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This week we have our Letters to the Editor for June 2003. Robert Bowes has written in response to OHPE 310.1, "Access to Oral Health Services," and Jen Macdonald shares two additional resources in response to OHPE 312.1, "An Overview of Chronic Disease Prevention."

If you have a resource or point of view to add to our feature articles, let us know by writing to More information on our Letters to the Editor column can be found in the OHPE News section of OHPE 268.0 ( ViewAnnouncements.cfm?ISSUE_ID=268&startrow=1).


Space Still Available in Alliances, Coalitions, and Partnerships, Multi-Stakeholder Processes


Space is still available in Joan Roberts' Alliances, Coalitions, and Partnerships, Multi-Stakeholder Processes workshop, being held in Toronto on June 27, 2003.

For more information, please see the original OHPE posting at URRENT.

June 2003 Bridget's Notes


The June 2003 version of Brigit's Notes is now available. This free, monthly, bilingual email bulletin highlights news and issues in women's health on the Canadian Women's Health Network web site.

This month in Brigit's Notes we feature

1. Call for Papers: In Pursuit of Substantive Equality

2. BCCEWH Mental Health Panel Presentation

3. Sixth Annual Pollara Health Care in Canada Survey

4. "No More Free Lunches"

5. Human Papillomavirus and the Value of Screening: Young Women's Knowledge of Cervical Cancer

6. BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health New Publications

7. "New Perspectives" Now Available

8. ACEWH Books Are No Charge During June!

9. "Seen but not Heard: Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour in the Academy"

10. New website: National Vulvodynia Association

11. Find women's health information on the Canadian Health Network

Brigit's Notes helps individuals and organizations keep current on women's health. It links to What's Hot on our site, which is updated weekly with new resources, research, links to women's health organizations, hot news and more.

You will have received your copy of Brigit's Notes already if you are a subscriber. If you want to subscribe, please email a message to

Brigit's Notes is a project supported by the Canadian Health Network. The CWHN is the Women's Affiliate of the CHN.

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New Report: Women and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Moving Research to Policy


You can download the full report as a PDF file at

From the website: "This document summarizes the findings of a research study funded by the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)....The initial project "PTSD: The Lived Experiences of Immigrant, Refugee, and Visible Minority Women in Saskatchewan," proposed a number of recommendations as ways of providing quality care to immigrant, refugee, and racialized women with PTSD symptoms. The ultimate objective of this current study, Women and PTSD: Moving Research to Policy was to develop policy statements and a communication strategy to improve and increase accessibility to services for immigrant, refugee, and racialized women in Saskatchewan who present symptoms of PTSD."

New: Women's Health Matters Resource Database


The Women's Health Matters Resource Database is a searchable, bilingual database, at and, of women's health resources for consumers and health professionals alike. The database contains descriptions of books and periodicals, audiovisual and multimedia materials and websites. Priority is given to resources that

* Provide reliable and accurate women's health information

* Provide support to women who are coping with a specific illness or condition

* Help women become more educated health-information consumers

* Help women navigate the Canadian health-care system

We are constantly adding new resources to the database and will be conducting annual surveys of women's health and consumer organizations. You may request the addition of a resource in three ways:

1. Visit us online at Click Resources on the left navigation bar. Then search the Resource Database and if we have missed your resource, fill in the online submission form by clicking on Suggest a Resource.

2. E-mail us with your information to

3. Mail us a hard copy of your resource. We will review it and donate it to the Women's Health Resource Centre at Sunnybrook & Women's.

Being part of this database will increase the visibility of your organization and your resources.

This project has been sponsored by the Ontario Women's Health Council, as part of its work to improve the accessibility of women's health information. The Council is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This project does not necessarily reflect endorsement by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The project is spearheaded by the Women's Health Matters website team at Sunnybrook & Women's.

For more information contact

Project Coordinator

Women's Health Matters Resource Database

Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre

790 Bay Street, Suite 907

Toronto, Ontario M5G 1N8

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Letters to the Editor, June 2003


I Introduction
II Response to OHPE 310.1, "Access to Oral Health Services"
III Response to OHPE 312.1, "An Overview of Chronic Disease Prevention"

I. Introduction

Writing in response to our May feature on oral health (, Robert Bowes points out some recent media coverage and work by individuals, coalitions or groups, as well as indicating an interest in hearing from people active in the field.

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