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PHSI2021 – Think Piece Released & Speakers Announced!

Public Health Summer Institute 2021

Fake or Fact? Promoting Digital Health Literacy in an Era of New Media and Misinformation

June 24th & 25th, 2021     8:45am – 2:00pm PT


Registration is on now: Click Here to Register

Think Piece Released & Speakers Announced!


We’re excited to announce the release of our think piece for the 12th Annual Public Health Summer Institute, “Fake or Fact? Promoting Digital Health Literacy in an Era of New Media and Misinformation,” happening June 24th and 25th, 2021 ONLINE!


This year’s summer institute aims to bring together public health professionals and providers, students and researchers across numerous health and social service sectors to explore the population health challenges and opportunities related to the dissemination, diffusion and promotion of health information in the digital age. The think piece serves as an introduction to the main themes of the summer institute and is designed to foster a common understanding of the goals of the institute in advance. It also contains a number of references for further reading for those who have a particular interest in the themes.


To read the think piece, follow this link:


We are also excited to release our list of featured speakers and organizations at the institute:

  • Simon Carroll, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, & SPC Co-chair
  • Lorie Donelle, Associate Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University, & SPC Co-chair
  • Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair, Social Media Data Stewardship, & Director, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University
  • Elizabeth Wilhelm, Co-lead, Vaccine Confidence Team, COVID-19 Task Force, US Centres for Disease Control
  • Darryl Quantz, Public Health Consultant, Fraser Health
  • Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty of Health Science Simon Fraser University
  • Media Measurement Ltd., A Digital Research Consultancy & Architect of the Vaccine Acceptance Tracker
    • Sarah Ball, Head of Research
    • Lucy Lavery, Senior Analyst
    • Amy Wright, Digital Media Research Expert
  • Speaker TBA, Social Media and Engagement Division, Ottawa Public Health



Registration for the two-day event is only $50.00 plus Eventbrite fees, and as an added bonus, participants from BC, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to their region’s public health association with their registration!

To register today, follow this link:



We will be releasing the agenda next week and the full program soon after, stay tuned for the announcement!