Peer sharing & Online discussions

HC Link's peer sharing sessions and online discussions offer participants the opportunity for mutual learning with others working in areas of healthy communities by sharing best practices, lessons learned, knowledge, experience and resources in real-time.

Upcoming Peer Sharing & Online discussions
Materials and recordings from past Peer sharing & Online discussions
 

Upcoming Peer Sharing & Online discussions

 

Improve the Built Environment to Promote Food Access in your community!
Thursday, April 13, 2017  10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Link to join (no username or password will be required one room opens up - 15 minutes prior to discussion):
http://healthnexus.adobeconnect.com/builtenvironmentandfoodaccess/    

More information about the online discussion


Is there a topic you'd like to talk to discuss with others? Let us know.

Materials and recordings from past Peer sharing & Online discussions


February 2017

   

An online discussion - Improve the built environment in your community!
Resources | Blog Recap

How our community is built has a great effect on our health. Street design, parks and green spaces, access to food and shops, recreation and transportation options all affect our health through nutrition, physical activity, safety, mental health, and connectedness to the community. In this online discussion, participants asked their built environment questions to consultant Paul Young, landcape architect and health promoter.

November 2016

   

Peer Sharing Session - Online Community Engagement
Blog Recap

There are two ways we can think about online community engagement: first, if we have a community, how can we use online tools to engage them? Second, if we have an online community, what works to maintain a high level of engagement? Whichever is your situation, in this peer sharing session we chat about your successes and challenges. 

 

April 2016

   
   

Peer Sharing Session - Paving the Way: Defining the problem for policy development
Blog recap

Have you ever had to implement a policy when you’re not sure what problem it is meant to solve? Do you struggle to develop a collective understanding of community problems in which policy development may be a solution? In this peer sharing session HC Link’s Andrea Bodkin and advisor-on-tap Kim Bergeron from Health Promotion Capacity Building Services at Public Health Ontario joined others in a to discuss the first step in the policy development process: defining the problem. The importance of this step is to assess if the problem can be addressed by developing a healthy public policy. During the peer sharing session, participants heard from others working on healthy public policy initiatives across Ontario.

 

March 2016

   
   

Online Discussion - Paving the way: Defining the problem for policy development (Step 1)
Blog Recap

Have you ever had to implement a policy when you’re not sure what problem it is meant to solve? Do you struggle to develop a collective understanding of community problems in which policy development may be a solution? In this discussion, HC Link’s Andrea Bodkin and advisor-on-tap Kim Bergeron from Health Promotion Capacity Building Services at Public Health Ontario joined others in an online chat to discuss the first step in the policy development process: defining the problem. The importance of this step is to assess if the problem can be addressed by developing a healthy public policy.

 

February 2016

   

 Peer Sharing: The marketing and promotion of rural community transportation initiatives Transcript | Slides | Recording

“When it comes to transportation in rural communities, the old adage of location, location, location for real estate becomes promotion, promotion, promotion” (Brad Smith, Ride Norfolk, Rural Transportation Forum: Orangeville, June 20, 2014)

Marketing and promotion are essential to achieving success in terms of making the case, increasing ridership, and obtaining funding. Yet, many rural and smaller communities lack the resources or specialized expertise required to first promote the need for public transportation and then to later deliver comprehensive marketing and promotion strategies for their transportation initiatives. However, there are ways to effectively communicate with key segments of the population depending on your aims.

This peer-sharing session discussed any or all of the following:

  • Promoting the need and making the case – to the community at large, local decision-makers, funders, etc.
  • Developing a logo, website and brand – for a single organization or the coordination of two or more; websites for general information vs. searchable databases; unique branding that is easy to identify and visually distinguishes vehicles and stops, with effective slogans that are remembered (e.g., Catch The TROUT).
  • Advertising new or existing options – public awareness campaigns and advertising; creating a communications plan and strategy (e.g., One-Number-to-Call - advertising a new central or 1 800 # to call for information and booking).
  • Targeted and social marketing – direct outreach aimed at specific segments of the population; marketing to create behaviour change (e.g., to encourage the use of public transit, active transportation, and/or ridesharing); obtaining branding and marketing expertise.

 

October 2015

   

 Twitter Chat: #Elxn42 Round-Up Transcript

On Tuesday October 20th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT we held a Twitter Chat - #elxn42 Round Up. We discussed civic engagement and highlighted issues such as voter turnout in Election 42! We were joined by presenters from our 2015 conference. 

 

June 2015

   
 

 

Blog Chat: Poverty Reduction Transcript

 This blog chat was a follow up to our May 2015 webinar - Poverty Reduction: Moving from Strategy to Action. We discussed poverty reduction strategies being used on the ground in Ontario communities. Our moderators were Suzanne Schwenger and Lisa Brown. 

 

October 2014

   
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Twitter Chat: It's October 28th: Now What? Post Municipal Elections  Transcript

The day after Ontario's municipal elections, this #healthpromochat will explore how to effectively work with and engage elected officials. We'll discuss tools and approaches for identifying officials stands on the issues we work on, how we can put our positions forward and build effective relationships. Our moderators are Kyley Alderson and Andrea Bodkin of HC Link.                                                                                 

August 2014

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Twitter Chat: Healthy Policies for Healthy Communities  Transcript

Every month, Health Nexus hosts a #HealthPromoChat, and Andrea Bodkin from HC Link moderated this discussion on healthy policies. This conversation explored the relationship between policy and healthy communities. Some questions that were addressed: what impact does policy have on our health and well-being and what can we do about it?

 

April 2014

Index of Wellbeing  

How can the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Improve Quality of Life in Ontario?  Transcript of Day 1 Discussion Recording of Day 2 Discussion Resources/Links Shared Discussion highlights AOHC discussion paper |  Guelph HealthLink Infometric

This blog discussion was be based upon the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) newly released discussion paper: Measuring What Matters: How the Canadian Index of Wellbeing can improve quality of life in Ontario.

The paper outlines the ways the index's framework can be applied at the provincial, regional and local level to improve health and wellbeing. It also offers details about how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is already being put into action by municipal governments, funders and a significant number of Ontario's Community Health Centres.

This online discussion provided an opportunity to ask questions of Community Health and Wellbeing Experts, as well as start a dialogue with others interested in the CIW.

 

 March 2014

 

 Social Media Clinic  

 Social Media Clinic: Trends, Tools and Peer Sharing  Slides (PDF) Recording on trends and tools only | Resources and Links shared

Don't get sick of social media, come to our clinic to get the support you need to feel better! Now that you've been using social media (for a brief amount of time, or for a while) you probably have a whole new set of questions that are different from when you started this journey. This social media clinic, intended for those who are currently using social media in their healthy communities work, will allow you to discuss your questions and share your experiences and challenges with your peers. Bring your questions (or let us know beforehand what they are!) and be prepared to support your colleagues across the province. HC Link will open the webinar with a brief presentation on trends we are seeing in social media, as well as showcase some helpful online collaboration tools, before we delve into the peer sharing component. You can expect to leave this clinic with more ideas, resources and connections, which should make you feel a little bit better about your social media work moving forward.

 

February 2014

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Engaging the Power of Story - A web-based peer sharing event   Webinar Notes (PDF) |  Resource Links (PDF) | Bibliography of Narrative Approaches - Linda Ward 2012 (PDF)

Story and narrative can be used in a variety of ways. They help us feel engaged, learn with and from others, strengthen communities, motivate action, communicate impacts to funders and government, reflect on our learnings. You may have developed skills and experience from a mentor in your own community, from resources on the internet, from teachers within indigenous communities, or from emerging communities of practice and practitioners (e.g. in the field of digital storytelling). We can also learn from each other, and that is the purpose of this peer sharing event.

May 2013

Recreation Peer Sharing
 
 

Access to Recreation Peer Sharing Session Recording

This was a peer sharing and learning session in which individuals working in a wide range of settings on policies and programs to improve access to affordable recreation had an opportunity to share their challenges, successes and resources.This session was co-led by Jeff Kohl (HC Link), Diane English (PRO) and Jennifer Wilson (OPHEA).

 

October 2012

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A Conversation About Youth and Drinking: Is There Evidence To Support Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines For Youth? Dialogue of the Conversation | Shared Resources

Earlier this year, the national low-risk drinking guidelines were launched in Canada. The guidelines, informed by recent research and evidence, are intended for Canadians of legal drinking age. The guidelines aim to advise moderated alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harms for those who choose to drink alcohol. three-day informal conversation on Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines for Youth reviewed  the evidence around guidelines for youth and opened up a discussion on youth and drinking.