Community Environmental Health
Humans depend on the quality of their home, urban, and recreational environments
for health. However, hazards such as air pollution, exposure to chemicals,
biological contaminants, noise, particulates and vibration frequently
occur in community environments causing ill-health and disease.
CHER researchers focus on community environmental
health issues such as urban smog, damp housing, bio-aerosols and noisy
classrooms. By investigating these issues, researchers can assess exposures
evaluate effects and suggest limits that protect health .
|Acoustics and Noise Research Group
||The Group's objective is to optimize acoustical environments to the benefit of the health, safety, education, well-being and comfort of people. This involves Ecological and Engineering Acoustics Research. The objective is being achieved by the theoretical and experimental study of sound and its effects, and by the development of prediction tools, measurment techniques, control measures and strategies.
||Research group's website
|Border Air Quality Study (BAQS)
||A combination of research projects aimed at evaluating the health
impacts of air pollution in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound International
|Chemicals, Health and Pregnancy Study
||This study is investigating whether chemicals used as flame retardants
(Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) and stain repellants (Perfluorinated
Compounds, or PFCs), which are found at low levels in all Canadians,
have an influence on thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy.
|Cycling in Cities
||Cycling in Cities is a program of research that is investigating what factors encourage or discourage the use of bicycles for urban transportation. This research program includes a number of studies, outlined in the table below and described in more detail throughout the website.
||Cycling in Cities Project
|Cryptococcus gattii project
||Cryptococcus gattii is a microscopic yeast that is typically
found in eucalyptus and other tropical and sub-tropical trees. It
started showing up on Vancouver Island in 1999 - the first time ever
the tropical fungus has been found in a temperate climate. Since 2001,
the University of British Columbia, the British Columbia Centre for
Disease Control, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority have been
working together to deal with the problem.
||CHER researchers have assembled the Firesmoke Portal to provide
residents, health-care providers and public health authorities with
easy-to-access, near-real-time information about fires, smoke and
air-quality-related weather trends in British Columbia.
|Langley Water & Health Study
||Water quality is one major factor that affects public health. In
turn, there are many environmental factors that influence water quality.
This study is examining the relationship between factors that influence
water quality and the risk of gastrointestinal illnesses.
|West Nile Virus: A Study of Public Health Responses
||The goal of this study is to assess various public health responses
to West Nile virus in order to prevent virus cases in British Columbia
|Woodstove Exchange Study
||The Woodstove Exchange STudy (WEST) is a series of linked projects to assess the impacts of the stove exchange program in the Bulkley Valley Lakes District on community air quality and to investigate the potential improvements in health arising from the change to certified wood stoves.