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Call for Letters of Intent: Private Sector Delivery in Canada's Current Health Care System, Health Canada


The Health Policy Research Program (HPRP) funds research that provides an evidence base for Health Canada's policy decisions. As part of the Health Policy Research Program, Health Canada is seeking to improve its understanding of the role currently played by the private sector in the delivery of health care services within the context of Canada's current health care system. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is January 15, 2002. For more information visit

HR Breakfast Series Continues


8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Continental Breakfast provided)

Located at Goodwill Industries, 234 Adelaide Street (at Jarvis), Toronto (entrance off the Jarvis street parking lot), Large Boardroom, 3rd floor.

Attracting and Selecting Employees and Volunteers (Recruitment, Interviews, Testing, Metrics, Attracting Board Members & Volunteers)

Sessions are $25 each or the full series is $130. For information on the December, January and February sessions please visit the OHPE current announcements listing at (sort by events).

Designed for Managers/Leaders in the non-profit sector responsible for Human Resources activities and/or the creation, development and supervision of teams. Registration is FREE for any organization that provides a speaker for any session (spaces are limited). If you or anyone in your organization would like to participate as a speaker please contact Healthy Futures at (905) 569-8474 or

For a registration form please contact or call (905) 569-8474.

RFP: Development of a Prenatal Nutrition Resource


The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) and Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre are accepting proposals for the development of a prenatal nutrition resource for pregnant women.

Background Information

Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre supports community health professionals across the province of Ontario working on health promotion initiatives to enhance the health of mothers and babies. The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) works to increase the capacity of nutrition practitioners in communities across Ontario to implement nutrition programs and strategies in a health promotion context.

Best Start and The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) are teaming up to work on the development of a resource for pregnant women about nutrition during pregnancy.

Good nutrition and healthy eating are an essential part of ensuring healthy pregnancies -- essential for the growth and development of babies and for the nutritional health of mothers. Healthy eating can help ensure that adequate nutrients are available to support a health pregnancy. Recognizing the need for a concise resource that provides consistent, reliable messages about prenatal nutrition needs, Best Start and the NRC have decided to work together to better serve their respective clients.

Several principles will guide the development process, including the need for direction, input and feedback from practitioners in the field, and through them, the target audience.

Funding is available to contract out the development of this prenatal nutrition resource for completion by March 1, 2002.

Components of Proposal

* The consultant will work under the guidance of NRC and Best Start staff and a provincial advisory committee established to provide direction, input and direction.

* The end product must reflect current knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition needs during pregnancy.

* It is envisioned that this will be a brochure-type resource of approximately 15-20 pages.

* Some preliminary work has been done to form the provincial advisory group and to establish broad content areas for the resource. At this time, the NRC and Best Start are inviting proposals outlining the following:

* Proposed approach for development of resource including pilot testing

* Proposed format for resource

* Timeline for development and completion of resource

* Proposed costs for project completion


The deliverables for this project are

* a detailed outline for the resource;

* three drafts of the resource (that will incorporate feedback from NRC and Best Start staff, the provincial advisory committee and the results of pilot testing, as well as the results of a clear language review);

* a clear language review of the resource;

* a copy of the resource which includes relevant illustrations and which is laid out in an attractive, user-friendly format (paper and electronic). The electronic copy should be in Quark Express for later conversion into PDF or HTML format for distribution via the Web and CD Rom; and

* a copy of all materials identified and adapted as part of resource development.

Proposals should include the following:

* Current curriculum vita(e) and/or statement of qualifications.

* A letter outlining related work experience

* The proposal should also describe the approach that will be taken to write the brochure-type resource as well as a proposed work plan with timelines

Proposals should be submitted on or before November 30, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. by mail or email.

Proposals should be sent to

Colleen Logue

Manager, Nutrition Resource Centre

Ontario Public Health Association

468 Queen St. East, Suite 202

Toronto, ON M5A 1T7

For further information call:

Tel: (416) 367-3313, ext. 25 or 1-800-267-6817

Fax: (416) 367-2844

News Release: Homelessness Resources on the Web


Ginsler & Associates Inc., a consulting firm focusing on organizational development and community planning, has just updated the "Free Resources" page on its Web site at The new additions include over eighty documents relating to homelessness. Included are research studies, strategies for preventing homelessness, strategies for providing services to homeless people, and many items on creating affordable housing.

For more information contact

Ernie Ginsler, CEO

(519) 579-9040


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