14 Communities of Interest take root in Ontario
It’s been a season of growth for EENet; beginning this fall, the network is supporting 14 Communities of Interest (CoIs) in Ontario—including one involving CMHA Ontario!
EENet envisions a Community of Interest (CoI) as a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. In a CoI, diverse stakeholders who share a common interest aim to exchange evidence, obtain answers to problems, and/or improve their understanding of a subject. This collaborative work takes place through different knowledge exchange activities and forums.
“We had an overwhelming response to our call for CoIs, from across the province,” says Heather Bullock, Director of EENet. “It’s an honour to be able to support these efforts to foster knowledge exchange in Ontario.”
EENet will provide the 14 CoIs in Ontario with funding, human, and/or technological supports, including the expertise of regional knowledge brokers. The areas of focus will range from geriatric services to dual diagnosis; from early intervention in psychosis for youth to the health of two-spirited people, which includes sexual and gender minority people of Aboriginal descent. CMHA Ontario is proud to be a partner in a CoI focused on racialized populations and mental health and addictions, and a CoI focused on justice and mental health and addictions.
“By supporting these CoIs, we will not only aim to strengthen existing relationships in the province,” notes Nandini Saxena, Manager of EENet, “but we will also work to forge new connections among different stakeholders.”