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New CIHI report - Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities

“Those who are already more vulnerable to poor health may be at increased risk of being exposed to the effects of air pollution and heat extremes because of the areas in which they live”, says Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities- the newest report from CIHI.

Produced by the Canadian Population Health Initiative, this report explores two aspects of the urban physical environment known to negatively affect health: outdoor air pollution and heat extremes. It examines hospitalization rates for respiratory and circulatory diseases in relation to residential distance from a pollution-emitting facility and uses Toronto and Montréal as case studies to explore the relationship between heat extremes and health service utilization for respiratory and circulatory diseases.

Visit to download this report in English or for the French version.

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