The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health is sponsoring this webinar.
During intense heat waves, like those seen across the world over recent months, the most vulnerable members of communities often suffer the biggest impacts. Cities can reduce this burden by targeting heat-mitigating interventions in areas where vulnerable populations are exposed to hotter temperatures. However, pinpointing these hotspots can be a challenge because nationally standardized, locally relevant data that can help direct resources to those most at risk of negative outcomes from heat have so far been unavailable to public health professionals, urban planners and policy makers.
Putting environmental equity on the map
Date: Thursday September 22, 2022
Time: 12 – 1pm Pacific Time
This webinar will present HealthyPlan.City, a new and innovative pan-Canadian tool that combines land surface temperature and tree canopy cover data with socio-demographic data to show areas of ‘equity priority’ where higher proportions of vulnerable populations (older adults, children, low-income individuals, visible minority individuals, and people who live alone) and hotter temperatures coincide.
In July, a landmark series of stories by CBC News/Radio-Canada used the tool to highlight areas that should be prioritized because of their heightened risk of extreme heat and limited capacity to respond to these temperatures. Identifying where these vulnerable populations live can help public health professionals and urban planners prioritize resources before and during heatwaves to prevent the most severe population health outcomes.
Scientific Director and Nominated Principal Investigator, CANUE
Jeffrey Brook has 25 years of experience as an Environment Canada scientist working at the science-policy interface. During this time he spent 15 years as faculty at the University of Toronto, where he was involved in research, lecturing and graduate student training. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in air quality, recognized at all levels of government and academically, including for his substantial contributions in air pollution health research.
Managing Director, CANUE
Dany Doiron has been working as an environmental epidemiologist for 10 years, and has special expertise in linking environmental data with health data to support a wide range of studies on how people are affected by the built environment. His research focuses on the effects of ambient air pollution on respiratory health.