1. Resources & Publications

    Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Ontario (Interactive Tool)

    The Interactive Opioid Tool allows users to explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Results can be viewed by public health unit, local health integration network, age, sex, and in some cases, drug type. Data from the interactive tool suggests there...
  2. Resources & Publications

    The Life Course Approach to Analyzing and Visualizing Niagara’s Top Health Issues

    In 2017, Niagara Region Public Health took a Life Course Approach to analyzing and visualizing Niagara’s Top Health Issues (“Top 10”). Forty-nine thousand lines of data from a variety of sources (Canadian Community Health Survey data, EMS transports, ED visits, Hospitalizations, Reportable infectious diseases and death data) were combined to...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Cycling in Canada: Health Report

    Cycling for leisure or for transport is a valuable form of exercise in an era when nearly one-third of children and about two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. This study highlights recent statistics on cycling, as well as trends in cycling-related fatalities and in the prevalence of helmet use. Published...
  4. Community Blog

    An Opportunity for SafeTALK and ASIST Trainers in Niagara

    45 people die by suicide in Niagara each year; that is 1 person every 8 days. SafeTALK and ASIST trainers play a critical role in suicide prevention. The Distress Centre, the lead organization for all suicide prevention training in Niagara, and the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC), believe that there is an...
  5. Community Blog

    A Call for Action: Strategic Planning Session for the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition

    The Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC) was formed in 2003 due to the concerns regarding the number of suicides in the Niagara Region. The NSPC is a partnership of representatives from various health, education, social service, faith, and private sector organizations working collaboratively to address prevention, intervention, and postvention aspects...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Measuring Up: A Yearly Report on How Ontario’s Health System is Performing (2015)

    Whether Ontarians are in good health or have health problems, they expect the health system to be there for them when they need it. With more than 40 indicators of how Ontario’s health system is performing, this report highlights some areas where quality of care is improving and some where...
  7. Community Blog

    The Impact of SafeTALK Training on Suicide Prevention and a Culture of Health and Safety in Niagara: Webinar Follow Up

    In Niagara 45 people die by suicide each year; that is 1 death every 8 days. Most people with thoughts of suicide either directly or indirectly invite help to stay safe. Therefore, one way to reduce the incidence of suicide is to increase the capacity within our community to recognize...
  8. Resources & Publications

    The Impact of SafeTALK Training on Suicide Prevention and a Culture of Health and Safety in Niagara: Event Recording

    Suicide can affect anyone and it is estimated that 1 individual dies by suicide every 8 days in Niagara. Since its development in Calgary in 2006, safeTALK has been used to train people in over 20 countries around the world.  Skills learned from taking the SafeTALK training course are helping...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Evaluation of SafeTALK Training in a Convenience Sample of 500 Niagara Region Residents, Health Professionals and Volunteers

    Suicide is a serious issue in the Niagara Region. A 2011 report found that Niagara residents were ready for, and would benefit from suicide awareness programs; in particular males and young people. The SafeTALK workshops were delivered to 500 individuals who either resided, volunteered or worked in Niagara. This report...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts and Statistics

    Consolidated by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, this webpage provides up-to-date statistics about addictions and mental illness: prevelance who is affected morbidity and mortality stigma access to services costs to society Published By: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
15
Mon
Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course @ Online
Oct 15 all-day

Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances.

During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.

This workshop series is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Oct
16
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy @ Online
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits and smart watches, and phones, are used to collect small pieces of health data such as pulse, heart rate, and regularity as well as information including what appointments (e. g. with doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc) are being made and the health-related products purchased.

Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. All of this data could then be gathered into a ‘wellness report.’

Like credit reports, the wellness report would be susceptible to errors that could take days or months to correct and may require experts and medical tests to disprove errors. Credit reporting companies are financially supported by banks, businesses and lenders.

The wellness report would be a resource that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service.

This scoping review examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace.

Objectives:

  • Review technology that ‘supports’ healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community
  • Discuss data collected and novel applications of that information
  • Promote the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult’s privacy and autonomy

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health.

Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend this public forum focused on Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney.

This forum is presented by:

  • Dion McParland, Family Support Counsellor for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
  • Bryce Murray, Heelis Little Almas & Murray LLP

Registration is required by phone (905-687-3914) or by filling out the online registration form.

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

Oct
17
Wed
Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children.

She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances.

This session can be attended in-person or remotely.

Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network.

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

Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join a special presentation on Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research.

Come and be part of the live audience, as this presentation will be taped for YouTube.

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Brown, Professor of Neurology, McMaster University Medical School
  • Gerry Bucsis, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

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

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