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January 13, 2011 Post-doctoral fellowship in health equity call for applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2013 post-doctoral fellowships in health equity at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The ACHIEVE Research Partnership, a CIHR strategic training initiative in health research, aims to provide new researchers with skills and knowledge about measuring and reducing health inequities. The program focuses on population health and health services interventions research, and community engagement, partnerships and knowledge translation. Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor throughout the program. Deadline for application is February 1, 2011. For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit www.crich.ca.

December 23, 2010 Working with older adults with mental health and substance use issues

A one-day community-based training session designed to improve service provider knowledge, comfort and skill in responding to mental health and substance use issues among older adults will take place January 14, 2011. The event aims to improve community capacity to respond to mental health and substance use issues among older adults. The full-day session will take place in Toronto and costs $55. For more information or to register for “Making the Connection Work: Identification and Support for Older Adults with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Problems,” contact Angela Martella at 416-535-8501, ext. 6608.

December 23, 2010 Community Health Ontario partnership announced

Community Health Ontario (CHO) is a new strategic partnership between the Association of Ontario Health Centres, the Ontario Community Support Association, and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs. The three organizations represent the majority of the not-for-profit home and community support, mental health and addictions and community-governed primary health care providers in Ontario. CHO is committed to: supporting its member agencies and advocating for appropriate and equitable resources, working with policy and decision-makers to remove systemic barriers to health care access, demonstrating the need to invest in community-based services and social determinants of health, and exploring possible integration opportunities among the three member associations. See the Community Health Ontario news release, “Partnership to Build Community Services,” November 20, 2010, available at www.ofcmhap.on.ca.

December 23, 2010 SSO requests input on new strategic plan

In the process of developing a new strategic plan, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is asking interested groups and individuals to complete a brief confidential survey to help inform the organization’s priorities for the next few years. The survey will gather the opinions of key stakeholders to help guide SSO during its strategic planning process. Completed surveys will be accepted until January 9, 2011. To access the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6BDWG6R. For more information, contact Vani Jain, Director of Policy, Strategy and Community Relations, by phone at 416-449-6830, ext. 253, or by e-mail at vjain@schizophrenia.on.ca.

December 9, 2010 Northern Ontario First Nations' diabetes education initiative launched

DiabeTEXTs, a new joint initiative of the Kuhkenah Network (K-NET) and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Health, provides diabetes education and information to interested community members through SMS texting and other electronic mediums. K-Net is a program of KO, a First Nations tribal council established by the leaderships of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill bands, to provide a variety of second level support services for their communities. For more information, visit meeting.knet.ca.

December 9, 2010 OAHPP Health in All Policies roundtable presentations available online

Presentations about “health in all policies” (HiAP) — an innovative approach to policy-making that integrates health promotion, equity and sustainability in all policy areas — are now available online. The presentations were part of a September 2010 Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) roundtable event designed to increase awareness of HiAP. The session also offered local public health units and community partners an opportunity to share experiences of inter-sectoral collaboration. Available presentations include topics such as: HiAP and the Ontario Public Health Standards; case studies with a focus on local Ontario collaborations; and Health Impact Assessment in Quebec. For more information, and to view the presentations, visit www.oahpp.ca.

December 9, 2010 CMHA National website user survey

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Office is looking for user feedback on its current website as part of efforts to update the site. The website serves a broad range of internal and external user groups who are encouraged to complete a short online survey (about five minutes to complete) concerning how the website is used and what users think about it. The survey closes December 15, 2010. To participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMHA2010.

December 9, 2010 Ontario physicians positive about use of electronic medical records

In 2008, OntarioMD and eHealth Ontario commissioned an independent evaluation of physicians who were participating in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Adoption Program. Recently released 2010 results for the ongoing survey showed that the majority of physicians that completed the survey reported that EMRs enable them to improve patient care outcomes.

December 9, 2010 CMHA National announces new CEO

Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office Board Chair David Copus recently announced the appointment of Peter Coleridge as the new CMHA National chief executive officer (CEO) effective December 1, 2010.

December 9, 2010 Creating Together update

The OMHAKEN Coordinating Centre would like to thank all those who participated in the Creating Together: Developing a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario online survey, as well as the in-person and Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) consultations that took place across the province. The online survey closed with an overwhelming 1431 responses from various stakeholders, including people with lived experience, family members, service providers, members of allied professions and sectors, policy-makers, service planners, funders, provincial organizations, and researchers.