Webinars

HC Link's free skill-building webinars offer accessible learning opportunities using an interactive online platform. Our webinars cover a variety of healthy community topics and health promotion approaches.

Upcoming Webinars
Materials and Recordings from Past Webinars

Webinar connection information

Please visit www.ReseauCS.ca to learn about our events in French

For information on other upcoming events in the health promotion field (as well as the latest announcements, resources, etc.,) refer to the OHPE bulletin (English) or Le Bloc Notes (French).

 

Upcoming Webinars

 

How to Engage Francophones - When you don't speak French!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016   10:00am-11:00am ET

At HC Link, we believe that you can successfully engage and work with Francophone communities in community-based planning, health promotion and healthy communities even if you do not speak French. We'll briefly review the importance of Francophone engagement and key principles and factors to consider. We will then focus on three simple steps to engage Francophones when you don't speak the language, as well as discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

REGISTER (closes July 8)

Presenter bios and more information

 

Materials and Recordings from Past Webinars

 

June 2016

   
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Using Evidence to Inform Substance Misuse Prevention Initiatives

Recording | Slides | Resources | Webinar Round-up

This webinar aims to increase awareness in the substance use service sector about evidence-based/informed prevention initiatives. The webinar features three speakers. Sharif Mahdy, from The Students Commission of Canada, Centre for Excellence in Youth Engagement, discusses the use of participatory-action research to inform program development using a cannabis project as a case study example. Alexander Lowell, from Youth REX, York University, discusses strategies for integrating evidence into practice, barriers and how to address them. Maria Papadimitriou, from Delisle Youth Services, provides a Toronto-based example of an evidence based/informed prevention program, including how the program was developed.

 

May 2016

   
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New technology trends, uses, and health promotion implications

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What use is a FitBit? Wondering how the Internet of Things might affect your work?Is Virtual Reality a good thing or a bad thing for health promotion? Why aren't kids on Facebook? We discuss current trends in technology (including social media), how it's being used, and some of the potential health promotion implications.

 
 

March 2016

 
 
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Inclusive Civic Engagement

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Many communities feel disconnected from public policy development and decision-making, resulting in lower voter turnout and cynicism about political accountability. Socially vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples, immigrants, refugees, racial/cultural minorities, and economically marginalized groups often find it difficult to participate effectively in political life. There are often challenges associated with attaining leadership roles in non-profit community organizations, through which community members can increase their involvement in policy development and decision-making. In this webinar we will identify barriers to civic engagement, and discuss strategies for supporting people from all walks of life to become involved, connected and engaged in their communities and local government.

This webinar is the third in a three part series on Civic Engagement. The first webinar of the series, "Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities: Current Challenges and Approaches", was presented on October 20, 2015. The second webinar, "An Introduction to Engaging in the Review of your Official Plan", was presented on February 24, 2016. 

 

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Vapes, Chews & Hookah: Emerging trends in tobacco use among youth

Slides | Recording | Webinar Recap

This webinar will provide information on emerging trends in tobacco use among young people, providing an overview of the products, current legislation and examples of campaigns that are taking action in the province. We will describe the alternative products and how they relate to tobacco use among young people, specifically looking at water pipes, vapes (or e-cigarettes) and “smokeless” forms such as chew and snus, as well as the role of flavouring in creating a market among novice users. We will consider the issues surrounding youth interest in and access to these products and the challenge faced by health educators to respond to this changing landscape.

 

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Effective peer programming on substance use for the transition years

Slides | Recording | Webinar Recap

This webinar will provide information on an effective school-based program that provides realistic, relevant and reliable information to students – provided by other students. Using the experience of peer education programming from Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) we will hear from educational instructors, a guidance teacher, a public health nurse, a mental health counselor and a student peer educator on their involvement in this program. The presentation will focus on how and why a program that engages students where they are at – rather than where we would like them to be – is effective and engaging for both the peer educator and their transition-aged audience.

 

February 2016

   
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An Introduction to engaging in the review of your official plan

Slides Part 1 | Slides Part 2 | Recording | Guidelines for reviewing official plans HKPR | Haliburton County Food & the official plan CFA report

This webinar is the second in a three part series on Civic Engagement. During this webinar we will:

  • Explain how the processes for reviewing Official Plans are opportunities for civic engagement, and the benefits of getting involved in your local OP review;
  • Provide a brief overview of the policy and planning system in Ontario (e.g., the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement);
  • Clarify how you can actively promote and support the creation of Healthy Communities in your area through an OP review process;
  • Refer you to tools and resources that you can use; and
  • Offer concrete examples of how reviews of local Official Plans are helping to advance active transportation and food system planning.

The first webinar of the series, Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities -- Current challenges and approaches, was presented on October 20, 2015. The recording is available.

 

November 2015 

   
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Promoting the Mental Health of Older Adults in Ontario

Slides | Recording 

This webinar was co-hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and HC Link.

This webinar examined the evidence behind mental health promotion programming for older adults/seniors. Presenters highlighted current population mental health data for Ontario older adults/seniors from the CAMH Monitor. Additionally, an overview of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Older Adults 55+ (BPGs) was provided. An example of an evidence-based mental health promoting program for seniors, Living Life to the Full (LLTF), rounded off the presentations.

The CAMH Monitor is the longest ongoing adult substance use and mental health survey in Canada. The survey describes trends in smoking, drinking, drug use, mental health, physical health and other risk behaviours among Ontario adults.

 

October 2015 

 

 

 

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Stress, Determinants of Health and Connectedness: Impacts on well-being 

Slides | Recording 

Using a thoughtful mix of personal experience and stories, statistics and current research or evidence, the presenter guides participants using a framework for understanding the pathways and relationships between living conditions and toxic stress, chronic disease, mental illness and addictions. Participants will:

  • have greater understanding of the social determinants of health and the connection to mental well-being, physical health and addictions;
  • understand, through the exploration of a framework, how toxic stress is an underlying key factor;
  •  learn about strategies that can mitigate toxic stress and how relationships and social connectedness are key elements;
  • understand the importance of working together to address these issues; 
  • and become equiped with tools and ideas for collaborative action.
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Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities: Current Challenges and Approaches

Slides | Recording | Resources 

This webinar was the first of a three part Civic Engagement series which will focus on the fundamentals of civic engagement, and how they relates to the concepts and processes of Healthy Communites. This introductory webinar highlights the role and importance of civic engagement in the provincial and local context, explore barriers to meaningful involvement in today's society, and discusses promising strategies and practices. Helpful resources and tools are also highlighted.

 

June 2015 

   
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First Steps in FLS Planning Slides | Recording 

There are countless reasons and benefits for organizations to provide French Language Services (FLS). However, delivering services in French isn't as easy as flipping a switch: there are many considerations, steps, and planning tools to consider.

In this webinar, Andrea and Patrick introduced basic concepts in why and when you should begin to plan and offer services in French, how to go about planning and implementing these services, and share stories from the field.

This webinar builds on the series of webinars and resources that HC Link has developed on Engaging and Working With Francophones. Participants were taught how to:

  • identify the conditions that promote successful development and implementation of FLS
  • identify the actions they can take to provide and promote FLS

 

May 2015 

   

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Part 3 -  Collaborative Partnership Series: Thinking Back, Moving Forward: Celebrate and Evaluate...to Renew Slides | Recording 

This webinar was the third part of a three-part Collaborative Partnerships series. Hear stories from our special guests, and deepen your understanding of the following essential activities:

  • celebration;
  • evaluation;
  • renewal

This HC Link three-webinar series explores the six activities of effective partnerships, featuring collaborative leaders and members from across Ontario. Participants will learn more about the cyclic nature of partnership development and re-creation, gain new insights and revitalize their toolbox. This series is intended for participants with some prior experience with partnerships, but are open to all. You must register separately for each webinar.

 

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 Poverty Reduction: Moving from Strategy to Action Slides | Recording

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014–2019) is now in its second phase titled Realizing Our Potential. This webinar introduced participants to the main features of the Strategy, and highlighted promising examples of initiatives that are happening on the ground across Ontario.

Participants heard opening remarks from MPP Chris Ballard, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Next they heard from community leaders who are working in the key focus areas of the Strategy, including children and youth, homelessness, and employment and income security. Presenters showcased how the strategy can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse communities across the province.

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Part 2-  Collaborative Partnership Series: An Eye on the Vision, An Eye on the Road: Working together for change Slides | Recording 

This webinar was the second part of a three-part Collaborative Partnerships series. Hear stories from our special guests, and deepen your understanding of the following essential activities:

  • planning collaboratively and,
  • working together for change.
  • The webinar will also highlight practical tools and related resources to support your work.

This HC Link three-webinar series explores the six activities of effective partnerships, featuring collaborative leaders and members from across Ontario. Participants will learn more about the cyclic nature of partnership development and re-creation, gain new insights and revitalize their toolbox. This series is intended for participants with some prior experience with partnerships, but are open to all. You must register separately for each webinar.

April 2015 

   
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Part 1 - Collaborative Partnership Series: The Genius of Partnerships: New relationships and diverse perspectives within a common vision Slides | Recording


This webinar was the first of a three-part Collaborative Partnerships series. Hear stories from our special guests, and deepen your understanding of the following essential activities:
• connecting with others,
• fostering shared understanding and,
• building a common vision.

The webinar  also highlighted practical tools and related resources to support your work.

This HC Link three-webinar series explores the six activities of effective partnerships, featuring collaborative leaders and members from across Ontario. Participants will learn more about the cyclic nature of partnership development and re-creation, gain new insights and revitalize their toolbox. This series is intended for participants with some prior experience with partnerships, but are open to all. You must register separately for each webinar.

March 2015 

 

 

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Part 2 - Youth Substance Use Prevention: Evidence Informed Health Promotion Practices and Policies Slides Recording

Applying Evidence to Health Promotion Practices and Policies is part two of the series, Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. In the first webinar, we established how the developmental pathways of adolescents interface with their use of alcohol and other drugs.

In this second webinar, we continue the consideration of youth as a priority population and examine how evidence can be applied to health promotion practices and policies, and the link between policy and service delivery. This webinar will start off by introducing the substance abuse continuum of service. There will be a particular emphasis on the gaps that exist in services for youth. Participants will also learn the implications that policy can have across different levels in the continuum of service. The presenters will discuss the on-the-ground implications of policy for youth, with a particular focus on cannabis policy.

 February 2015

 

 

 

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Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Sector  Slides | Recording | Health Equity Tools

*** Please note - The webinar recording is not correctly displaying the slides. Please download the slides separately and refer to them along with the recording.

Given the relationship between social and economic conditions and health outcomes, understanding and addressing health equity is a critical endeavour in the maternal and child health sector. This webinar will provide an overview of why health equity must be considered and addressed, and will describe the health equity principles and tools (including the Health Equity Impact Assessment) that can be applied to identify and mitigate inequities in the health of women and children. Case examples will be used to illustrate the considerations we must make when working with health equity principles and tools.

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 Part 1 - Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications  Slides | Recording 

Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications is part one of the series Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. The series presenters have extensive expertise in both the research and youth clinical domains. In this first webinar, we will examine the evidence around the particular vulnerabilities of youth pertaining to the developmental pathways that both influence and are impacted by youths’ substance use patterns. In particular, research around the genetic and brain development of adolescents will be presented, with an emphasis on resiliency and how resilience-based interventions can positively impact youth development. By the end of the webinar, we will consider the challenges this evidence poses for youth/family-focused and community practices as well as policy development, a segue to the second webinar of the series, where these issues will be considered further.

December 2014

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Community Transportation PilotGrant Program Overview and Coordinated Rural Transportation Solutions   Slides | Recording | Summary and Resource Links  

This webinar provides an overview of the Ministry of Transportation – Ontario (MTO) Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. It also explains how to develop coordinated and cost-shared rural transportation systems, using the Towards Coordinated Rural Transportation resource document. As part of the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) and Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) project, Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions, Dillon Consulting Ltd. created a comprehensive how to document which provides recommendations for assessing opportunities for improved coordination, and the various steps required in order to move forward with local stakeholders.

November 2014

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Policy Development Series. Part 4 - Taking a Bite out of HEAL policies: Ottawa's Experience  Recording | Slides 

The City of Ottawa has implemented Child Care Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Guidelines in their municipal child care sites. This 4th webinar of the Policy Development series provides a snapshot of the experience of develping and implementating a policy from start to finish. Following a brief summary of the strategy and the results of the evaluation, presenters will provide stories from the field about the impacts of the project on the healthy eating and active living environments in child care centres.     
    

September 2014

  Working with Elected Officials  

             

Policy Development Series. Part 3 - Working with Elected Officials: tools and techniques. Storytelling approach in policy change slides | Working with elected officials municipal plans slides | Recording 

It's the day after Ontario's municipal elections.....and time to build/strengthen relationships with your elected officials! In this webinar, we'll explore a variety of tools that you can use to determine how officials in your community stand on the issues you are addressing, and techniques that you can use to tell your story. Join HC Link's Andrea Bodkin and Gillian Kranias as well as guest presenters Nicole Niedra-Biordi, Krista Long and Sara Haalboon.

 

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Policy Development Series. Part 2 - Working with Municipalities: Stories from the field. Peterborough Poster | PCCHU Municipal Project Summary | Paul Young Slides | Melanie Davis Slides | Blog post with related resources

 In this webinar we discuss various strategies for communtiy partners to establish/strengthen relationships with municipal staff and share stories of successful examples.

 

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Policy Development Series. Part 1 — Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? De- mystifying Policy Handout | Recording 

Often times the very mention of the “p” word is enough to send chills of terrors down our spines. It is our notions of policy which are so scary; policy and policy work really aren’t as bad as you might think. This introductory workshop will cover some basic definitions, principles and do-and-don’ts regarding policy and policy development. Case studies from across the province will be used to illustrate these concepts.

 

 July 2014

Healthy Kids Strategy 3

 

Working Together on the Healthy Kids Strategy Webinar Series. Healthy Kids Strategy #3: Create Healthy Communities   Presentation Slides|Recording|Suggested Resources

 This is the third of a series of three webinars that are focussed on the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel, which was convened to recommend strategies for keeping more kids at healthy weights. This webinar will be a brief summary of report recommendations on co-ordinating an all-of-society approach to create healthy communities and reduce or eliminate the broader social and health disparities that affect children's health and weight. Four panel members will then describe some of the capacity-building initiatives that they are working on.

 

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Working Together on the Healthy Kids Strategy Webinar Series. Healthy Kids Strategy #2: Change the Food Environment   Presentation Slides | Recording | Suggested Resources

This is the second of a series of three webinars that are focussed on the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel, which was convened to recommend strategies for keeping more kids at healthy weights. Three strategies were outlined in the panel's report, No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy, which was released in March 2013. In this webinar, we will consider recommendations related to Strategy #2 of the report: Change the Food Environment. Following a brief summary of the strategy, guest presenters will explain how their work is aligned with the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel. This session will be moderated by Christina Tran, consultant from Nutrition Resource Centre.

 

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Working Together on the Healthy Kids Strategy Webinar Series. Healthy Kids Strategy #1: Start All Kids on the Path to Health   Presentation Slides | Zach Recording | Hiltrud Recording | Suggested Resources

This is the first of a series of three webinars offered by HC Link to highlight the Healthy Kids Strategy outlined in the report of the Healthy Kids Panel. In this webinar the presenters will give an overview of the whole report, and then focus on the recommendations related to Strategy #1: Start All Kids on the Path to Health. Dr. Zach Ferraro will provide information and recommendations on obesity in preconception and pregnancy and Hiltrud Dawson of the Best Start Resource Centre will discuss prevention initiatives that are currently being undertaken.

 

 March 2014

 Accelerating Rural Transportation Part 3

 

Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions Webinar Series. Part 3: Garnering support from municipal representatives and community members  John Slides (PDF) | Jeannie Slides (PDF) |  Lisa Slides (PDF) | Recording | Webinar chat room answers T.R.O.U.T Report 2010-2012 Living Longer, Living Well Report | Provincial Definition of Public Transportation

 The third and final webinar in the Accelerating Rural Transportation Webinar Series, Garnering Support from Municipal Representatives and Community Members, will explore how to engage municipal representatives and community members in supporting an initiative.

 

 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.

 

 Equity Focussed Planning

 

Equity Focused Planning  Slides (PDF) Recording | Links

In this workshop we will discuss terminology and concepts related to social determinants of health and health equity. We will present two tools that support program planning through an equity lens: Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) and the Evidence and Practice-Based Planning Framework. Participants will learn how to combine these tools to create a hybrid model known as equity focused planning. We will show a sample application of the model and discuss other practical applications for equity focused planning. We will conclude with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

 

 Sustainable Food Systems Part 3

 

Sustainable Food Systems Webinar Series. Part 3: Organizing to affect your Food System: Food Policy and Action Groups  Joan Slides (PDF) Catherine Slides (PDF) | Recording 

This is the third and last webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems Series. Some of the ideas to be considered include: Who are the participants in a Food Policy or Food Action group?; How do these groups address food system challenges?; and What are some of their common goals and unique solutions? Our Community Partner will be asked to share their group's story including a simple timeline and the impetus for each step toward network development and activity. They will also be asked to share some of their recommendations for anyone considering Food Action or Food Policy Group development and the role of these groups in Sustainable Food System Development.

 

 Accelerating Rural Transportation Part 2
 

 

Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions Webinar Series. Part 2: The importance of Partnerships and Collaborations to Establishing Rural Transportation Initiatives Lisa Slides (PDF) | Sue Slides (PDF) Susan Slides (PDF) Recording

This is the second webinar in the Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions Webinars series, and will examine the importance of partnerships and collaborations to establishing rural transportation initiatives.

 

February 2014

 Accelerating Rural Transportation Part 1

  

Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions Webinar Series. Part 1: Framing the issues, identifying the challenges, and exploring the opportunities   Brad Slides (PDF) Lisa Slides (PDF) Right-Sizing Transit Slides (PDF) Recording 

Within Ontario and beyond, models of collaborative rural transportation solutions are emerging and continuing to evolve. The leaders of some of these programs have shown a willingness to share stories of their success. The webinar series Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions will enable that to happen. The first webinar in the series will offer an overview of the issues, along with the challenges and opportunities that exist.

 

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Sustainable Food Systems Webinar Series

Part 1: Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems   Joan Slides (PDF) Steffanie Slides (PDF) Recording

This is the first webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems series. This introduction to the Sustainable Food Systems series will explore the definitions, motivations and ideas behind the development of the theory and practice of Sustainable Food Systems. Where did the idea originate? What are we trying to impact or change and how do we measure both current status and improvements. Our community presenter will give an example of a food systems approach to a regional food system. She will share various insights and principles that have become evident as the community enacted the Sustainable Food Systems process.

 

 Sustainable Food Systems Part 2  

Part 2: Sustainable Food Systems in a Healthy Communities Lens   Janice Slides (PDF) | Jeff Slides (PDF) | Recording

This is the second webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems Series. The Healthy Community model recognizes that in addition to our genetic characteristics, lifestyle or access to health or sick care services, our health is also strongly influenced by social, economic and environmental factors. It sees communities as dynamic systems in which everything is connected to everything else. The Healthy Community approach involves each community deciding for itself what kind of community they want in the future and developing strategies to move them in that direction. The webinar will introduce the basics of the Healthy Communities Model and explore its benefits to communities and their residents. Like the process towards building a Sustainable Food System, the Healthy Communities process takes action and assessment to move forward. Our community partner will share how a Healthy Communities approach has driven food systems change in a rural setting. She will also share the various community engagement strategies and planning initiatives that have been useful to bring the community to its current state of Healthy Communities and Sustainable Food Systems awareness.

 

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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.

January 2014

 HC Links Policy Healthy Communities

 

All About HC Link's Policy for Healthy Communities Learning Community Recording (Youtube) / Recording (Adobe Connect)

Join Andrea for this introduction to HC Link's "Policy for Healthy Communities Learning Community." During this webinar, you'll learn all about the learning community, become familiar with the online platform that the community uses, and discuss your learning needs and interests as they relate to policy.

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Webinar Series: Family-based Approaches for Building Resiliency in Children and Youth   Part 1: An Introduction   Slides | Recording

To support the work of those in the health promotion and prevention fields, HC Link is partnering with Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre to deliver the two-part webinar series Family-based Approaches for Building Resiliency in Children and Youth, which will explore the use of family-based programs for building resiliency through mental health promotion and other substance misuse prevention activities.

This first webinar in the series provides an overview of the evidence base for this type of work and reviews best practices and guidelines.

 

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Part 2: Learning From the Field  Slides (PDF) | MaryLynn Slides (PDF) | Megan Slides (PDF) Peterborough Slides | Recording

This second webinar in the series features community partners who currently deliver family-based programming. A panel of practitioners will identify successes as well as lessons learned, while reflecting on the evidence in this area of practice. This session will provide substantial opportunities for discussion with webinar participants.

 

 Diverse Leadership matters

 

Why diverse leadership matters in the health care sector  Recording

Leadership in health care institutions plays a critical role in setting mandates and priorities, and shaping services to help meet the needs of patients and providers alike. DiverseCity Counts, in partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital, examined leadership diversity in local health integration networks (LHINs), hospitals and community care access centres (CCACs) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The report looked at sex, gender identity, visible minorities, disability and sexual orientation in senior management and on governance boards of these institutions. This webinar will feature a panel discussion on the findings of this report, why diverse leadership is important, and what institutions can do to diversify their leadership teams.

 

December 2013  

 Public engagement through scenarios

 

Public Engagement Through Scenarios: The German Experience in Creating Regional Human Service Strategies    Jens-Martin Slides (PDF) Norman Slides (PDF) | Recording

Changing demographics, specifically the lack of population growth and aging in many areas of rural and remote Ontario, will pose a challenge to how a wide variety of human services and supporting infrastructures are planned and delivered. In Germany, Jens-Martin Gutsche has played a key role in piloting an innovative planning strategy based on extensive community engagement and multi-sector collaboration. This webinar will allow you to learn more about this integrated approach. Jens-Martin will present several examples illustrating the process, outcomes to date, and success and learnings along the way. Presenters and participants will explore the applicability or adaptability of this planning strategy for areas of Ontario experiencing population decline.

 

November 2013

 Get ready for the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

 

Getting Ready for the Ontario Nonprofit Corporations Act   Slides (PDF) | Recording

The Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The new law is called the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act, or the ONCA. It is expected to be proclaimed in mid-2014. Nonprofit organizations incorporated under the Ontario government will need to meet the new requirements. This 30-minute webinar, presented by Brenda Doner, will provide an introduction to the ONCA and information about the tools and resources available through this project that will help you to prepare for it.

 

October 2013

 Evaluating impacts of development proposals

 

Evaluating Impacts of Development Proposals   Heidi Slides (PDF)  Paul Slides (PDF) Recording 

This webinar is the second of two webinars in the Building Healthy Communities webinar series. Paul Young will provide an overview of how new developments can contribute to building healthy communities and will describe some planning policy tools that are designed to create a healthier built environments. He will speak about the factors that shape new developments and opportunities to become engaged in planning and decision-making about developments and community change. Paul will be joined by Heidi Matthews from the community group Transition Town (T.T.) Erin. She will provide a short summary of Erin's experience with a large land development proposed for Erin, Ontario. She will touch on how T.T. Erin engaged the community and how they developed an evaluation tool to help shape the new development so that it contributes to a healthier community. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in working towards a healthy built community.

 

 Influencing changes to the built environment

 

Influencing Changes to the Built Environment   Brian Slides (PDF) | Paul Slides (PDF) |  Recording 

This webinar is the first of two in the Building Healthy Communities webinar series. Paul Young will present information and examples of features of a healthy built community and opportunities for engagement in municipal planning processes and official plan reviews. He will be joined by Brian Dick, Senior Policy Planner with the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Brian will provide an overview of some of the planning tools that can be used to influence development patterns to create healthier built environments. He will outline how communities can find out about and utilize the tools to engage in planning for sustainability and health.There will be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in working towards a healthy built community.

 

September 2013

 Finders Keepers Bilingual staff

 

Finders Keepers: Hiring and Retaining Bilingual Staff  Slides (PDF) | Recording | Assessing Working Conditions for Bilingual Staff (PDF)

Having bilingual staff in your organization is critical to being able to deliver French Language services. But it's not always easy to find, hire and keep bilingual staff. In this webinar, we'll cover several basic principles in recruiting and retaining bilingual staff, including how to avoid common pitfalls. We'll explore the relationship between having bilingual staff, creating a bilingual organizational culture and delivering French Language Services, including why this will benefit your organization and ultimately, the health of your clients.

This webinar is the third of the FLS Capacity Building series offered in English and in French. The series is designed to build the capacity of anglophone and bilingual organizations to deliver French Language Services.

 

June 2013

 briefingnotes

 

Preparing Effective Briefing Notes

Webinar Notes
These notes have been made from a podcast prepared as a pre-webinar briefing and the June 20 HC Link webinar: "Preparing Effective Briefing Notes", by Advocacy School Instructor Susan Doyle of the University of Victoria.

Due to Intellectual Property - recording, slides, and podcast are no longer available.

Samples of briefing note outlines can be found on Susan Doyle's website: http://web.uvic.ca/~sdoyle/E302/Notes/WritingBriefingNotes.html

Advocacy School's "Preparing Effective Briefing Notes" introduces participants to the basics of writing clear, concise, and persuasive briefing notes. This podcast-plus- webinar version of what is usually a much-longer "live" workshop, helps you apply the core principles of effective professional writing to communicate your ideas in well-organized, highly readable, focused, and effective documents. Whether you are new to briefing notes or well-experienced, the workshop will help you become a better, faster, and more efficient briefer. This webinar was presented by Susan Doyle.

 

 March 2013

 Seeing the unseen  

Seeing the Unseen - An intro to Health Equity Impact Assessment  Recording

This webinar, hosted by HC Link, will provide you with a hands-on orientation to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool. This is an assessment tool designed to reduce inequities that result from barriers in access to health services and programming. The HEIA tool was designed to help organizations increase their capacity to more effectively enhance the health of marginalized and vulnerable groups which they serve. This webinar will explore the following: what are barriers to health? What is health equity? What is the HEIA and how can I use it in my workplace? Participants will have an opportunity to work through a case study using the HEIA template. This webinar will be of interest to individuals working in the planning, policy, program or proposal development; as well as those who work at frontline service delivery.

 Engaging marginalized communities  

Engaging Marginalized Communities Slides (PDF) | Recording

This webinar - the fourth in a series of four webinars on community engagement - provides theory, best practices, resources and tools for engaging marginalized communities or populations in community planning initiatives and policy change.

Specific topics include: the engagement continuum from information-sharing to shared decision-making; capacity-building and asset-based approaches; techniques and processes for involving people in meaningful ways, providing opportunities to build on existing skills, building trust, and overcoming barriers to participation.

 

January 2013

 socialmediastarter

 

Social Media and Healthy Communities - How to Get Started Recording

 We will explore how social media can help organizations further their work in and with healthy communities. A hands-on how-to get started and to make sure you know your organization's purpose for being online and what you want to share online.

 

Engaging communities in policy change 

 

Community Engagement in Policy Change (SeriesRecording Slides

This webinar provides theory, best practices, resources and tools for engaging communities and community members in policy change. Specific topics include: assessing community readiness for policy change; the role of the convening organization in engaging partners and community members in policy work; opportunities and strategies for working with municipal government on policy change. Case study - Robb and Brownfield. The webinar features a guest speaker who will share a success story from a community or municipal government that has successfully collaborated to implement policy change.

 

December 2012

Promoting physical activity and mental health of older adults

 

Promoting Physical Activity and Mental Health Of Older Adults Recording | Slides 

This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence linking physical activity to positive mental health outcomes for older adults, examine best practices in mental health promotion and physical activity with older adults and identify resources that you can use in your community. Practical applications of this research will be shared by Lara Mylly, a Health Promoter from Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre, who will highlight her experiences implementing and coordinating "Fit, Fun & fully Alive!" - a mental health promotion/physical activity initiative for older adults. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and opportunities for successfully engaging older adults.

 

Youth Mental Health Promotion

 

Youth Mental Health Promotion In Canada: Research And Action Recording | Slides

The CAMH Resource Centre recently completed a scoping review of youth mental health promotion programming in Canada using a youth engagement lens to identify successful programs. As a scoping review, this research was exploratory and aimed to map the extent, range, and nature of research activity in the area of youth mental health promotion programming. This webinar will provide an overview of this review highlighting results and recommendations for research and action.

 

November 2012

 Social Media Overview

 

Social Media Overview – Getting a Grasp of the Basics Slides | Recording

This will be a basic introduction to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, Tumblr and LinkedIn. Before attending our webinar, find out if you have a neglected LinkedIn page, Twitter handle or other social media account. Bring your questions and curiosity! Participants will be able to understand the different purposes and engagement levels of each tool, as well as have a better understanding of the "social media" culture and values.

 

FLS why 

 

How to Develop a Bilingual Organizational Culture  Recording | Slides

How to develop a bilingual organizational culture is part of a series of resources developed by HC Link to help Anglophone agencies and organizations who want to offer services in French. This webinar is intended for those who work in mostly English-speaking environments or in organizations with very little experience with engaging Francophones. The webinar will provide an overview of different aspects to consider for the process to successfully develop a bilingual organizational culture.

 

 Engaging rural communities

 

Engaging Rural Communities (Series) | Recording

This webinar - the second in a series of four webinars on community engagement - provides an overview of theory, best practices, tools and resources for effectively engaging rural communities. The webinar will focus mainly on challenges particular to rural communities, and strategies for overcoming these challenges. Guest speakers will share success stories and lessons learned through their work in rural communities. Participants can expect: increased awareness of effective strategies for engaging rural communities and populations; and opportunities for participants to share successes, challenges and resources.

 

 Mental Health Promotion in Action

 

Mental Health Promotion in Action: Reflections from Public Health Recording | Slides

Presented by the CAMH Resource Centre in collaboration with public health partners from Toronto Public Health, Sudbury District Health Unit, Ottawa Public Health and Perth District Health Unit, this webinar will provide a snapshot of mental health promotion activities and initiatives occurring in four Ontario public health units with opportunity for comments and questions from the audience.

Webinar participants will then be introduced to a provincial scan that aims to measure the range and extent of child and youth mental health activities/initiatives occurring in Ontario's public health system.

October 2012


Low-risk guidelines for youth

 

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

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.

 

 From informing to empowering

 

From Informing to Empowering: An Introduction to Community Engagement (Series Slides | Recording

This webinar - the first in a series of four webinars on community engagement- provides an overview of community engagement theory and practice, and forms the foundation for three webinars to follow. This webinar provides an overview of: the community engagement continuum, from informing to empowering; principles of effective community engagement (transparency, inclusion and community responsiveness); uncovering local assets; shifting from centralized to shared community leadership; the role of the convening organization; and strategies and tools for community engagement. The webinar will also feature a guest speaker who will present a local success story.

 

Emerging Issues in Youth Substance Use

 

Emerging Issues in Youth Substance Use - Distinguishing Evidence and Hype Recording | Slides (Modified)

This webinar will examine current topical issues concerning youth and substance use. There has been a barrage of media focus on such topics as bath salts, energy drinks and alcohol, the effects of marijuana, and the teenage brain. How do we, as health promoters, educators and youth workers, separate out the evidence from the hype? Our discussion will examine the influence of media-driven information and how to distinguish the facts. We will examine the research and consider what is significant in contributing to youth risk, and how policy, educational messaging and community action can use credible information to mitigate risk.

 

 

 

Improving Access to Recreation in Your Community: Policies and Programs For Healthy Communities 

Ontario municipalities, community-based organizations, sports and cultural groups, public health and health promotion professionals are well-versed in the role of recreation in healthy communities. Still, many Ontarians experience barriers in accessing recreation in their community such as affordability, transportation and cultural factors. In this webinar, you'll be introduced to a variety of tools and steps that you can use to create policies to enhance access to recreation in your community. You will learn the key questions that need to be considered as you create the framework for your Affordable Access Policy, and hear about potential roadblocks to policy development and how you can effectively address them. Success stories and promising practices from Ontario communities will also be shared.

 

September 2012

 Accessing Community Readiness French

 

Assessing Community Readiness for Policy Development English Resource | French Resource

When advocating for policy development or change, determining the level of readiness of local decision-makers and the public affected by the issue to engage in this work is crucial to determining what specific strategies and activities should be considered. In this webinar, Nancy Dubois will provide an overview of the key steps, strategies and assessment questions that will allow you to assess organizational readiness and community readiness. This will allow you to determine if policy development is an appropriate health promotion strategy, and if so, what specific strategies and activities will enhance your community's skills and willingness undertake this work. Nancy draws on the Community Readiness Model from the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University, within the context of The Health Communication Unit's "Eight Steps to Policy Development" The objective of this webinar is to orient potential users to a new resource focused on step two in the Policy Development Roadmap – assessing readiness. This weinar was not recorded, but the related resource is available in both English and French.

June 2012

Introduction to promoting positive mental health

 

Introduction to Promoting Positive Mental Health   Recording | Slides | Presentation Links

In its third iteration, this introductory webinar presented by the CAMH Resource Centre has been updated to include new tools, resources and reports released since June 2011. It will provide an overview of mental health promotion concepts, strategies and evidence-informed practices and will introduce participants to resources and practical tools to support the promotion of mental health in a variety of settings.

 

 Engage Francophones when you dont speak French

 

How to Engage Francophones-When You Don't Speak French!  Slides  

In this webinar, we'll briefly review the importance of Francophone engagement and some key principles and factors to consider. The bulk of the webinar will be on three simple steps to take to engage Francophones when you don't speak the language, including common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Finally, we'll hear from a local community who has successfully worked with their Francophone populations, and have time for questions and answers.

 

April 2012

 Results-based Accountability 3

 

Results-Based Accountability Session 3 – Putting it All Together   Slides | Slides - Part 2

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of all residents.  It is a transparent process that uses trend data and community engagement to set priorities that are right for your community. RBA has proven to be a valuable tool for community mobilization where everyone gets a voice and community assets are utilized and developed. Using clear plain language, the framework presents step by step methods for communities to turn around quality of life conditions such as health, safety, and clean environment and step by step methods for agencies to improve services for their clients. This is a 3-part webinar series designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of RBA.

 

March  2012

 Results-based Accountability 2

 

Results-Based Accountability Session 2 - Performance Accountability  Slides | Slides - Part 2

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of all residents.  It is a transparent process that uses trend data and community engagement to set priorities that are right for your community. RBA has proven to be a valuable tool for community mobilization where everyone gets a voice and community assets are utilized and developed. Using clear plain language, the framework presents step by step methods for communities to turn around quality of life conditions such as health, safety, and clean environment and step by step methods for agencies to improve services for their clients. This is a 3-part webinar series designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of RBA.

 

 Results-based Accountability 1

 

Results-Based Accountability Session 1 - Population Accountability   Slides  | Slides - Part 2 

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of all residents.  It is a transparent process that uses trend data and community engagement to set priorities that are right for your community. RBA has proven to be a valuable tool for community mobilization where everyone gets a voice and community assets are utilized and developed. Using clear plain language, the framework presents step by step methods for communities to turn around quality of life conditions such as health, safety, and clean environment and step by step methods for agencies to improve services for their clients. This is a 3-part webinar series designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of RBA.

 

 Health Promotion Programming for older adults


 

Health Promotion Programming for Older Adults: Mental Health, Gambling, Substance and Alcohol Misuse Slides | Webinar Recording

Interested in promoting the health of older adults (55 years of age and over) but don’t know where to start? This introductory webinar, presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), will provide an overview of mental health promotion concepts, and substance and alcohol misuse (including gambling) prevention strategies and programming directed towards older adults.

 

 Promoting Mental Health in Public Health  

Promoting Mental Health in Public Health   Slides | Webinar Recording

This webinar, presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), provide an overview of mental health promotion concepts and principles and provide some practical tools relevant for Public Health audiences. It presents an overview of mental health promotion activities and programs at Toronto Public Health, including a history of the Mental Health Program. Current literature on the intersection between public health and mental health promotion as well as challenges and opportunities for integrating mental health promotion within and across Public Health in Ontario are discussed.

 

Promoting Positive Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees  

Promoting Positive Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees   Slides

This webinar, presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), will review key concepts related to mental health promotion and will serve as an introduction to the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion for Immigrants and the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs for Refugees. These guides are two new additions to an online series that present health and social service providers with evidence-based approaches to mental health promotion with various populations. The guides outline best practices and provide practical tools to assist service providers in integrating evidence-based approaches to mental health promotion in their work with immigrants and refugees. 

December 2011

 Moving Forward with injury prevention

 

 

Moving Forward with Injury Prevention   Slides

This webinar will provide an understanding of injury as a Population Health problem and discuss the approaches to preventing injury.

 

November 2011

 So whats the big deal about alcohol  

So What's the Big Deal about Alcohol?  Slides

This introductory webinar will review prevalence rates, incidence rates, harms and costs associated with alcohol in Ontario. The importance of a comprehensive, policy-led approach to community alcohol problems will be outlined. Internationally recognized alcohol policy levers will be discussed and how these relate to local community-based or public health initiatives throughout Ontario. A case study will be presented to illustrate local alcohol policy development, from committee development to policy evaluation.

 

October 2011

 BehaviourChange


 

The Use of Behaviour Change Concepts to Move Policy Forward Workshop   Slides | Worksheet

September 2011

Mental Health Promotion in Action - Northern Ontario 

 

Mental Health Promotion in Action: Reflections from Northern Ontario   Slides | Recording

This webinar will profile Strengthening Families for the Future, a best practice mental health promotion program for families with children (7 -11), who may be at risk for substance use problems, depression, violence, delinquency and school failure. The program is specifically designed to reduce risk factors, build individual resiliency, and enhance family protective factors. Program implementation considerations, tools and relevant materials will be highlighted. This will be followed by a panel discussion that will explore integrating and coordinating mental health promotion programming in Northern/remote settings. 

 

June 2011

Social Media Finding the right balance

 

Social Media – Finding the Right Balance for Health Promotion   Slides | Resources – Strategy Guide

This webinar will introduce social media as a tool for health promotion, community mobilization and advancing healthy public policy. It will focus on the technologies available to public health and how we may consider using them strategically to achieve our goals and ensure conversations include the public health point of view. Finally, it will focus on how develop a strategic social media plan and questions to consider when considering an entrance into this environment.

 

Introduction to promoting positive mental health  

Introduction to Promoting Positive Mental Health (Repeat Session)   Slides | Resources

Mental health promotion strategies are relevant for all members of society and apply across the life span. Promoting positive mental health is a shared responsibility requiring active participation of many sectors beyond health. A wealth of evidence is now available with respect to the factors that lead to positive mental health as well as what governments, organizations, and communities can do to create positive mental health. This introductory webinar will provide an overview of mental health promotion—the concepts, strategies and evidence-informed practices for promoting positive mental—and how mental health promotion intersects with other risk factor areas. It will also introduce participants to resources and practical tools to support the promotion of positive mental health in a variety of settings.

 

Exploring the Constellation Model of Governance  

Exploring the Constellation Model of Governance   Slides

The Constellation model of collaborative governance is a complexity-inspired framework designed to support multi-organization partnerships and networks within complex systems. First described by Tonya Surman and Mark Surman in 2004, the “constellation model of partnering” brings together groups from multiple sectors to work towards a joint outcome with a particular emphasis on action. This webinar will describe the key components of the model, the opportunities it presents for meaningful participation, as well as challenges inherent in its decentralized leadership and coordination elements.

 

Network mapping at a glance  

Using Network Maps to Strengthen Your Partnerships   Resource

 Social capital resides in relationships and networks that facilitate coordinated action. In the Healthy Communities Partnerships, we are moving beyond survey development and map generation to network development. Network maps become our guide to design strategies which strengthen connections, make new ones and create new possibilities. In this webinar, you will learn about: why it’s important to map–and remap our networks, common network patterns and how to identify them, how to use the maps to move forward on your recommended actions, and possible next steps for your maps.

 

Creating healthytimiskaming  

Creating healthytimiskaming.ca: an online network for healthy communities   Slides

In this webinar, Martha McSherry and Amanda Mongeon from the Timiskaming Health Unit will share their experience in developing and using a social networking website for their Healthy Communities Partnership. They will share about funding, project successes, challenges they have encountered, and their hopes for the site’s future. The presenters are particularly looking forward to the discussion following their presentation, to gather feedback and to brainstorm with colleagues about the applicability of a tool such as this in other communities.

 

Canadian Best Practices Portal  

Canadian Best Practices Portal – a powerful tool to improve practice   Slides

The Canadian Best Practices Portal (CBPP) is a compendium of community interventions related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion that have been evaluated, shown to be successful, and have the potential to be adapted and replicated by other health practitioners working in similar fields.
It is a major project within the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), containing: a searchable database of interventions, resources to help you reach your public health planning, chronic disease prevention and health promotion goals, and a catalogue of best practice systematic review sites.

 

May 2011

Engaging Marginalized communities   

Engaging Marginalized Communities   Slides

During the webinar you will learn about a pilot tested framework for engaging marginalized community members and how it was used in a process to engage community members in a Healthy Community Partnership planning process. Webinar leaders will talk about strategies to connect with harder to reach communities and support their involvement in community projects. The webinar will touch on capacity building, empowerment and community-based participatory research as approaches used for engagement in the project. Learn about the outcomes associated with the project and the potential for engaging marginalized community members as advocates in your local policy development initiatives.

 

Media Advocacy   

Media Advocacy – An Important and Useful Tool for Healthy Public Policy Change   Slides | Reading

This webinar will introduce media advocacy as a tool for health promotion, community mobilization and advancing healthy public policy. It will focus on working with the media and how to strategically achieve our policy goals and ensure stories are told from, or at least include, the public health point of view. It will focus on the importance of strong key messaging and how to properly frame issues with the media. It will also focus on the importance of coalition building and community mobilization to support a media advocacy strategy. Finally, through a review of current media coverage on relevant issues, it will identify potential opportunities and threats to public health policy at the community level. 

Introduction of Policy Development


 

Introduction to Policy Development   Slides | Resources

This webinar will cover the basics of THCU’s Policy Development Roadmap. The webinar will begin with an overview of key concepts and terms, then it will briefly address the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of each part of the Roadmap. The most challenging steps will be brought to life through examples. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss some “on the job” challenges. 

 

 

March 2011

Mental Health Promotion in Action - London  

Mental Health Promotion in Action   Slides

This introductory workshop will help you understand concepts and principles integral to mental health promotion programming, learn about two examples evidence-based/best practice mental health promotion programs, explore ways to integrate other key priority areas (healthy eating, physical activity, etc.) within mental health promotion programming.