COPEH-Canada Ecosystem Approaches to Health Field Course 2014

May 29-June 11, 2014- York University

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CoPEH-Canada hosted its seventh annual intensive, short course entitled Ecosystem Approaches to Health (Ecohealth) at York University from May 29th to June 11th, 2014.  Participants included 18 students who took part in the full field school and 7 career development participants who took part in the workshop portion of the course. Participants came from a variety of disciplines and locations across Canada, including 4 students from Latin America.

CoPEH-Canada Western Node Webinar Series

May 28th, 2014

As a core committee member of CoPEH-Canada, Margot Parkes and the Western Nodal Advisory Committee have launched a new Ecohealth Webinar Series. The series aims to highlight the diverse ways in which practitioners, professionals, policy-makers, community members and researchers are responding to topical issues at the nexus of health, ecosystems and society. The interactive 90-minute sessions will focus especially on action and practice, and will purposefully profile issues that cut across disciplines, sectors, jurisdictions, species and geographical boundaries. Click here to view the May webinar, Responding to Climate Change: Actions & Practices that link Health, Ecosystems & Society. For more information on the webinar series please contact Western Node Coordinator, Shayna Dolan at dolans@unbc.ca.

Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of Multiple Natural Resource Developments in Northern British Columbia

January 10-11, 2014- University of Northern British Columbia

Margot Parkes represented the Health Research Institute (HRI) during a two-day event on Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of multiple Natural Resource Developments in Northern British Columbia with a focus on oil and gas was held at UNBC. This event was hosted jointly by three UNBC research institutes: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi), Health Research Institute (HRI) and Community Development Institute (CDI). More information can be found here. The public panel event can be viewed here.

EcoHealth 2014 Presentations

August 11-15, 2014- Université du Québec at Montréal

Several individuals involved with the Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group will be presenting at the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health. Presentations are listed below. For more information on presentations and conference activities please visit the conference website here.

Margot Parkes and Maya Gislason

Title: Upstream is a Place: Linking Health, Ecosystems, and Society for Public Health
Authors: Margot Parkes, Maya Gislason, CoPEH-Canada/Public Health Competencies Advisory Committee EcoHealth 2014 Working Group
Type of presentation:  Pre-conference workshop
Date: August 11
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm


Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Title: From Creative Engagement to Critical Transform: Innovations in Digital Storytelling for Ecohealth Researchers and Educators
Authors: Heather Castleden, Associate Professor and CIHR New Investigator, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University; Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Canada Research Chair, Determinants of Healthy Communities; Assistant Professor, Community Health Departments of Nursing & Indigenous Studies, Cape Breton University; Inez Shiwak, Coordinator, ‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab, Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada; Vanessa Sloan Morgan, Research Associate, Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia; Sandra Harris, Wet’suwet’en Nation & Steering Committee Member, Ecohealth and Watersheds in Northern BC, Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
Type of presentation: Panel presentation and audience participation
Date: August 12
Time: 10:20 am- 11:50 am


Maya Gislason

Title: The Place of Critical Social Theory, Social Justice and Qualitative Methodologies in Ecohealth Cosmologies
Authors: Maya Gislason, University of Northern British Columbia; Manuel Vallee, University of Auckland; Christine Vavotec, University of Vermont; Joleen Timko, University of British Columbia; Mardie Townsend, Deakin University; Crescentia Dakubo,  Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Jonathan Kingsley, University of Melbourne
Type of presentation: Special session
Date:  August 12
Time: 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm


Kendra Mitchell-Foster

Title: Who is Really Invited to the Table?: Understanding Intersectorality through a Community-based Equity Lens
Authors: Kendra Mitchell-Foster, University of Northern British Columbia
Type of presentation: Oral presentation
Date: August 15
Time:  2:10 pm

Title: Collaboration C-LAC: First steps in establishing a deeper understanding of applied Ecohealth research from across Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean
Authors: Kendra Mitchell-Foster, University of Northern British Columbia; Douglas Barraza, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
Title: Collaboration C-LAC: First steps in establishing a deeper understanding of applied Ecohealth research from across Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean
Type of presentation: Poster presentation
Date: August 12
Time: 12:30 pm- 2:00 pm


Julia Russell

Title: Exploring the Seasonal Dynamics of Food Security amongst the Homeless of Northern British Columbia
Authors:  Julia Russell, University of Northern British Columbia
Type of presentation: Oral presentation
Date: August 14
Time: 4:20 pm


Carling Matthews

Title: Exploring the connections between outdoor recreation, nature, and human health in a northern British Columbia community
Authors: Carling Matthews, University of Northern British Columbia
Type of presentation: Poster presentation
Date: August 12
Time:  12:30 pm- 2:00 pm


Jessica Madrid

Title:  Health Promotion & Environmental Activism: Haida Gwaii, BC, The Northern Gateway Project, and a Model of Collective Interest
Authors: Jessica Madrid, University of Northern British Columbia
Type of presentation: Poster-driven presentation in “Capacity building: community mobilisation and experiential
learning”  session
Date:  August 15
Time:  11:30 pm- 12:30 pm

 

UPCOMING EVENT: Watersheds 2014, Cowichan Valley

January 27-29, 2014

Cowichan Valley, BC

Watersheds 2014 Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond

Margot will be the Moderator of the Big Ideas Keynote Address “Water as Our Relative: Redefining How We View Water in Governance Processes”. Margot will also be facilitating workshops at this event, including “Learning Together to Address the Health & Well-being Dynamics of Watershed Governance” with co-presenter Wayne Salewski of Nechako Environment Water Stewardship Society and  “Making the Grade: Watershed Report Card & Indicators” with Barbara Veale (Conservation Halton) and Steve Litke (Fraser Basin Council).

Register at the Watersheds 2014 webpage

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Ecohealth 2014- August 11-15, 2014- Montréal, QC

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The 5th biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health.
Co-hosted by the Canadian Community of Practice in EcoHealth (CoPEH-Canada) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Well-Being, Health, Society and Environment (Cinbiose) of the Université du Québec at Montréal (UQAM).
EcoHealth 2014 will be held in Montréal from August 11th to 15th, 2014.

The call for abstracts has been extended until January 5, 2014 (11:59pm EST).

COPEH-Canada Ecosystem Approaches to Health Field Course 2013

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The Ecohealth 2013 Workshop and Field School held in Prince George, BC from June 20-30 was a huge success!  Participants included 15 students (who took part in the full field course) and 4 career development participants (who took part in the 3.5 day workshop) from across the country, representing a variety of fields. We would like to thank and congratulate all of our wonderful graduates.

Ecohealth & Watersheds in Northern BC Knowledge to Action Project: Indicators Meeting

On June 18-19, the Ecohealth Northern BC Research hosted a working meeting in Prince George, BC,  involving local, regional, provincial, national and international project partners to collaborate on the use of indicators and integrated frameworks for addressing the connections between health, environment and communities, in order to improve intersectoral action, watershed governance and work on the determinants of health.