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Building Climate Resilient Health Systems: Lessons from Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate - Science Assessment 2022

  • 09 Aug 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

PHO Rounds: Building Climate Resilient Health Systems: Lessons from Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate - Science Assessment 2022

Recent climate-related events such as extreme heat events, wildfires, and floods have demonstrated that individual Canadians, their communities and their health systems can be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change resulting in severe impacts. New information, tools and collaborations are rapidly expanding opportunities to take actions to build climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health systems.  Drawing from results of the recently released national climate change and health assessment – Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action - this presentation will provide an overview of recent evidence of climate change risks to health systems. New research findings will also be presented that can help health authorities plan for the impacts of climate change and reduce risks as Canada continues to warm.

Intended audience: Public Health Officials and Professionals, Clinicians, Health System Planners and Administrators, Environmental Health Professionals, and Researchers.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate acute and slow-onset climate change risks to health and healthcare systems and the role of health system capacity and resilience in buffering impacts.
  2. Describe the contribution of health care systems to global warming and associated negative health externalities locally and globally.
  3. Apply the concepts of greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to the health sector and explore examples of how health decision makers can take a leadership role and effectively undertake both of these activities.

Presenter(s): Peter Berry and Sabrine Dinia

Dr. Peter Berry Ph.D., has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity, health system resilience, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.

Sabrine Dinia is undertaking a Master’s degree in Environment, Health and Disaster Management at the University of Montreal. She is currently a Research Affiliate Program Student at the Policy Division at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau. She is also conducting scientific research on scaling up health adaptation to protect Canadians from the impacts of climate change.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or

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