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Webinar: The health equity impacts of a changing climate part 1: From assessment to action

This event took place in English, with simultaneous French interpretation. Click here to access the recording.

This is the first webinar of a two-part series on climate change. Click here to access the second webinar in the series.


Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, but not all populations and communities will be affected by climate change equally. Existing health inequities are exacerbated by climate change impacts. What’s more, adaptations may inadvertently perpetuate health inequities in the absence of effective planning.

This webinar, presented in partnership with Health Canada, explores the opportunities for public health staff to assess and report on the health equity impacts of a changing climate. Participants will also receive practical guidance on how to centre equity in climate adaptation and community resilience policies and programs. Here, climate resilience refers to the ability of communities who are most impacted to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.

Equity in the face of climate change

Rebekka Schnitter, policy analyst with the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada, will explore what health equity means in the face of climate change. She will discuss opportunities to centre health equity in climate change and health activities, such as climate change and health vulnerability assessments, as well as adaptation measures.

Schnitter’s presentation will share highlights from the health equity chapter of the upcoming national climate change and health assessment, to be published by Health Canada in 2021.

Advancing equitable climate resilience

Sona Mohnot, environmental equity senior program manager / policy analyst with the Greenlining Institute, will share recommendations on how climate and health equity policy-makers, planners and advocates can advance equitable climate resilience. This work includes supporting historically marginalized communities that are hit hardest by climate impacts.

Drawing from the 2019 Greenlining Institute report Making equity real in climate adaptation and community resilience grant programs and policies: A guidebook, Mohnot’s presentation will offer a step-by-step roadmap on how to operationalize social equity in climate adaptation and resilience policies and programs.

Who should attend this webinar?

  • Those working on climate change and health vulnerability assessments
  • Health equity focused staff
  • Policy analysts
  • Public health staff at all levels who are interested in contributing to a just and sustainable future


Pemma Muzumdar, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Rebekka Schnitter, Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada Sona Mohnot, Environmental Equity Senior Program Manager/Policy Analyst, Greenlining Institute

Related resources

Making equity real in climate adaptation and community resilience policies and programs (2019) Commentary: "Centring equity in emerging public health responses to climate change" (2020)


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  • Presenters:
  • Rebekka Schnitter, Sona Mohnot, 
  • Pemma Muzumdar
    Pemma Muzumdar

    Pemma Muzumdar, MPH

    Knowledge Translation Specialist (on parental leave)

    Pemma Muzumdar is motivated by a desire to improve well-being and planetary health, particularly those who, through intersecting factors, experience marginalization and exclusion. She is based out of Montreal, Quebec.

    Pemma has worked with the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health in various capacities since 2011, developing and sharing knowledge, networks and resources for improved public health action. She completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of Waterloo in 2010, and draws from significant experience in science communication, public speaking, group facilitation, team learning and organizational development. Prior to joining the NCCs, Pemma contributed to dynamic teams at the Ontario Science Centre, Discovery Channel Canada, the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, TakingITGlobal and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital.

    [email protected]

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