13 Jan Health Promotion Monthly Seminar Series

Toronto Bed Bug Initiative
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00- 1:00 pm EST

The Health Promotion Seminar Series is a collaborative effort between the de Souza Institute, the Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group (CHNIG) and the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC). The seminars offer an opportunity for professional development to nurses working in all domains of practice; community or acute care. Topics are focused on current issues, and provide a means for knowledge transfer, discussion, and resources to apply to practice.

The monthly seminars are free of charge and open to all nurses. They are typically held on the third Thursday of the month from 12-1pm EST. Past presentations were very successful and covered the topics of Smoking Cessation, the Aging at Home Strategy, Chronic Disease Prevention, Cultural Safety, Primary Health Care, Political Action.  All presentations are archived on the CHNIG website here.

The next seminar is: The Toronto Bed Bug Initiative, January 16, 2014, with Alicia Lowe-Downes B.A.Sc., B.Sc., CPHI(C) C.OHS. Alicia holds a BSc in toxicology; BASc in Environmental Health and a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Presently working for Toronto Public Health, Alicia has been a Public Health Inspector for the last 13 years and has investigated food safety, health hazard and communicable disease complaints. In 2008, Alicia became part of the Toronto Bed Bug Project, now called the Toronto Bed Bug Initiative. Alicia is part of a multidisciplinary team which consists of 6 Public Health Inspectors and 3 Public Health Nurses, who assist Toronto’s most vulnerable populations deal with their bed bug issue.


1. Learn to identify bedbugs and how to assess for an infestation
2. Understand bed bug biology and behaviour
3. Discuss health related concerns with bed bugs
4. Discuss the reasons for the return of bedbugs
5. Gain an understanding of the treatment for bedbugs
6. Explore the role of Toronto Public Health and vulnerable clients

The link will be available starting at 12 noon EST on Jan 16, 2014.

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