Apr
24
Tue
Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity.

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan.
  • Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs.
  • Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Apr
25
Wed
Using HEIA to Advance Health Equity Among LGBTQ People @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

This webinar will describe the new LGBTQ supplement of Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), which will be launched soon.

This companion to the HEIA tool, developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), addresses the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ populations.

In this webinar you will explore:

  • Health disparities and specific health needs among LGBTQ populations
  • Approaches to policy and program design that take into account the needs of these communities
  • How to use HEIA to identify and prevent unintended health equity impacts on LGBTQ populations.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Apr
29
Sun
YMCA Healthy Kids Day @ YMCA of Niagara
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. It is a free event for everyone in the community.

Participating YMCAs will be open to the public with fun and healthy activities for the entire family.

Year-round the YMCA advocates for and supports the development of happy and healthy children, but we highlight and engage families around the issue on this day.

This event is hosted by the YMCA of Niagara.

May
2
Wed
Using a Lifecourse Approach to Improving Well-Being @ Online
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Life-Course Perspective offers a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an integrated continuum. Presenting data using a Lifecourse approach identifies times at which targeted interventions may be especially effective. Health and social care organizations can then use this information to offer services that provide safety nets and springboards for individuals during key life periods to alter life course trajectories in a positive way. This webinar will examine multiple Niagara specific data sources to examine the key reasons why individuals interact with health services.

This is a presentation of policy brief #31 by the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University, entitled, “The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-being”.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Sinéad McElhone, Manager of Surveillance and Evaluation, NIagara Region Public Health & Adjunct Faculty, Brock University
  • Diane Vanecko, Director of Organizational and Foundational Standards at Niagara Region Public Health

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.

May
23
Wed
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.

May
31
Thu
Understanding the Link Between Age-Friendly and Compassionate Communities @ Online
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In light of Canada’s aging population, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is supporting a new provincial strategy called “Compassionate Communities” to catalyze whole person care throughout the province of Ontario, to benefit patients, family caregivers, and the formal health care system.

A Compassionate Community is one where: local health policies recognize compassion as an ethical imperative; sectors work together to meet the special needs of the aged, those living with life-threatening illnesses, and with loss; a strong commitment to social and cultural differences enables access to wider variety of supportive experiences, interactions, and communication; and all people have easy access to grief and holistic or palliative care services.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how to a start Compassionate Community movement in their community
  • Gain insights as to how Compassionate Community approaches can complement Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly initiatives
  • Discuss opportunities for collective action

This webinar will be of particular interest to patients and caregivers, community leaders, service providers, planners and policy-makers.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Jun
26
Tue
Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

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Apr
24
Tue
Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity.

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan.
  • Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs.
  • Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Apr
25
Wed
Using HEIA to Advance Health Equity Among LGBTQ People @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

This webinar will describe the new LGBTQ supplement of Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), which will be launched soon.

This companion to the HEIA tool, developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), addresses the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ populations.

In this webinar you will explore:

  • Health disparities and specific health needs among LGBTQ populations
  • Approaches to policy and program design that take into account the needs of these communities
  • How to use HEIA to identify and prevent unintended health equity impacts on LGBTQ populations.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Apr
29
Sun
YMCA Healthy Kids Day @ YMCA of Niagara
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. It is a free event for everyone in the community.

Participating YMCAs will be open to the public with fun and healthy activities for the entire family.

Year-round the YMCA advocates for and supports the development of happy and healthy children, but we highlight and engage families around the issue on this day.

This event is hosted by the YMCA of Niagara.

May
2
Wed
Using a Lifecourse Approach to Improving Well-Being @ Online
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Life-Course Perspective offers a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an integrated continuum. Presenting data using a Lifecourse approach identifies times at which targeted interventions may be especially effective. Health and social care organizations can then use this information to offer services that provide safety nets and springboards for individuals during key life periods to alter life course trajectories in a positive way. This webinar will examine multiple Niagara specific data sources to examine the key reasons why individuals interact with health services.

This is a presentation of policy brief #31 by the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University, entitled, “The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-being”.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Sinéad McElhone, Manager of Surveillance and Evaluation, NIagara Region Public Health & Adjunct Faculty, Brock University
  • Diane Vanecko, Director of Organizational and Foundational Standards at Niagara Region Public Health

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.

May
23
Wed
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.

May
31
Thu
Understanding the Link Between Age-Friendly and Compassionate Communities @ Online
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In light of Canada’s aging population, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is supporting a new provincial strategy called “Compassionate Communities” to catalyze whole person care throughout the province of Ontario, to benefit patients, family caregivers, and the formal health care system.

A Compassionate Community is one where: local health policies recognize compassion as an ethical imperative; sectors work together to meet the special needs of the aged, those living with life-threatening illnesses, and with loss; a strong commitment to social and cultural differences enables access to wider variety of supportive experiences, interactions, and communication; and all people have easy access to grief and holistic or palliative care services.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how to a start Compassionate Community movement in their community
  • Gain insights as to how Compassionate Community approaches can complement Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly initiatives
  • Discuss opportunities for collective action

This webinar will be of particular interest to patients and caregivers, community leaders, service providers, planners and policy-makers.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Jun
26
Tue
Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

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