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2013 News

  • MIEH Research on Immigrants' Quality of Life in Hamilton Spectator

MIEH Researchers Allison Williams, Bruce Newbold and Peter Kitchen presented their research findings at a workshop on February 11, 2013. (Hamilton Spectator)

2012 News

MIEH supports

MIEH welcomes visiting Fulbright Chair Dr. Michele Morrone

Dr. Morrone is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health and the Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University. She is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar at McMaster Institute of Environment & Health and the Department of Health, Aging, and Society at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She will be on campus through the end of April, and will be presenting at the January MIEH seminar, and will be organizing a campus workshop on sustainability (information TBA).

Dr. Morrone earned a Ph.D. in environmental planning from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in forest resources from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in natural resources from The Ohio State University. Dr. Morrone previously served as the Chief of the Office of Environmental Education at Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 papers on a variety of environmental issues and has appeared on CNN and quoted as an environmental health expert in US News and World Report, the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Columbus Dispatch, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has published three books Sound Science, Junk Policy: Environmental Health Science and the Decision Making Process (2002), Poisons on Our Plates: The Real Food Safety Problem in the United States (2008) and Mountains of Injustice: Case Studies in Environmental Equity (2011).

MIEH Research Associate, Allison Williams's New Book: Health in Rural Canada

Edited Judith C. Kulig and Allison M. Williams. UBC Press.

Health research in Canada has mostly focused on urban areas, often overlooking the unique issues faced by Canadians living in rural and remote areas. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the state of rural health and health care in Canada, from coast to coast and in northern communities.

The contributors bring insights and methodologies from nursing, social work, geography, epidemiology, and sociology and from community-based research to a full spectrum of topics: health literacy, rural health care delivery and training, Aboriginal health, web-based services and their application, rural palliative care, and rural health research and policy. Combined with a general overview of how rural services are structured and funded within the Canadian health care system, these diverse explorations of health and place highlight three key themes: rural places matter to health, rural places are unique, and rural places are dynamic.

Wide-ranging and multifaceted, Health in Rural Canada offers researchers and policy-makers, students and practitioners a valuable resource for understanding the special, ever-changing needs of rural communities.

Unique study maps neighbourhood air pollution

2011 News

MIEH's New Associate Director, Dr. Jim Dunn

Dr. Dunn holds a Chair in Applied Public Health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada called the Chair in Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health & Housing (CRUNCH – He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. He is also a Fellow of the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. He has been a scientific advisor to a number of policy-related bodies, including the Privy Council Office of Canada, Health Canada, the National Housing Research Committee of Canada, Peel Public Health, the City of Hamilton and the World Health Organization. His major focus is on investigating the impacts of neighbourhood and housing interventions on health and health inequalities. He has several projects related to the role of housing and neighbourhood in the production of social inequalities in health. Among these is a project investigating the impact of the redevelopment of the Regent Park neighbourhood in Toronto, one of Canada's oldest and largest public housing developments, on adult mental health and children's developmental health and competencies.

MIEH's New Advisory Board

  • Theresa McClenaghan, Canadian Environmental Law Association
  • Frank Harrison, US Steel and Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association
  • Rob Hall, Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Jim Hudson, Bay Area Restoration Council
  • Sara Edge, PhD Candidate, School of Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University
  • Dr. Brian McCarry, Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University
  • Evert Nieboer, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
  • Ray Copes, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion

2010 News

MIEH Welcomes Suzanne Morrissey, Fulbright Research Chair in Environmental Health

Suzanne Morrissey

Suzanne Morrissey is an assistant professor of anthropology and gender studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.  She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2006. Her early research took place in the Republic of Ireland, where she explored state maternal and child health policies and programs and their relationship to women's infant feedings choices.  Her dissertation research – part of a larger, federally-funded infant mortality prevention project – was an organizational ethnography of WIC, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children in Syracuse, New York through which she explored the strategic use of public health services among low income, urban women.  Most recently, Suzanne's research in maternal health has moved in the direction of studying birth experiences in Ecuador.  She is currently working on the production of an ethnographic film surrounding changing birth practices of indigenous women in Highland Ecuador.

Broadly, Dr. Morrissey's interests include U.S.-Canada comparative research on the uses of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), health-seeking decisions among indigenous peoples of North and South America, and the anthropology of urban North America. As the Fulbright-McMaster Visiting Research Chair, Morrissey will pursue comparative and collaborative research with Canadian scholars around the uses of chiropractic, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for “hard-to-diagnose” illnesses and syndromes.  Morrissey's work will contribute to research literacy on CAM therapies for medically unexplained syndromes or emerging illnesses that disproportionately affect women such as chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and lupus.

While at McMaster, Dr. Morrissey will focus her research on complimentary and alternative medicine. Here is an explanation of her course of research at McMaster:

Knowledge and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in North America has increased steadily over the past two decades – an increase that appears to coincide with resistance to the dominance of medical and scientific discourses.  Of particular interest to researchers of CAM is who chooses CAM therapies such as acupuncture and natural health products and why.  Demographers have shown that women are more likely than men to use CAM, and often for illnesses with symptoms that are deemed insignificant or unrecordable by biomedical standards and bureaucratic codes, or that are complex and overlapping in ways that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment.  This project aims to contribute to a burgeoning qualitative literature that encourages and informs research literacy around CAM therapies for “medically unexplained” syndromes or emerging illnesses that disproportionately affect women such as chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, lupus, and celiac disease.  Through ethnographic research with providers and clients of CAM at naturopathic clinics and sites of integrative medicine, I will examine the experiences of exclusion from conventional medical benefits (social and financial) and inclusion in integrative systems of care.  My goal is to provide case study data on CAM and integrative treatment outcomes, and how the language of suffering is reconceived and rewritten to accommodate emerging uncertain illnesses.

Water quality study focuses on public beaches

Jenni Dunning, The Hamilton Spectator (May 25, 2010)

2009 News

Dr. Malone gave the first joint MIEH-UN-INWEH public lecture (October 13, 2009)

Bruce Newbold, David Malone and  Zafar Adeel

From left: Bruce Newbold, Director, MIEH; Dr. David Malone, President of the IDRC; and Dr. Zafar Adeel, Director, United Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH))

Volunteer Opportunity with City of Hamilton Public Health (closed).

Feature Article in Equal Access E-newsletter

West Nile Virus Educational Outreach and Evaluation to Diverse Populations

MIEH welcomes Angela Di Nello as MIEH Coodinator

Angela will be starting her new post on March 23, replacing Anita Toth who will be on materinity leave. Please help us welcome Angela.

Scottish Steelworkers

Participants needed for a study on Scottish Steelworkers living in Canada (closed).

Diploma Program in Environmental Health

Call for Papers 2009 International Symposium in Medical Geography

Registration and abstract submission will open Tuesday December 2, 2008 and will close on February 15, 2009. A second call for papers will go out in mid-January, 2009. a href="" target="_blank">Please visit the IMGS website to register


2008 News

December 2008

Call for Papers 2009 International Symposium in Medical Geography

Registration and abstract submission will open Tuesday December 2, 2008 and will close on February 15, 2009. A second call for papers will go out in mid-January, 2009. Please visit the IMGS website to register today.

July 2008

MIEH Co-winners of McMaster's 2008 Commuter Challenge

This was the 4th year that MIEH participated in McMaster's Commuter Challenge. As with previous years, MIEH had a strong presence in the challenge even though we are a small group. We had 100% participation and were co-winners in our class grouping of 1-10 participants.

For details on other winners and on McMaster's ranking, check out McMaster's All-Modes Commuting and Transportation (ACT) Office's website and the Daily News.

June 2008

Blog by Richard Florida and the Creative Class Exchange Report (June 03, 2008)

January 2008

Can Enviromental Factors Trigger Cancer? By Terrence Belford (Toronto Star, January 10, 2008)

2007 News

Congratulations to the 2007 MIEH USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Award) Winners (May 2007)

  • Huyen Dam
  • Ivy Dam
  • Sara Hamilton
  • Dana Lee
  • Ari Doumouras

All five winners will be working with the Public Health Department, City of Hamilton.

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