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Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson is the scientific director of Environmental Health Services at BCCDC and of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). She is also an associate professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health.


Sarah oversees a program of applied environmental health research, surveillance, and knowledge translation to support evidence-based policy in BC and across Canada. Her work spans a wide range of topics, including air pollution from all provincially relevant sources (wildfire smoke, residential woodsmoke, industry, road dust, shipping, and vehicles), extreme weather events, radon gas, food safety, water quality, and exposures managed by the Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC). All of her research is integrated by core competencies in data science, biostatistics, stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation, and mentorship.


Sarah Henderson started her career as an environmental engineer (BASc, UBC, 2000), working on pollution abatement and control. She switched her focus to environmental epidemiology (PhD, UBC, 2009) when she first became interested in the public health consequences of engineering decisions. 

Sarah joined the BCCDC in 2010. She enjoys the challenge and diversity of work in environmental public health and is constantly inspired by the dedication of her colleagues. You can read a more detailed profile here.


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