PHPC 2012 CPD Symposium Overview and Program

Continuing Professional Development Symposium

June 11, 2012

Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

The PHPC is pleased to present the sixth annual professional development symposium this June in Edmonton.  The following events are being offered:

Monday, June 11:

* Please note that the 2012 PHPC CPD Event was made possible in part through the generous contribution from the Alberta Medical Association's Section of Community Health Physicians.

Built Environment, Public Health Physicians, and Advocacy – A Mini Course

Time: Monday, June 11, 2012, 8:30- 15:00

Salon 2, Meeting Level, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB

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Session description: In past years, the PHPC recognized a need to introduce more instruction in policy and policy analysis within residency training and fellowship continuing professional development.

There have been several recent key developments in policy around the built environment. More and more research is indicating the importance the built environment in the causation and prevention of chronic disease. Some in public health are working with other sectors to challenge conventional models of urban design. These traditional models have promoted inequalities of transportation, food availability, and housing which in turn have led to the significant disparities in chronic diseases seen in Canada. There is some promising useful work that has been done at the local, provincial, and pan-Canadian levels which might provide templates for further action by public health. 

This public health policy analysis session will focus on what public health physicians can do to address the complex public policies underneath current epidemics of chronic illness.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Rachlis, Consultant in policy analysis and Associate Professor (status only) University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health

  • Dr. Louis Drouin, Director of Urban Environment and Health, Montreal Public Health Agency
  • Dr. Karen K. Lee, Director, Built Environment New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health Peel County Ontario
  1. To learn more about public health issues related to the built environment;
  2. To be introduced to or to learn more about frameworks for public health policy analysis; and
  3. To use this knowledge to review the role of public health physicians, especially medical officers of health in advocacy for healthy environmental policy.
Draft Schedule:

Opening remarks and introduction to the day. Didactic

Overview of the built environment and chronic disease: health impact, trends, policy approaches in different jurisdictions. Didactic. Three speakers

Plenary discussion with the three speakers.  Interactive


Introduction to policy analysis: Why is the world the way it is?

Table session.  Small group

Report back and wrap up of the morning.  Interactive

Lunch break

Going from why: How do we enhance the salutary impact of the built environment? A plenary panel with the three speakers.

Using policy analysis to predict the future and to guide present action. Didactic

Table session. Small group

Reports Back. Interactive

Plenary panel discussion. Interactive

Wrap up and closing remarks. Didactic

Please note that the 2012 PHPC CPD Event is made possible through a contribution from the Alberta Medical Association's Section of Community Health Physicians.
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