CACHC Webinars


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Advancing Supervised Injection Services Across Canada
April 26, 2017 (1pm – 2pm Eastern Time)

An organization-wide ACEs approach to improving health across the lifespan
May 10, 2017 (1pm – 2pm Eastern Time)

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.

PRESENTERS: Jason Altenberg – Director of Programs and Services, South Riverdale CHC; Rob Boyd – Director of Oasis Clinic, Sandy Hill CHC

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.

Tracy Mercier – Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Boyle
McCauley Health Centre; Keith Goertzen – Assistant Team Lead, Pathways to Housing
Edmonton, Boyle McCauley Health Centre

Introduction to the Value in Purchasing (VIP) Program
May 11, 2017 (1pm – 2pm Eastern Time)


On April 1, 2017 the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC) launched this new benefit program for its members.

Through the VIP Program, all members of CACHC may now take advantage of reduced pricing on a wide-range of supplies and services offered through CACHC’s national partnership with ASSOCIUM GAIN.

The VIP Program also provides CHCs with extensive procurement services support from a dedicated account manager at ASSOCIUM GAIN.

If your CHC has just enrolled in the VIP Program or is considering doing so, this webinar is perfect for you. Learn practical details about the VIP Program works; about how to access preferred pricing on supplies and services; about how to work with your account manager at ASSOCIUM GAIN; and more. Ask questions and practical support.

PRESENTERS: Scott Wolfe – Executive Director, Canadian Association of Community Health Centres; Jenn Poirier – Director of Operations and Procurement Services, ASSOCIUM GAIN




Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace: Lessons for CHCs
March 28, 2017

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