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NCCIH Webinar: At the interface: Indigenous health practitioners and evidence-based practice

1 hr

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Tue, Feb 11, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

With a growing acknowledgement of the importance of Indigenous knowledges and traditional practices to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous health practitioners have increased their efforts to integrate Indigenous and Western systems into their health care practices and policies. In this way, they find themselves at the interface of these two distinct and often contrasting knowledges, evidence, and practices to best address the complex health needs of their Indigenous patients.

This webinar highlights findings from the NCCIH’s publication, At the interface: Indigenous health practitioners and evidence-based practice. Co-author Dr. Kim van der Woerd and Kylee Swift will summarize key research and policy findings of this publication. Dr. Bernice Downey will then discuss the unique issues related to health practice that accompany working between, and within, these two worlds

PHO Grand Rounds: Understanding adverse childhood experiences in an Ontario context

1 hr

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Public Health Ontario
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Toronto, Ontario

PHO Grand Rounds:

Understanding adverse childhood experiences in an Ontario context

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include types of abuse, neglect and other possibly traumatic experiences that may occur before age 18. ACEs have been described as the largest unaddressed public health concern in our society, yet there is a lack of population health data related to ACEs in Ontario. To address this gap, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) conducted a survey to collect local data on ACEs, resilience and health outcomes of residents over the age of 18. The survey identified that ACEs are common among residents and co-occur with socioeconomic disadvantage; there is evidence of an intergenerational risk of mental illness and substance use; and resilience promoting programs may be effective in reducing long term negative effects of ACEs in our community. Thus, the implementation of resilience-building initiatives may be an effective approach to promote population health and address this emerging public health issue. This session will explore the results of the recent survey conducted at WDGPH and discuss next steps for action to prevent and mitigate the effects of ACEs in that community.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

Describe the importance of addressing early life experiences in the prevention of long-term negative health outcomes
Interpret Ontario-based data regarding the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their association with negative health outcomes
Discuss the role of resilience in the prevention of negative health outcomes and health behaviours
Presenter: Anna Vanderlaan

Anna Vanderlaan received a Master of Public Health from Queen's University. In her current role as a Health Promotion Specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), her portfolio focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood mental health promotion. Anna received the Rising Star Award from Health Promotion Canada in 2017 in recognition for her track record of professional achievements, exemplary personal leadership qualities and strong potential for making future contributions to health promotion in Canada.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.

PHO Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact .

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Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science and Exploring New Findings, by Lisa Guernsey

1 hr

January 16, 2020
2:00 PM Eastern Time
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It is no secret among seasoned early childhood teachers that children who thrive are those who are able to articulate their needs, have the ability to regulate their emotions, and can focus their attention on a task. Now, findings from new research studies are not only backing up that intuition, but they are providing teachers and child care staff with the new approaches and techniques to employ in their classrooms. Methods from Montessori, HighScope, and Tools of the Mind are among the approaches described in Lisa’s article in the October issue of Scientific American, How to Prime Preschoolers for Success, which describes the new science.

This webinar will review those highlights, helping teachers to gain more understanding of:

What contributes to children’s growth in executive functioning skills
What contributes to children’s growth in oral language development
How teachers are learning to promote these skills in early childhood classrooms

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.
2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Only 3,000 people at one time can attend our webinars, but registration often tops 4,000. Only the first 1,000 people to click the link to attend the webinar will be able to get in. We start the webinars 30 minutes in advance of the start time. Arrive early to make sure you get in.
Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.
You will receive a free certificate of attendance, but you can also earn .2 CEUs for each webinar.

Why ACEs Impact Neurological Development?

1 hr

Tue, Jan 21, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

The goal of this webinar is to introduce the neurological impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how it can increase the risk of substance use disorder. It is very important to understand the significance of addressing ACEs and interrupted neurological development in recovery. Recovery programs need to address these ACEs before they can be effective. Participants will be provided with examples of appropriate tools to help develop new thought patterns that will constructively replace previous destructive behaviors, including substance use. An understanding of the negative impact of substance use on the brain and cognition in particular, but also the brain’s ability to recover following cessation of drug use will be discussed. A focus on brain health is integral to the recovery process and understanding the potential of the brain to improve is important for program success.


Infant Early Mental Health in an Indigenous Context

1 hr

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 EST (NOON)

This webinar will provide a brief overview of infant and early mental health both from a Western and Indigenous perspective as well as the program "Nurturing the Seed" using developmental support planning. "Nurturing the Seed" was created to support the development of infants and young First Nations children in the context of their primary relationships and communities.

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Family Food Literacy: Implications for Diet and Household Food Waste

1 hr

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET

Speaker: Jess Haines, PhD, RD

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Lifespan brain development and cognitive function: From human milk to healthy foods

1 hr

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET

Speaker: Lisa M. Renzi-Hammond, Ph.D.

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The general truism “structure dictates function” is well understood when referring to how the structure of a molecule impacts its function in human tissues. Yet, a number of healthcare providers report a lack of knowledge of how a given nutrient or bioactive (with its own structure) can impact the function of body tissues in a way that is meaningful for human health. This lack of knowledge leads to a lack of confidence in making dietary recommendations for foods that can provide these molecules. In this presentation, three types of molecules (DHA, a fatty acid; lutein, a carotenoid; and RRR-alpha-tocopherol) will be examined for their impact on structure and, consequently, function of the human brain. The presentation will begin with dietary sources for these nutritional molecules, identify how the source of the molecule may impact its structure, and present data on how changing dietary recommendations for foods that contain these key molecules can improve brain health and cognitive function, across the lifespan.

Learning Objectives:

Following this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Differentiate between food sources of DHA and other key nutrients for brain development and synthetic sources, including formulas and commercial supplements.

2. Describe the ways in which DHA and other nutrients commonly found in brain, human milk and nutritional foods work synergistically to improve cognitive function.

3. Discuss the lifespan benefits of early life intake of human milk, followed by nutritious complimentary foods.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Renzi-Hammond earned her B.S., M.S. and doctorate degrees in from the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr. Renzi-Hammond specialized in visual neuroscience and neurological development and studied the ways in which implementing behavioral changes influences vision system function, as well as risk for acquired neurological diseases.

Dr. Renzi-Hammond completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin and combined her neuroscience and perceptual science training with nutrition science by spanning three different disciplinary groups at Texas: the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Nutrition Sciences Department. Dr. Renzi-Hammond also served as a visiting scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she was a member of the Carotenoids in Health Laboratory.

Following her graduate and post-graduate training, Dr. Renzi-Hammond returned to the University of Georgia as faculty, where she founded the Human Biofactors Laboratory and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of carotenoids and visual and neurological function. She has presented this research in a wide variety of national and international venues. She has also worked in industry settings as a clinical manager, where she set vision and strategy for the Adult Clinical Nutrition scientific platform at Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Renzi-Hammond is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the UGA College of Public Health, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the UGA Department of Psychology.

Network Webinar - Creating Social Media Graphics (Part 2 of 2)

1 hr

Free webinar for Network Members!
Friday January 31, 2020
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Creating Social Media Graphics (Part 2 of 2) Session two will be a hands-on learning session, where we will create a post together using Canva and Adobe Spark Post, we will also take a quick peek at PicMonkey, (a paid subscription service).

About the presenter:
Maureen MacMillan is an ECE, college instructor and photographer living and working in Renfrew County. She currently works for EarlyON Toy Bus as an ECE and also does print, photo and social media promotion. A former successful mom-blogger and content writer for CBC Parents, Maureen is a social media pioneer who bridges the internet of the past and present. She designed and taught a course on the importance of having a digital presence at Algonquin College in Pembroke. Her passion for creativity led her to establish a successful photography business called Gal Capone Photography, which is based out of Wilno, Ontario.

Network Webinar - Introduction to Creating Social Media Graphics (Part 1 of 2)

1 hr

Free to Network Members!
January 24th at 12 noon EST
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Introduction to Creating Social Media Graphics (Part 1 of 2) This course will introduce you to beginner design fundamentals, and teach you some of the tools that are available to create stunning, visually appealing posts.
Session one will focus on design, how to grab people’s attention with visually appealing content, and some of the free software and site’s that are available to help you.

About the presenter:
Mauireen MacMillan s an ECE, college instructor and photographer living and working in Renfrew County. She currently works for EarlyON Toy Bus as an ECE and also does print, photo and social media promotion. A former successful mom-blogger and content writer for CBC Parents, Maureen is a social media pioneer who bridges the internet of the past and present. She designed and taught a course on the importance of having a digital presence at Algonquin College in Pembroke. Her passion for creativity led her to establish a successful photography business called Gal Capone Photography, which is based out of Wilno, Ontario.

Network Webinar - Check It Out Initiative

1 hr

Free Webinar for Network Members!

Friday January 10th, 2020 @ 1PM EST
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Check it Out initiative / Dr. Malini Dave and Michele Lupa are members of a cross-sectoral group in Toronto who came together several years ago to develop an evidence-informed, standardized model of early identification and referral focused on 12 key domain areas. Check It
Out is the result of those efforts and aims to provide:

· Evidence-informed and manualized approach to address concerns and/or identify areas that may require further investigation or support
· Everything required to deliver community-based, one-stop events providing families with access to professionals who can answer questions about child development, health & well-being
· Information & referral related to screening/assessment, specialized services available & government programs of relevance to families with young children

Malini and Michele will provide some of the history of Check It Out and how it was developed, a description of the model and approach, a review of the tools available in the manual and insights about what was learned through the pilot and evaluation phase. They’ll also provide links to all of the materials created through the Check It Out project and suggestions for how it might be adapted for other communities.