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Public Health Summer Institute 2020: Think Globally, Act Locally – ONLINE

July 9, 2020 - July 10, 2020

11th Annual Public Health Summer Institute 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020


Draft Information Package Available Now!

Breakout Session Summary Videos Available on YouTube!

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Registration is Now Open!!


Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet


$60 +GST Regular 2-day Registration Rate*

$50 +GST Student/Senior 2-day Registration Rate*



*Attendees from BC, SK, MB and YT will also receive a 1 year membership to their region’s public health association


The Public Health Association of BC is proud to release the Save the Date for our 11th annual public health summer institute, “Think Globally, Act Locally: Public Health and the Anthropocene,” happening Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th, 2020. Once again, we have partnered with Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Public Health Agency of Canada, Yukon Public Health Community of Practice, and Manitoba Public Health Association to host this event across Canada.



Over the last eleven years, the summer institute has provided excellent opportunities for continuing education and professional development via a unique evidence-based program where participants can actively learn, evaluate and test the principles of the curriculum through keynote presentations, best practice examples and case studies, team building exercises, and hands-on activities. We strive to bring together public health professionals who work directly or indirectly with public health issues across numerous social service sectors and help to foster innovative solutions to the identified issues. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we have revised our summer institute to take place entirely online and therefore have been able to open registration to anyone interested in attending the institute, regardless of location.



We are excited to have Dr. Trevor Hancock and Dr. Maya Gislason as our scientific program co-chairs for this year’s school on the Anthropocene and Public Health. The Anthropocene is arguably the greatest threat to health in the 21st century, barring nuclear war. In order to significantly reduce our ecological footprint, a profound transformation of our society, economy and entire way of life needs to be realized. Yet at the same time we want to maintain a good quality of life and good health for all, and we want the transition to a ‘One Planet’ society to be socially just, and not increase health inequity. This has important implications for population and public health practice, at all levels from the local to the global.  Our intent is to locate this year’s summer institute in this global ecological context, while grounding it in local public health action and linking it to the emerging debate about the need for transformative societal change and a just transition to a sustainable ‘One Planet’ society.



We are pleased to release our draft information package for the upcoming public health summer institute. In it you will find the final agenda for both days, speaker biographies, plenary and breakout sessions descriptions, and more! To read the information package follow the link below:

Public Health Summer Institute – Draft Information Package


We are excited to welcome the following speakers to our summer institute:

  • Dr. Jura Augustinavicius -Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty), Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Jessie Best – Environmental Coordinator, City of Saskatoon
  • Dr. Katie Clow – Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
  • Andrew Gage – Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
  • Dr. Maya Gislason – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Cora Hallsworth – Senior Associate, One Earth, BCIT EcoCity Centre
  • Richard Han – Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC
  • Dr. Trevor Hancock – Professor & Senior Scholar (Retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
  • Wii Esdes, Sandra A. Martin Harris – Communications Director & Community Developer, Office of the Wet’suwet’en
    Hereditary Chiefs
  • Mayor Fred Haynes, PhD – Mayor of Saanich, BC
  • Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon – Director, Cascade Institute, Royal Road University & University Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Theresa Healy – Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Planning, University of Northern BC
  • Rita Koutsodimos – Executive Director, BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society
  • Dr. Wanda Martin – Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Pemma Muzumdar – Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health
  • Dr. Michael Nemeth – Principal, Bright Buildings, Passivhaus & Mechanical Engineering Consulting and Vice-president of SES Solar Co-operative
  • Dr. Margot W. Parkes – Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern BC
  • Tim Takaro – Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Rory Tooke – Manager of Sustainability and Asset Management, City of Victoria
  • Aaren Topley – Provincial Manager of Can You Dig It, Public Health Association of BC
  • Shannon Turner – Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC
  • Dr. Shannon Waters – Cowichan Valley Medical Health Officer, Island Health
  • Jade Yehia, CPHI(C) – Regional Built Environment Consultant, Island Health

To read more about them check out the speaker biographies tab under the summer school tab on the main menu or follow this link.


We know that many of you will be joining from other time zones and due to the nature of concurrent breakout sessions you many not be able to attend all of the summer institute live. We encourage you to register to attend anyways as we will be recording the entire summer school to be viewed later at your leisure. Register today, it’s only $60 plus GST ($50 for students & seniors) for the entire two-day school!


Plenary and breakout session descriptions are now available in the information package and by following the below links. Check them out today and register before it’s too late!

Breakout Session Descriptions

Plenary Session Descriptions



Can’t decide which breakout session to attend? Check out our new YouTube channel to help you decide! In the coming days we will be uploading summary videos on each of the breakout session topics to help you choose which speaker you want to engage with. Follow the link below to our channel and start watching!

YouTube – Public Health Summer Institute




Interested in attending but not sure if the theme is right for you? Check out our think piece, which provides an detailed overview of the main theme of this year’s summer institute, public health and the Anthropocene. This includes some further reading and resources to ensure you arrive at summer institute prepared to dive into the topics.

You can read the full think piece here: Think Piece 2020



To keep up to date on everything summer institute related, please keep checking back on our website under the summer school tab. If you have any questions please contact Christina Harding, summer school coordinator, at coordinator@phabc.org.


July 9, 2020
July 10, 2020