Normalizing Conversation, Not Consumption: A Public Health Approach to Cannabis (Community Consultations)

Between 2017-2018 the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) led 23 community consultations across Canada to seek input from health and social service providers who were curious about how to respond to cannabis use in their communities. On April 13, 2018, Niagara Connects partnered with CPHA to host a consultation session that included 27 Niagara Health and Human Services providers. This resource provides a summary of the scope of the 23 Canada-wide consultations. The report also outlines next steps for the project.

Published By: Canadian Public Health Association

Publication Date: 2018

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Strengthening Partnerships Focused on Serving People of Indigenous Heritage in Niagara @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who Should Attend: People working with individuals of Indigenous heritage in Niagara, who want to strengthen partnerships to ensure clients are receiving the services they require.

9:00 am – Registration and coffee
9:15 am – Welcome
9:20 am – Evidence provided by Indigenous people in Niagara – Living in Niagara-2017 report highlights
9:35 am – Using Data to Strengthen Partnerships

  • June, 2018 Construction of the Indigenous Service Providers in Niagara Network Map – how you can help to build a tool to describe existing partnerships; illuminate opportunities to build new ones; and ultimately strengthen planning for ensuring Indigenous people in Niagara are receiving the services they require
  • What’s Ahead – Sharing Data to Measure Impact of Partnerships

10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Partnerships in Action – Panel Discussion

  • NRNC Literacy Corrections Initiative – a partnership with Niagara Youth Detention Centre
  • Niagara Youth Court Screening Initiative (NYCSI)
  • Homeward Bound program in Niagara

11:40 am – Wrap-up and Next Steps

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Regional Native Centre.

Campus Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Part II @ Online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar is a follow-up to March webinar where presenters looked at high-level guidelines for handling suicide postvention on campus.

This session will offer specific examples of policies from campuses that have established prevention and postvention strategies.

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

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Older Adults Living with Cancer – Psychosocial Considerations and Interventions @ Online
May 28 all-day

Approximately 60% of cancer incidence occurs in adults 65 years and older. And it is notable that older adults experience the majority of cancer deaths but also make up the majority of cancer survivors (Hurria et al, JCO, 2015).

This workshop will focus on the ways that older adults and their families may have different needs than younger adults and children. When it comes to older adults with cancer, many factors can be influencing how well any individual manages practical concerns, coping with the emotional challenges and navigating the system.

This four-week workshop will examine topics including:

  • Special consideration related to older adults with cancer
  • Understanding needs of family caregivers
  • Principles of palliative care and its importance to understanding psychosocial needs
  • Cancer survivorship

This workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Workshop Enrolment Deadline: Using a Montessori Approach for Managing Dementia @ Online
May 28 all-day

This is an online workshop for healthcare and other professionals.

Course objectives:

  • To provide an overview and enhance existing knowledge about the Montessori-based Dementia Program principles in the context of an aging population
  • To gain an understanding of the various types of dementia and their causes
  • To gain an understanding of responsive behaviours and their triggers
  • To provide an overview of the Montessori Prepared environment, and the application of the principles of the Montessori pedagogy to everyday contexts of care for older adults
  • To gain an understanding of specific Montessori-based activities and their benefits to people living with dementia
  • To gain an understanding of ways to promote a social environment based on the Montessori principles

Week 1: An overview of dementia and an introduction to Montessori principles

Week 2: An overview of types of memory and responsive behaviours

Week 3: An overview of Cultural, Sensorial and creativity-based activities

Week 4: An overview of Cognitive and Communication-based activities

This online workshop is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Promoting Physical and Mental Wellness on Campus @ Online
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This interactive webinar will introduce the Mood Walks for Campus Mental Health program to Colleges and Universities across Ontario. Mood Walks is designed to contribute to the development of alternative mental health promotion strategies on campus.

The presentation will offer a description of the many benefits of Mood Walks to campus life, including the physical and mental health benefits of being active, experiencing the healing effects of nature, increased social inclusion, and the positive impact this has on academic performance.

This will be followed by a detailed explanation of the support provided for Colleges and Universities to start their own program, and how to apply to be one of 20 Ontario campuses that will receive support from the Mood Walk provincial partners.

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

Safe Messaging About Suicide and Mental Health @ Online
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Jodie Golden from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Dr. Jijian Voronka from the University of Windsor as they share their experience and advise about how to talk openly, safely and responsibly about suicide, mental illness and mental health.

Participants will hear about practical “do’s and don’t”, hear about how to meaningfully learn from people with lived experience and gain the confidence to engage in conversations that are respectful and inclusive on topics related to suicide, mental illness and mental health.

The MHCC’s webinars on suicide prevention are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to recognize the importance of suicide prevention and how we can all work together to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.

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

The Evolving Landscape of MS Treatment @ Online
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

‘The Evolving Landscape of MS Treatment’ provides a brief overview of an assortment of subjects from a patient-oriented standpoint.

In particular, the presenter discusses the below topics as they pertain to the management of MS.

  • Drug development and patient safety
  • Biosimilars and their regulation
  • Recent drug news and future prospects
  • Drug support programs
  • The role for atypical and controversial therapies
  • Patient advocacy issues
  • The role of the pharmacist in MS management

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.


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