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CHNET-Works! Events in January and February, 2016

January and February, 2016

January 26, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST
#463 Housing, Health Equity and Opportunities for Public Health

This webinar will look at the direct effect of housing conditions on health, how exposures to risk conditions impact vulnerabilities and consequences experienced by populations, and why this is an important public health concern. Guest speakers will highlight intersectoral research initiatives that consider the impact of housing conditions on health, and describe various roles that public health can play to address these issues. Public health involvement in community engaged health promotion and regulatory jurisdiction to address housing will both be explored.

January 27, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST     
#464 How Age-Friendly Communities Can Reduce Social Isolation

Please join us to learn more about how age-friendly communities can reduce seniors’ social isolation. An age-friendly community supports older adults by designing policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment in ways that help older persons live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Over 900 communities in Canada have taken concrete steps to becoming more “age-friendly”.  This webinar will feature three projects which demonstrate how the age-friendly communities approach can address seniors’ isolation through social innovation.

February 11, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST     
#465 Using Patient-level Billing Data to Measure Continuity of Care in Saskatchewan and Alberta

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) recently released two reports that use linkable patient-level physician billing data to examine the importance of continuity in primary and in acute care in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This presentation aims to provide an overview of these studies, and other studies across CIHI that use these data to measure health system performance in both provinces. The agenda for the presentation includes:
a) Introduction to patient-level physician billing data collection at CIHI
b) Overview of the two continuity of care reports described below
c) Other CIHI reports using patient-level billing data – past and future
d) Questions and ideas for future CIHI work/partnerships

February 17, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST    
#466 Late Life Transitions, Mental Wellness and the Importance of Social Connections

As we get older, we will find ourselves facing a number of transitions. These changes include retiring, downsizing, providing care to a spouse or family member or losing a driver’s license. Some of these transitions will be welcome. Others will be difficult to cope with and challenge our mental wellness. Some late-life transitions can also increase our risk for becoming lonely or socially isolated. Reaching out to others can help. Research shows that having family and friends we can count on can help us to cope and thrive through transitions in later life. And, in turn, this can contribute to our mental well-being.  Join us on February 17, 2016, for an informative and interactive dialogue with Bonnie Schroeder, Executive Director with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health. Ms. Schroeder will talk about the importance of staying socially connected as we experience changes in later life. She will also provide tips on how to plan, be more prepared for late-life transitions and maintain our mental wellness.  This Fireside Chat, presented by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), will be of interest to government policy and program representatives, health and social care practitioners, seniors’ organizations, academic researchers, and students in the fields of gerontology, psychology, nursing, social work and retirement planning.

February 24, 1:00-2:30p.m. EST    
#467 National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians

The abuse of older adults can take many forms and can come from a wide spectrum of the population, including family members and neighbours, life partners and professional service providers. In 2012, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) funded the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE) to undertake a National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians, a cross-Canada examination of the prevalence and risk factors of mistreatment of older, community-dwelling Canadians.  Please join us on February 24, 2016, for an interactive and informative discussion with Dr. Lynn McDonald, Principal Investigator, when she will share some of the key highlights from the survey, including some insightful findings as it relates to emotional/psychological abuse and neglect. This Fireside Chat is presented by Employment and Social Development Canada and will be of interest to government policy and program representatives, health and social care practitioners, those in the legal profession, as well as seniors’ organizations, academic researchers, and students in the field of gerontology, public health, law, social work, psychology and nursing.

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