Revisions to National Operating Policy #28 – National Appeal Review Process  

On October 21, 2022, the National Executive Council approved revisions to NOP #28  Appendix 3 (PDH Audits) and Appendix 4 (BOC Exam). The grounds for appealing the decision of PDH auditors and BOC plagiarism committee members have been reduced. Practices are now in place that require a failing grade be determined by a majority vote of a panel of qualified persons and therefore subjecting the decision to further scrutiny is redundant. Appeals based on the grounds that a process error affected the outcome of these decisions will still be reviewed.     

For more details on the allowable grounds for appeal and the guiding principles behind them please refer to NOP #28 Appendix 3 (PDH Audits) and Appendix 4 (BOC Exam).  

CIPHI 2022 Summer Campaign Newsletter and Survey

Hello Members:

Sharing the CIPHI 2022 Summer Advocacy Campaign wrap-up newsletter in the attached PDF to highlight the reach of our first public campaign.

As we compile our CIPHI national and regional campaign statistics, we invite you to participate in the campaign survey for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Please click on this link to provide your feedback: 

https://singuser98e5cae1.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efH9kJveiDsaDzg 

We wish to hear from you, our members! 

Your feedback will be included in the campaign’s final report.

-CIPHI National Advocacy Committee

Latest Issue of the Environmental Health Review Now Available

CIPHI Members,

The latest issue of the Environmental Health Review is now available via the Membership Services Centre.

https://pubs.ciphi.ca/toc/ehr/65/3

We have three very interesting technical articles. One paper looks at the very important issue of providing an indigenous perspective on climate change. This paper highlights some of the lessons learned by seeking this perspective, not only when it comes to climate change, but also when addressing the broader social and environmental determinants of health. It presents factors public health authorities must consider to meaningfully engage with Indigenous Peoples and reduce health inequities. This allows the creation of an ethical space where “Two-eyed Seeing” can weave the different streams of evidence.

A second paper looks at how social media has been used by Ontario’s public health units in the early part of 2020. It was determined that engagement varies by region and platform but in general increased posting (especially on Twitter and Facebook) had a small negative effect on engagement. Posting less often but with more original or creative content leads to better engagement. Increased follower counts also accounted for higher engagement across all platforms. PHUs would best use their resources to increase follower count and post less often and include more personalized posts to effectively spread their information.

A third paper examines vector-borne diseases, specifically West Nile virus and how it has been impacted by climate change in the Windsor-Essex area. Increasing maximum January and February temperatures and the number of days in May with temperatures above 30oC demonstrated a positive impact on the number of West Nile Virus positive pools and the annual rate of West Nile Virus. Health units should consider adapting their vector-borne management strategies and risk assessment tools to include these parameters, which can help health units assess vector-borne disease risks for people during the season and develop risk communication strategies to protect public health.

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health presents a paper with its assessment on climate change and emerging health hazards within our communities. They report that many interacting elements can affect the presence, proliferation, and likelihood of exposure to OPs in water systems, including climate warming, precipitation, humidity, increased air conditioning and need for cooling, and water efficiency measures.

As usual, we have the very valuable journal summaries prepared by Nelson Fok in this Issue as well.

We always welcome scientific articles, short reports, commentaries and other submissions for publication. Submissions from practicing environmental public health practitioners, educators, and researchers will help to inform the field about current and important issues and continue to make the Environmental Health Review an important read for environmental public health professionals in Canada. Submissions can be sent to ehreditor@ciphi.ca.

I hope you enjoy reading this Issue.


Andrew Papadopoulos, PhD, CPHI(C)
Editor, Environmental Health Review

New CIPHI Career Pamphlet

Dear members,

The CIPHI National Advocacy Committee is pleased to share the updated CIPHI career pamphlet that includes information on:

  • The Institute;
  • The role of Environmental Public Health Professionals;
  • How to obtain your Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada);
  • List of the accredited academic institutions across Canada;
  • Job market; 
  • Where to learn more (ciphi.ca).

The pamphlet was designed for professional printing but an inhouse printing version is provided as well for your convenience. A French copy will be available late fall and both versions will be made available on the CIPHI website.

Sincerely,

CIPHI National Advocacy Committee
advocacy@ciphi.ca

Environmental Public Health Week, September 26th – October 2nd, 2022

Environmental Public Health Week celebrates the important work of Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) across Canada.

This year’s theme is “Strength through Collaboration” recognizes that EPHPs work collaboratively with partners to collectively control disease, hazards and injury, and help Canadians stay out of hospitals.

Through evaluation and monitoring to control risks posed to the public, EPHPs, also known as Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Public Health Officers, use a broad array of strategies and interventions to prevent the occurrence of injury, disease and premature death by minimizing environmental health risks to the population.

We educate and ensure compliance with regulations on recreational water, food safety, health hazards, safe drinking water, safe built environments, onsite sewage systems, smoke-free facilities, and indoor air quality. We are part of emergency response teams and multi-agency approaches to safeguard the public. Our employers and partners include health authorities, government agencies, public health organizations, interprovincial/territorial committees and more, all working together to support and protect the health of Canadians.

This summer, CIPHI launched a national campaign to build awareness of the breadth of work completed by EPHPs. For Environmental Public Health Week, CIPHI National will be running a social media campaign similar to previous years, and we hope to see members, partners and employers share our posts widely again. Stay tuned for more information about EPHW and how you can support it.

-CIPHI National Advocacy Committee 

CIPHI AB Fall Workshop 2022 – Registration Now Open!

Dear CIPHI Members,

We are excited to announce the return of the CIPHI Alberta Branch Fall Workshop in 2022, hosted by the Federal Zone! Join your fellow colleagues October 23 – 25, 2022, in the vibrant Ice District in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Please visit the workshop website for full details and to access the registration page.

Our theme this year is “Renewing Our Focus.” This speaks to our profession entering into the new decade while also transitioning from the COVID-19 pandemic with renewed hope, optimism and learnings for the field of Environmental Public Health.

New National Appeal Review Policy in Effect

Notice to Members

On April 9th, 2022, the National Executive Council (NEC) approved the amalgamation of all CIPHI member appeal review processes under one national operating policy – NOP #28 National Appeal Review Process. This policy can be found here.

The NEC, the Board of Certification (BOC) and the Council of Professional Experience (CoPE) collaborated on this new policy which is effective immediately. Previous appeal processes found in NOPs #6 and #24 and BOC Policy #9  have been replaced with NOP #28.  New appeal processes have been added.

This new policy is intended to:

  • inform members as to what CIPHI policy decisions can be appealed (Sec 1.0 Right to Appeal)
  • streamline the appeal application and review process and
  • promote fair and equitable treatment of appellants regardless of the nature of the appeal

Generic process information that guides all types of  appeals are in the body of NOP #28 and specifics for each decision under appeal can be found in the appendices to the policy. Application forms for submitting an appeal are also included in the corresponding appendices. If you still have questions on the national appeal process after reading NOP #28 please contact the CIPHI National Office at office@CIPHI.ca

Latest Issue of the Environmental Health Review Now Available

CIPHI Members,

The latest issue of the Environmental Health Review is now available via the Membership Services Centre.

http://pubs.ciphi.ca/loi/ehr

In this Issue, we have one paper that reviews Ontario’s public health units’ practises regarding beach water monitoring including highlighting barriers and challenges of this program. A second paper reviewed over 4,500 swimming pool inspection recommendations compiled over 18 years to be able to categorize these infractions. Nelson Fok’s very helpful journal summaries can also be found in this issue too.

We always welcome scientific articles, short reports, commentaries and other submissions for publication. Submissions from practicing environmental public health practitioners, educators, and researchers will help to inform the field about current and important issues and continue to make the Environmental Health Review an important read for environmental public health professionals in Canada. Submissions can be sent to ehreditor@ciphi.ca.

I hope you enjoy reading this Issue.

Andrew Papadopoulos, PhD, CPHI(C)

Editor, Environmental Health Review