1. Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

    The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years – and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. This Action Plan focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for...
  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

    WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People

    The provision of integrated care is key for older people. The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Getting Ready for a New Generation of Active Seniors: Report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

    This report makes four recommendations to respond to Canada’s demographic shift – all seemingly simple and all a familiar tune to seniors’ advocates: developing a national seniors strategy; supporting aging at home and building better homecare; considering demographic needs in calculations for federal health transfers to the provinces; and increasing...
  5. Community Blog

    Health Policy by the Homeless: Empowering Niagara’s Most Marginalized to Become Policymakers Through Research and Theatre

    What would happen if we engaged the most marginalized members of our community to create healthcare policy, relying on their actual lived experiences when accessing healthcare? Homeless individuals are struggling to be heard in a healthcare system that is already stretched thin. As four medical students who are training in...
  6. Resources & Publications

    HEART – Program Handbook

    The HEART project is aimed at improving access to healthcare for marginalized populations in their local communities. It combines qualitative research methodology with research-based ‘legislative theatre’ to achieve these goals and assist in advocacy. The imperative to design health systems that meet the specific needs of marginalized populations is clear...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2017

    This brief provides context on the cost of living in Niagara region in 2017, as well as a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate the expenses in each category. For 2017, the conservatively estimated cost of living expenses for a family of four in Niagara region totaled $71,294....
  8. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Living Wage for Niagara Region 2017

    A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in a specific community. The living wage is calculated as an evidence-based hourly rate at which a household (two adults working full-time, two children) can meet its...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Healthcare First: Improving Access to Healthcare for the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed in Niagara

    This report provides a description and analysis of eight patient-centered policies that provide powerful options for local health system reform that is rooted in multi-stakeholder participation, community knowledge, and rigorous evidence-based research. Serious consideration of these patient-centered policies and a commitment to change can reduce barriers to access, strengthen systems...
  10. Community Blog

    Niagara Dental Health Coalition Region-Wide Survey Results and Implications

    The Niagara Dental Health Coalition recently conducted a survey to identify barriers to accessing dental care in Niagara region for adults 18 and over. The Coalition had heard anecdotally from local health and social service agencies that they frequently encounter people across Niagara region who face challenges accessing dental care....

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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