Bridges Community Health Centre Dental Health Report

In response to the poor dental health conditions experienced by our clients, Bridges Community Health Centre developed and administered a dental health survey in order to paint a fuller picture of the dental health inequities that result from a market-based approach. This information will leverage their advocacy work with local politicians and decision makers in support of the expansion of publicly-funded dental health programs for low-income adults and seniors.

In order to set the stage for our findings and recommendations, the report opens with a synopsis of the physical, psycho-social and economic consequences associated with poor dental health followed by a brief overview of dental health policy. It concludes with a set of recommendations for action at the municipal, regional and provincial level aimed at increasing awareness and building capacity for upstream public health policies that extend dental health coverage for low income adults and seniors.

Prepared By: Rhonda Barron and Lori Kleinsmith

Publication Date: July, 2014

View Bridges Community Health Centre Dental Health Report

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Jan
22
Tue
Sport for Life Canadian Summit @ Hilton Lac-Leamy
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day

The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, Sport for Life aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.

This summit is hosted by Sport for Life.

Jan
23
Wed
Mindfulness Workshop for Care Partners @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mindfulness Workshop for Care Partners

Speaker: Gail McKenzie-High, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Respite services are available. Please call the office to discuss eligibility.

Register by phone (905-687-3914) or online.

This workshop is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

ACT for Co-occurring Depression and Alcohol Use @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Holly Raymond, MSW, RSW, Clinical Director, Addiction and Mental Health Service

Aims of the session:

  • Review the clinical formulation for alcohol and depression using the ACT hexaflex
  • Review the function of alcohol use as a means of “avoidance” and the paradox of control strategies
  • Practice making room for psychological triggers to substance use and barriers to value-consistent living
  • Review defusion strategies and metaphors for alcohol use disorder and depression
  • Understand the ACT view of addiction and how “self as context” can be impacted

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

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

Economic Prosperity: Living in Niagara Working Session @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Community partners are invited to join Niagara Connects for one or more of 12 working sessions in January, 2019 to review and modernize the Indicators and Measures for each Living in Niagara report Sector.

The Living in Niagara – 2017 report was released 1 year ago. Now is the time to begin building the 2020 version! The report weaves data and knowledge together, to describe quality of life across the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors. The Sectors align with the Social Determinants of Health; their combined data provides a holistic picture of socio-economic progress in Niagara.

Report construction methodology has evolved since its inception in 2008. Indicators and Measures in the 2020 report will be updated to reflect current practice and new knowledge within each Sector.

Achieving socio-economic stability is an essential ingredient in quality of life for Niagara. We have gathered the evidence that our economy is primarily based on small to medium-sized enterprises, and that the sum total of both the direct and indirect consequences of poverty is costing everyone, collectively, in Niagara $1.38 billion annually. Knowing this, leaders across Sectors are recognizing that working together toward community vibrancy is the contemporary way to build a prosperous Niagara. Read more about the Economic Prosperity Sector here.

Business of Ageing Niagara Network January Event @ Niagara College
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Speaker: Mike Drak, co-author of Victory Lap Retirement
Topic: How to Design a Healthy Fulfilling Retirement Lifestyle

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Jan
24
Thu
The Environment: Living in Niagara Working Session @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Community partners are invited to join Niagara Connects for one or more of 12 working sessions in January, 2019 to review and modernize the Indicators and Measures for each Living in Niagara report Sector.

The Living in Niagara – 2017 report was released 1 year ago. Now is the time to begin building the 2020 version! The report weaves data and knowledge together, to describe quality of life across the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors. The Sectors align with the Social Determinants of Health; their combined data provides a holistic picture of socio-economic progress in Niagara.

Report construction methodology has evolved since its inception in 2008. Indicators and Measures in the 2020 report will be updated to reflect current practice and new knowledge within each Sector.

Our environment provides beauty, living space and economic, recreational and tourist potential. It also provides for agriculture, food and nourishment. Read more about the Environment Sector here.

Supporting Mental Health in a Non-Traditional Work Environment @ Online
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The world of work is vastly different than it was a decade ago. New ways of doing business have not only shifted the way we collaborate but have also deeply transformed what a workplace looks like. How do we support employee mental health in a work environment that now transcends the office?

CivicAction and the Mental Health Commission of Canada brings you a webinar on the challenges and opportunities of supporting mental health in a non-traditional work environment.

Guest speakers include Denis Trottier, Chief Mental Health Officer, KPMG, who will share how his organization works to address the challenges that come with hoteling, working remotely, and frequent travel.

While Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director at Ryerson University’s DMZ tech accelerator, will share what mental health support can look like during the early stages of entrepreneurship, where solitary work, long hours, and the pressure to succeed are part of the job.

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

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