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Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace: Lessons for CHCs
March 28, 2017 (12pm – 1pm Eastern Time)
Advancing Supervised Injection Services Across Canada
April 26, 2017 (1pm – 2pm Eastern Time)
On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness. More than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness. And, approximately $51 billion each year are lost to the Canadian economy because of mental illness.
In response, the Canadian Standards Association and Bureau de normalisation du Québec have developed the “National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace”, a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors. These “standards” are officially championed and promoted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
The MFL Occupational Health Centre, a Winnipeg-based Community Health Centre has implemented an initiative to incorporate psychological health and safety into existing workplace practices by strengthening local partnerships and developing innovative training programs that facilitate positive organizational change.
This webinar will provide an overview of the standards, MFL Occupational Health Centre’s initiative, and practical lessons for all CHCs and the communities they work with. As with all CACHC webinars, there is a dedicated portion for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.
PRESENTER: Geoffrey Thompson – Occupational Health Nurse and Team Lead, MFL Occupational Health Centre
In 2016, the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC) and its members across Canada adopted a resolution calling for implementation of supervised injection services (SIS) across Canada as a means of improving public health and care for individuals grappling with problematic substance use (see via 2016 CACHC AGM retrospective). To date, only two SIS exist in Canada, both in Vancouver, and have demonstrated a tremendous impact in saving lives and reducing various public health risks. Over the past decade, a number of Community Health Centres have played a leadership role in calling for expansion of SIS to other jurisdictions, stressing the need for public support and investment in SIS.
Both South Riverdale CHC (east Toronto) and Sandy Hill CHC (central Ottawa) have mounted successful community and public campaigns to establish SIS within their communities. Having gained support from their respective boards of directors, city councils and provincial government, both CHCs are now awaiting final approval from the federal government to proceed with actual implementation of SIS. This journey has been years in the making. Their experience and leadership not only set the stage for Canada’s newest SIS sites, they provide invaluable lessons for other CHCs committed to playing a leadership role in advocating and/or implementing SIS within their communities.
During this webinar, hear from these CHCs regarding: the local need and rationale for SIS; its grounding in their overall harm reduction work; key steps taken to achieve organizational, community and political buy-in for SIS; and, the status of their local SIS plans for the coming years. Gain valuable insights and strategic information. Be part of building a growing CHC community of practice leading to better access to SIS across Canada. As with all CACHC webinars, there is a dedicated portion for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.
An organization-wide ACEs approach to improving health across the lifespan
May 10, 2017 (1pm – 2pm Eastern Time)
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to sources of chronic and/or toxic stress that children may suffer early in life. Such experiences include multiple types of abuse; neglect; violence between parents or caregivers; other kinds of serious household dysfunction such as problematic substance use; and peer, community, and collective violence. The ACEs Survey, pioneered by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC, is a standardized questionnaire intended to measure ACEs among children, and the association between these ACEs and common health risk factors.
It has been shown that considerable and prolonged stress in childhood has life-long consequences for a person’s health and well-being. It can disrupt early brain development and compromise functioning of the nervous and immune systems. Studies have repeatedly shown that as the number of ACEs a person experiences increases, the risk increases for serious problems such as depression, eating disorders, problematic substance use, heart disease, cancer, and high risk behaviours such as suicide and self-harm, or unsafe sex.
Findings from ACE surveys can be of great value in helping inform the design of prevention services and programs at CHCs. They are also important in helping support advocacy among CHCs and partners to improve public policy and investments that address the social and environmental causes of childhood adversity. Primary care providers are also looking at the role of explaining ACE scores to their patients as an aid to developing the patient-provider relationship.
In late 2015, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, a CHC in Edmonton, began training staff in-depth on the ACEs Survey, and in 2017 is piloting the use of the ACEs survey across all of its programs. Through this webinar, learn about the implementation process, lessons learned to date, and preliminary impact on program and service planning. As with all CACHC webinars, there is a dedicated portion for questions and
answers at the end of the webinar.
In Focus: CHC Funding from Multiple Sources
February 23, 2017
In Focus: CHC Funding and Accountability
February 17, 2017
Improving Health by Addressing Language Barriers
January 24, 2017
Langs Community Hub: A Model of Innovation
June 22, 2016
The Story and Evolution of Canada’s First CHC
June 01, 2016
Community Health Centres: The Canadian Landscape
May 18, 2016
Food Security: The Community Health Centre / Community Food Centre Solution
May 03, 2016
Aboriginal Cultural Safety Part 3: Health Determinants and Status of Aboriginal People
April 20, 2016
Aboriginal Cultural Safety Part 2: Aboriginal Concept of Health and Healing
March 23, 2016
Aboriginal Cultural Safety Part 1: The Aboriginal Context
February 17, 2016
Trauma-Informed Care: An Innovative CHC / Public Health Partnership
January 14, 2016
Hamilton Urban Core CHC: Raising Our Voices to Reduce Poverty
November 19, 2015
Thinking Upstream: Beyond Healthcare to a Truly Healthy Society
October 8, 2014
Improving Democratic Engagement at Your Community Health Centre
October 7, 2014
Building Research Capacity at Your Community Health Centre
September 9, 2014