November 1, 2022

What’s Next for Public Health? Looking to the Future.

WRITTEN BY Digital Health Canada

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto is pleased to present the 15th Annual Student-Led Conference (SLC), What’s Next for Public Health? Looking to the Future. This multi-day hybrid event will be held from November 17 to 19, 2022.

COVID-19 has changed the face of public health. As our world progresses through the pandemic and its inevitable consequences, we are likely to face a future of public health that is much different from the one we once knew. As public health professionals, we must work together to navigate changed principles and our new and developing roles.

Perceptions of public health have expanded in the mainstream to constitute more than simply lifestyle paradigms and the avoidance of preventable diseases. The pandemic has brought to light the multifaceted nature of health, shifting to a greater focus on the social, political, economic, environmental, and geographic determinants of health and their intersecting nature.

The world is now, more than ever, aware of the importance of public health. Thus, this year’s SLC conference theme begs the question, “what’s next for public health?”. This includes considering the aftermath of COVID-19, knowledge translation, new and upcoming methods, and the impacts of the ever-changing environment on public health practice

The conference schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 (Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm) – Following opening remarks from Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, the first day of the conference will begin with a keynote by Dr. Laura Rosella. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Day 2 (Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm) – The second day of the conference will kick off a keynote by Dr. Andrea Tricco. The evening will also feature a research showcase and a panel event with the theme: “Lessons from Public Health’s Past”. Dinner will be provided.
  • Day 3 (Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 9:30am to 3:30pm) – The third day of the conference will begin with a keynote by Dr. Fiona Miller. The day will also feature two interactive workshops and a panel event with the theme: “Future of Public Health”. Lunch will be provided.

Masks are not required but are strongly recommended