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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.

November 11, 2010 Best Start Resource Centre call for on-site consultation requests

The Best Start Resource Centre (BSRC) supports service providers in Ontario to implement effective health promotion programs for expectant and new parents, newborns and young children. BSRC provides information and consultations in English and French to service providers on a wide range of topics, including health before pregnancy, pregnancy (e.g., prenatal education, teen pregnancy/parenting), maternal health (e.g., postpartum mood disorders, reproductive health of newcomers) and issues related to child health (e.g., physical activity and the early years, attachment, healthy child development). On-site consultations are intensive, in-depth sessions that can help a service provider work on a specific issue. Requests for on-site consultations are reviewed every six months and a decision is made within four weeks. The deadline for on-site services from April 2011 to September 2011 is December 1, 2010.The deadline for services from October 2011 to March 2012 is June 1, 2011. For more information about how to request an on-site consultation and how to receive immediate support from BSRC, visit www.beststart.org.

November 11, 2010 Health Care Options website relaunched

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has re-launched a website designed to help people know more about the health care options they have in their communities. The redeveloped Health Care Options website includes tools such as: an online registry for Health Care Connect, a referral service that matches people with doctors; a searchable tool that displays wait times for surgeries offered at local hospitals, allowing people to discuss with their doctor which hospital can most quickly perform the procedure; a series of interactive videos to introduce people to some newer health care options such as nurse practitioner-led clinics and family health teams; searchable wait time information for local hospital emergency rooms; and a guide to help newcomers to Ontario navigate the province’s health care system. To access the Health Care Options website, visit www.health.gov.on.ca.

November 11, 2010 SAMI Training Program call for fellowship applications

The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) Training Program has announced its first call for fellowship applications. SAMI is a centre of excellence for the study of the social determinants of mental illness and addictions based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto, and includes international partners from around the world. One-year fellowships are fully funded and research-based, and will help students further develop their skills in investigating the social aetiology of mental illness. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2011, at 5 p.m. EST. For more information about SAMI and how to apply for a 2011-2012 fellowship, visit knowledgex.camh.net.