The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has officially launched two new projects: an Infectious Disease & Climate Change Webinar Series and an Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum. The first two sessions of the webinar series are detailed below. The CPHA is seeking submissions for the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum that address topics directly related to the impacts of climate change on infectious diseases. Topics of particular interest include:

  • Surveillance and modelling;
  • Impact on health inequities;
  • Multi-sectoral projects; and
  • Preparing the healthcare system.

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • engage public health leaders and other partners and local organizations from within and outside the health sector;
  • highlight local, regional, provincial and national level projects; and
  • provide a platform for professionals and providers to discuss gaps and opportunities.

Submissions will be accepted for sessions in a dedicated stream of Public Health 2021 oral presentations, symposiums or workshops.

Call for submissions closes: Thursday 3 June

For more information, visit the IDCC Forum website

Webinar details:

Webinar 1: Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modelling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes

26 May 2021 | 12:00-13:00 ET

Dr. Vett Lloyd and Samantha Bishop of Mount Allison University will review the research they are undertaking to assess the prevalence of leptospirosis in New Brunswick. Leptospirosis is a serious disease that is spread from exposure to water or soil contaminated by urine from infected wildlife and domestic animals. Many of these reservoir animals are expanding their traditional habitats under the influence of climate change. The presentation will describe the distribution of leptospires across the province and the necessity of continuous monitoring to protect the wellbeing of humans, companion, agricultural and wild animals.

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Webinar 2: Tick surveillance goes online: Progress and preliminary results of the eTick program in Canada

9 June 2021 | 12:00-13:00 ET

Dr. Jade Savage will review the creation and deployment of the eTick.ca citizen-science web platform. There will be a demonstration of this online tool’s functionalities, which was created to increase sampling coverage, decrease the pressure on provincial diagnostic laboratories, and return rapid personalized feed-back to citizens concerned with tick bites. In addition, the presentation will share a summary of data collected to date.

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