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CHNET-Works! Webinars in March 2016

March 2016

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#471 Seniors Reaching out to Seniors: An Elder Abuse Awareness and Financial Literacy Workshop Program for Older Adults
March 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS) developed a workshop toolkit on elder abuse prevention through a three-year project that was funded by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The workshop program utilizes the peer-to-peer model, with trained older adults delivering information on elder abuse prevention and financial literacy to their peers, Since 2011, BCCEAS has delivered over 500 workshops using this model to almost 5,000 older adults, in addition to training community groups to establish their own seniors reaching out to seniors program, in communities across BC.

The webinar will share learnings on the strategies of a peer-to-peer educational model on elder abuse prevention, through examination of the recruitment and training of volunteers, program delivery, evaluation and community networking, and use this knowledge to help organizations establish a volunteer-driven elder abuse prevention program in their communities.

The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCEAS) is a registered non-profit society that works to prevent and end elder abuse by providing education, support, advocacy and legal representation to older adults through an Elder Law Clinic and Legal Advocacy Program for marginalized and low income older adults, a Victim Services Program and the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL).

Who should attend: Individuals and organizations across Canada involved in the protection and wellbeing of elders and in the prevention of elder abuse.

#472 Acting across sectors - frameworks for moving forward on the social determinants of health / Agir de manière plurisectorielle – cadres permettant d’aller de l’avant en ce qui a trait aux déterminants sociaux de la santé
March 15, 1:00-02:30 p.m. EDT

Frameworks are often used to visually represent complex ideas or concepts. Numerous frameworks exist to help explain the relationship between the social determinants and health experiences and outcomes. The Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a multi sectoral council commissioned a review of existing frameworks to identify those that support action across multiple sectors.

The review provides in-depth analysis of the seven frameworks deemed most useful for the purposes of leveraging action across sectors. These frameworks and the accompanying analysis can help shift public health practice towards more intersectoral, development-oriented upstream approaches.

The webinar will:

  • Explore components of relevant frameworks that support action across sectors
  • Highlight the use of selected frameworks in practice and policy settings
  • Discuss future directions for the development and application of frameworks

#473 Young people, socio-economic processes, and youth mental health promotion
March 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Quantitative research that has explored the association between socio-economic factors and youth mental health has produced mixed and at times contradictory findings. Little is known regarding relational dynamics between socio-economic processes and young people’s mental health and implications for mental health promotion initiatives. 30 diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 28 years of age from a Canadian Metropolitan region were engaged within a process of social praxis to explore their experiences of the inter-relationship between their socio-economic environments and their mental health and their processes of seeking to realize their mental health. Their experiences were compared to two sets of provincial mental health policy documents to explore the positioning of mental health policy in relation to young people and socio-economic processes.

Findings show how capitalist socio-economic dynamics both challenge young people’s mental health and limit their control in realizing their mental health. A key implication from this study is that mental health policies and programs need to be re-positioned from their focus on strengthening capitalist socio-economic processes to transforming these processes in ways that enable young people’s universal access to resources that enable inter-related mental health needs and in turn synergistic relationships between young people and socio-economic processes.

This webinar presents findings from this dissertation research and key implications for the development of health equity indicators and multi-level, inter-sectoral youth mental health promotion initiatives.

#474 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC): A Focus on Relationships / Les comportements de santé des jeunes d’âge scolaire : un accent sur les relations
March 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

The recent release of the 2014 report on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC): A Focus on Relationships marks Canada’s eighth cycle participating in this international school-based survey examining health and well-being of young people aged 11 to 15, and the social context of their health attitudes and behaviours. To mark this advance, the Centre for Health Promotion of the Public Health agency of Canada would like to invite you to a technical briefing on the key findings of this latest report delivered by the principal investigators of the Canadian HBSC research team.

Join us in the discussion, learn about the latest trends and explore how we can use what we’ve learned to inform youth health developments!

Who should attend: Youth health specialists, government health policy practitioners, parents/caregivers, health care professionals, teachers with an interest in promoting health and the benefits of life-long learning.