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Next week we have a feature on Men's Health written by Joe Jacobs, Executive Director of the Toronto Men's Health Network. Joe writes, "When asked if I was interested in writing something about men's health for this bulletin, I wondered about the best way to approach the subject. Being the director of Canada's first non-profit health organization focused on promoting the health of men and boys has given me the unique opportunity to learn about the health issues and behaviour of males. Given that 'Men's Health' is conceptually pretty new in Canada, I figured rather than load up on statistics illustrating how men die or areas where they are unhealthy, I would instead try to describe what 'Men's Health' means to me in my own words."

The searchable archive of all past features is located at Let us know what you would like to see covered -- or what you would like to write about -- by emailing


RFP: Website Designer, Youth Tobacco Vortal Website Project


The Youth Tobacco Vortal Website project (managed by The Health Communication Unit) is seeking the services of qualified website designer or firm to update, expand, and maintain the project's website ( Creating tools for affiliated local sites and supporting those participants through an orientation and support materials are also included in the contract deliverables. An RFP outlining background, services required, budget and bidding process is available as a PDF document by contacting Noelle at or (416) 978- 0522. It will also be posted on the THCU website by end of day, Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at

Deadline for dubmission is July 16, 2001.

Please respond directly or forward this notice to qualified suppliers.

Claim Your Power Campaign Promotes Empowerment and Healthy Relationships


The Claim Your Power campaign, made possible through funding by the Ontario Women's Directorate and the United Way of Greater Toronto, consists of eight individual, brightly-colored information cards. Each card has a different theme: Consent; Sexual Harassment; Emotional Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Acquaintance Assault; Sexual Assault; Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, TG/TS Relationships; and Healthy Relationships.

On the front of each card is a "Quickie Quiz" which asks a series of questions or provides scenarios relating to each specific theme. On the back of each card are "normalizing" and definition statements which address the complexities of naming and dealing with the violent situation while boldly stating each individual's rights under the law. The statement section leads the reader to the "Claim Your Power" model which encourages people through the following steps: "Say It," "Talk About It," and "Move Forward." Each card also contains a perforated section which lists resources and can be removed easily and kept in a pocket, purse, back-pack etc.

The colorful artwork featured on the Claim Your Power cards was created by a participant in Planned Parenthood of Toronto's Art Therapy Empowerment Group for Women.

The Claim Your Power cards are available to order for $2.00 per set. For more information, please call (416) 961-0113 or email

Planned Parenthood of Toronto launches TheSexEducator Journal


Planned Parenthood of Toronto launched the premiere edition of TheSexEducator in March 2001 at the Sex ED. In The City training seminar.

The premiere edition, sponsored by AKZO Nobel (Organon Canada Ltd.), looks at the impacts of funding cutbacks on sexual health programs and explores how some community-based agencies are dealing with dwindling resources and increased service demand. Also included are features on male hormonal contraception, peer education for people with mobility disabilities and a resource section.

The goal of TheSexEducator is to create a forum for sexual health educators, health promoters and public health staff to discuss the challenges and successes of their work, keep informed of new developments in sexual and reproductive health and learn new strategies and techniques for designing effective sexual health programs.

TheSexEducator is published by Planned Parenthood of Toronto bi-annually. The next edition will be released in October 2001. Subscription rates are $35 for an individual and $45 for institutions/agencies. For more information, or to subscribe, please call (416) 961-0113 or email

Keynote Speakers for this year's OPHA Conference are Confirmed!


The 52nd Annual Conference of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) has an all-star cast of keynote speakers that public and community health practitioners will not want to miss.

Renowned Canadian public speaker Stephen Lewis, former National Farmers' Union president Nettie Wiebe, Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director Elizabeth May, and leadership guru Robin Sharma highlight a three-day conference that won't disappoint.

The conference is being hosted this year by the Waterloo Region Community Health Department, and will take place November 5 - 7, 2001 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Kitchener. The theme of this year's conference is Harvesting Health: Embracing Tradition and Change.

The conference is one of the largest public health events in Canada, and typically brings together about 600 people from the public health,

community health and community planning sectors. As always, this year's

conference will feature presentations and workshops on topical issues in public and community health and serve as an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and share ideas.

Full program details will be available by the end of August. Meanwhile, information on registration costs, fuller keynote biographies, and a printable conference flyer to post in your workplace are available on-line at

For any further information about the conference, phone 519-883-2004 x.

5765 or email

RFP: Project Evaluator, The Health Communication Unit


In March 2001, The Health Communication Unit (THCU), one of the health promotion resource centres funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC), launched the Supporting Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion in Ontario project. Funded by the OMHLTC, the purpose of this initiative is to develop a comprehensive framework for supporting the planning, delivery and assessment of comprehensive workplace health initiatives through an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders.

To ensure that the project is meeting the needs and expectations of the funder and external partners, THCU is seeking a qualified and experienced program evaluator to carry out the following activities:

1. develop and administer a participant satisfaction survey to members of the External Advisory Committee established to oversee the project;

2. develop and administer a follow-up survey to external stakeholders (e.g., human resource professionals, occupational health and safety associations, public health units) providing input into the framework;

3. review project documentation and records (workplan, interim reports, minutes of meetings, etc.)

4. analyze and interpret the above data

5. provide a summary of the data in an evaluation report, including recommendations for action/project modification.

It is anticipated that the evaluation of the project will be carried out in September and October, 2001. A draft of the evaluation report is due on October 18, 2001. The final report is due no later than October 31, 2001.

Applicants must have a proven track record in program evaluation (including survey design, data collection, analysis and report writing). Preference will be given to applicants with an understanding of workplace health promotion in Ontario.

A brief (6-8 page) proposal, including methods, budget and timeline, should be submitted on or before July 12, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. All proposals of intent should be inclusive of all costs related to the evaluation. A maximum of $10,000 is available for this work.

Proposals should be submitted by fax or e-mail to

Larry Hershfield


Supporting Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion in Ontario Project

c/o The Health Communication Unit

Tel: (416) 978-0585

Fax: (416) 971-2443

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