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In this week's feature article, Stephen Samis, director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, introduced our readers to Shaping Active, Healthy Communities--a built environment toolkit for change.

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Healthy Work Environment: Improving the Quality of Work-life


Toronto, Ontario
June 15, 2010

Organizations understand that their core business is, to a large degree, dependant on creating a healthy and safe work environment.  Increased job satisfaction, enhanced morale and reduced absenteeism are some of the additional benefits of maintaining a healthy work environment. Join to hear keynote speakers Dr. Linda Duxbury and Graham Lowe.

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Annual Conference of the Adler Institute on Social Exclusion--Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action


Chicago, Illinois
June 3-4, 2010

Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place

Increasingly used to inform public policy and programming related physical health and well-being, the Social Determinants of Health framework has yet to be used, in any systematic way, to inform mental health policy and programming. To address this oversight, the conference will examine how the social conditions in which we "...are born, grow, live, work and age..." (WHO 2009) impact mental health and well-being.

The conference will feature:

Sex Worker’s Action Network 2nd Annual Community Symposium--In Her Shoes: Sex Work and the Justice System


Kitchener, Ontario
April 15, 2010

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Walper Terrace Hotel, 1 King Street West

The SWAN (Sex Worker’s Action Network) is a non-partisan group consisting of concerned individuals, including those with lived experience, agencies and groups committed to assisting and supporting individuals working in sex work.

This conference is open to social service workers, criminal justice personnel, sex workers, researchers, health care professionals, and any others in helping professions.

Fee: $40.00 includes lunch

How to ReStructure & Revitalize Your Non-Profit Organization


Toronto, Ontario
April 20, 2010

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hart House, University of Toronto

If you or your organization is unsure of the level of risk your organization is exposed to; how that level of risk may have increased due to the recession and funding cut backs; unsure how to assess if your programs are resilient; and unsure how to strategically restructure...then this workshop is for you.

Senior Program Consultant, Primary Health Care Information, CIHI


Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 9, 2010

Every day, CIHI contributes to improving Canada's health system and the health of Canadians through the collection and analysis of information. At the heart of this work is our winning team of highly skilled, knowledgeable professionals who care about making a difference. CIHI makes it a priority to understand and celebrate the contribution of each and every one of our talented and dedicated staff members.

Range Minimum: $85,600

Senior Program Consultant, Primary Health Care Information – contract ending March, 2011

Public Health Nurse Community Health Services – Youth Health Program, Halton Region Health Department


Oakville, Ontario
Deadline March 24, 2010

Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Public Health Nursing from a recognized University is required. Currently holds a Certificate of Annual Registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario.


Public Health Dietitian, KFL&A Public Health


Napanee, Ontario
Deadline March 22, 2010

Program: Family Health Division – Reproductive And Child Health
Term: Permanent

Position Summary:

The dietitian plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates nutrition intervention programs based on current research and identified community needs in accordance with Ontario Public Health Standards and other program requirements.




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