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Our CPHA-inspired series continues this week with "Exploring Contributions of Individual and Neighbourhood Characteristics to Health and Lifestyles in Hamilton, Ontario," by Susan Keller-Olaman of the McMaster Institute of Environment and Health. In her introduction she writes "Determinants of health have largely been studied at the national and international level. By examining relationships in these local populations, the present project extends our understanding of the determinants of health."

For more information on this series, you can read our introduction in the OHPE News and Summary section of OHPE 344.0 (

If you have a resource or point of view to add to this article, let us know by writing to More information on our Letters to the Editor column can be found in our submission guidelines (


Cathy Crowe Wins Atkinson Economic Justice Award


"The Atkinson Charitable Foundation granted its prestigious economic justice award today to Cathy Crowe, street nurse and advocate for the homeless in Toronto.

"The Atkinson Economic Justice award provides $100,000 per year for up to three years. It will allow Crowe to strengthen her health care efforts on the street as well as her research and education work around public solutions to the homeless problem at the local and national level."

To read the full article, visit

CDC Launches Free Online Chronic Disease Journal


The CDC has launched Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy (PCD): "The mission of the journal is to address the interface between applied prevention research and public health practice in chronic disease. PCD focuses on chronic disease prevention, such as preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States."

View the first issue at

December 2003/January 2004 InfoSexNet E-Bulletin Now Available


This electronic newsletter is published as a free service to individuals and organizations interested in research, events, online resources, and other news related to sexual and reproductive health.

Content in this issue includes Syphilis Awareness Video, Update on Microbicide Research: the "Invisible Condom," Rapid Test for Chlamydia, Most Web Sites Contain Incorrect Information About Intrauterine Devices, Adolescent Pregnancy Increases Osteoporosis Risk, National Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day...and more.

You will have received your copy if you are a subscriber. If you aren't, and would like to subscribe, send a message to with "SUBSCRIBE INFOSEXNET-2 your name" (without the quotation marks, with your first and last name) in the body of the message, or if you prefer not to give your name, use "SUBSCRIBE INFOSEXNET-2 ANONYMOUS" in the body of the message.

If you have information to share about your programs, resources, or research in the area of sexual health, e-mail us at and we may be able to share your information in the bulletin.

InfoSexNet is a program of Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada ( supported by the Canadian Health Network (

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Respecting the Air We Breathe Survey


"Respecting the Air We Breathe" is a Canadian Public Health Association national project, funded by the Tobacco Control Programme, Health Canada, to develop effective second-hand tobacco smoke messages that will target young adults. These messages will educate young adults (aged 18 to 30) about how to exercise their responsibility to protect others from exposure to second-hand smoke and their right to breathe smoke-free air.

In an effort to increase our knowledge of young adults and how to reach them effectively, we are seeking your input through an on-line survey. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and will provide us with important feedback.

Please go to

We would appreciate your input by February 2, 2004. Thank you for your time and interest!


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