Resources & Publications

  1. Age-Friendly Niagara Network: Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy & Action Plan (NASAP) Focused Action Priorities (2018-2019)

    This two-page roadmap describes the governance structure of the Age-Friendly Niagara Network, as well as the 2018-2019 focused action priorities across three Action Groups: Community Engagement and Communications Recreation, Learning and Leisure Improved Services, Systems and Infrastructure Published By: Age-Friendly Niagara Network Publication Date: May 2018
  2. Normalizing Conversation, Not Consumption: A Public Health Approach to Cannabis (Community Consultations)

    Between 2017-2018 the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) led 23 community consultations across Canada to seek input from health and social service providers who were curious about how to respond to cannabis use in their communities. On April 13, 2018, Niagara Connects partnered with CPHA to host a consultation session...
  3. Promising Practices: 12 Case Studies in Supportive Housing for People with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

    This resource guide documents 12 examples of promising practices in supportive housing for people with mental health and addiction issues from across Ontario. The case studies documented in this guide are examples of the high quality work that is being done across the supportive housing sector. They serve as replicable...
  4. The Health of Niagara Residents Across the Lifespan: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the May 2, 2018 webinar with presenter Dr. Sinead McElhone. 44 participants joined this event from 20 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar, Dr. McElhone offered a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an...

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May 21 all-day
New Terrain: Integrating Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy @ Online
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of integrating an understanding of trauma, gender, and sex into all aspects of the work on substance use issues.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of trauma, gender, and sex informed (TGS) approaches to substance use and addiction;
  • Provide examples where trauma, gender, and sex informed approaches are being integrated in Canadian substance use programming; and
  • Review tools for program and policy development to support the integration of TGS approaches into our work in the substance use field.

The webinar will be based on a new resource New Terrain: Integrating Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy developed by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health.

Novel Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating @ Online
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will document recent progress in research pertaining to the characterization of diet quality and novel approaches to promote healthy eating. Specifically, this session will discuss the (1) relationship between the best markers of diet quality such as dairy products (i.e. yogurt), fruits and vegetables and metabolic health in youth and adults and (2) implementation of web-based nutrition interventions as a strategy to help youth and families adopt healthy eating habits and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in these populations.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which foods/food groups, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, may play a role in the control of body weight and metabolic health;
  • Understand the role of factors such as genetic susceptibility to obesity in the relationship between foods/food groups and body weight and metabolic health;
  • Learn about an innovative school and/or family-based nutrition program that has positively impacted the consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in youth and adults and their effect on various eating behaviour traits;
  • Describe how using web-based or technological platforms may help youth adopt healthy eating habits that will have implications later in adulthood.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Strengthening Partnerships Focused on Serving People of Indigenous Heritage in Niagara @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who Should Attend: People working with individuals of Indigenous heritage in Niagara, who want to strengthen partnerships to ensure clients are receiving the services they require.

9:00 am – Registration and coffee
9:15 am – Welcome
9:20 am – Evidence provided by Indigenous people in Niagara – Living in Niagara-2017 report highlights
9:35 am – Using Data to Strengthen Partnerships

  • June, 2018 Construction of the Indigenous Service Providers in Niagara Network Map – how you can help to build a tool to describe existing partnerships; illuminate opportunities to build new ones; and ultimately strengthen planning for ensuring Indigenous people in Niagara are receiving the services they require
  • What’s Ahead – Sharing Data to Measure Impact of Partnerships

10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Partnerships in Action – Panel Discussion

  • NRNC Literacy Corrections Initiative – a partnership with Niagara Youth Detention Centre
  • Niagara Youth Court Screening Initiative (NYCSI)
  • Homeward Bound program in Niagara

11:40 am – Wrap-up and Next Steps

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Regional Native Centre.

Campus Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Part II @ Online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar is a follow-up to March webinar where presenters looked at high-level guidelines for handling suicide postvention on campus.

This session will offer specific examples of policies from campuses that have established prevention and postvention strategies.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Older Adults Living with Cancer – Psychosocial Considerations and Interventions @ Online
May 28 all-day

Approximately 60% of cancer incidence occurs in adults 65 years and older. And it is notable that older adults experience the majority of cancer deaths but also make up the majority of cancer survivors (Hurria et al, JCO, 2015).

This workshop will focus on the ways that older adults and their families may have different needs than younger adults and children. When it comes to older adults with cancer, many factors can be influencing how well any individual manages practical concerns, coping with the emotional challenges and navigating the system.

This four-week workshop will examine topics including:

  • Special consideration related to older adults with cancer
  • Understanding needs of family caregivers
  • Principles of palliative care and its importance to understanding psychosocial needs
  • Cancer survivorship

This workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Using a Montessori Approach for Managing Dementia @ Online
May 28 all-day

This is an online workshop for healthcare and other professionals.

Course objectives:

  • To provide an overview and enhance existing knowledge about the Montessori-based Dementia Program principles in the context of an aging population
  • To gain an understanding of the various types of dementia and their causes
  • To gain an understanding of responsive behaviours and their triggers
  • To provide an overview of the Montessori Prepared environment, and the application of the principles of the Montessori pedagogy to everyday contexts of care for older adults
  • To gain an understanding of specific Montessori-based activities and their benefits to people living with dementia
  • To gain an understanding of ways to promote a social environment based on the Montessori principles

Week 1: An overview of dementia and an introduction to Montessori principles

Week 2: An overview of types of memory and responsive behaviours

Week 3: An overview of Cultural, Sensorial and creativity-based activities

Week 4: An overview of Cognitive and Communication-based activities

This online workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Partners & Projects

  1. The Willow Community

    The Willow Community is a non-profit arts organization located in the Niagara region created with the purpose of integrating people who receive mental health and addiction services with professionals in the Ontario arts community. We promote, support, encourage, and train our members by providing artistic opportunities for those persons to...
  2. Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

    The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it...

Community Blog

  1. Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  2. Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...

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