Air pollution is a major global public health challenge responsible for numerous health issues in children. It is responsible for deteriorating environmental conditions with adverse outcomes on people’s health (Sofia, Gioiella, Lotrecchiano, & Giuliano, 2020). Public health experts agree that air pollution aggravates morbidity associated with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases (Katsouyanni et al., 2001; Künzli et al., 2000), and leads to premature mortality (Arden Pope III & Dockery, 2012; Vlachokostas, Achillas, Moussiopoulos, & Banias, 2011).
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for rapid implementation of nation-wide public health interventions and access to personal data from the general population for academic and industry research.
In Public Health, surveillance is defined as the ongoing collection, analysis and dissemination of data to improve population health.
Big data is changing the way data assessment is done. The challenges in dealing with complex datasets are present throughout the whole data pipeline, especially in the healthcare domain. Technical limitations (e.g.
Public health surveillance has developed in recent years as technology has progressed to deliver the requirements of such a system. However, there is still room for innovation in the types of technologies that are developed, used, and implemented.
Climate change is the biggest threat to humans in the 21st century, and with global warming already occurring, we must prepare to live in a warmer climate that will experience more frequent, intense and longer extreme heat events (Patz et al., 2005)(Costello et al., 2009).
Scaling mHealth and Wearable Technology within the Canadian public healthcare system is a very complex issue that involves various stakeholders.
The adoption of current contact tracing apps (aka, exposure notification apps) aimed to combat COVID-19 has been low and slow.
Social isolation is having a significant impact on the quality of life, physical activity, and sleep patterns of our population. While self-isolation and social distancing provide the most successful method for limiting the progression and spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, we often overlook the impact of these rules on our population. This impact is also observed in individuals working from home, which in addition to struggling with isolation, also need to cope with lack of necessary resources for a healthy work environment (e.g.
This research study aims to identify opportunities to bridge the gap between underutilized virtual care services, through the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop recommendations for how the use of virtual care services can effectively be sustained.