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British Columbia Environmental & Occupational Health Research Network
The BC Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network (BCEOHRN) was founded in 2005 through an award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
As of March 31, 2010, BCEOHRN is no longer funded as a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health of Population Network.
BCEOHRN is now a society!
Hugh Davies – President (includes fundraising and Special Interest Groups)
The new board is very interested in having other BCEOHRN members join them in helping to shape the direction of our new Society.
BCEOHRN’s Overarching Strategic Goals
1. Improved research capacity through enabling inter-institutional collaboration to develop innovative research ideas.
The Network is currently comprised of over 1,000 members from across the province. Detailed information about our members can be viewed at our members’ database available by clicking the button at the top of any page on our website. Members are:
- Information sharing
BCEOHRN’s Primary Success Factors
- Active Membership
BCEOHRN underwent an external peer review through MSFHR’s Infrastructure Program in the spring of 2007. The panel gave the Network a rating of ‘excellent’, using CIHR’s rating scheme.
In the winter of 2007/08 BCEOHRN carried out a members’ satisfaction survey. Overall the results were overwhelmingly favourable. The majority of the respondents were highly satisfied with BCEOHRN’s services and feel BCEOHRN is supportive of their activities.
For more details, visit the About Us section.
Researchers, students and users of research affiliated with projects in environmental/occupational health in British Columbia are invited to sign up as members of the Network (free!) to enjoy membership benefits.
Members are invited to submit web site content ideas to the Webmaster.
BCEOHRN 2012 SPRING SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP AND AGM
The BCEOHRN 2012 Workshop and Annual General Meeting was held May 31st and June 1st, 2012 in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) 2012 Conference at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC.
This BCEOHRN event was free for BCEOHRN members, and included a student’s training and networking half-day; scientific plenary sessions with emphasis on topics related to environmental and occupational health equity; an evening social and poster session; and the BCEOHRN annual general meeting.
If you would like to suggest a topic or theme for consideration in future programming, or would like to volunteer for a future organizing committee, please contact Hugh Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Open Data Pilot is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians.
The IRSST is making accessible the scientific information documented by its Strategic Watch Department. Aimed at all audiences, but particularly the scientific community and OHS professionals and stakeholders, these blogs cover OHS, Noise and vibration, Contaminants, Work context , Protective equipment, Machine safety, Occupational rehabilitation, OHS statistics, Musculoskeletal disorders.
Throughout the academic year, UBC’s School of Environmental Health (SOEH) hosts a weekly research seminar open to all members of the University community and to the public. SOEH now uses Live Classroom - state-of-the-art technology that provides an interactive online learning experience.
Environment Canada updated results of the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) initiative. Key findings at the national level are as follows:
Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey: Healthy Aging The Canadian Community Health Survey focuses on the health of Canadians aged 45 and over by examining the various factors that have an impact on healthy aging, such as general health and well being, the use of health care services, social participation, and work and retirement transitions. The data were collected from December 2008 to November 2009, and about 30,900 individuals aged 45 years and older in the provinces were interviewed. The data are now available through the Statistics Canada website
A First Nations environmental health guide, Your Health at Home, was also launched to provide useful information and practical tips for First Nations to keep their homes safer and healthier.
The Government of Canada launched a four-year public education campaign to help make Canadian families more aware of the environmental health risks around them. As part of the campaign, Hazardcheck, a guide that provides simple advice that Canadians can take to keep their homes safer and healthier for themselves and their children.
Federal Government Decision to Eliminate the Mandatory Long-Form Census in Favour of a Voluntary Survey
The federal government recently decided to eliminate the mandatory long-form census in favour of a voluntary survey. This is an unfortunate news for occupational and environmental health researchers and those working in occupational and environmental health surveillance as it will prevent access to quality data about the state of the Canadian population for a wide range of relevant indicators. Arguably, a voluntary long form would result in a non-representative sample of the Canadian population and therefore would be of limited value for generalisable research. A reduction in information about the Canadian population, in turn, restricts knowledge available for all kinds of resource allocation and policy decisions, including those related to occupational and environmental health.
If you wish to voice your opinion about this decision, you can take part in a web petition, which has been started to protest this move to make the long census form voluntary. It can be found here .
BCEOHRN members who were disappointed to learn that BCEOHRN is no longer able to provide WebEx service will be pleased to learn of a free alternative.
If your team is interested in free web conferencing, explore Dim Dim (desktop sharing) and Skype (audio):
New BCEOHRN Mentorship Special Interest Group!
This Special Interest Group is created to seek participation and initiate discussion from researchers, students and professionals interested in the topic of workplace bullying and to find solutions for the problem of workplace bullying. Workplace bullying is a leading cause of ill health and reduced safety and well-being for people on the job in all sectors and at all levels of employment in the province. In health science related fields these include study of people who bully and the effect their behaviour has on targets, on bystanders, and on the workplace environment overall in terms of physical and psychological illness, absenteeism, disability, return to work obstacles, and the potential for violence. As well as study in these areas, there is a need for data, diagnostics, and metrics to measure the negative effects and then the effectiveness of remedies.
Details: Workplace Bullying SIG webpage
In September a paper newsletter and flyer for the AGM being held in November in Vancouver was mailed to select groups and members. Mailing a paper newsletter is part of BCEOHRN’s communications strategy, aimed at raising awareness of the Network and its operations by encouraging recipients to post these materials for others’ interest. BCEOHRN materials are printed using water-based inks on recycled content paper to reduce their environmental footprint.
BCEOHRN endeavours to reduce its impact on the environment to the greatest extent possible through all of its operations: by encouraging the use of web-based technologies to reduce carbon emissions created by travel; by reducing the use of paper and encouraging members to likewise do so; and by managing events and meetings using green principles.
For BCEOHRN’s green tips, download "Going Carbon Neutral for HoPNs" (pdf).
Last updated November 08, 2012
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