Due to health inequities and discrimination experienced by trans communities in Ontario, Rainbow Health Ontario and Sherbourne Health Centre have teamed up to launch Trans Health Connection. This new provincial program seeks to increase the capacity of Ontario’s primary health care system to provide high-quality comprehensive care to trans communities. The program will achieve this goal through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking. Trans Health Connection will provide comprehensive training and support to health care teams, agencies and individual providers. The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2012, “Staying Ahead of the Curve” is calling for abstracts and proposals. TOPHC is hosted by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) and Public Health Ontario (PHO). The convention aims to advance public health in Ontario by increasing the level of both knowledge and skills in the workforce.
This week is Mad (Mental health Awareness Discussion) Pride Week in Toronto. Mad Pride is an independent organization built by people touched by mental illness – consumers, survivors, friends, colleagues and family. The events of Mad Pride Week run from July 13 to July 16, 2011 and include lunches, theatre performances, speakers, presentations, a Mad Pride parade and community BBQ.
For details on the events of Mad Pride week, go to madpridenetwork.com/.
Mental health and addiction providers in the province of Ontario recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 6th Making Gains Knowledge Exchange to be held March 2012. The Making Gains Knowledge Exchange is an opportunity for consumers, family and providers from across Ontario to come together to build a greater understanding of the issues faced by the province as they relate to mental health and addictions.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kawartha Lakes Branch is hosting a dance and comedy show on July 24, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adelaide Place Retirement Community in Lindsay. The Country Rise Band and the comedy of Denis Grignon will entertain guests; draws, door prizes and refreshments will add to the enjoyment of the afternoon. Proceeds from the show will support the Senior Support Network.
Tickets to the event are $15.00. For more information, please call (705) 328-2704.
An article entitled, “Is mode of delivery associated with postpartum depression at 6 weeks: a prospective cohort study,” recently published by researchers from McMaster University, York University, the University of Toronto, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Mount Sinai Hospital, examines the relationship between delivery mode (vaginal versus caesarean section) and postpartum depression. This is one piece of a broader study, “The Ontario Mother and Infant Study (TOMIS) III,” which looked at the impact of delivery method on health outcomes, service use, and costs of care in the first postpartum year. A large sample of 2,560 women from 11 hospitals across Ontario participated in the study.
A new website hosted by the Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation provides six new ideas to make jobs work better for all Ontarians. Topics include:
The provincial government is taking action to ensure Ontarians are not being charged extra fees to access health care services that are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). There is a new 1-800 number and email address that is available to any Ontarian who believes he or she has been “extra-billed” for an insured health service. Anyone in Ontario can make a complaint or ask questions by calling toll-free at 1-888-662-6613 or by emailing email@example.com.
Opening Minds is an anti-stigma initiative launched in 2009 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). At that time, organizations across the country were invited to express interest in becoming a test site where a program would run and be evaluated. More than 50 programs were identified and selected. An overview of the Opening Minds programs by province is now available on the MHCC website atwww.mentalhealthcommission.ca.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is delighted to announce that it is part of the celebration on Opening Night of the hit Broadway show “Next to Normal.” The Tony and Pulitzer Award winning show is coming to the Four Seasons Centre Toronto, beginning July 19, 2011 and a portion of ticket sales for the big night will be donated to the MDAO for their peer support and recovery programmes for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.