Welcome to season 2 of Tenfold! In this episode, Andrea talks about the upcoming season.
Andrea Bodkin is a health promoter who supports public health units in Ontario on a variety of topics such as planning, evaluation, partnerships and community engagement. Podcasting has been a dream of Andrea’s and she’s thrilled to be a part of the PHESC team bringing Tenfold to you.
In the first episode of season 2 of Tenfold, Andrea is joined by two fellow podcasters to talk about podcasting in public health. Onye Nnorom, the host of Race, Health & Happiness, and Candace Aqui, host of Food & Health Today, join Andrea to share their secrets to building a public health podcast.
Has this episode inspired you to start podcasting and you want to know what to do next? Buzzsprout.com has a number of resources on how to make a podcast.
The podcasts that inspire us
Andrea: Two podcasts inspired me to create my own podcast. Oh Witch Please is hosted by two feminist literary critics talking through the Harry Potter books and movies. Listening to this podcast taught me how to read and watch critically and opened my eyes to the stereotypes, tropes and biases so prevalent in movies and literature. Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode features stories and experiences of people affected by drug use, drug policy, and the overdose crisis.
Candace: I like the Food Heaven podcast hosted by 2 registered dietitians in the states who take a unconventional approach to “healthy” living. I also like the Ted Talks Daily podcast. It’s a great place to find quick snippets on intriguing topics that pique your interest that you can then go and learn more about if you want.
About Onye and Candace:
Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine,
incorporating Black Canadian health issues into the medical school curriculum. She recently launched a podcast, called Race, Health & Happiness, which focuses on wellness in the context of systemic racism.
Candace Aqui is a Registered Dietitian and Program and Policy Consultant for Nutrition Connections. Candace’s main responsibilities include knowledge mobilization strategies, program and resource development and implementation, nutrition communications and technical applications. In addition, she serves as the subject matter expert in childhood and school nutrition, mental health and
Indigenous health. Candace holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
In this minisode, Robyn Kalda joins Andrea to talk about online communities of practice.
This is an oldie but goodie guide to Cultivating a Community of Practice https://wenger-trayner.com/project/community-of-practice-start-Oup-guide/ It goes through early thinking/planning stages of setting up a CoP.
Recently, friend of the podcast, Tamarack, held a great webinar on Building virtual communities of practice. You can view the recorded webinar and access a variety of helpful tools here:https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/library/webinar-building-virtual-communities-of-practice
In his article Toward Robust Online Community Engagement, Max Hardy explores several online tools and provides some guidance for robust online community engagement https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/latest/robust-online-community-engagement
Nancy White is an American facilitator who provides strategies and connecting solutions. Her latest blog series is called Moving Online in Pandemic https://fullcirc.com/
Read Robyn’s book review of Connecting to Change the World here https://en.healthnexus.ca/news/book-review-connecting-change-world-harnessing-power-networks-social-impact-peter-plastrik
Robyn has worked with and within coalitions and partnerships to develop and deliver capacity-building services to health promoters across Ontario. She has particular interests in the healthy, ethical use of technology and in social network mapping and analysis.
In this episode, Kate Mulligan from the Alliance for Healthier Communities joins host Andrea Bodkin to talk about social prescribing.
In social prescribing, every primary health care visit – whether to a doctor or nurse practitioner- includes a check in about the social determinants of health, such as housing, food, connection to other people. Where a need is identified, the practitioner refers the client to a support person such as a health promoter, nurse or link worker, who co-creates a plan to address what matters to the client and supports you in taking the initial steps in your plan.
It would be easy for people to think that social prescribing is an “add on” or nice to have program that doesn’t directly address health outcomes. An important part of social prescribing includes measuring and tracking how addressing social needs improves health. The Alliance has just completed a research project where 11 Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres participated. The research project found that new resources weren’t needed for the initiative, rather health centres re-engineered their existing structures. Results include a 50% reduction in feelings of loneliness and isolation, an improvement in perceived mental health, and a reduction in primary care visits.
The Alliance is hosting a virtual celebration of social prescribing on May 27th at 12:30 pm. Register for the celebration here.
Learn more about social prescribing on the Alliance’s website: https://www.allianceon.org/Social-Prescribing.
You can also read about the National Health Service (U.K.)’s social prescribing initiative https://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/ and https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/
I’m interested in healthy cities and have collaborated or advised with the School of Cities, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada, Sidewalk Toronto‘s Community Services Advisory Group, The Nature Conservancy, Altogether Better and the Social Prescribing Network.
Prior to working with the Alliance, my research focused primarily on the political ecology of climate change and human health in Toronto. With Toronto Public Health, I led adaptation and mitigation research and action in two main areas: 1) food system safety, security and sustainability and 2) preventing vector-borne diseases. I worked with researchers, policy makers, residents, students and practitioners to understand and communicate the determinants of health in Toronto. We used this knowledge to help identify and implement policy changes to improve public health in our city.
My work has been funded and/or supported by Toronto Public Health through the Healthy Public Policy Directorate and the Toronto Food Strategy, Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Environment & Climate Change and the Centre for Social Innovation. For an overview of my approach to the political ecology of urban health and building healthy public policy, check out my Public Health Policy Rounds on Designer Healthscapes.
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Paul Young, an Environmental Health Promoter at South Riverdale Community Health Centre in the east end of Toronto. A few audio gremlins joined as well, so please bear with the occasional sound interruption!
South Riverdale Community Health Centre is located in an area with a lot of industry, so the impact of air and soil pollutionare top of mind for the community. Much of the work that the health centre does is in the area of the built environment- a key determinant of health. This work includes community organizing, building understanding of the determinants of health, and developing policy options that address them. When Paul began to engage the community and decision makers to find out what actions they could take together, the community identified that travel options for people who choose to not drive were important. This was quite some time ago, when bike lanes were more controversial, but the idea had the support of the community at then-councilor Jack Layton. 4 years later, bike lanes were installed on Dundas Street East. The community also started bike repair drop-ins for people in the city that rely on bikes to get around. Weekly drop-ins are hosted at Toronto Community Housing locations as well as South Riverdale Community Health Centre. This program is a stepping stone for some clients to become more comfortable at the health centre and access health services. It’s also an opportunity for social connection and meeting new people.
I am a registered landscape architect with over 20 years of experience designing streets, trails and parks. And I am a health promoter. Much of my work is around improving cycling, walking and accessibility. I spend a lot of my free time cycling and walking as well! I believe that by opening up the community design process through meaningful engagement, we can develop alternatives to automobile dependence. I have designed and facilitated many workshops to build both understanding and commitments for active transportation improvements. I go for walks with community groups to assess the built environment. I conduct street design and policy reviews. And I regularly exchange ideas through conference presentations and by teaching.
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In this week’s minisode, Andrea sits on her bedroom floor and muses about the role of social inclusion as a determinant of health. For more information, read about the United Kingdom’s Campaign to ENDLoneliness, WHO’s social exclusion resources, and the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health’s 2017 report, Connected Communities: Healthier Together.
In this episode, Pete Bombaci, founder of the GenWell Project, joins Andrea to talk about human connection and face to face social connection. In this global pandemic, in the time of physical distancing, the importance of human connection and interaction is more important than ever. Read more about the GenWell Project and watch their latest video, Staying Connected During Covid19.
Pete is the founder of The GenWell Project and is proud to be leading a campaign that he truly believes can make the world a happier and healthier place. The campaign idea, in the making for over a decade, was inspired by the events that Pete witnessed during blackout back in 2003. Kindness, generosity, empathy and connection. We live in a fast paced and distracted world and sometimes we just need a reminder or an excuse to take the time to do the thing that will make us and those around us happier and healthier.
Having spent time in the for profit and not for profit worlds, he believes that there is a great opportunity to connect those two worlds in driving both purpose and profit for the benefit of everyone.
You can find out more about Pete on his Linked in profile here.
You can reach out to Pete at pete@GenWellproject.org.