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December 19 2019

Need some holiday reading / listening?

We asked PHESC partners for their recommendations.


Candace Aqui from the Ontario Public Health Association recommends The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline -- a moving modern-day tale of colonialism and its impact on Indigenous people.

Susan Bondy from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health recommends The State of Postsecondary Education in Canada, 2019from Alex Usher at Higher Education Strategy Associates. It is not dry reading despite its title!

Robyn Kalda from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health recommends a short piece: Time’s up for he and him as the default pronouns for doctors. "Using female pronouns for doctors would force everyone, on a regular basis, to remember that women can be doctors."

Michael Keeling at the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy recommends This Land Is the Only Land There Is: Here are seven ways of understanding the IPCC’s newest climate warning.

Kate Mulligan at the Alliance for Healthier Communities recommends What does improving population health really mean? to help find common ground with people who have different starting points on population health.

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health recommends Brené Brown's Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. We need daring leadership for a more equitable world!

Heidi Schaeffer from the Alliance for Healthier Communities recommends Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches, by David M. Fetterman, Liliana Rodriguez-Campis and Ann P Zukowski. It defines and strengthens grassroots community capacity building and evaluation that advances people-led, respectful, and inclusive community health and well-being. 


Anya Archer from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health recommends the podcast Song Exploder, where you hear musicians describe the origins and intricacies of how a specific song came to be. It provides a new perspective on some popular hits!

Andrea Bodkin at Public Health Ontario recommends Métis in Space, a podcast where two Métis women talk about Indigenous representation in science fiction TV and movies. Andrea credits them with helping her think in new ways about science fiction (May the force be with you. Always). 

Erica Di Ruggiero from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health recommends Covering in the workplace: A series. Narjis Premjee interviews individuals who have covered or uncovered certain aspects of their identity in the workplace, such as their religion, ethnicity, marital status, disabilities, and sexual orientation. 

Obadiah George from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health recommends the Happiness Lab podcast, first delivered to a Yale class on Psychology and the Good Life.

And of course, you can catch up on our own podcast, Tenfold!

This week on Tenfold - Engaging Leaders: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This week on Tenfold, Andrea is joined by Darrin Canniff, Mayor of Chatham-Kent, Ken McEwan from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, and Karen Loney from Chatham-Kent Public Health. Darrin, Ken and Karen are all involved in the Chatham-Kent (CK) Community Leaders’ Cabinet, which brings together government, industry, health, education, and First Nations leaders to develop collective solutions to improve quality of life in Chatham-Kent.

Listen to this episode on our website at or download it from your favourite podcatcher!

Lean Sigma Workshops

The Ontario Public Health Association is offering Lean Sigma workshops in February and March 2020. 

Designed specifically for public health and delivered in partnership with Lean public health experts, the Leading Edge Group, OPHA is offering Lean Sigma Workshops to provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to enhance efficiency, strengthen continuous quality improvement, create a culture of quality and develop your leadership skills for achieving positive change in your organization.

Concepts and new knowledge will be illustrated with relevant public health examples. You will:
  • Gain a strong understanding of how to foster a culture of quality within your organization
  • Learn quality improvement methodologies and tools that you can apply in your practice
  • Learn from experts currently working with public health units across Ontario. The Leading Edge Group has a strong track record for providing both rural and urban public health organizations with continuous improvement support to achieve improvements and implement sustainable positive change
  • Receive an internationally-recognized certificate in Lean Sigma for Public and Community Health
Three workshops are being offered:
  • White Belt (Introductory) - 5 March 2020
  • Yellow Belt (Level ll) - 6 March 2020
  • Green Belt (Level III) - 26, 27, & 28 February 2020