Congratulations to Steven Lam, MPH graduate and current PhD student in Population Medicine (Public Health), for being named the recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund (CESEF) Graduate Scholarship Program.
January 3rd 2020, marked my return to work after the winter holidays. Up until this point, I had been working for five months as an epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, within the Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Infectious Surveillance team. I had been responsible for monitoring emerging respiratory pathogens along with my work colleague and supervisor; a small team of three.
A smorgasbord of national enteric outbreak investigations, video chats with accomplished epidemiologists, data visualization activities, statistical analyses, a COVID-19 surveillance rotation… What could this delightful array of experiences be? You guessed it – my virtual summer practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)!
There is no question the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, but it has also provided those of us working in public health with one of the greatest learning opportunities of our time. It has tested our strengths, exposed our weaknesses, and forced us to figure out how to improve together as a system. And on a personal level, it has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain real-life pandemic response experience.
Congratulations to Courtney Primeau, an MPH and PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) graduate for being announced as one of the three winners of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health 2020 Knowledge Translation student award. Courtney and her fellow award winners will be part of a webinar on September 3rd.
Congratulations to Steven Lam, one of three receipts of this year’s National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) NCCPH Knowledge Translation Awards. This award recognizes the efforts of graduate students in Canada for their outstanding work in knowledge translation.
Alex Sawatzky successfully defend her PhD work on December 16, 2018. Her excellent and interesting work titled "The Best Scientists are the People That's out There”: Inuit-Led Integrated Surveillance for Place-Based Health Adaptation to Climate Change" was the first in the field of Public Health within the Department of Poulation Medicine. Alex's unique blend of art and science will serve her well into the future.
The Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association continues to provide funding for the Dr. Robert Clarke Public Health Prize, awarded to the student with the best poster. There were many great posters on display at the 9th Annual MPH Public Health Forum, but there could only be one winner. This year, Robbie D’Addazio was awarded this prize.