Gerald McKinley and Mark Speechley
Case 1 : Policy Change and Public Health: Obstacles to Advocating for Public Health Interventions
Sulaiman Alhalbouni, Erin Courtney, and Mark Speechley
Case 2 : The Double Burden of Malnutrition: Challenges and Opportunities in Thailand
Leshawn Benedict, Phudit Tejativaddhana, Vijj Kasemsup, Seo Ah Hong, and Gerald McKinley
Case 3 : Coming Together to Promote Change: Best Practices to Prevent, Treat, and Manage Type 2 Diabetes in Indigenous Communities in Canada
Sacha Bragg, Harsh Zaran, and Regna Darnell
Case 4 : Opioid Crisis in the Windsor-Essex Community: Time for Responsible Opioid Prescribing?
Debasree Deb, Nicole Dupuis, Eric Nadalin, and Mark Speechley
Case 5 : The Precision of Aid: Remembering the Forgotten Disease in the Horn of Africa
Janel Dhooma, Haytham Qosa, and Ava A. John-Baptiste
Case 6 : No Fixed Address: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Program to Prevent Psychiatric Discharge to Homelessness
Marie Fiedler, Bryanna Lucyk, Cheryl Forchuk, and Ava A. John-Baptiste
Case 7 : Going Beyond Bike Racks and Pedestrian Crossovers: Achieving Health Equity in School Travel Planning
Megan Graat, Andrew Clark, Jason Gilliland, and Lloy Wylie
Case 8 : Is it too Late to Re-evaluate? Creating Client-centered Changes within Canada’s Medical Surveillance System
Fatema Jamaly, Monique St-Laurent, and Amardeep Thind
Case 9 : A Knot of Contradictions: Systems of Intersectionality and Muslim LGBTQ+ Mental Health Programs
Nour Kachouh, Harvir Sandhu, and Amardeep Thind
Case 10 : Changing the Service Delivery Model: How to Make it Happen?
Shradha Pandey, Yoshith Perera, and Mark Speechley
Case 11 : Going Beyond the Virus: Understanding the Drivers of the Ebola Virus Outbreak
Reshel Perera, Michel Deilgat, Suzanne Boucher, and Ava A. John-Baptiste
Case 12 : Prioritizing Emerging and Re-Emerging Non-enteric Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: What Should we be Afraid of Next?
Jessica Schill, Michel P. Deilgat, Julie Thériault, Rukshanda Ahmad, and Amanda L. Terry
Case 13 : Preparing for the Tickpocalypse
Rayda Sheikh, Fatih Sekercioglu, and Mark Speechley
Case 14 : A Sticky Situation: A Medical Problem with a Social Solution
Stephanie Susman, Natasha Crowcroft, and Amardeep Thind
Case 15 : Recovery Through Education: An Integrative Approach to Mental Health for the People, by the People
Qi Xue, Andrew Johnson, and Gerald McKinley
Case 16 : When the Midnight Train is the first of many: Dealing with Irregular and Unsafe Railway Crossings in the City of London
Shannon L. Sibbald
Gerald McKinley, PhDDepartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health,
Mark Speechley, PhDDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health,
The 2020 Western Public Health Casebook reflects the diversity in, and challenges of public health practice. Each case offers a unique take on a complex public health issue. Our cases go beyond describing the problem; the cases present a narrative around decision makers and stakeholders who are experiencing these challenges firsthand. Readers are encouraged to ‘step into the shoes’ of the protagonist (be they an individual or a group), and think critically about the complexity and nuances inherent in public health practice. There are no right or wrong answers to each case. In fact, we believe it is the best cases that leave you with more questions than answers. We hope these cases make you think about challenges and better yet, allow you the opportunity to brainstorm meaningful solutions to today’s most challenging issues.
We would like to express our gratitude to the following organizations (and the preceptors/supervisors) who supported the training of our students and the development of the cases in this Casebook: Lambton Public Health, ASEAN Institute for Health Development (Mahidol University), Diabetes Alliance Team (Western University), Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Canadian Red Cross, Lawson Health Research Institute (St. Joseph's Health Care), Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL, Western University), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (Public Health Liaison Unit, Migrant Health Branch), Public Health Agency of Canada, Moyo Health & Community Services, Public Health Ontario, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
The cases that appear in this book are the hard work and dedication of a team we are so proud to be a part of. In particular, thank you to our case authors: you are supporting the pedagogy of public health and providing essential material to help the next generation of public health leaders grow. The final polished look of this book would not be possible without our copy editors and the careful eye of the MPH Program staff. As editors, it is our privilege to provide this book as a tool to further the learning, the thinking, and the progress of helping the world’s population recognize the goals of public health.