Lunch & Learn: Improving indoor air quality for infection control in community spaces
Join us at noon on Wednesday, July 28, for a special lunch 'n' learn webinar on about air quality in community spaces. We will explore how community health care and service agencies can improve indoor air quality to reduce airborne transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, and we'll hear how one organization – Na-Me-Res in Toronto - did it.
Simultaneous sign-language interpretation will be provided.
Participants in this webinar will learn some key considerations for organizations as they develop their own strategies for improving indoor air quality. These include identifying higher-risk areas in order to allocate resources appropriately; assessing and understanding the unique features of each space in order to determine what's needed; recognizing benefits of improved ventilation and filtration that go beyond COVID-19.
Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group. He holds joint appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences. His research interests and expertise include healthy and sustainable buildings, ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, and the indoor microbiome. He teaches courses in indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, and sustainable energy systems.
Morris MacDonald is Finance Manager at Native Men's Residence (Na-Me-Res) in Toronto. Early on in the pandemic, Na-Me-Res took proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and protect their residents, guests, and staff. This included significant updates to ventilation, filtration, and air quality. Morris will speak about the experiences of Na-Me-Res in doing this work.
The following organizations have provided in-kind support for this event.
- MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
- Toronto Drop-In Network
- Indigenous Primary Health Care Council
Registration is FREE and open to all. We encourage you to share your questions and comments on the registration form, so we can address them during the webinar. Please share this event widely with your network. It is intended for anyone who works in community health or social services organizations that operate indoor spaces where people gather, who is interested in learning more about how improvements to indoor air quality can protect their clients and staff from airborne infections such as COVID-19.