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Infectious Questions : An Infectious Diseases Public Health Podcast

A public health podcast that connects people with infectious disease questions to people with the answers. A production of the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID). // 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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Nov 4, 2021

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 future policies and practices for Inuit communities and northern populations.

Nov 4, 2021

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 reduce health inequities in Canada. The network has provincial chapters in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Laborador.

Sep 29, 2021

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.

Aug 16, 2021

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 and Occupational Health at the University of Toronto. She is also the founder of the South Asian Health Research Hub, a team of public health scholars from the South Asian diaspora working towards improving health outcomes in their communities using a health equity lens.

Jul 21, 2021

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 may see, helps identify the sources of their patients’ hesitancy, and offers advice and resources on how to address them.

Jul 6, 2021

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 Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Jun 24, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Allen Kraut speaks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected healthcare workers in Manitoba (and across Canada). We address current infectivity rates in various healthcare settings, worker vaccine hesitancy and approaches to increase worker vaccination.

May 19, 2021

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.

May 13, 2021

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.

Apr 27, 2021

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, about current pediatric considerations for COVID-19 including epidemiology, presenting symptoms and demographic data.

Jan 28, 2021

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.

Jan 7, 2021

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 communities.

Jan 7, 2021

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.

Nov 22, 2018

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, Sierra Leone and the Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. She currently works for the federal government as a community medicines specialist in First Nations and Inuit health. She spoke with NCCID's Zeeshan Qadar.

// Our theme music is 'Weathervane' by Blue Dot Sessions [www.sessions.blue]

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