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Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region 1:00 pm
Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Connections First is a new introductory session where people can get connected to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. Persons with dementia and their partners in care learn about living well with dementia through Wellness and Healthy Brain Strategies, find out why it is important to connect with community services and get support. Participants have opportunity to explore Normal Aging and Dementia and hear about recommended first steps. Sessions will be held monthly. Registration is required (see contact information above). These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation 9:00 am
Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Youth Advocacy Training Institute’s training Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation provides learners with a background around youth cessation, examining what research and practice has demonstrated to be effective practice in this field. It also explores innovative and new practices for youth cessation. Register online by September 20, 2017. Food is provided. All who attend will receive a certificate of training completion. This event is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.
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Ontario’s Legal Framework for Cannabis and Exploring Strategies for Developing Prevention Campaigns 10:00 am
Ontario’s Legal Framework for Cannabis and Exploring Strategies for Developing Prevention Campaigns @ Online
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
With legalization of recreational cannabis on the horizon, there is concern that communicating prevention messages to youth may be more challenging than ever given the potential for further normalization society-wide. This webinar is aimed at those interested in developing health communications targeting Ontario’s youth to promote awareness about the new legal framework and prevent use/misuse of cannabis during this critical time of brain development. The audience will: Understand the key elements of Ontario’s framework for managing the federal legalization of cannabis; Learn about youth-focused prevention campaigns implemented in jurisdictions where cannabis is already legal (Colorado, Oregon, Washington); Review lessons learned from successful tobacco prevention messaging; and Discuss how these learnings, and experiences shared by attendees, can be applied to develop effective cannabis prevention messages for youth in Ontario. This webinar will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for an interactive discussion. This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
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Well-Being and Aging: Understanding Our Beliefs and Experiences of Well-Being Across the Lifespan 6:00 pm
Well-Being and Aging: Understanding Our Beliefs and Experiences of Well-Being Across the Lifespan @ Brock University - David S. Howes Theatre
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Living a happy and satisfying life is among our most important personal goals. During this community information evening, Brock Psychology professor Dr. Michael Busseri will discuss different ways of thinking about and experiencing well-being across the lifespan. Dr. Busseri will also discuss his own research on individuals’ beliefs about aging and well-being – providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand these important issues. This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating available. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research and Growing with Brock.
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Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre @ Brock University
Oct 15 all-day
This fun Run|Walk features 10 exciting activity stations! Help save justice using your Spiderman spidey sense, your Wonder Woman lasso or capture villains with the Justice League. Help Batman, Captain America and their friends save the day at fully accessible stations! By donating and participating in the Superhero Run, you are ensuring that the 3,300 children and their families who rely on support from Niagara Children’s Centre are helped when they need it most. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Centre.
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Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session 4:00 pm
Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Community Psychiatry Clinic, Group Room 2
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Do you have a working knowledge of Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles and would like more hands-on practice? Join Holly Raymond (Clinical Director, General Psychiatry & Addiction Service) for a two-part training session that focuses on MI application. Participants will receive a training certificate of attendance. Part 1: Tuesday October 17, 4-8 p.m. Part 2: Wednesday October 25, 5-8 p.m. Contact Alyssa DeAngelis (email address above) to register. This training session is hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
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Comprehensive Trauma Assessment 9:00 am
Comprehensive Trauma Assessment @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This training will provide an overview of various formal and non formal trauma assessment tools, review of administration, assessment strategies, and report writing will be reviewed. Standardized and non-standardized measures will be reviewed. Several experiential and applied components are included to ensure comprehension. This session is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
Matices: “Temporary” Migration in Canada Documentary Screening 1:30 pm
Matices: “Temporary” Migration in Canada Documentary Screening @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Do you want to learn more about what it takes to produce the fruits and vegetables you see in the grocery store? Come watch a documentary about the experience of migrant agricultural workers (MAWs) in Niagara. The screening will be followed up with a Q&A session to further discuss the barriers and obstacles MAWs face and what can be done to address them. To register for this event, please contact Erin at Quest CHC (contact information above). This screening is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
Connecting With Care: Public Forum 6:30 pm
Connecting With Care: Public Forum @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A general overview of the services of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN, formerly CCAC) and legislation on who is eligible and what is required. Presented by Tracey Schenck, Director of Patient Care for Niagara & Niagara North West. This public forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Mobile Cancer Screening Coach 9:00 am
Mobile Cancer Screening Coach @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Are you due for routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Or are you interested in taking a tour of the mobile screening coach? Come drop by the convenient coach parked outside the centre to get as many cancer screens as you need/want completed. No appointment or referral needed. This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field 12:00 pm
Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field @ Online
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This 90-minute webinar will focus on substance use responses that integrate Indigenous wellness, strength based, gender informed and trauma informed approaches. The presenters will share wisdom from initiatives that have brought trauma and gender informed practice into work with Indigenous participants. Presented by: Carol Hopkins, Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation Renee Linklater, Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement, CAMH Brenda Restoule, Clinical Consultant, Nipissing First Nation Health Services Dawn Lavand, Outreach Worker, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe Tammy Rowan, Program Director, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe This webinar is for people working in or planning substance use, health and wellness and social services. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health.
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Mobile Cancer Screening Coach 9:00 am
Mobile Cancer Screening Coach @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Are you due for routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Or are you interested in taking a tour of the mobile screening coach? Come drop by the convenient coach parked outside the centre to get as many cancer screens as you need/want completed. No appointment or referral needed. This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series 11:00 am
Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dr. Ana Sanchez will present on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which are a diverse group of 17 human and zoonotic diseases affecting the poorest people and under-served communities around the globe. Not only do NTDs flourish in conditions of poverty and lack of safe water and sanitation, they are inextricably related to systematic inequity. Due to their crosscutting effects, NTDs can serve as indicators of progress for the Sustainable Development Goals, that require an integrated response to ensure sustainable development. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Prison 101 Workshop 9:00 am
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated. You will: Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery Hear from a peer speaker … and more! This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines 2:00 pm
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use. The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM). This webinar will: Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.
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Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness 12:00 pm
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense. The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages. Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness. In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income). In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the...
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health 1:00 pm
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students. Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies. Key learnings: Overview of Ontario’s current situation Overdose prevention Harm reduction strategies Useful resources related to overdose prevention Developing policies and protocols This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Indigenous Health Equity: Examining Racism as an Indigenous Social Determinant of Health 1:30 pm
Indigenous Health Equity: Examining Racism as an Indigenous Social Determinant of Health @ Online
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This webinar is part of the National Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series. The national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services. Presenters include: Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon This webinar is hosted by the Provincial Health Services Authority.
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Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector. This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies. Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development: Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment Mental Health Awareness Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills Accessible Mental Health Services Crisis Management This conference is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Oct
24
Tue
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students.

Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies.

Key learnings:

  • Overview of Ontario’s current situation
  • Overdose prevention
  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Useful resources related to overdose prevention
  • Developing policies and protocols

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

Oct
26
Thu
Indigenous Health Equity: Examining Racism as an Indigenous Social Determinant of Health @ Online
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This webinar is part of the National Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series.

The national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services.

Presenters include: Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Oct
30
Mon
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.

This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies.

Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development:

  • Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy
  • Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern
  • Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills
  • Accessible Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Management

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

Nov
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Wed
Fall Lecture Series: Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System @ Armenian Community Centre
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara is a third age learning organization providing learning programs and experiences for adults 50+ living in the Niagara region.

Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System

Presenter: Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV); Cardiologist, Women’s College Hospital and University Health Network

Canada’s health care system is under significant pressure. An aging population and increasing rates of chronic disease threaten quality and affordability within our system of care. Learn about innovative research that is happening at WIHV to help ensure Canadians get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

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