2017 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone


On November 20 and 21, HC Link’s 2017 conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone brought together 110 people at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto to learn and share experiences and ideas about how to work across difference to build more inclusive communities.

The event provided a safe, open space for curiosity, self-reflection, and conversation to:

  • Build understanding of equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion, and allyship.

  • Ask questions, reflect and learn in a safe space for open conversation.

  • Learn to work across difference with diverse groups to advance collective efforts.

  • Gain practical strategies to build inclusive communities.

  • Connect and share with conference participants from many sectors and from across Ontario.

The conference program offered an amazing line-up of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, and engaging activities to explore how communities can work with everyone to create communities healthy for everyone. Ophea’s Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) was the conference physical activity partner.

Conference Resources

Linking for Healthy Communities 2017 Conference Highlights

Final 2017 conference program

Presenter bios

Keynote Address from Kim Katrin Milan

Kim Katrin Milan is a dynamic community organizer and advocate of equality and inclusion who helps people build their ability to relate to others - especially to those who, on the surface, may seem quite different than ourselves. Kim’s keynote address deepened our understanding of the concepts of equity, bias, intersectionality, cultural competency, allyship and inclusion.

Opening Keynote Address - Centring the Margins

Video interview with Kim

Workshop Materials

What Successful Partnerships Do: An equity and inclusion lens (Handout, Partner Contribution Matrix)

Reflection and Action on the Impact of Power & Privilege in Health Equity Practice (Slides)

Practicing Equity with Cultural Humility (Slides)

Nation to Nation: Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Communities (Slides not available - contact

Actionable Knowledge & Helpful Tools for Engaging Young People from Diverse Backgrounds (Slides, Blog post)

Working With the Priorities of People Living In Poverty (Blog post)

Facilitating Community Conversations on Inclusion (Slides)

Reflecting on Equity and Inclusion in Leadership (Slides, Workshop materials, Blog post to come)

Vers le développement de partenariats dynamiques, effectifs et durables (Slides, Handout)

Les 5 disciplines de la gouvernance synergique (Slides not available - contact

Franco Pavilion

The French Pavilion at the conference helped connect participants to French speakers and service providers through mini-presentations and an open marketplace.

Patient Priority: An overview (English Slides)

How to engage with francophone communities (English Slides)

Socio-demographic changes within the Francophone community of Ontario (French Slides)

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: #Link4HC and #RassemblerCS

2015 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change

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On November 12 and 13, HC Link’s 2015 conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change - brought together over 150 people from a variety of settings to learn and share experiences and ideas for building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities. The two-day event featured an amazing line-up of keynote speakers, panelists, workshop facilitators and story presenters that informed and inspired participants to create Action for Change in their communities.

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Linking for Healthy Communities 2015 Conference Highlights offer photos and highlights from all plenary and concurrent sessions, including links to slides and additional information. It also provides ways HC Link can help build upon the connections and momentum started at the conference.

2015 Conference Program


Conference Resources

Video Interview with Dave Meslin on advocacy and how to influence change:

Video Interview with David Courtemanche on what makes for effective advocacy:

David Courtemanche - Breathing Life Into Policy Change 

Concurrent Session Block A 

Play Safe Initiative: Collaborating to reduce injury in physical activity  

Active Outdoor Play Position Statement: Nature, risk & children's well‐being

Talk the Walk: Engaging municipal leaders to support walkability

What Do I Do Now? Communicating evaluation results for action

Lessons learned for effective evaluation in a complex community‐based project

Community Hubs: Hopes for the health sector

Engaging Nail Salon Workers to Improve Working Conditions 

Moving to Action with Inclusion Research

Concurrent Session Block B

Active Offer is Everyone’s Business

The Active Offer: A simple tool to offer French Language Services

Introduction to the Circle of Health: A tool for advancing community health 

Conversations to Build Community: Shared hopes, Shared actions

Increasing Organizational Capacity for Building Resilient Youth: A community approach 

Concurrent Session Block C

Built Environments: Just add water

The Doable Neighbourhood Project: Building healthier Ontario communities

Alice in Wonderland: The adventures in partnerships

Healthy Food For All: Local sustainable food systems

Starting a Community Conversation about Health in All Policies

Can our streets make us healthier? Open Streets can!

Minden Riverwalk: Collective efforts achieve community impacts

Developing Innovative Solutions to Address Transportation in Rural Communities

Let's Talk Food Lambton Community Food Assessmen

A Healthy Communities Vision and Municipal Asset Inventory Tool  

Concurrent Session Block D

Community Vitality & Belonging: Measuring what matters with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Healthy Community Design: Active community toolkit for reviewing development plans

YouthLinks: Making connections to build healthier futures for racialized youth


2013 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change

HC Link's 2013 provincial conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change, was held in Toronto on November 12 and 13. The conference theme was Creating community change... by engaging our communities, working in partnership and fostering environments and conditions that support health. 160 people from many diverse sectors, in many diverse roles all came together to learn, network and share - with the common goal of creating healthier communities.

Conference Program

Conference Proceedings

Post-conference Resources

2011 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Building from Within

This conference allowed participants to learn more about community-led change, engaging community leaders and hard-to-reach populations, using evaluation to improve outcomes, and using asset-based approaches to community planning and development.