How to Use This Platform

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning, collective action and Niagara-wide community innovations. It is a populated by members of the Niagara-wide community in partnership with the Knowledge Brokers at Niagara Connects.

Using the NKE:

The following navigation strategies will help you find the information you are looking for:

  • Filtered access to the four NKE content areas from the top of your screen including the Community Calendar, Resources & Publications, Partners & Projects, and Community Blog.
  • Use of the site-wide search bar from the top-right of your screen enabling you to focus your content search.
  • Filtered access to content related to Niagara Sectors listed on the right side of your screen enabling you to find events, resources, projects and blogs linked to any of the 12 Niagara Sectors identified in the Living In Niagara Report (2011).
  • User generated Tags that add another dimension to the platform content using common topic words. Use the tag cloud on the right of your screen to select a topic of interest and find events, resources, projects and blogs related to that topic.
  • Related Content that is promoted once you select a specific event, resource, project or blog. This helps you see other content from each of the content areas that may be of interest based your current selection.
  • A sitemap providing you an at-a-glance view and access to all pages across the NKE.

Making best use of the Community Calendar: This area features community events that will accelerate change, build community capacity, facilitate collaboration, share and spread innovation and enable evidence-informed community planning.

Viewable in list or calendar format, the Community Calendar will help you to:

  • Know what is going on in the Niagara region
  • See the rhythm of activity in your community
  • Identify and register for events of interest
  • Plan your own organization and/ or network’s activities around previously scheduled events

Making best use of Resources & Publications: This area catalogues resources and publications that will support, guide and inform collaboration and decision-making in the Niagara region.

The Resources and Publications catalogue will help you to:

  • Understand the current trends, issues and data related to each of the 12 Niagara Sectors
  • Use this information to build business cases for future projects and work
  • Identify collaborative topics that cross multiple sectors
  • Consider how your work fits into the current context

Making best use of Partners & Projects: This area features projects, networks, councils and working groups in the Niagara region that are dedicated to fostering collaboration to accelerate positive change and collective impact within the Niagara region.

The Partners and Projects will help you link with others to:

  • Partner on common projects
  • Mobilize around common issues
  • Share resources
  • Explore collaborative opportunities
  • Replicate successes
  • Avoid duplicating what is already being done

Making best use of the Community Blog: This area features blogs written by our Niagara Connects Knowledge Brokers, as well as community partners. The Community Blog is an area for exchange within the Niagara community about new ideas, hot topics and upcoming opportunities for collaboration.

This area of the site will help you to:

  • Consider how new ideas, approaches and collaborative strategies can be applied within your own practice setting
  • Build capacity to better connect to and leverage the information and resources within your community

How to contribute

You are able to contribute to all four content areas of the Niagara Knowledge Exchange. Sharing content on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange will enable you to:

  • Keep the community abreast of the great work you are doing
  • Contribute to the knowledge base used to inform planning in the Niagara region
  • Engage others in your work, strengthening your own capacity for evidence-informed decision-making
  • Spread innovation and success to other organizations and sectors

To share an event, resource or project, simply click the “Submit” link located in the right-hand side navigation within each content section of this site and fill out the form. Or, since you’re here, you can do so by clicking one of the direct links below:

And, if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, please email info@niagaraconnects.ca

Click here to view a ‘guided tour’ of the NKE

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
22
Mon
Creating Age-Friendly Streets @ Online
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

It’s widely known that the US population is aging. But how do we prepare our local transportation networks to support the mobility needs of older adults and keep them safe? This webinar series will offer key principles for considering the safety and mobility needs for older adults.

During the first part of the series, panelists from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, AARP, and the University of North Carolina’s Department of Emergency Medicine will share their perspectives on the importance of planning and designing for older adults.

Following their presentations, panelists will respond to questions from the audience.

Part II of this webinar series (April 29, 2019) will offer strategies for improving transportation networks to prioritize the safety and mobility of older adults. Panelists from AARP will share recommendations for planning and developing transit networks and prioritizing transit-oriented development. Representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will share examples of design and engineering strategies for improving safety and comfort for older pedestrians.

This webinar series is hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

Apr
23
Tue
2019 Update on the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Parminder Raina, lead principal investigator of the CLSA, and Dr. Yves Joanette, scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, via WebEx.

Now in its third wave of data collection, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) research platform has established itself as a leading resource for investigating critical questions on health, aging, disability and disease.

In collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), this webinar will introduce the CLSA, explore how researchers and trainees can access data, and highlight some of the major data releases underway, including baseline genomics, biochemistry biomarkers and environmental health data.

The presentation will also showcase upcoming data availability, including the first release of longitudinal data.

Introductory remarks will be provided by Dr. Yves Joanette, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, and a presentation will follow by Dr. Parminder Raina, professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University, scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and lead principal investigator of the CLSA.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Dementia-Friendly Communities from a Care Partner Perspective @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will share findings from an Ottawa-based research study funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The study, which is currently in its last year of funding, looked at the experiences of place, space and neighbourhood of care partners of people with dementia. How do care partners interact with the built, natural, and social environment? How are they supported locally? The findings have implications for both research and practice, and the development of dementia friendly communities in Canada.

Presenter:
Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Recreation Therapy and Concurrent Disorders @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Alan Sage is an experienced recreational therapist who works on the Concurrent Disorders Inpatient Unit.

The Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team invites you to their April educational session to learn all about the vast use and benefits of recreation when working with individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ Civic Square Community Room
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Apr
24
Wed
Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario @ Online
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

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

Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The process of migration and resettlement can be extremely challenging and often puts the mental health and well-being of newcomers at risk. Despite pertinent and clear mental health issues in the newcomer population, availability and accessibility of services remain an issue. As this population continues to grow, it is essential to assess the prevalence of mental health issues in newcomers in order to adapt services accordingly.

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • Needs of newcomers and refugees
  • Barriers to accessing Mental Health Support
  • Environmental Scan & Recommendations
  • Best Practice Guidelines

Presenters:

  • Zainab Awad, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
  • Ali Ahmed, Mental Health Program Support Worker, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. A follow-up resource package will be distributed after the event.

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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