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A public health podcast produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), "Infectious Questions" connects those with infectious disease questions to those with the answers. Un balado sur la santé publique réalisé par le Centre de collaboration nationale des maladies infectieuses (CCNMI) et appelé « Infections en question » fait le lien entre les balados concernant les questions sur les maladies infectieuses et ceux qui offrent des réponses à ces questions.
 
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On the 31st episode of our series, we speak with Richard Budgell, newly appointed Professor of Practice of Inuit and Northern Health Promotion in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. Richard discusses with us the social-historical context of COVID-19 and how histories can reveal significant gaps in pandemic responses to inform fu…
 
On the 30th episode of our series, we continue our conversation with Elene Lam, Executive Director of Butterfly - Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network. This time around, Elene is joined by Alice Cavanagh of Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP). Through advocacy, education, and patient care, HPAP is working to eliminate poverty and reduc…
 
On the 29th episode of our series, we spoke to Elene Lam, Executive Director of Butterfly - Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network. Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers.…
 
On the 28th episode of our series, we discuss some of the structural determinants, intensified by COVID-19, that are playing a role in how the pandemic affects South Asian communities in Canada. We spoke with Dr. Ananya Tina Banerjee, Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics…
 
On the 27th episode of our series, we spoke with Dr. Myles Leslie, who leads a team of researchers at the School of Public Policy in the University of Calgary. They have developed the "Vaccine Hesitancy Guide” to support better clinical conversations about vaccines. It differentiates common types of vaccine hesitancy that primary care clinicians ma…
 
On the 26th episode of our series, we discuss syndemics of concern involving STBBIs, substance use and living conditions intensified by COVID-19. We spoke with Dr. Yoav Keynan, scientific director of the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases and associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and C…
 
In episode 24 of our series, we continue our discussion on the health care and vaccination of migrant workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID’s Susie Taylor spoke with Mr. Eduardo Huesca, an Outreach Worker and Program Coordinator with Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.
 
In episode 23 of our series, we will be discussing health care and vaccination of migrant workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the beginning of the agricultural season approaches. NCCID’s Susie Taylor spoke with Mr. Eduardo Huesca, an Outreach Worker and Program Coordinator with Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.…
 
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 — For our 22nd episode, and nearly one year later, we return to our discussion on the health and well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID’s Aleksandra Wierzbowski speaks with Dr. Jared Bullard, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Medical Director at the Cadham Provincial Lab in Winnipeg Manitoba,…
 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 — In this episode, we explore the usefulness of waste water surveillance as an early detection method for SARS-CoV-2 in the community with Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, Professor Emeritus of the Analytical & Environmental Toxicology Division at the University of Alberta.
 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 — In this continuation of our last episode, Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), continues the discussion on racism during the COVID-19 pandemic including the social, cultural, economic and political impacts on different communiti…
 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 — In this episode, Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), shares data on racism during the COVID-19 pandemic including the social, cultural, economic and political impacts on different communities.…
 
In this episode, Angela Eykelbosh, Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist at the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), shares their information and evidence for preventing COVID-19 transmission in multi-unit residential buildings.
 
On this episode, the 15th of our series, we’ve partnered with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health to bring to discuss the evacuations of Northern Indigenous communities in Canada, and the public health considerations of COVID-19 in these tragic events. NCCIH’s Roberta Stout spoke with Dr. Emily Dicken, the Director of Emergency …
 
For our 13th episode, we circle back to continue our discussion on the health and well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID's Margaret Haworth-Brockman speaks with Dr. Joanne Langley, a pediatric infectious disease clinician in Halifax at IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, about current pediatric considerations for COVID-1…
 
In this episode, NCCID's Aleksandra Wierzbowski speaks with Dr. Graham Tipples, Medical-Scientific Director at Alberta’s Public Health Lab, about current and upcoming serological tactics for COVID-19. Tipples explains what healthcare professionals need to know about serology testing right now, the limitations of the test, length of immunity to COVI…
 
For our 11th episode, we discuss the health and well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID's Margaret Haworth-Brockman speaks with Dr. Joanne Langley, a pediatric infectious disease clinician in Halifax at IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, about current pediatric considerations for COVID-19.…
 
In this episode, we shed light on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) resources for COVID-19 from IPAC Canada. Jennifer Happe, an Infection Prevention and Control Professional and a Director on the Board of IPAC Canada acknowledges current challenges for frontline personnel and reminds our listeners of foundational IPC skills and opportunities t…
 
In April, Dr. Jared Bullard, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Medical Director at the Cadham Provincial Lab in Winnipeg Manitoba, spoke with us about Canada's initial laboratory response to 2019-nCoV and COVID-19. In this episode, Dr. Bullard returns to provide an update on testing and diagnosis for COVID-19 and Canada’s ongoing labor…
 
In this episode of our series on COVID-19, we discuss livestock, farming and One Health considerations for COVID-19. We speak with Dr. Simon Otto, a veterinarian, epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.
 
In this episode of our series on COVID-19, we discuss public health roles, measures and considerations for northern and remote communities in Canada. We speak with Dr. Michael Isaac, Medical Officer of Health in the Northern Health Region of Manitoba.
 
Continuing our series on COVID-19, we speak to Dr. David Strang, a geriatrician and co-founding member of the Long Term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada, on how Long Term Care homes, as well as supportive residences for seniors in communities, are preparing for COVID-19.
 
In partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, our 5th episode in the COVID-19 series focuses on pandemic preparedness in First Nations communities. We speak with Marlene Larocque, Senior Policy Advisor at the Assembly of First Nations, and Dr. Myrle Ballard, Researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Mani…
 
In the fourth episode of this series, we delve into the issues of stigma and discrimination as they relate to 2019-nCoV, and how public health can respond. We talk with Pemma Muzumdar, a Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.
 
In this episode, we focus on effective public health engagement with nurses in Canada about 2019-nCoV. We speak with Dr. Claire Betker, President of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.
 
In this episode, we continue our look at the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, specifically on infection prevention and control in Canadian healthcare settings. We chat with Dr. John Embil, an infectious disease consultant at the University of Manitoba and Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and Control program at the Health Sciences Centre hospita…
 
Lyme disease is a prominent issue in the media these days and a matter of concern among public health practitioners in Canada. This episode, we look at Lyme's risk of transmission and prevention strategies. Our guest expert is Dr. Eilish Cleary. Trained as a primary care physician, Dr. Cleary has worked in a variety of settings including Ireland, S…
 
In this, the fifth in our 'TB Talk' series of episodes, we hear from Dr. Ryan Cooper, an infectious diseases specialist with Alberta Health Services. Dr. Cooper speaks to how post-landing or post-arrival TB surveillance of migrants works in Canada (including some Alberta-specific challenges), plus the best approach to on-going follow-up. He also di…
 
The fourth in our TB Talk series, conversations from the most recent meeting of the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. This episode, we hear from Dr. Dennis Falzon, a Medical Officer with the Stop TB Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Here, he discusses the WHO's End TB Strategy, as well as th…
 
This episode is the third in our 'TB Talk' series, conversations that originated at End TB 2017, a meeting of the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. This episode, we hear from Dr. Malcolm King, a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He presented at the event on social determinan…
 
This episode continues our look at tuberculosis at End TB 2017, a meeting of the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. This episode’s featured guest is Kay Wallis, a special projects manager with the Curry International Tuberculosis Center, who presented on cultural proficiency among healthcare providers.…
 
This episode, we turn our attention to tuberculosis for a special series of "TB Talk" episodes. This February, the city of Vancouver played host to End TB 2017, a meeting of the International Union Against Tuberculosis, specifically, the North American Region: we hear a sample of attendees' top TB priorities. In future episodes, we’ll bring you a n…
 
We continue our look at refugee oral health: this time around, we’ll discuss the Interim Federal Health Program. It provides limited, temporary coverage of healthcare benefits to people who aren’t eligible for health insurance in Canada. Our guest expert is Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, an Associate Professor of Dental Public Health at the University of Tor…
 
In this episode of Infectious Questions, we continue our look at refugee oral health: specifically, the benefits of universal screening and how to optimize collaborations between primary care providers and dentists. Here to help us once again is Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, an associate professor of dental public health at the University of Toronto.…
 
This episode marks a shift in focus for our podcast, from a virus—Zika—to a population, namely, refugees. Refugee health remains a matter of concern to public health practitioners across Canada. Today, we’ll focus on their oral health, an aspect of wellbeing all too often overlooked. Our guest expert is Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, an Associate Professor o…
 
Once again, Zika virus is the focus of this program. This episode explores two more questions: What healthcare providers should do to evaluate infants with positive or inconclusive Zika virus test results, and, should a mother who's had a Zika virus infection during pregnancy breastfeed her infant. Our guest expert is Dr. Vanessa Poliquin, an obste…
 
This episode of Infectious Questions addresses a question about amniocentesis for pregnant women who've recently travelled to Zika endemic areas. Our guest expert is Dr. Vanessa Poliquin, an obstetrician, gynecologist and reproductive infectious diseases specialist at the University of Manitoba. Our theme music is 'Weathervane' by Blue Dot Sessions…
 
This episode of Infectious Questions responds to questions raised in media reports that pesticides, rather than the Zika Virus, might be responsible for such birth defects as microcephaly. Joining us once again is Dr. Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease at the University of Manitoba and a consul…
 
This episode of Infectious Questions looks at the sexual transmission of Zika Virus, specifically, how long a couple should wait before trying to conceive after visiting a Zika-affected region. Our returning guest expert is Dr. Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease at the University of Manitoba an…
 
Our debut episode of Infectious Questions focuses on Zika Virus and the health risks it poses to Canadians travelling to affected countries, pregnant women in particular. Our guest expert this week is Dr. Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease at the University of Manitoba and a consultant with the…
 
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