A new Canadian research centre has been launched to investigate and respond to the concerns of those most impacted by environmental health problems in Canada.
The Centre for Environmental Health Equity is putting its research agenda into the hands of communities to shine a light on the often-untold experiences of Canadians who bear the brunt of unhealthy environments.
While many Canadians feel that the quality of their environment is a top health concern, some groups face far higher health threats from environmental burdens that concentrate in particular neighbourhoods or regions.
By working directly within historically disadvantaged communities, the Centre aims to move research more directly into community-led action focused on policy change for tangible health improvements for all Canadians.
The Centre for Environmental Health Equity currently has three major areas of research; urban health, children’s health and First Nations health. Funding for the Centre has been provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.