Cathy Slavik is a PhD candidate in Health Geography at McMaster University. She is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research project on health risk communication and cancer risk perceptions.
Since obtaining her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Toronto in 2016, she has also been a researcher for the Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Ontario Health (formerly CancerCare Ontario) where she specializes in analyzing the geographic patterns of occupational and environmental exposures to cancer-causing agents across Canada. It was this work that led to her doctoral research on risk communication with the aims of improving cancer risk messaging and addressing knowledge gaps around the intersections between geography and health communication.
Actions taken (or not taken) by those in charge of Ontario’s pandemic response have appeared to prioritize short-term economic activity over public health goals, writes Cathy Slavik, a PhD candidate in Health Geography at McMaster University.
Despite the extremely low risks that approved COVID-19 vaccines pose to health compared to COVID-19 itself, these concerns need to be treated as valid by health experts and vaccine decision-makers because they are justified, writes PhD candidate Cathy Slavik.
It is surprising to find an inconsistent, and occasionally non-existent, application of risk communication practices by those leading the COVID-19 response in many Canadian jurisdictions, says Cathy Slavik.