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Supporting Youth Living With and Affected By HIV 11:30 am
Supporting Youth Living With and Affected By HIV @ Online
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
What are the barriers to accessing supports for young people living with and affected by HIV? How are these youth currently being supported? What strategies are critical in providing well-rounded supports for youth living with and affected by HIV, and how can youth-serving organizations adopt these best practices? As we approach the fourth decade since the first cases were diagnosed, we better understand how HIV works, and how the disease impacts individuals and transforms communities. HIV is incurable, but it is preventable and treatable. Join YouthREX for a conversation with frontline practitioners and young people about barriers and opportunities for youth living with and affected by HIV, and learn how youth workers can promote evidence-informed best practices for effectively supporting these youth. Learn more about: The social drivers that contribute to, and result in, increased vulnerability, stigma, and discrimination What youth workers can do to support young people and break down the stigma associated with HIV How youth workers can integrate a critical approach when engaging youth living with and affected by HIV This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
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Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 7 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Findings from the 2017 CAMH Monitor Survey 12:00 pm
Findings from the 2017 CAMH Monitor Survey @ Online
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The webinar will highlight findings of the 2017 CAMH Monitor survey, the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in Ontario. In the past year, there were significant increases in the number of adults who reported cannabis use, self-rated poor mental health, thoughts of suicide, as well as taking more frequent mental distress days. The findings of the Monitor can help public health professionals, policy-makers, and other mental health and addictions professionals understand trends as a way to inform policy, programs and practice. This webinar will: Present an overview of findings from the 2017 Monitor; Discuss key mental health and substance use trends among adults in Ontario; Provide an opportunity to pose questions to the CAMH Monitor researchers. Presenters: Dr. Robert Mann, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Hayley Hamilton, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH. Anca Ialomiteanu, Research Methods Specialist and Manager of the CAMH Monitor, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH Target audience: Service providers, health promotion and public health professionals, policy-makers, individuals working in community settings. This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network.
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Using Spreadsheets in Program Evaluation
Using Spreadsheets in Program Evaluation @ Online
Feb 11 all-day
A free 4-week online certificate course about key concepts, tools and techniques required to manage, analyze and visualize quantitative data for a youth program evaluation. In this certificate, participants will learn the key concepts, tools and techniques required to manage and analyze quantitative data for a youth program to be able to illustrate and communicate their evaluation story. The certificate is designed to facilitate a foundational understanding of data management and analysis using spreadsheets within your program evaluation within the youth sector context. Frontline youth workers, management staff, and other professionals who have completed YouthREX’s introductory certificate: Understanding Program Evaluation for Youth Wellbeing (or equivalent), will find this certificate useful, particularly if working within a youth-led initiative. Applications are due January 11, 2019. This program is hosted by YouthREX.
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Addressing Psychological Health and Safety in Nonprofit Workplaces 1:00 pm
Addressing Psychological Health and Safety in Nonprofit Workplaces @ Online
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The psychological health of your teams is becoming increasingly important in the context of performance, retention, and cost – all things that are crucial to achieving your mission. Join the Canadian Mental Health Association to hear more about how organizations both small and large are addressing psychological health and safety. You will learn about practical, low-cost (or no-cost!) strategies you can implement quickly and that are proven to help create a culture that enables your employees to do their best and thrive at work. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 14 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Physical Literacy for Older Adults 12:30 pm
Physical Literacy for Older Adults @ Kiwanis Aquatic Centre
Feb 15 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This half-day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults, please register for one of the free workshops offered by the City of St. Catharines.
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Person-Centred Language Matters 12:00 pm
Person-Centred Language Matters @ Online
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Person-Centred Language Commitment Statements, informed by the authentic voice of persons with lived experience, were created to promote the consistent use of person-centred language that is appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when talking with and referring to older adults presenting with or at risk for responsive behaviours/ personal expressions that may be associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions and their care partners. Learn about Behavioural Supports Ontario’s Person-Centred Language Initiative and engage in self-reflection and discussion on why we need appropriate language and explore ways to transfer, translate and implement the concepts included in the report which was released in October of 2018. Presenters: Kate Ducak, Project Officer, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Gagan Gill, Public Policy & Programs Analyst, Alzheimer Society of Ontario Tina Kalviainen, Strategic Communications Specialist, Provincial Coordinating Office, Behavioural Supports Ontario This webinar is hosted by Behavioural Supports Ontario and brainXchange.
Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool: A How-To Guide for Policy and Practice 2:00 pm
Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool: A How-To Guide for Policy and Practice @ Online
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network will be hosting a webinar on the application of the Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool for policy and practice. The intended audience for this webinar is anyone engaged in work related to opioids at the Public Health Unit, LHIN, or provincial level. Presented by: Dr. Tara Gomes, Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Monitoring trends and patterns of opioid prescriptions and the associated risks has become a provincial and national priority. The Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool allows public access to data related to indicators for opioid prescribing in the province from 2012 onwards using data from the Narcotics Monitoring System (NMS) housed at ICES. This data captures all opioid prescriptions dispensed in retail pharmacies across Ontario. The tool also includes information on pharmacy-dispensed naloxone, a program introduced in June 2016 in the province, using data from the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. This tool, which was made to complement Public Health Ontario’s interactive tool on opioid-related harms, is interactive and the graphs and maps are adjustable to present patterns in the distribution of these indicators by age, sex, LHIN and PHU. All data displayed on the tool is available for download. The objectives of this webinar are to: Outline the opioid-related indicators included within the tool Describe some of the methodological approaches, strengths and limitations of the data Provide a walk-through demonstration of the tool, including how to find and interpret information, and how to download the data Allow opportunities for feedback, questions and...
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Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada 1:00 pm
Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada @ Online
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are pleased to present findings from the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) project. Building on the report released in 2013, the CAPE project provides a rigorous assessment of whether evidence-based alcohol policies were being implemented in each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories as well as by the Federal government as of 2017. During this webinar participants will learn about: high-level findings and project methods selected findings from key policy areas demonstrating their potential for protecting public health and safety This research will inform evidence-based alcohol policies in Canada to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harms. Additional project information and resources are available on our CAPE project page. Presented by the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) Project Research Team. Presenters include: Tim Stockwell, Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Victoria, BC Norman Giesbrecht, Emeritus Scientist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, ON Ashley Wettlaufer, Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, ON Kara Thompson, Research Associate, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS Samantha Cukier, Doctoral student and Research Fellow, Dartmouth College Target audience includes: public health, policy makers, system planners, researchers. This webinar is hosted by Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) & Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
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The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia 12:00 pm
The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia @ Online
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will touch on the importance of recreational programs specifically designed for people living with Young Onset Dementia (YOD) and their care partners. Learn about The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Boomers Club, a weekly social program for YOD and their families and explore ways to support the unique needs of this population. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project 1:30 pm
Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Do you have any burning questions related to your work and the mental health of immigrants and refugees? If so, join the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project for an online live-session with subject matter experts Dr. Debra Stein and Bonnie Wong. You will be joining social, settlement, and health service providers across Canada in asking our experts questions to support your every day work with immigrants and refugees. This session is hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 21 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Work and Health: Using HEIA to Analyze the Implications of Bill 47 12:00 pm
Work and Health: Using HEIA to Analyze the Implications of Bill 47 @ Online
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Employment is an important determinant of health. From inadequate pay to occupational hazards, poor jobs can contribute to increased injuries, disease and mortality. Alternatively, healthy and safe work can be a source of income, meaning and social connection that contributes positively to workers’ health and wellbeing. Rebecca Cheff and Malaika Hill, researchers from Wellesley Institute, will share how the HEIA tool was used to identify potential health equity impacts of recent changes to workers’ protections in Ontario. This webinar will outline how a rapid desktop health equity analysis was conducted on the changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act introduced by the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47). It will also discuss how results were disseminated using a report, blog, infographics and social media to highlight the potential harms to the health of workers and families. This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.
Cannabis Information Session 6:00 pm
Cannabis Information Session @ Niagara Region Public Health
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Residents are invited to learn more about: Information about cannabis and its uses Risks and harms associated with cannabis use Legalization information Practical tools and resources to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use Light refreshments will be provided. Register with Roberta Santin. This event is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.
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Gambling on Campus: A Hidden Problem? 1:00 pm
Gambling on Campus: A Hidden Problem? @ Online
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gambling is a common and increasingly popular activity, especially among young adults. It can be a healthy form of entertainment for most of the population- but for some it can negatively impact their physical and mental health, as well as strain social and cultural ties. Technological advances have increased the accessibility of gambling beyond traditional land-based activities (e.g. casinos), allowing individuals to gamble from the comfort of their computer or smartphone, any time they feel like it. These advances have also blurred the line between gambling and gaming, with many traditional smartphone or computer-based games now including gambling elements (e.g. loot-boxes). This brief presentation will provide an overview of gambling behaviour and harm, its relationship to other mental health conditions university/college students are susceptible to, and provide considerations for developing campus services and polices to promote healthy play and reduce negative health outcomes. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 28 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.

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