1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Working Without a Net: Rethinking Canada’s Social Policy in the New Age of Work

    This report explores the implications of new technologies on Canada’s economy and labour market and the adequacy of current social programs and policies supporting workers. Published By: The Mowat Centre Publication Date: November 2016
  5. Community Blog

    OTF Regional Reports Based on 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Ontario’s GDP Recovered Since Recession, and Wellbeing has Room for Improvement

    “A Profile of Wellbeing” notes that living standards, economic, food and housing insecurity and precarity of work are major issues for many Ontarians. In Canada, Ontario was hit hardest by the recession in 2008, and while Gross Domestic Product in the province has recovered since then, a new series of reports...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The Very Poor and the Affordability of Housing

    A considerable momentum has developed around the perceived need for a national affordable housing strategy. The design of any such strategy should recognize who is in need, the size of the need, and where that need is greatest. This report presents facts on the affordability of housing for those at...
  7. Resources & Publications

    A Home for All Task Force

    A Home for All is the community’s ten year vision for those facing homelessness and other housing issues; it is a ten-year plan that lays out priorities, goals and actions to help realize that vision. A Home for All identifies five key areas to focus on as a community: Housing First Prevention Service...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada

    The goal of the report, ‘Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada’ is to present an argument for approaching how we respond to youth homelessness in a new way.The report achieves this by pulling together key information about youth homelessness, to better inform how we respond...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Sep
19
Wed
United Way Inaugural Campaign Kickoff @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Sep 19 @ 7:30 am

United Way Niagara invites you to attend their Inaugural Campaign Kickoff event presented by Enbridge.

Tables of 8 (or 10 by request) are available. Buffet breakfast is $20.

The three United Ways in Niagara are set to amalgamate in August 2018 and are currently operating as one entity. In the interim, United Way of St. Catharines & District is overseeing registration of this special event. Please RSVP by phone or email (contact information above).

This event is hosted by United Way Niagara.

Suicide Risk Assessment and Addiction @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

This presentation will review addiction specific risk factors and a focus on specific clinical modalities that can be used in working with clients who are suicidal.

Attend one of the following sessions in-person or remotely:

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

Business of Ageing Niagara Network September Event @ Niagara College
Sep 19 @ 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: Dr. Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA and International Life Transition Expert

Topic: Helping your clients manage difficult life transitions

What practical guidance and tools can we use to help clients in times of change? How do we help clients become proactive planners to better stay in control of their lives? How do we enhance our relationships with clients and their families at these times?

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.

Fall Mental Health Workshops: Coping Skills for Caregivers @ St. Catharines & Niagara Falls
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location to be announced at time of registration.

St. Catharines 12 weeks beginning September 19th from 7 – 9 PM.

Niagara Falls 8 weeks beginning September 11th from 7 – 9 PM.

This workshop is hosted by Family Support Niagara.

The Grimsby House That Paint Built @ St. Andrew's Parish Hall
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm

Grimsby Historical Society Talk and Pie Social

The Grimsby House That Paint Built Wayne Mullins – Grimsby Historical Archives

69 Main Street East in Grimsby is a house with a history. Commissioned by American owners, the house was built in a California design in the early 1920’s. In the 1930’s the second family to own the house, who were also American, became the owners of the Grimsby Brick and Tile Works. The house, designed by an eminent architect, appears to have other mysteries. Why was it built in Grimsby? Why the design? And what was the source of the American money?

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

Sep
20
Thu
Grantham Lioness Alzheimer Coffee Break @ Grantham Lions Club
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the Grantham Lioness Club for homemade assorted coffee cakes and desserts.

Funds raised will stay in Niagara to help with programs and services of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

This event is hosted by the Grantham Lioness Club.

Addressing the Pull of the Gang: Engaging Hard to Reach Youth @ Online
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the first of his two part Youth Justice Mini-Series, Nick Brown will provide practical program examples of how to engage with youth who are currently involved in, or nearly involved with, gang activity, speaking from personal and professional experience.

Based on his recent experience with programs targeting youth involved with gangs in a Southwestern Ontario city, Mr. Brown will discuss the importance of asset mapping, establishing boundaries, ‘meeting people where they are at’, and being able to identify and act on the ‘recipe for the birth of a gang’. This webinar sets the groundwork for the next in the series “Mediation and Conflict Resolution”.

This webinar is hosted by Umind.

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