Environmental Health: The Air Quality Health Index Program

Health Canada’s Train the Trainer Program for Educational Outreach to Health Professionals on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), Climate Change, and Radon has been discontinued at this time. The College of Family Physicians of Canada is therefore no longer administering the program. Further updates will be posted here should circumstances change. 

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a tool Health Canada uses to educate the public and health professionals across all specialties about the health consequences of poor environmental air quality.

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine through The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has been delivering a pilot project to “train the trainer” in the AQHI since 2010 and in related areas of environmental health concern such as extreme heat, climate change, and radon since 2016.

Through a partnership with Health Canada, the CFPC recruits health professionals from across Canada to serve as environmental health champions. The CFPC is currently recruiting health professionals to join the program and become its champions.

These champions receive training in the AQHI and in courses provided by the University of British Columbia and McMaster University to enhance their knowledge of environmental health risks.

AQHI champions leverage their social and professional networks in their local communities and use their status as health professionals to engage with and educate other health professionals on these environmental risks and the tools available to help.

Participants are responsible for organizing their own outreach activities, so they have maximum flexibility in how and when to conduct them. Champions are required to carry out five outreach activities throughout the year, but there is no maximum. Champions are paid an honorarium for each activity completed.

Find out more program details in our handy flyer.

If you are interested in participating, please email Alison Soares ([email protected]), Health Policy Coordinator, to apply.

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors and Health Canada.

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