Children and Youth

Knowledge Leaders in Children’s Environmental Health

Knowledge Leaders logoKnowledge Leaders to take on five priority Children’s Environmental Health Inequities in Canada. The team at CEHE is excited to be joined by 20 outstanding Knowledge Leaders in Children’s Environmental Health. Chosen based on their exceptional leadership in research, policy, and practice, these Knowledge Leaders, from  communities across the nation, spent a week learning from each other and working together to find new ways to tackle pressing inequities in children’s environmental health. The program centred on building an approach called equity focused knowledge translation (EqKT) – a way of “doing” knowledge work in ways that can position groups to be more reflexive in their collective knowledge practices.

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Bonding through Bars

Parent and childCEHE is pleased to announce that the first of the project ideas, seeded at our Knowledge Leaders’ program in Vancouver, has taken flight. Knowledge Leaders, Samantha Sarra and Kirsten Hargreaves, in collaboration with CEHE and Dr. Ruth Martin at the University of British Colombia, just received a grant from the Peter Wall Institute to host: “Bonding through Bars”, a week-long international roundtable to explore the settings of incarcerated mothers and their children. This roundtable will continue to advance Equity focused Knowledge Translation (EqKT) by exploring how an equity focused approach can protect the health and bond of incarcerated mothers and their children. This roundtable will help to ensure that a healthy settings/environments approach is part of transformative/restorative justice models.The international adjudication committee wrote: “The Committee is tremendously supportive of the Roundtable topic as it addresses important and critical issues, especially those concerning indigenous women”. The 6 day event will take place in May 2013 in Vancouver and confirmed attendees include scholars and practitioners from Kenya, India, Australia and the United States. This will take place in tandem with several other international roundtables taking place at UBC.

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For more information, contact:
Tara Zupancic, tara.zupancic(at)


The State of Children’s Environmental Health Research in Canada: supporting an equity-focused direction for community-centred research and action

This project encompasses a systematic review to examine the ‘state’ of children’s environmental health research in Canada to inform future research strategies to address broader socio-economic contexts that  perpetuate inequitable environmental health for vulnerable children.  The goal is to support the development of more equity-focused, interdisciplinary research and best practices to expand on case-based environmental protection and remediation interventions that currently predominate in the literature.

For more information, contact:
Tara Zupancic, tara.zupancic(at)

Environmental Health Risks to Infants: Perspectives of New Mothers (EHRI)

Information from the media, government and other sources about environmental health hazards is often aimed at pregnant women and new mothers. While some information may be helpful for supporting safe or healthy environmental choices not all hazards are easily avoided depending on where we live, the jobs we work at or the resources that are available to us.

The main goals of the EHRI research Project are are to: 1.Develop a better understanding of what environment and health information new mothers have received and the types of concerns they have for their young children; 2.Explore how these concerns may vary across different environmental, social and economic contexts; and, 3.Examine the types of barriers that may exist to taking action to avoid reported hazards.  Results will be used to develop environment and health related educational materials and public health programs that are appropriate for different social, economic and environmental contexts.

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For more information contact: Eric Crighton, eric.crighton(at)

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