1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. Resources & Publications

    The Cost of Injury in Canada

    Every year, injury takes a staggering toll on children, seniors, families, and communities across the country. New data from The Cost of Injury in Canada Report quantifies the financial and societal burden on our citizens, our health care system and the Canadian economy. The financial costs of preventable injuries are rising and unsustainable: $27...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Mon
Building for Mental Health: Healthy Built Environments for Children and Youth @ Online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will describe how the built environment intersects with the social environment to influence the mental health of children and youth, offering evidence and defining roles for public health .

This webinar will focus on factors in the urban built and social environments that promote child and youth mental health, and how public health can work to support these factors through upstream approaches. Content will include research that explores:

  • How positive mental health in children and youth is impacted by characteristics of the built and social environments;
  • The intersection between the built and social environments and how they impact child and youth mental health;
  • Equity-related influences within the built and social environments on child and youth mental health; and
  • The role of public health in promoting population mental health through built environment initiatives.

The goal of this webinar are to offer evidence and define roles for public health that will inform policy actions to address inequities and create healthy built environments that promote child and youth mental health. This webinar can support working towards meeting Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the public’s health”.

This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

Dec
12
Tue
You Are How You Eat: Food, Culture, and Social Inequality @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Though the need to eat is certainly a constant, ideas about food and how we cook, eat, and share it are constantly shifting. The culture of food both reflects and help to shape our society.

For the past 20 years, interest in food — from the Food Network to an exploding restaurant culture to an increase in appreciation for home cooking — has been on the ascent. This has been buoyed by a multi-faceted “food movement” that contains everyone from farmers to chefs concerned eaters to health and food justice activists.

Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within this movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality.

Sociologist Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table.

In this webinar, Alice will dig into how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture.

This webinar is hosted by Community Food Centres Canada.

Leadership Niagara’s Holiday Clothing Drive in Support of the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program @ St. Catharines Club
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Help make the holidays warmer for those in need.

Join Leadership Niagara for a night of cheer and goodwill at their holiday clothing drive and help make a difference in our community!

Leadership Niagara will be collecting gently used winter items such as sleeping bags, hats, gloves, warm socks, and coats; all to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program https://nmop.ca/, which will then distribute them to vulnerable people on the streets in the Niagara region.

If you would like to give warmth to those in need this holiday season, bring the items you wish to donate to the St. Catharines Club on Tuesday, December 12th between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM – and join friends in our community as we celebrate this season of giving.

This clothing drive is hosted by Leadership Niagara.

Dec
13
Wed
Songs from the Willow: A Music-Making Workshop Series @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Dec 13 all-day

The Willow Community and The Niagara Song Project are proud to announce the launch of Songs From The Willow, a music-making workshop series for consumers of mental health and addiction services.

Workshops will focus on the complete process of making an “album” of music: from lyric writing, to music composing, to album packaging art, to music recording, to organizing an album release party, to social media marketing. All skills and art forms will be explored, making this a very inclusive and accessible series.

Open to the Niagara Region Community and The Willow Community’s membership, this series hopes to inspire creativity, community, empowerment, collaboration, and healing within the participants. TWC and TNSP hope to reduce the stigma that comes with mental illness and addiction recovery by showing that this distinct population can create meaningful and relevant art.

Workshops will take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre and Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines, and will run from December 2017 to July 2018.

This series is hosted by The Willow Community and the Niagara Song Project.

International Soup Festival @ The Robby
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre and experience a world of flavour!

Newcomers from the community have gathered in teams, each team will prepare a soup from their country and will share it with the public.

Each ticket is $6 and it includes 1 tasting for every soup, you can purchase tickets at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre on 85 Church Street, St. Catharines OR on Snapd.

For more information contact Claudia at crothman@folk-arts.ca or 905-685-6589 Ext. 241.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre.

“I Am a Person with Dementia and a Person with Rights”: Learning to Practice from a Human Rights Perspective @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Participants in this webinar will:

  1. Learn an overview of the human rights’ movement in Canada, including recent developments and engagement with the United Nations
  2. Be encouraged to consider how our human rights apply to people living with a dementia
  3. Hear personal stories and case examples that illustrate common instances of discrimination and abuse of human rights that occur regularly in our health and social care systems

Presenter: Phyllis Fehr M.L.A., R.N., S.A.N.E., Advocate, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group board member, Dementia Alliance International board member

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Expanded Access to Psychotherapies: What About Income and Equity? @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Expanding access to publicly funded psychological interventions can improve mental health outcomes, quality of life, and offset costs in other areas.

As jurisdictions consider ways to expand access, issues of equity must be foundational to service models, so that access in Canada can finally be based on need rather than on income.

One in five people living in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness each year. Yet there is no universal insurance coverage for counselling, psychotherapies, and psychological services in Canada.

Join Mary Bartram, doctoral candidate at Carleton University, as she presents the findings from her research on income-based inequities in access to psychotherapy in Canada, and lessons learned from the broader equity impacts of reforms in Australia and the UK.

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

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