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September 16, 2010 PHAC Canadian Diabetes Strategy call for proposals

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) invites eligible organizations to submit a proposal for funding under the Community-Based Programming Component of the Canadian Diabetes Strategy. PHAC is seeking proposals that support the agency’s objective to identify effective community-based models, programs, policies and public health interventions that contribute to the prevention and management of diabetes. Priority areas for funding are screening and early detection, and self-management. Within these priority areas, there may also be a secondary focus on kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic foot ulcers, cardiovascular disease, or mental illness/mental health. For more information, see “Public Health Community Programming Component of the Canadian Diabetes Strategy,” at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.

September 16, 2010 Request for participation in national harm reduction conference

CAST Canada is seeking papers, abstracts, one-act plays, short films and other methods of participation for the Harm Reduction Canada conference, taking place in Ottawa on February 23-25, 2011. The organizers are seeking a balance of presenters from across sectors, including academics, researchers, drug users, families, students and youth, service users, frontline providers, thinkers, poets, and playwrights. Submission deadline is October 22, 2010. For details, visit www.cast-canada.ca.

September 16, 2010 Call for submissions for QWQHC Summit

The Quality Worklife – Quality Healthcare Collaborative (QWQHC) is accepting submissions for its Fifth Annual Summit. “Integrating Perspectives: Healthy Work Environments, Healthy Outcomes, Healthy People” will be held on March 2-3, 2011 in Mississauga, Ontario. QWQHC is a coalition of 12 national healthcare organizations working together to create healthier workplaces and improve patient/client and system outcomes. Submission deadline is September 30, 2010. For details, visit www.qwqhc.ca.

September 2, 2010 Mental health and homelessness research funding opportunity

Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) is a program from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) that funds teams of decision-makers and researchers to conduct applied and policy-relevant health services and systems research. Successful teams are eligible to receive up to $500,000 over three years. Up to $1 million from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and up to $6.9 million from CIHR is available for research projects in the priority area of mental health and homelessness. Eligible projects must be complementary with the MHCC’s multi-site Research Demonstration Projects in Mental Health and Homelessness. Applicants interested in the PHSI program and partnership support from MHCC must submit to the commission a brief research summary and page one of CIHR’s partnership module by September 3, 2010. The CIHR deadline for complete applications is November 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

September 2, 2010 Project ACT launches province-wide school tour

Project ACT is an interactive forum theatre presentation that helps students in grades 7-9 recognize and overcome the barriers that prevent them from leading active, healthy lives. Developed in collaboration with youth and community partners from across Ontario, the presentation focuses on physical activity, healthy eating and substance misuse prevention. The workshop was created by Mixed Company Theatre, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion’s Healthy Communities Fund. Schools and community centres seeking to engage youth are encouraged to contact Mixed Company to book a Project ACT performance during its tour of the province from September through December 2010. For tour dates and locations, visit www.mixedcompanytheatre.com.

September 2, 2010 Application deadline for Celebrating Innovations in Healthcare Expo

Apply now to present your project at this year’s Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo. Presented by HealthAchieve in partnership with the Government of Ontario, the event will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 10, 2010. The expo will focus on projects that promote Ontario’s Excellent Care for All strategy by improving integration, patient/resident centredness, evidence-based practice, access, safety and efficiency. Deadline for exhibitor entries is September 10, 2010, and successful applicants will be notified on September 28. For more information and to apply online, visitwww.health.gov.on.ca/innovations.

September 2, 2010 Call for submissions for long-term care research day

The Second Annual Long-Term Care (LTC) Applied Research Education Day takes place November 23, 2010 in Toronto. The event is designed to promote research utilization and innovation in LTC, profile new and emerging research and researchers, and provide a forum for learning, networking and information sharing. The submission deadline for poster presentations, tools and resources, and the innovation showcase is September 24. For more information, or to register, visit www.oltca.com.

September 2, 2010 Elder Law Conference registration available

The fifth annual Canadian Conference on Elder Law will take place on October 29 and 30, 2010 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. The conference will bring together Canadian and international experts, academics, practitioners, and community and advocacy organizations to promote and advance the discussion of elder law issues. The schedule will include speakers on issues related to elder rights, ageism and the law, access to justice, and law reform for older people. The conference is a collaboration of the Law Commission of Ontario, the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, affiliated with the British Columbia Law Institute. To register for the conference online, or to download the registration form, visit www.bcli.org.

September 2, 2010 Subscribe to the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin

The September edition of the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin announces the six organizations who will receive funding to run a healthy eating pilot program this fall. It also includes an interview with case manager Chris Hill about the Active Recovery approach used by CMHA Cochrane Timiskaming Branch, information about the new physical activity recommendations in Canada’s Physical Activity Guide and the results of CMHA Ontario’s province-wide pedometer challenge. Through the creation of a toolkit and an information-sharing website, the Minding Our Bodies project helps community mental health organizations deliver programs that promote positive physical and mental health connections through physical activity and healthy eating. The project is an initiative of CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Nutrition Resource Centre, YMCA Ontario and York University’s Faculty of Health, with support from the Ministry of Health Promotion. Subscribe to the monthly Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin by visiting www.mindingourbodies.ca.

September 2, 2010 Creating Together process update

Creating Together, a process designed to co-create a mental health and addictions research agenda for Ontario, has now completed all in-person and Ontario Telemedicine Network consultations.