Ecosystem approaches to health teaching manual

The entire CoPEH-Canada Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual is available as a PDF in English, French and as an abridged version in Spanish

dedication

BRUCE HUNTER, AUGUST 3, 1950 – OCTOBER 19, 2011

For more than two decades Bruce Hunter championed a vision of the world that brought together the health of wildlife, farm animals, people, and the ecosystems on which we depend. It was not surprising, then, that Bruce was one of the pivotal founders of the Community of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada (www.Copeh-Canada.org). While involved in all aspects of the community, his great passion was teaching. Without Bruce’s humane, intelligent, easy-going, practical, humorous, visionary, stubborn, dogged badgering, this training manual would not have come into being. We are all grateful, and miss him dearly.

Video Capsule

For a short introduction to Ecohealth you can have participants watch David Waltner-Toews' interview conducted at the EcoHealth 2014 conference. 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The development of this work was funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). We extend a special thanks to Andrés Sanchez, Senior Program Specialist, Ecosystems and Human Health (Ecohealth), IDRC and Dominique Charron, Program Leader, Ecohealth, IDRC for their support and enthusiasm throughout the project. 

The development of the teaching manual was a collaborative effort amongst several members of CoPEH‐Canada in conversation with individuals from other CoPEHs and knowledge networks. The overall design of the manual was significantly influenced by a series of workshops held between January 2011 and November 2012. During these workshops participants generated ideas, troubleshot approaches, provided feedback on the general aims and goals of the teaching manual, as well as worked together to contribute to the development of content for specific modules, and/or provide feedback on existing content. Since so many people have contributed to the development of this work in many different kinds of ways, below we describe some of the roles. 

Editors – The manual editors are those people who directly influenced decision‐making about the structure and content of modules, as well as content inclusion and exclusion by participating in teaching manual workshops, conference calls, and providing feedback and advice to the project facilitator.

Lead Author – This is the first name listed at the beginning of each module. The lead author is the person who coordinated the development of the module, wrote most of the draft, made decisions about key sections and components, and incorporated feedback and suggestions. 

Authors – These are listed at the beginning of each module, following the lead author. Authors worked as part of the module working group, wrote sections, developed activities and provided substantial contributions to the development of the draft.

Reviewers – These are listed at the beginning of each module, and are people who provided detailed feedback to the module leads on how to improve the module.

Contributors – These are listed below and are people who were part of conversations surrounding the teaching manual during some stage of its development. They reviewed modules and/or were part of a working group during one of the workshops to develop content and/or provide feedback and suggestions on the development of the module.

  • Silvia Alonso (CoPEH‐Canda Alumni 2010), Complexity Module Review
  • Martin Bunch (CoPEH‐Canada, NESH), June 2011 Workshop, Contributor to the Complexity Module
  • Ben Brisbois (CoPEH‐Canada Alumni 2008), June 2011 Workshop and Contributor to the Participation and Research Module and provided feedback on the Gender Module
  • Tim Gray (CoPEH‐Canda Alumni 2010), June 2011 Workshop and Contributor to the Participation and Research Module
  • Renee Jackson (CoPEH‐Canada Alumni 2010), June 2011 Workshop
  • Donna Mergler (CoPEH‐Canada, CoPEH‐LAC), November 2011 Workshop and Contributions to the Health Module
  • Vi Nguyen (CoPEH‐Canada Alumni 2009), June 2011 Workshop, Reviewed, Using and Developing a Case Study Review
  • Carlos Passos (CoPEH‐LAC), June 2011 and November 2011 Workshop
  • Emily Root (CoPEH‐Canada Alumni 2010), June 2011 Workshop, Contributed to the Participation and Research Module
  • Evan Schneider (Ecohealth Club, University of Guelph), January 2011 Workshop
  • Maude St‐Cyr Bouchard (CoPEH‐Canada), core organizer of the November 2011 Workshop and participant in the January 2011 and May 2011 Workshops
  • Cathy Vaillancourt (CoPEH‐Canada), Contributed to the Gender Module
  • Michelle Villeneuve (CoPEH‐Canada Alumni 2009), June 2011 Workshop and Contributor to the Complexity Module

The Guelph Node of CoPEH‐Canada (Hunter, Houle, Massey, McCullagh, Morrison, and Waltner‐Toews) initially proposed the project and applied for and administered the grants that enabled the teaching manual to be developed.
The content and materials in this teaching manual grew out of four years of collaborative teaching of a graduate short course in ecosystem approaches to health by the CoPEH‐Canada team from 2008 – 2011 as part of an IDRC funded project to inaugurate the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. The initial teaching development team was:

Primary Researchers:

  • Bruce Hunter
    University of Guelph, Department of Pathobiology
  • Margot Parkes
    University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, College of Health Disciplines, Center for International Health in conjunction with the Global Health Research Program
  • Johanne Saint‐Charles
    Université du Québec à Montréal, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la biologie, la santé, la société et l’environnement (CINBIOSE), Département de communication sociale et publique
  • Robert Woollard
    University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice

Co‐Researchers:

  • Karen Houle
    University of Guelph, Department of Philosophy
  • Marc Lucottte
    Université du Québec à Montréal, Institut des sciences de l’environnement, Département des sciences de la terre et de l’atmosphère
  • Donna Mergler
    Université du Québec à Montréal, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la biologie, la santé, la société et l'environnement (CINBIOSE)
  • Karen Morrison
    University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine
  • Mélanie Lemire
    Centre de Recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ)
  • Jerry Spiegel
    University of British Columbia, College of Health Disciplines, Center for International Health in conjunction with the Global Health Research Program, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology
  • Céline Surette
    Université de Moncton, Département de chimie et biochimie
  • David Waltner‐Toews
    University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine/ Center for Public Health and Zoonoses
  • Annalee Yassi
    University of British Columbia, College of Health Disciplines, Center for International Health in conjunction with the Global Health Research Program, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology

 

Suggested citation:
Where possible we suggest you cite the chapter authors directly. For example, if you are citing from the Health Module:
Webb J, Surette C, Lemire M, (2012) Health – From Multiple Perspectives to an Ecosystem Approach. In: McCullagh S ed. (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem
Approaches to Health. Available: www.copeh-canada.org 

Whole Book:
McCullagh S, Hunter B, Houle K, Massey C, Waltner-Toews D, Lemire M, Saint-Charles J, Surette C, Webb J, Beck L, Parkes M, Woollard R, Berbés-Blázquez M, Feagan, Halpenny C, Harper S, Oestreicher S, Morrison, K (Eds.) (2012).
Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available: www.copeh-canada.org 

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