OHCC eBulletin - March 2010 OHCC eBulletin - March 2010


1. What's Happening at OHCC

a) How your Organizational Culture is linked to Your Success

b) OHCC Strategic Planning

c) OHCC Board of Directors recognizes OHCC staff and volunteers

Online Courses- Collaboration and Partnership for Healthy Communities and Community Development Strategies

e) Bring Food Home Conference - March 4-6, 2010, Kitchener-Waterloo

f) Healthy Communities Consortium Webinars

2. News 

a) Healthy Communities Fund Applications  are Now Available

b) Proposed Extension of the 2007 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem

c) The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) and The Centre for Rural Leadership (TCRL) have merged into the Rural Ontario Institute

3. Events 

a) Le 3 mars 2010-  Le positionnement stratégique: s'outiller pour travailler ensemble au développement communautaire (Ottawa)

b) March 3 to 4, 2010-  Annual Workplace Health Symposium "Healthy Minds Matter: Taking Action"

c) March 23 2010 - Building Blocks for Community Planning (Toronto)

d) Le 23 et 24 mars, 2010 - Ma langue, ma culture: Déterminants de ma santé/ My language, my culture: Determinants of my health (Hamilton)

e) March 25, 2010- Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. Annual General Meeting (Milton)

f) Le 27 mars 2010 Anouanze - Le repas des nations (Toronto)

g) April 12-14 2010 - Third Annual Ontario Nonprofit Conference (Toronto)

h) May 10-12, 2010 - Evidence Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Workshop

4. Resources

a) Cancer View Canada- Searchable Prevention Policies Directory


a) How Your Organizational Culture is linked to Your Success
Thursday, March 11th 2010 10am to 12 noon

In this webinar you will learn:

•    What organizational culture means, and why it is important
•    How to understand an organization’s culture
•    How an organization’s culture helps or hinders success, and what you can do about it

 Registration Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Cost $40
Click here to Register Online or download the Registration Form

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jadie McDonnell, Communications Coordinator at 416-408-4841 x3.

b) OHCC 2005-2010 Strategic Plan Completed with Great Success

OHCC is pleased to announce that our 2005-2010 strategic plan has been successfully completed. OHCC has achieved significant accomplishments over the past 5 years and are currently of planning for the next five years. The OHCC Board of Directors, with direction from OHCC staff and coalition members, is currently developing our new 5 year plan.

c) OHCC Boards would like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers of OHCC

The OHCC Board of Directors would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the OHCC staff and volunteers for their contribution to the success of OHCC in achieving its goals and objectives.

d) Online Courses- Collaboration and Partnership for Healthy Communities and Community Development Strategies now available

OHCC is offering two stand alone, self- guided online courses: Collaboration and Partnerships for Healthy Communities and Community Development Strategies. Both course have been divided into easy to follow modules, and offer a variety of exercises, quizzes, case studies and resources. 

Collaboration and Partnerships for Healthy Communities

Collaboration is a value and activity in which most health promoters and community activists now participate.  This course is designed to help practitioners engage in and support the work of collaboration more effectively. The course is divided into a series of six modules; examing step by step, the steps of the collaborative process and includes case studies, exercises and resources.

The course is ideal for those who are considering the development of a new collaboration as well as those who have been a member of one for many years.

Community Development Strategies

This course is designed to outline the basic values, principles and methods of community development and how they may be applied within a community setting. Specific community development applications and methods, such as community asset mapping, will be explored.  The course includes readings, exercises, case studies and resource for further information. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will have gained knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Community development values, concepts and practice, and how it differs from community outreach and community-based programs
  • Community asset mapping
  • Aligning health services with community priorities and values
  • Success factors in community partnerships and collaborations

e) Bring Food Home Conference - March 4-6, 2010 (Waterloo)

The “Bring Food Home” Conference will feature a daily plenary, workshop choices in five programming streams, networking space and special events. Each day of the conference is organized to present a different aspect of food security and local sustainable food systems.  Day one is devoted to technical training and tours, day two examines projects and policy and day three draws the participants together to develop a plan for future collaboration and action. Joel Salatin, an alternative farmer from Virginia that is featured in Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma”, has been invited to give the opening keynote. The balance of the speakers are food and farming experts from across the province.

Working closely with the executive chef at the Delta, the conference will feature a menu made up primarily of food local to Ontario.  An emphasis on seasonal products and locally produced meats will allow conference attendees to celebrate the good things that grow in Ontario.  Day two of the conference will feature an evening “Taste of Waterloo Region” event co-sponsored by Sustain Ontario and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. To be held at the nearby Waterloo Children's’ Museum, it will showcase the great products and businesses that make up much of this regional food system.

Register for the full conference, register for one day of programming or join us for either of the special evening events. Click here for program information and to register for the conference.

f)  Healthy Communities Consortium Webinars

With more than 25 years experience in health promotion, the Healthy Communities Consortium has created a menu of webinars to help build capacity for Healthy Communities.  These webinars are available at no charge to organizations and groups who are interested in apply to or have received a grant from the Healthy Communities Fund or are involved with the Healthy Communities Partnerships.

Click here to register for any or all of the English webinars
Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire pour les webinaires français

English Webinars

Health Literacy
Wednesday, April 7th 2010
1:30 to 3:00pm

Orientation to Healthy Communties 
Thursday, April 8th 2010
10am to 12noon

Engaging Community Partners in Policy Work within a Health Promotion Context  Monday, April 12 2010
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Engaging Community Partners in Policy Work within a Health Promotion Context
Tuesday, April 13 2010
9:30am to 11:00am

Search Skills
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Social Determinants of Health
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Community Development Strategies
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
10am to 12noon

Collaboration and Partnerships for Healthy Communities
(complement to online course)
Thursday, June 3rd 2010

Healthy Communties and Chronic Disease Prevention
Thrusday, June 17 2010
10am to 12noon

Click here to register for any or all of the English webinars

French Webinars

Eléments essentiels à la création et au maintien d'un partenariat gagnant
Le mardi 11 mai, 2010
13h à 14h30

Intégrér les facteurs de risques dans l'approche holistique de la promotion de la santé
Le mardi 18 mai, 2010
13h à 14h30

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire pour les webinaires français


a) Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) Applications are Now Available

The  Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) applications are now available on the Ministry of Health Promotion website.  

What is the Healthy Communities Fund?

The HCF is a one-window approach to funding local organizations for the delivery of health promotion initiatives related to: physical activity, sport and recreation; healthy eating; tobacco use and exposure; injury prevention; substance & alcohol misuse; and mental health. 

Eligible organizations are required to work in partnership and to take an integrated approach to improving health and wellness at the community level.

The HCF is a cost-sharing program which provides financial support for non-capital projects that contribute to the health and wellness of communities.  Planning, development, and implementation projects will be eligible for one year of funding (ending March 31, 2011) or two years of funding (ending March 31, 2012).

Interested provincial and local community-based organizations can apply for funding to develop and deliver health promotion initiatives in partnership with other organizations through two streams:

Please note the following dates:

Due date for the Local/Regional Grants is April 23, 2010 - 12 noon.
Due date form the Statement of Interest for Provincial Grants is March 26,2010 - 12 noon.

For further information on the fund please visit the Minsitry of Health Promotion Website.

b) Proposed Extension of the 2007 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem

The Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) is a long-standing framework through which the governments of Canada and Ontario work together and with other partners and Aboriginal Communities to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. COA helps the Government of Canada deliver on its commitments under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The governments of Canada and the U.S. are currently in the process of negotiating amendments to the GLWQA.

The current COA, signed in 2007, is set to expire on March 31, 2010. As an interim measure, Ontario and Canada are proposing a one year extension of the term of the current COA to a new end date of March 31, 2011. The purpose of the extension is to sustain collaboration and allow Canada time to determine direction on planned amendments to the GLWQA. Amendments to the GLWQA, among other factors, will help inform the development and implementation of a new COA in 2011.  

Many of the commitments in the current COA have already been met.  During the extension period, Canada and Ontario would continue to focus on outstanding commitments and the Goals and Results in the Agreement, as well as the implementation of the:

•    Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan
•    Lake Huron Southeast Shores Project
•    Lake Erie Binational Nutrient Management Strategy
•    Lake Ontario Binational Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

On behalf of the Ministries of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, I would like to draw your attention to the Environmental Registry to submit your comments.

You may access the Proposal Notice at: http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTA4OTQ5&statusId=MTYzNTk1&language=en

For further information, please contact:

Carolyn O’Neill
Manager, Great Lakes Office
Land and Water Policy Branch
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
(416) 314-7833

c) The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) and The Centre for Rural Leadership (TCRL) have merged into the Rural Ontario Institute

Two provincial organizations have merged to create the new Rural Ontario Institute, a not-for-profit organization formed to provide stronger support for key issues facing rural Ontario. The Centre for Rural Leadership (TCRL) and The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) will officially amalgamate on April 1, 2010 to form the Rural Ontario Institute, operating out of the Ontario AgriCentre in Guelph, Ontario.


a) Le positionnement stratégique: s'outiller pour travailler ensemble au développement communautaire (Ottawa)
Le 3 mars 2010
14h30 à 16h30

Pavillon Desmarais, pièce 3105
Université d'Ottawa
55, avenue Laurier Est

Élaine Déry discutera du positionnement stratégique dans le cadre de ce séminaire du Laboratoire de recherche sur les minorités linguistiques et de l’ARUC Les savoirs de la gouvernance communautaire.

Coût d'inscription : Gratuit

Courriel pour obtenir de l'information : aruc@uOttawa.ca

Pour des amples renseignements veuillez contacter:

Anik Sauvé
613-562-5800 poste 4754

b) Annual Workplace Health Symposium "Healthy Minds Matter: Taking Action" (Toronto)
Wednesday, March 3 to Thursday, March 4, 2010
89 Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto

This conference is brought to you in partnership with The Health Communication Unit and the Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition. This year focuses on mental health and stress in the workplace. Join us for two exciting, jammed packed days of education, skill building, information sharing and networking.

To view agenda details, speaker bios and to register go to http://www.thcu.ca/Workplace/workshopsandevents.htm#annual.

Cost: $85/day 

c) Building Blocks for Community Planning (Toronto)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
8:30am to 4:30pm
Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto

This full-day workshop will focus on many key skills you will need in order to actively contribute to local planning within the Healthy Communities Ontario (HCO) approach. It will provide an opportunity for you to learn from the experience of experts and colleagues and work with community assessment tools.

After participating in this workshop, you can expect to be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key elements and principles of community planning.
  • Differentiate between community development and community planning and describe where the HCO approach fits within the context of community planning.
  • Use various networking processes to identify current stakeholder relationships and identify potentially valuable new partners.
  • Describe the purpose of a variety of data collection tools and how they can be used to inform local community assessments.

Featured Speakers Include:

Peter Clutterbuck, Social Planning Network of Ontario
Lorna McCue, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
Heather Keam, Health Action, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
Anne Ostrom, Take Heart Thunder Bay
Suzanne Schwenger, The Health Promotion Hub
Krissa Fay, Toronto Central LHIN
Alanna Leffley, Grey Bruce Health Unit

Registration fee: $60.00 (includes refreshments and lunch)
This workshop is being subsidized by the Heart Health Resource Centre

To access the online registration information go to http://www.hhrc.net/regform/regform_mar_2010.cfm

Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Please note that advance payment is required. If you need an invoice for any of these charges, please contact Angella Kalloo at (416) 367- 3313 ext. 232 or email: heart@opha.on.ca.

d) Ma langue, ma culture: Déterminants de ma santé/ My language, my culture: Determinants of my health (Hamilton)
Le mardi 23 mars et le mercredi le 24 mars, 2010/ Tuesday March 23 to Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Le Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario est heureux d’annoncer aux communautés francophones et francophiles du Centre-Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario, que pour la quatrième année consécutive, et en partenariat avec le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso) et le Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone du Centre-Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario, il organise le Forum santé du Centre-Sud-Ouest qui se tiendra les 23 et 24 mars 2010 à Hamilton sous le thème  « Ma langue, ma culture : Déterminants de ma santé ».

Objectifs du Forum :

  • Offrir un lieu d’échange entre la communauté, les intervenants-es et les instances gouvernementales sur l’amélioration des services de santé en français;
  • Favoriser le réseautage intersectoriel et interdisciplinaire des professionnels francophones;
  • Renforcer les compétences professionnelles des intervenants;
  • Mettre en valeur les différentes initiatives d’engagement communautaire dans le domaine de la santé en français;
  • Identifier et contribuer au développement de stratégies concertées visant l’amélioration des soins de santé et des services sociaux en français dans la région et la province.

À qui s’adresse le Forum santé :

Le Forum santé du Centre-Sud-Ouest s’adresse à toute personne interpellée par l’offre des services de santé en français. Il se veut  l’un des plus grands rassemblements de gestionnaires, de décideurs et d’intervenants en santé, services sociaux et d’organismes communautaires de la région, offrant un espace d’échange et de réflexion sur tout ce qui à trait à l’amélioration des services de santé pour les communautés francophones.

Pour télécharger le programme cliquez ici

Pour obtenir le formulaire d'inscription cliquez ici

Pour obtenir le formulaire de l'aide financière cliquez ici

Pour tous renseignements, veuillez contacter:

Fairouze Touni: ftouni@francosantesud.ca

My Language, My Culture: Determinants of My Health
Tuesday March 23 to Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario (RFSSO) is pleased to announce to Francophones and Francophiles in Central and Southwestern Ontario that, for the fourth year in a row, it is organizing a health forum in partnership with Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso) and Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone du Centre-Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario. The Central-Southwestern Ontario Health Forum will take place on March 23-24, 2010, in Hamilton. The theme of this year’s health forum is My Language, My Culture: Determinants of my Health.

Objectives of the Health Forum:

  • To provide a venue in which the community, practitioners, stakeholders, and government officials can talk about improving French language health services;
  • To promote networking amongst Francophone professionals across sectors and disciplines;
  • To build the professional skills of practitioners;
  • To showcase initiatives in the community in the area of French health services;
  • To identify, and contribute to the development of, strategies to improve French language health and social services in the region and in the province.

The Central Southwestern Ontario Health Forum is intended for…

…any person who is affected by the delivery of health services in French. This Health Forum is designed to be one of the largest gatherings of managers, decision-makers, and practitioners in the fields of health, social services, and community work in the region and to provide an opportunity for sharing and thinking about ways to improve the delivery of health services for Francophone communities.

To view the English program please click here

For more information please contact:

Fairouze Touni: ftouni@francosantesud.ca

e) Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc- Annual General Meeting (Milton)
Thursday, March 25th 2010
Country Heritage Park

In preparation for the AGM, the Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. is currently seeking nominations for their Board of Directors for a three year term with one community seat and three corporate seats vacant.  The Board meets approximately six times a year and entails the time equivalent of about one day per month.  It is the board’s responsibility to ensure effective governance of the organization – the effectiveness, credibility and viability of OAFE.

For more information please contact:

Krista Henry (Chair)

Colleen Smith (Executive Director)

For more information abotu OAFE please visit www.oafe.org

f) Anouanze - Le repas des nations d'ACFO-TO (Toronto)
Samedi, le 27 mars, 2010

Ukrainian Cultural Centre
83-85 Christine Street

Une soirée gastronomique des communautés francophones: Belgique, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Franco-Queer, Ile Maurice, Maroc, Ontario et Québec.

La soirée inclue un repas comprenant une spécialité de chacune des communautés, un spectacle de variétés, suivi de danse avec D.J. Remise des diplômes des participants à la formation en leadership.

A l'avance: adulte 20$, enfant 10$
A la porte: adulte 25$, enfant 15$

Présentation de l’équipe de soccer de l’A.C.F.O. Toronto

Anouanze, un évènement de l’Association des communautés francophones de l’Ontario à Toronto (A.C.F.O. Toronto) avec le soutien du Collège Boréal.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez contacter:

Lise Fillion
416-599-2666 poste 228

g) Third Annual Ontario Nonprofit Conference - Our Sector, Our Vision 2010!
Monday, April 12- Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Hart House, University of Toronto

Join the Ontario Nonprofit Network and your sector colleagues in this pivotal, action-oriented event!  This two-day provincial conference brings together leaders from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to shape the course of Ontario’s nonprofits and charities.
This year the focus is on moving ideas into action.  Since the last conference in May 2009, ONN has travelled across the province to meet with you and to learn about the issues that you, your organizations, and your communities are facing.  With your input, ONN has identified the top four priorities for Ontario’s nonprofits and charities and we are now ready to move into the next phase—ACTION!

For registration and program information please visit the ONN website .

h) Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Workshop
Monday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) has been defined as the purposeful and systematic use of the best available evidence to inform the assessment of various options and related decision making in practice, program development, and policy making. Through small and large group sessions, participants will engage in opportunities to advance their critical appraisal skills and identify strategies for engaging in EIDM. This one-week intensive workshop is open to participants of all skill levels and disciplines, including nurses, advanced practice nurses, and other health-care professionals, as well as administrators, managers librarians, and policymakers.

For more information, please visit http://ccebn.mcmaster.ca.


a) Cancer View Canada- Searchable Prevention Policies Directory

This is a searchable inventory of Canadian policies and legislation relating to the key modifiable risk factors for cancer and related chronic diseases including nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption, infectious agents, use of toxic substances, and UV/Ionizing radiation. This database is based on a series of environmental scans tracking federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and school policies and legislation between 1997 and 2007.

To view the database: http://www.cancerview.ca/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1946&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=2&mode=2&in_hi_userid=3411&cached=true  

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