HC Link workshops bring together theory, research, experience and hands-on skill development.

Community groups, organizations, networks, and partnerships working on Healthy Community initiatives can request workshops. Workshops are always tailored to meet the needs of your group (generally 10+ participants).

Workshops are provided free of charge where possible. Please see a listing of workshop topics currently available below.

Interested? Give us a call or fill out our service request form.

Are you looking for a topic not listed? Want to suggest a topic? Talk to us.


Workshop Topics


Creating Healthy Communities
Available in English
Learn about the international Healthy Communities/Cities Movement, the Healthy Communities Framework for Action, and examples of Healthy Communities initiatives. Participants will discuss their vision of a “healthy community,” community issues, and the potential for action from small, practical steps to longer-range strategic processes directed at policy change.

Engaging and Empowering Communities
Available in English
Increase your capacity to work effectively with community residents to influence community conditions that affect their health and quality of life. We will identify values and principles that foster empowerment and will discuss theory, best practices, resources and tools for shared leadership and decision-making; for asset-based community development (ABCD); and for involving people in meaningful ways, building trusting relationships, and overcoming barriers to participation.

Collective Impact Using Results-Based Accountability (RBA)
Available in English
Using plain language and common sense, Results-Based Accountability gets you and your partners from talk to action quickly. It is readily adaptable to fit the unique needs and circumstances of different communities and programs. This workshop outlines conditions for collective success and provides step-by-step guidance for developing a RBA process, with practical examples.

Creating Persuasive Funding Proposals
Available in English
What can you do to make sure your proposal makes it to the approval list in this highly competitive environment? How can you find the right funder? What are funders looking for in a grant proposal? Practical advice will develop participants’ skills for writing a winning proposal.

Collaborating on Rural Transportation Solutions
Available in English
New models of collaborative rural transportation solutions are emerging and continuing to evolve throughout Ontario. Find out more about transportation issues in rural areas, a model for community collaboration around sharing resources, and examples of rural transportation solutions.

Partnering for Success
Available in English
Partnerships, networks and other collaboratives encounter predictable challenges and tasks as they form, grow and evolve. This workshop will assist those who lead and participate in collective efforts to recognize their Partnership Development stage and to determine key tasks. Develop the skills to lead with confidence!

The Built Environment and Health
Available in English
What links health, chronic disease and land-use planning? What does research tell us about designing communities where people thrive? After a historical review of Ontario land use planning, we will explore how our health and wellbeing is deeply connected to the way we design, build and connect our towns, cities and rural areas. Hear about exciting developments in Ontario and learn how residents can become involved in local planning processes.

Toxic Stress and the Social Determinants of Health
Available in English
Chronic stress – from the day-to-day conditions in which we live, work, and play – has consequences for mental well-being, physical health and addictions. When stress becomes chronic, it becomes toxic. Using a thoughtful mix of personal experience stories, statistics and current evidence, participants will better understand toxic stress and how to mitigate it and will become equipped with tools and ideas for collaborative action.

Understanding Substance Use in the context of Youth
Available in English
The topic of drug use, especially with youth, can be difficult to address. This workshop will allow participants to stay current on the types of substances being used by youth and how to talk to youth about these issues. Specific topics will include: trends and patterns of use, emerging issues (legal status of marijuana in Canada), the impact of substance use on youth brain development and how peer-education can be a model for effective prevention programming.

Social Media Overview – Getting a Grasp of the Basics
Available in English
A basic introduction to five or six current social media tools. Before attending, 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 "social media" culture, values, and practices.

Integrating Social Media in Your Work - Tools, Health Promotion Examples, and Next Steps
Available in English
Bring your experiences, ideas and questions for an interactive presentation on current trends and tools in social media, examples of organizations using social media creatively and effectively, and how to use social media in health-promoting ways.

How to Engage Francophones-When You Don't Speak French!
Available in English
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.

First Steps in French Language Services (FLS) Planning
Available in English and French
Delivering services in French isn't as easy as flipping a switch. We will introduce basic concepts in why and when you should plan and offer services in French, discuss how to go about planning and implementing these services, and share stories from the field. Participants will learn to identify the conditions that promote successful development and implementation of FLS and to identify actions they can take.

How to Develop a Bilingual Organizational Culture
Available in English and French
Creating an organizational culture which supports the delivery of French language services is just as important as delivering services in French. Intended for those who work in primarily English-speaking environments or in organizations with very little experience engaging Francophones, this workshop will provide an overview of the process of successfully developing a bilingual organizational culture.

Creating effective meetings
Available in English and French
This workshop will focus on three phases, three tools and three skills to assure more dynamic and effective meetings. Learn to:

  • Appreciate different meeting cultures and types
  • Match meeting design with meeting objectives
  • Apply best practices to ensure more dynamic and effective meetings
  • Use participatory techniques to enhance inclusion, collaborative innovation and outcomes.

Vers le développement de partenariats dynamiques, effectifs et durables
Disponible en français
Un partenariat requiert le développement de relations entre plusieurs individus, groupes ou organisations dans le but d’arriver à un objectif commun. Les participants auront l’occasion :

  • D’explorer les étapes clés pour établir des partenariats effectifs.
  • D’identifier les stratégies pratiques pour évaluer et renouveler les partenariats.

Ils pourront aussi tirer parti des connaissances et de l’expérience des autres participants afin de mieux cerner les enjeux pour lesquels ils s’allient.

Starting the Conversation about Health Equity
Available in English

What is health equity and why should you consider inequities in your health promotion and healthy communities work? This conversation about health equity and the social determinants of health helps you incorporate equity into your programs and services. By the end of the session, you will:

  • Understand how inequities affect the health of people and communities
  • Understand the difference between health inequities and inequalities
  • Identify concrete actions to apply a health equity lens in your programs and services