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WEBINAR | Public Health System Transformation to Mobilize Research and Innovation on Climate Change
The Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) are pleased to welcome Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO), Dr. Theresa Tam, for a webinar that illustrates how a transformed public health system can address pressing public health challenges, such as climate change.

Every year the CPHO publishes a report to the Minister of Health examining the state of public health in Canada. Over the past five years, the CPHO annual reports have covered multiple public health issues, with a core theme of health equity. In the latest Annual Report, Mobilizing Public Health Action on Climate Change in Canada, Dr. Tam identifies the need to generate new knowledge and evidence, in part through novel research, to inform and guide public health action on climate change.

The webinar will include a short overview of CIHR funding opportunities to stimulate research related to the priorities identified in the 2021 and 2022 Reports.

There will be some time for audience questions toward the end of the session.

• Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
• Christian Baron, Vice-President Research Programs and interim Scientific Director, CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health

• Ian Culbert, Executive Director, CPHA
• Jasmine Pawa, President, PHPC

This webinar will be held in English only. The recording of the webinar will be posted on CPHA's YouTube Channel.

Jan 31, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada @Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Tam was named Canada's Chief Public Health Officer on 26 June 2017. She is a paediatric infectious disease specialist with expertise in immunization, emergency preparedness and global health security. Dr. Tam has held several senior leadership positions at the Public Health Agency of Canada, including as the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. During her 25 years in public health, she provided technical expertise and leadership on new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance, enhance immunization programs, strengthen health emergency management and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.
Dr. Christian Baron
Vice-President Research Programs and interim Scientific Director @CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health
Before joining CIHR in February 2022, Dr. Baron was a Full Professor in the Université de Montréal Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. He obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Munich in Germany in 1993 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. In 1997, he joined the University of Munich in the Department of Microbiology as University Assistant, and in 2002, he was recruited by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor. In 2008, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal as Chair and he was Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Medicine from 2015 to 2020.