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Environmental health approaches to COVID-19

  • 02 Dec 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

About this Event

This panel discussion will focus on the connections between environmental factors, and sustainable solutions during COVID-19

The webinar will take place on Zoom on December 2, 2020 – please RSVP as spots are limited! You will receive a link and password for the webinar TWO HOURS before the event.

Join the Centre for Global Health, DLSPH, and the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems, IHPME for a panel discussion on the links between the environment and public health in the context of COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic has clearly disrupted our economic, social and health systems. But it had also shown us the benefits of reducing our consumption patterns, which if sustained, can have positive effects on the health of our planet. Unlike COVID-19, climate change is not a new global emergency. During this webinar

During this webinar, the global, political and economic drivers of climate change and environmental degradation will be discussed, alongside the relationship between infectious disease patterns and climate change. The role of different sectors, including the health sector in responding to these crises through environmentally sustainable solutions will also be discussed.

Moderator (see bio below)

Erica Di Ruggiero, Associate Professor DLSPH, Director of the Centre for Global Health , DLSPH

Panel (see bios below)

Chris Buse, CIHR Postdoctoral fellowship, UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR)

Victoria Haldane, PhD Candidate Health Services Research IHPME, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health Doctoral student

Samira Mubareka - Infectious Diseases physician and a Medical Microbiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, clinician-scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the University of Toronto


Erica Di Ruggiero is Director for the Centre for Global Health, Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, and Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). Prior to joining the university, she was the inaugural Deputy Scientific Director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health. She led the design, implementation and evaluation of research, partnership and knowledge translation initiatives to address priorities including health equity, environments and health, global health and population health intervention research. She has served on the Management Committee for the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health Program in Africa, as Honorary Vice President, American Public Health Association and chair, Canadian Public Health Association. She has also previously held adjunct and status faculty appointments at the University of Toronto. Erica obtained her BSc in Nutritional Sciences, a Masters of Health Science (community nutrition) and a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto. Her research addresses the evaluation of population health interventions (policies, programs), their health and health equity impacts, work and health policies, the assessment of global policy agenda-setting processes in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the evaluation of global health research capacity building, and of knowledge utilization and exchange strategies to influence public health decision-making at national and global levels.

Chris Buse studies intersectoral responses to the health impacts of environmental change using social science, epidemiological and community-engaged research strategies. His goal is to understand environmental health outcomes that manifest as a result of dynamic interactions between sociocultural, economic and ecological systems, and to respond to some the world’s most pressing sustainability and equity challenges. Chris currently hold a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021) at the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR) with two areas of research concentration: [1] piloting integrative impact assessment methods to understand the cumulative environment, community and health impacts of multiple land uses; and [2] public health adaptation to climate change. He holds a PhD in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and Public Health Policy from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; a Masters Degree in Sociology from UBC, and a BA in political science and sociology from the University of Alberta.

Victoria Haldane is a 3rd year PhD Candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health. She is a founding member and Co-President of Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare (ELESH), intern at the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems and Planetary Health Alliance Campus Ambassador. Her research interests include implementation science, health systems resilience and making our health systems better for people and the planet.

Samira Mubareka is an Infectious Diseases physician and a Medical Microbiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She is also a clinician-scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the University of Toronto, focusing on the transmission of respiratory viruses with an interest in genomics, aerobiology and the human-animal interface of viral spread.

Samira has been working on SARS-CoV-2 since the outset of the pandemic in North America with a focus on virus biology, bioaerosols and exposure, genomics and transmission through close and cross-disciplinary collaborations across engineering, computational biology, molecular virology and animal health. Samira serves on the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Dr. M. Nemer’s COVID-19 Expert Panel, the Implementation Committee of the Genome Canada-led Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN) Viral Seq project, the Ministry of Innovation, Science & Economic Development COVID-19 Therapeutics Task Force and as science advisor on the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

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