Event Details

PHO Rounds: Climate Change and Health Equity

Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, but not all populations and communities will be affected by climate change equally. Existing health inequities are exacerbated by climate change impacts. What’s more, adaptations may inadvertently perpetuate health inequities in the absence of effective planning.

This presentation explores the opportunities for public health actors to assess and report on the health equity impacts of a changing climate. Participants will also receive practical guidance on how to centre equity in climate adaptation and community resilience policies and programs.

Intended audience: Public health workers and decision makers, health practitioners (doctors, nurses, etc.), and researchers in the area of health and climate change.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the linkages between climate change and health equity.
  • Identify resources, tools and approaches to help centre health equity into climate change activities, such as risk assessments and adaptation measures.
  • Utilize case studies and examples of climate change adaptation measures to promote and advance health equity.

Presenter(s): Rebekka Schnitter

Rebekka Schnitter is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Infectious Disease and Climate Change Program. Prior to working at PHAC, she worked in Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau where she was co-editor of the national climate change and health assessment report and a lead author of the chapters on health equity, and food safety and security. Rebekka is currently completing her PhD at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, where her research focuses on the intersection of climate change adaptation and health equity.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 7 Nov 2022