Overview of CCH Projects

The Centre for Coastal Health (CCH) focuses on five main themes, listed below. Click on the links to find out more about some of our ongoing and recently completed projects!

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Turning Knowledge into Service

The CCH team has been gaining experience in mobilizing knowledge from a wide variety of settings to help turn research into action. From informing policy decisions to creating new international One Health self-assessment manuals, the CCH is gaining a growing reputation for translating and delivering knowledge to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Dr. Craig Stephen worked with the World Bank to develop a method for countries to assess their needs and capacities to link human, animal and environmental health; he is now working with national and international partners to build such capacity.
Dr. Carl Ribble has been using advances in computer modelling to work with farmers to enhance their farm efficiency.
Dr. Tyler Stitt has developed a number of pamphlets and booklets for public consumption on issues such as wildlife zoonoses and small-farm biosecurity. His talents in science communications and graphic design have produced informative, attractive and accessible documents.
• Dr. Tim Dejager has been working on the cutting edge of mobile phone applications for social learning in food security settings. Through a project with rural smallholder aquacutlurists in Sri Lanka, Tim has been applying theories of behaviour change from health promotion and extension to the issue of fostering farming practices for sustainable aquaculture for poverty reduction.
Stefan Iwasawa has been putting network theory to practice in a way that will assist the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s understanding, and therefore ability to track, livestock movement throughout this province.
Jennifer Dawson-Coates has been  exploring multi-criteria decision analysis as a method to develop community consensus on methods for promoting local food security in Sri Lanka.

The diversity of skills, from computer modelling to graphic design, provides the CCH the necessary tools to translate complex technical information into knowledge that can inform decisions and actions. The educational experiences that come from having our two principle researchers (Dr Ribble and Dr Stephen) as university educators has also been a great asset in helping the CCH  distil and communicate information into usable knowledge. Increasingly, it is the ability to gather, integrate and communicate a diversity of information that serves as the gateway to improving health at the interface of people, animals and the environment. The Centre for Coastal Health is poised at this gateway.

A listing of current projects is provided below, with hyperlink to more in-depth project descriptions.

Project Theme and Title Location Funding Agency
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Social learning in rural aquaculture to break the cycle of poverty, food insecurity and unsustainable practices in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
CIPARS: Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance. BC field sampling Canada Public Health Agency of Canada
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Promoting rural income from sustainable aquaculture through social learning in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
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Analysis of Trends, Gaps and Identifiers of Cumulative Effects in the Existing BC Wildlife Health Database Canada BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Fraser Valley Livestock Movement Snapshot Project Canada BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Analysis and description of wildlife health and disease data captured by the CCWHC Canada Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre and Public Health Agency of Canada
Preliminary analysis of British Columbia’s Specialty Bird Biosecurity data Canada Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia
Identification and assessment of socio-environmental risk settings for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) transmission and re-emergence in Nepal Nepal International Development Research Centre
Development and pilot of an international One Health self-assessment guide World Bank
Web-enabled Veterinary Public Health Networking in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
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Environmental impact of water diversion and the risk of aquatic pathogen transfer Canada
Scientific Report: Role of disease associated with salmon enhancement facilities on the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon Canada Cohen Commission on the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon
Use of “Doctor fish” in personal service pedicure facilities Canada Vancouver Island Health Authority
Potential for Oil and Gas toxicology on Woodland Caribou in northeastern British Columbia Canada BC Ministry Of Environment
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Workshop on antibiotic use and resistance in the BC poultry industry Canada BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Animal Determinants of Emerging Disease Monthly National Teleconference Rounds North America Public Health Agency of Canada
Diseases you can get from Wildlife: 3rd edition Canada

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