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January 30 2020

Recorded Reflective Webinar: Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health

Looking for some great introductory material on the social determinants of health? Check out Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi's talk as part of our reflexive webinar series! 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 40 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.

We hope that these webinars will encourage you to ask courageous questions, collaborate with others, and explore these areas in more depth.

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Partner Profile

Every month, we highlight one of our PHESC partners. This month, we're pleased to introduce Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Where do you live? My primary address is in Mississauga, but I spend a lot of my time travelling around Ontario and Quebec. The picture is from the French River area of central Ontario.

Where do you work? As the Associate Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, I work at 155 College Street, 4th Floor, but I also work a lot on the land like Hart House Farm in Caledon to teach my classes and (re)connect to the land.

What are some current projects that you’re working on? 1) I am working with collaborating organizations (Indigenous & non-Indigenous) and the City of Toronto to erect a wigwam and/or tipi on City lands to provide low-barrier respite for precariously housed and homeless peoples in Toronto. 2) With the PHESC team, Elder Wendy Phillips and the AMP Research Lab (that I run), we are developing foundational online cultural safety courses that will have specific streams for a variety of professions like education, nursing, medicine, justice and court workers, social workers and more. 3) With the AMP Research Lab students and in partnership with Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, we will be speaking with previously incarcerated Indigenous mothers to determine programs, services and policies are needed to help them re-connect with their families and communities in a good way.

What are you most excited for as a PHESC partner? Through my network of contacts, I am excited to hear that some public health staff have used the webinars created in the Indigenous stream. I am also excited that I will be working with the PHESC team to create more Indigenous content that will be available on the PHESC website over the coming year.

What long-term impact do you hope PHESC will have on the public health workforce in Ontario? Public health professionals have many competing and emerging issues to tackle in their work. I hope that the high quality PHESC content will assist them in seeing these issues through new lenses with new creative solutions that they may not have seen with their previous training.

What’s the last book that you read that you couldn’t put down? As an academic, I don’t get to do a lot of leisure reading. I have just read Rick Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant’s Tomb; yes, I enjoy YA fiction! The other book was Nicole Redvers (2019) The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles; I read this book with great interest as it captures Indigenous ways of knowing and modern science and medicine in ways that I haven’t seen before.


French and English Webinars on Health Impact Assessment

Webinaire : Cours en ligne sur l'évaluation d'impact sur la santé (EIS): un outil pour l'élaboration de politiques publiques favorables à la santé

Dans ce webinaire, co-offert par le Centre de collaboration nationale des méthodes et outils (CCNMO) et le Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé (CCNPPS), Thierno Diallo présentera le processus d'EIS comme un outil pour promouvoir l'adoption de politiques publiques favorables à la santé. Il présentera également le cours en ligne du CCNPPS sur l'EIS comme un moyen pour soutenir le renforcement des capacités en matière d'EIS. Puis Geneviève Fontaine parlera de son expérience avec l'EIS, notamment des défis et des avantages de ce processus, de même que son expérience avec la formation en ligne sur l'EIS du CCNPPS.

Date :  20 février 2020, 14 h - 15 h (HNE)

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Webinar - Online Course on Health Impact Assessment (HIA): A Tool for Developing Healthy Public Policies

Date: February 13, 2020 2pm - 3pm EST

In this webinar, co-presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) and the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), Thierno Diallo will present the HIA process as a tool for promoting the adoption of healthy public policies. He will introduce the NCCHPP's online course on HIA as a tool to support HIA capacity building. Then Gabrielle Manseau will speak about her HIA experience on HIA's challenges and benefits, as well as her experience with the NCCHPP's online course.

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Meeting Social Needs in an Integrated Health System: A Role for Social Prescribing

We cordially invite you to join the Alliance for Healthier Communities and James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, for a keynote lecture focused on Social Prescribing.
Social prescribing, an intentional and evidence-informed pathway to better connect health and social care, is increasingly recognized as the next step in improving and better integrating health systems around the world. National Health Service England has recently adopted this practice across the country, with emergent momentum to do the same in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, among others.
Coming at a strategic moment for Ontario’s transforming health system, this event is an excellent opportunity to hear directly from Sanderson about how his work as Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, and interim CEO of UK National Academy for Social Prescribing, has galvanized national interest in Social Prescribing and how the innovative practice is being embedded sustainably across the UK.
The event will also mark the launch of the final research and practice report for Rx Community, Ontario’s first-in-Canada Social Prescribing research pilot. You’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from practitioners, clients and researchers who participated in Ontario’s pilot, and you’ll hear about why the time is right to scale social prescribing across Ontario and Canada to address social isolation and loneliness, improve mental health, reduce hallway medicine, and collaborate toward healthier and more resilient communities.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Welcome reception at 5:30 pm | Prompt start at 6:00 pm
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
HS610, Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto
155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

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