Fireside Chats

What is CHNET-Works!?

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chnet logoCHNET-Works! is an integral component of the OHHRRN’s overall knowledge exchange strategy. It is an IT link to community health stakeholders and researchers, decision-makers and health human resources from across Canada around current and pressing  health human resource issues. The goals are to share and discuss leading edge research and application and to support mobilization and evidence-informed programs, services and policies. It’s key tool is the Fireside Chats of which there have been over 230 hosted since 2006 to over 8000 participants. Dorothy Bonnenfant is the Animateur for CHNET-Works!

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fc-archive-1Fireside Chat: Building an International Evidence Based Migrant Health Network

Date: December 01, 2011
Presenters: Kevin Pottie MD, CCFP, MClSc, FCFP

The Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH), is a six year old interdisciplinary collaboration involving over 150 primary care practitioners, specialists, researchers, immigrant community leaders, and policy makers, that shines an evidence-based lens on the emerging new discipline of migrant health.

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fc-archive-2Fireside Chat: NCCAH: Towards a Healthy Aboriginal Health Policy

Date: October 06, 2011
Presenters: Dr. Josée Lavoie, Associate Professor & Donna L. Atkinson, Manager

This Fireside chat is in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Aboriginal, provincial and territorial health care systems are composed of a multiplicity of units: health providers, Regional Health Authorities, hospitals, First Nation health providers, long term care facilities, etc all engaged in the delivery of services.

In an ideal world, these units integrate the care they provide in a seamless way. Seamlessness is a recurrent theme these days, and an ideal to aim towards. In reality however, each unit works relatively autonomously, based on internal priorities, budgets and to some extent, external pressures.

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Brain Gain, Drain & Waste

Date: December 16, 2010
Presenters: Ivy Lynn Bourgeault PhD

This Fireside Chat will consider:

  • The context - What is the big picture of international health labour migration?
  • Why do health workers decide to leave their home country and come to Canada?
  • What is their experience of emigrating to Canada?
  • How do we manage professional integration?
  • What are the barriers and facilitators to professional and labour market integration?
  • What policies would be beneficial?

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Community Health Workers/Lay Health Workers

Date: November 30, 2010
Presenters: Sara Torres & Ronald Labonté

A lay health worker is a member of the community who has received some training to promote health or to carry out some healthcare services, but is not a healthcare professional. Lay health workers carry out different tasks such as giving help and advice about issues such as child health, child illnesses, and medicine taking. Some lay health workers may treat people for particular health problems.

In this session we will discuss the international experiences of the use of community health workers in achieving greater health access, community health mobilization and equitable health outcomes. This will be followed by an examination of the emerging knowledge in Canada about interventions by community health workers (also known as lay health promoters, health aids, health educators, multicultural health brokers, community health representatives, promotoras, home visitors, personal support workers or paraprofessionals).  Internationally, a wide range of community health worker interventions  are directed to changing behaviours and improving health outcomes among hard to reach populations, however, little is known about the role that these interventions play in Canada and their contributions in addressing health inequities among marginalized communities, including immigrants and refugees.  In this session we will also examine the promising role that community health workers play in Canada in maximizing utilization of preventive health programs by marginalized populations; in strengthening health and social programs interventions for at-risk families; and, in reducing health disparities for marginalized communities.

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Health Evidence: A Canadian resource for facilitating evidence-informed public health decision making

Date: February 11, 2010
Presenters: Maureen Dobbins RN, PhD & Paula Robeson, RN MScN

This Fireside Chat is in collaboration with Health-Evidence.ca

This Fireside Chat presentation will include real practice-based issues to illustrate how health-evidence promotes quick and easy access to public health effectiveness evidence. In addition, there will be a demonstration of how to navigate the site and what other content is available.

Advisors on Tap will discuss how health-evidence.ca has helped local public health units with their decision making in practical ways as well as answer questions about how to use review evidence in decision making, from searching to interpretation.

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OHHRRN Funded Research Webinars

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In collaboration with CHNET-Works!, OHHRRN held the following webinar series relevant to Health Human Resources.  Details for registration is provided below. 


 Policy Analyses of Scope of Practice Changes in Relation to Prescribing for Optometry and Pharmacy and the Regulation of Pharmacy Technicians

rishma-walji-wellnessDr. Rishma Walji, Post doctoral fellow, McMaster University

Date:  June 21st 2012
Time: 01:00pm (EDT)

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Policy Analysis of Scope of Practice Changes to Physiotherapy (Bill 179) and the Newly Regulated Health Profession of Kinesiology (Bill 171)

mlandry2 Dr. Michel Landry, Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Centre in Durham North Carolina will examine the ultimate outcome of the new legislations.

Date:  July 26th 2012
Time: 01:00pm (EDT)

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 Addressing Provider Shortage in Underserviced Areas: The Role of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Providers in Canadian Rural Healthcare

Hollenberg 2014Dr.Daniel Hollenberg, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Human Resources for Health at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Date:  October 18th 2012
Time: 01:00pm (EDT)

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 Exploring the Role of Peer Support Specialists in the Delivery of Community Based Mental Health Services

wakefield3Dr Patricia Wakefield, McMaster University, will explore the role and merit of using peer support specialists within Ontario's Assertive Community Treatment Programs.

Date: February 11th 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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Assessing Employment Setting Preferences Among Internationally Educated Rehabilitation Providers in Ontario, Canada

mlandry2Dr. Michel Landry, University of Toronto, and his colleagues from McMaster University are exploring the issue of employment setting preference and choice among internationally educated occupational therapist and physiotherapists, to assist with efficient integration into the provincial health workforce strategy.

Date: February 24th 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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Building Public Health Capacity for Unregulated/Internationally Trained Health Workers

cava2Ms. Maureen Cava and Ms. Heather Parker ,Toronto Public Health (TPH), will develop learning modules to build on the existing knowledge base and skill sets of internationally trained professionals and unregulated health workers at TPH.

Date: March 4th 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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Expanding Health Professionals' Scopes of Practice: A Case Study of Health Policy Pertaining to Pharmacist Prescribing

mackeigan2Dr. Linda MacKeigan and her PhD student Nedzad Pojskic, University of Toronto, will develop a better understanding of the public policy process by which health professions' scopes of practice change, and ascertain factors that promote the issue onto the government's agenda.

Date: March 9th 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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Task Shifting in the Provision of Home and Social Care: Implications for Health Human Resources 

mdenton12.comDr. Margaret Denton, McMaster University, will explore the process whereby tasks are moved to less specialized health workers in the provision of home and social care, and the relationship, if any, on task shifting with health human resource issues.

Date: March 10th 2011
Time:1-2pm (EST)

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 "Stay out or Get Out" What is Contributing to a Declining Dietetic Workforce in Ontario?

gingras2.comDr Jacqui Gingras, Ryerson University will examine why practitioners leave the profession, develop an understanding of the unique challenges of integrating internationally educated practitioners, and examine the hopes and goals of current students.

Date: March 18th 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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Is the Grass Still Greener? Examining Trends in Canada to US Nurse Migration

gillis2.comDr Linda McGillis Hall, University of Toronto, will describe Canadian-educated nurses in the US, identify differences between these nurses and US-educated nurses; compare then to RNs in Canada; and conduct a comparative analysis of differences over time.

Date: March 23rd 2011
Time: 1-2pm (EST)

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