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CHNET Works! Fireside Chats in February 2014

February 2014

Falls Prevention and Hydration
February 5, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
This Fireside Chat will provide a brief overview of the association between nutritional status and falls, with a specific focus on dehydration. Specifically, the different forms of dehydration, and how it can be confirmed will be reviewed.  Risk factors for dehydration specific to the older adult population will be discussed as well as treatment and strategies to improve fluid intake. Nutrition risk screening as a means to identify potential risks with respect to hydration will be discussed.

Older Spousal Caregivers: How A Caregiver Assessment Can Promote Seniors' Mental Health
February 6, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Mental health is often seen as the most compromised aspect of caregiving. In September 2013, Statistics Canada reported caregivers who cared for their spouse were more likely than other caregivers to report signs of psychological distress, including feelings of depression. Due to the nature and duration of care, seniors caring for a spouse with dementia are of particular risk for depression and anxiety with all their accompanying problems: isolation, lack of self-care, insomnia, etc. With the projected increase in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, helping senior spousal caregivers to maintain their mental health during the caregiving journey is of paramount concern.

Feature: Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer
February 11, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Interested in tailoring a KT plan to meet the needs of your audience? Knowledge translation (KT) may seem straightforward at first. But sharing knowledge (i.e. evaluation data, research findings) in a way that will support existing decisions or result in new decisions for public health practices, programs, or policies requires careful thought and planning. The Knowledge Translation Planning Primer was created by regional knowledge development and exchange analysts at the Public Health Agency of Canada to help you plan, implement and evaluate your KT project.

Lyme Disease 101, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
February 19, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Lyme disease (LD) is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected black legged tick. LD is one of the most rapidly emerging infectious disease in North America and Europe and became a nationally notifiable disease in Canada in 2009. The disease can be characterised by a rash (erythema migrans) at an early stage. If untreated, in the later stages, the disease can affect musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. People particularly at risk are those normally healthy and productive individuals who live, work or play in close proximity to ticks (i.e., in or near woodlands where ticks occur such as dog owners, golfers, campers, hikers, hunters, park officers, forestry workers, surveyors, etc.) This Fireside Chat will introduce Lyme disease, the status of environmental risk and surveillance, as well as prevention and control.

Of Walls, Moats, and Ceilings: Reconceiving Health Human Resources in the Era of Quality Improvements
February 20, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Our understanding of what creates quality health care has changed. It is not enough to have highly competent people steeped in their disciplines’ knowledge base. Professionals have to work effectively in teams. The organization of work is at least as important as the qualifications of people doing the  work. The knowledge acquired in formal training programs becomes less important over time; lifelong learning is an imperative. System competence is different from individual competence. Patient-centredness signals the final demise of the old order. But if health care is to achieve its ambitions, there must be fundamental changes in how we educate, apprentice, certify, support, and integrate health human resources.

Mental Health and Well-Being of Immigrants to Canada: Connecting Research Findings to Service Delivery
February 21, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
According to the Census, the proportion of foreign-born population is at the highest level it has been in 75 years. Therefore, the well-being of recent immigrants has powerful consequences for our current and future success as a nation. The process of immigration is inherently stressful, and the mental health and well-being of immigrants is of particular concern, primarily when migration is combined with additional risk factors such as unemployment and language barriers. In addition, migrants with significant health risks such as refugees are of particular concern due to pre-arrival factors that also play a role in impacting their mental health outcomes.

A New Way of Looking at Best Practices in Aboriginal Communities
February 26, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
A new way of looking at best practices in Aboriginal communities: Introducing the Canadian Best Practice Portal’s framework for including “Tried and True” Aboriginal ways to promote health and prevent disease.

Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2014 Edition: An overview and orientation
February 27, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Launched in January 2014, Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2014 Edition synthesizes and provides users with the latest available data from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada. This fifth edition of the report includes an updated policy supplement, as well as a new special supplement on flavoured tobacco. This fireside chat aims to orient participants to this valuable resource by providing guidance on how to access the report and use it, and highlight the timely information that it covers.  

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