14th Annual Air Quality and Health Workshop - March 15, 2017
This workshop will present ideas, research, and case studies from international experts on the exposure, health, and economic impacts of air quality management strategies. Participants will learn from the successes and challenges of previous air quality management efforts, while being challenged to consider new opportunities for improving air quality and health in the future.
$75.00 (for students)
Demystifying Causal Inference in Air Pollution Epidemiology
Facilitator: Corwin Zigler
Date: March 14, 2017, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue: Orca Room - Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
Seats are limited.
Interventions to reduce air pollution concentrations generally assume that exposure causes adverse health effects. However, definitively linking an intervention with health benefits can be challenging, particularly for policy-based interventions that may have subtle effects occurring over long time periods. Evaluating the public health benefits attributable to an intervention requires different tools than the ones commonly used in air pollution research. This workshop - designed for non-statisticians – will describe the methods needed to quantify the public health benefits of past and future air quality policies and interventions.
- Improved ability to determine what makes a particular research study causal
- Tools to evaluate the assumptions underlying the causal validity of a study
- Improved ability to place the evidence from causal studies in proper context with the vast literature on the relationships between pollution exposure and human health