School of Population & Public Health | Faculty of Medicine
Canada Research Chair in Global Health & Capacity Building
Research Interests:

Project Names: Implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Information System (OHASIS) and Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV and TB in the Workplace

Our research focuses on the health of health workers – the world’s largest workforce and particularly vulnerable to airborne and blood-borne diseases including HIV and TB. Health workers are responsible for providing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support, yet are dying from neglected diseases due to inadequate access to prevention and treatment themselves. Our group develops, implements and evaluates capacity-building initiatives in communities and workplaces, contributes to evidence-based national policies and international guidelines; and we develop, refine, and implement information systems and communications technology to address the needs identified regarding these and related neglected diseases. We also work globally to promote an interdisciplinary approach in global health.

Relevant NGDI Articles


Workplace programmes for HIV and tuberculosis: a systematic review to support development of international guidelines for the health workforce. Yassi A, O’Hara LM, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. AIDS Care. 2013;25(5):525-43. Review.


Chronic pesticide poisoning from persistent low-dose exposures in Ecuadorean floriculture workers: toward validating a low-cost test battery. Breilh J, Pagliccia N and Yassi A. Int J Occup Environ Health 2012 18(1):7-21.

Intersectoral action for health at a municipal level in Cuba. Spiegel J, Alegret M, Clair V, Pagliccia N, Martinez B, Bonet M and Yassi A.  Int J Public Health 2012 57(1):15-23.


Health care workers and respiratory protection: is the user seal check a surrogate for respirator fit-testing? Danyluk Q, Hon C-Y, Neudorf M, Yassi A, Bryce EA, Janssen B, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2011, Vol8:5:267-270.

Evaluation of a workplace disability prevention intervention in Canada: examining differing perceptions of stakeholders. Maiwald K, de Rijk A, Guzman J, Schonstein E, and Yassi A.  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2011, Vol21:2:179-189.

Establishing a community of practice of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities to sustainably manage environmental health risks in Ecuador. Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Beltran E, Parra J, Solis F, Yassi A, Rojas A, Orrego E, Henry B, Bowie WR, Pearce L, Gaibor J, Velasquez P, Concepcion M, and Parkes M.  BMC International Health and Human Rights Vol11:supl2:S5.

Collaboration between infection control and occupational health in three continents: a success story with international impact. Yassi A, Bryce EA, Breilh J, Lavoie M-C, Ndelu L, Lockhart K, and Spiegel JM. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011, Vol11:supl2:S8.


Which New Approaches to Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases Show Promise? Spiegel JM, Dharamsi S, Wasan KM, Yassi A, Singer B, et al. PLoS Med 2010.  7(5): e1000255. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000255.