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February 13 2020

Now available: Recorded Reflective Webinar on Mindfulness in Public Health

We are very excited to launch a second pre-recorded webinar as part of our Reflective Webinar series! This reflective webinar is presented by Elli Weisbaum, Instructor of the Applied Mindfulness & Meditation course as well as PhD Candidate here at the University of Toronto. Throughout the video, Elli explores how mindfulness can be applied by those in the public health workforce to skillfully approach goals and challenges related to their careers and personal goals. The webinar will provide an introduction to the scientific perspective that is driving the growing interest and popularity of mindfulness across key sectors of society, including education, healthcare, business and law. Elli mixes a didactic lecture with practical hands-on activities, giving participants the opportunity to explore how different mindfulness practices might translate to, and provide support in, the context of their work and daily life.

This series aims to move public health professionals toward a more reflective/reflexive practice. This offering includes questions to consider before watching the video, the ~60 minute video itself, as well as questions to reflect on after viewing the content. Finally, we'll reach out in three months to see how these reflections have impacted your practice. The purpose of these exercises is to help you pause, reflect and engage with the content.

Until February 27, Elli will be available online to answer your questions so we recommend signing up now to have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion.

Enroll today!

OPHA's Introduction to Cultural Humility & Leading with Cultural Humility Workshops

Consider attending one or both of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)'s back to back workshops on cultural humility happening on March 30th and 31st. On day 1 you will learn about cultural humility concepts and how you can use them to advance health equity. On day 2, you will develop the skills needed to lead and engage your colleagues and community partners in applying a cultural humility approach.

Embracing a cultural humility approach can support public health professionals in advancing their work as mandated under the health equity standard. Unlike cultural competence, cultural humility does not assume an end point but a commitment to life-long learning. This approach can help create equitable institutions through the intentional practice of meeting others where they are, addressing power differentials, institutionalizing organizational consistency, and focusing on unlearning personal biases.

These workshops will be of interest to anyone working in healthy equity, anti-oppression and involved with inter-sectoral collaborations from those who are delivering frontline services and programs to leading others.

Registration will be available very soon -- keep an eye out for details!

HEIA in Five Steps, Step 2: Examining Intention vs. Potential Impact

26 February 2020, 12-12:30pm EST

The second step of Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) considers both the negative and positive unintended impacts on the populations identified in the first stage. We are often aware of the why, how, and potential benefit of our programs. However, we do not always build in the time and processes to identify the unintended harms that might come about. Although many people struggle with this stage, it is a crucial step.

The webinar will walk you through three scenarios to help you identify potential unintended impacts. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • explain the differences between intended and unintended impacts
  • identify unintended impacts through practice-based scenarios