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Who visited Ontario Emergency rooms for alcohol-related problems and why?

Almost two-thirds of Ontarians consume alcohol; some seek help from emergency rooms; who are they and why? Daniel T Myran et al. (2019) investigated who and why Ontarians sought emergency rooms’ help for alcohol-related problems. Their study covered emergency room data from 2003 to 2016. Who were they? Two-thirds were…

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Harmful use of alcohol in Simcoe Muskoka

The recent OPHA (Ontario Public Health Association) letter suggests municipalities, Let us dive into the evidence. Who got admitted to the hospital? The website says that in 2021, nearly 1,500 hospital stays (admissions) were recorded among residents of Simcoe Muskoka aged ten and above entirely due to the harmful use…

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Commercial Determinants of Health

Traditionally, public health practitioners focus on changing individual behaviour and lifestyles. Anyone can understand it easily by looking at public health messages. For example, think about this message: This was the dominant narrative in the 70s and 80s. Now, it has begun to change. People are asking this question: What…

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How to frame alcohol policy messages

Personal health narrative “Alcohol is bad for your health” We frequently find the above message in the media as a health education message; this is the dominant narrative. In this narrative, we force readers to think about the illnesses that alcohol drinking may cause. This frame results in two unintended…

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Maslow did not create Maslow’s pyramid

Three weeks before, I had to unlearn my learning about Maslow’s pyramid; it is not his. He did not build it to explain his theory about human motivation; “Maslow did not build a pyramid to explain his theory”. I read about it for the first time in a Scientific American…

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Geographic Disparity of Diabetes and high blood pressure in Toronto Neighborhoods

It is obvious. The prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure varies by neighbourhood in Toronto. The following maps from Ontario Community Health Profile Partnership (OCHPP) website display this geographical disparity. The maps use a colour scale; the darker the area higher the rate. We can find a clear geographical…

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Promote health equity

Look at Figure 1 Figure 1: Image source: http://www.sollis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/equity-vs-equality.jpg In Figure 1, all three children are of equal height. But, they cannot reach the fruits, Because of, the terrain’s unequalness. They need help. But, the help each one requires is different. They need boxes of different heights. By helping them…

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Use plain language to craft public health messages

Welcome to the world of effective communication for promoting public health and safety! In this blog post, we will explore the power of using plain language for crafting public health messages. By using simple and clear language in your messaging, we can ensure that, Whether you’re a public health professional…

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Lessons from Montreal Protocol to Upstream Public Health Community

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. We may earn a commission from qualifying purchases through these links at no extra cost to you. The Montreal Protocol (#MontrealProtocol) is an upstream intervention #ClimateAction classic. It is a powerful climate treaty. It directly impacted global public health. The Protocol’s 35-year-long legendary journey…

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An interactive global tobacco control progress hub

On November 30, 2022, Action on Smoking and Health Canada unveiled the interactive global tobacco control progress hub. It is a very useful data visualization dashboard housed on the Tableau Public platform. This dashboard summarises all progress indicators of two global anti-tobacco campaigns: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control…

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