Public Health Blog

Welcome to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC for short)

By: Rachel Ackford, Posted: May 29, 2017

On May 1st I began my practicum placement at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Public Health Risk Science Division, located in Guelph, Ontario. More specifically, I became a part of the Knowledge Synthesis team – individuals who work to identify, synthesize, and translate scientific information and tools to better assess public health risk.

Diving into refugee health at the Bruyère Research Institute

By: Olivia Magwood, Posted: May 24, 2017

Greetings from the Bruyère Research Institute! The first few weeks have been a flurry of excitement and learning opportunities as I settle into my new position. Here at BRI I am involved in two major projects: The first is a WHO funded project which focuses on the use of home-based medical records to improve maternal and child health outcomes. The second is collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) which focuses on the development of screening guidelines for infectious diseases in migrant and refugee populations.

Infectious Disease, Dental & Sexual Health Division at the Region of Waterloo

By: Courtney Bell, Posted: May 17, 2017

I am completing my practicum at the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, under the Infectious Disease, Dental and Sexual Health Division (IDS), as a Health Promotion Research Analyst. As mentioned by my supervisor during my orientation, it is an interesting and exciting time to be working in this division. The Region of Waterloo, as well as many other regions in Canada, is experiencing an overwhelming and growing opioid overdose crisis. In reaction, the IDS division is focusing their efforts on enhancing its harm reduction efforts.

My First Week in the Dominican Republic

By: Vanessa Ymele Leki, Posted: May 10, 2017

I am currently in Restauración, a small town in the Dominican Republic close to the Haitian border. I am completing my practicum with the Foundation for International Medica
l Relief for Children (FIMRC). Though today marks the end of my first week, it feels as though I have been here for much longer. I am getting accustomed to the 5 minute walk from my

Maternal Nutrition in Southwestern Uganda – Making Connections

By: Mackenzie Wilson, Posted: May 9, 2017

For my practicum project, I have come to Uganda to conduct research on maternal health, focusing on that of the Batwa in Southwestern Uganda. The project will examine how national recommendations for nutritional antenatal care are being implemented at the community level by health care facilities (Bwindi Community Hospital) to elicit understanding and compliance in the women receiving care.

Infection Prevention & Control Department of Toronto General Hospital

By: Kelsey Houston, Posted: May 9, 2017

I am completing my practicum in the Infection Prevention & Control Department of Toronto General Hospital, which directs the entire University Health Network. Though I only began my placement on May 1st, so much has happened in such a short amount of time. The University Health Network is an incredibly intimidating place at first, with over 16,000 employees and 9 physical sites. It felt impossible to make my mark that first day, but that all changed once I met my individual department and began working with this incredibly talented group of professionals.

My First Week at Halton Region Department of Health

By: Jessica Mammone, Posted: May 8, 2017

Beginning my practicum placement at the Halton Region with the Public Health Surveillance and Evaluation team was very exciting! The first day consisted of an orientation with all of the summer students from each department to review certain policies and get to know each other. We also went on a tour of the facilities and even visited the Halton Region waste management site and the paramedics station. The building is a bit of a maze, but the tour was really helpful in locating important places within the building like the Health Department and cafeteria.