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November 11, 2010 Health equity and social determinants of health conference call for abstracts

Abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations for Ryerson University’s “Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health” conference, being held February 11-12, 2011 in Toronto. The goal of the conference is to promote health equity by taking action on the social determinants of health in the areas of: children’s rights; food security and policy; violence against women and children; reducing health disparities; vulnerable populations; health education; and interventions for healthy social change. Objectives include building community-university dialogue; exploring inter-connections between global and local perspectives on the social determinants of health; and building meaningful and measurable evaluative criteria related to promoting health equity. The deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2010. For full details on the conference and how to submit an abstract, visit www.ryerson.ca.

November 11, 2010 CMHA Ontario employment forum identifies opportunities for action

In the spring of 2010, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario hosted an employment forum to bring together employment supports providers in Ontario and the government ministries that fund them.

November 11, 2010 Creating Together releases French version of online survey

The Creating Together: Developing a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario project has released a French language version of its current online survey. Creating Together is an OMHAKEN-initiated, province-wide process to jointly develop a research agenda for mental health and addictions in Ontario.

October 28, 2010 Age Friendly Communities website launched

A new website that supports individuals, groups and communities to become more age friendly has been launched as a partnership of the Kenneth G. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, the University of Waterloo and the Research Institute for Aging. The website presents the guiding principles of an age friendly community — livability, accountability, access, inclusion, respect, support and community engagement — and outlines the community sectors that can be engaged in the process, including housing, transportation, health and social services, employment, built environment, recreation, education, and arts and culture. Tools and resources on the website include checklists, questions to stimulate discussion and identify goals, strategies for creating age friendly communities, and examples of real-life strategies and solutions. View the new web-based tool, Age Friendly Communities: Tools for Building Strong Communities, atafc.uwaterloo.ca.

October 28, 2010 Resiliency and schools forum call for abstracts

The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition is requesting presentation and poster submissions for its tenth annual forum, “Resiliency and the School Community.” The forum, hosted by Sudbury and District Health Unit, will take place May 12-13, 2011 in Sudbury and will bring together individuals who work to create resilient youth and school communities. Presentations should address external or internal strengths that sustain resiliency and support building life skills, building a positive school culture, building a commitment to learning at school or facilitating positive peer relationships. For more information, or to obtain an application form, e-mail Janet Spergel at spergelj@sdhu.com.

October 28, 2010 New anti-oppression training resources for health providers

The Training for Change project, a partnership of the Rainbow Health Network, Rainbow Health Ontario and Springtide Resources, has developed two resources to be used when training health and social service providers. The resources promote an intersectional approach to sexual and gender diversity that integrates understandings of class, ability, sex, racialization and more. The resources include “An Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework,” which provides an understanding of intersectional analysis, and “Practical Tools for Intersectional Workshops,” a facilitator’s guide that integrates the framework in two workshop formats. Both resources can be downloaded for free or can be purchased in hard copy. For more information, visit www.rainbowhealthnetwork.ca.

October 14, 2010 Film festival explores animation's depiction of mental health

The 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) will present a program exploring how mental health is represented in animation. “Let’s Go Crazy” includes a selection of animation portraying mental health, fromLooney Toons to new independent shorts, each revealing how the mind works in unique ways. “In recent years, a handful of animators have pioneered new styles of animated storytelling able to portray the serious side of life and the complexities of mental health,” explains Karl Cohen, guest curator and animation historian. For more information about the event, visit www.animationfestival.ca. For a complete list of films and events at OIAF, visit www.animationfestival.ca.

October 14, 2010 Cultural competency training for law and mental health professionals

The Mount Sinai Hospital Mental Health Court Support Program is offering a full-day training workshop on the topic of cultural competency on October 28. Designed for mental health and law professionals, this workshop introduces the concepts of cultural competency and increases the capacity of cultural competency in those working with culturally diverse individuals who are involved with the justice and mental health systems. All registered attendees at the workshop will be provided a copy of the newly developed “Cultural Competency Training Manual.” Registration fee is $75. For more information and to register, visit www.mountsinai.on.ca.

October 14, 2010 ODEN conference and AGM to focus on accessibility

The Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) is hosting the “Champions for Change: Harnessing the Power of Your Community” conference, October 27-29, 2010 in Alliston, Ontario. Highlights of the conference include a session on accessibility during which participants will receive a free compliance guide for the Customer Service Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Speakers include City of Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Rich Donovan and Allison Graham. The event will also include ODEN’s annual general meeting. For more information and to register, visit https://event-wizard.com/oden2010/0/welcome.

October 14, 2010 Provincial organizations launch Family Matters Resource Centre

The Family Matters Resource Centre is a new web resource for families that addresses the overlapping interests of people affected by schizophrenia, mood disorders and addictions. The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario collaborated on the “one-stop-shop” website for families, which provides access to resources, links and information from all three organizations. Each organization maintains its own pages on the website in order to broaden the reach to families across the province. Visit www.familymattersresourcecentre.ca.