research that explores:

  • how positive mental health in children and youth is impacted by characteristics of built and social environments;
  • the intersection between built and social environments and how they impact child and youth mental health;
  • equity-related influences within built and social environments on child and youth mental health; and
  • the role of public health in promoting population mental health through built environment initiatives.

The goals of this webinar are:

  • to offer evidence and define roles for public health practitioners that will inform policy actions to address inequities; and
  • to create healthy built environments that promote child and youth mental health.

This webinar can support efforts to meet Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “communication, collaboration and advocacy for the public’s health.”



This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University for up to a total of 7.5 Section 1 credits (1 Section 1 credit/webinar).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the  American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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