Friday, July 08, 2016
Ontario launches Task Force on Environmental Health - action on chemical sensitivity and related illnesses
De: Varda Burstyn
Objet: Ontario launches Task Force on Environmental Health - action on chemical sensitivity and related illnesses
Date: 7 juillet 2016 11:59:23 UTC−4
At last, Ontario's ministry of health and long-term care has launched a task force to address ‘recognition and care’ of Ontarians withenvironmental and chemical sensitivities (ES/MCS), myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). I thought you would be interested in this news.
Since 2008, I have been working very hard with many wonderful people (health policy experts, health care providers, patient organization leaders, researchers, public servants and physicians) to bring about recognition, inclusion and equity for people with these disabling health disorders, who struggle painfully without recognition or care in our health care system.
You can learn more about this process by exploring the project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health, or OCEEH (http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/)
In response to this work, in May of this year Ontario finally announced the formation of a Task Force on Environmental Health (TFEH), whose job it will be to bring back final recommendations for government action to 'raise awareness and improve care' for the roughly 550,000 people in Ontario living with these conditions.
Visit the website: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/environmentalhealth/default.aspx
The first meeting took place June 6, but substantive work and news won't be available until September.
Dr. Howard Hu, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a distinguished environmental health scholar and physician, is chairing the task force (http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/hu-howard/).
Neil Stuart (read a brief bio at http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/who-we-are/) is vice chair.
I have been appointed as one of the 15 members (vardaburstyn.com)
To see or download the documentation and recommendations the OCEEH project will be putting to the task force, as well as many other resources, please visit http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/resources/.
I am away on another project this summer, but if anyone wishes more information on these developments, here are contacts.
task force email: TFEH @ontario.ca
John Doherty, co-chair,
project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health, firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Magi, VP MEAO, email@example.com
With best wishes to you
environmental health policy
co-chair, project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health