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PHO Grand Rounds: Locally Driven Collaborative Projects: Building Knowledge on Indigenous Engagement, PHU/LHIN Collaboration for Population Health, and Health Equity Data Mobilization
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By Webinar Only
Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: Webinar
This session will share the preliminary findings of three Locally Driven Collaborative Projects, which bring together public health units to develop and implement research projects on issues of shared interest related to the Ontario Public Health Standards.
Building Knowledge on Indigenous Engagement for Ontario public health units –Renée St. Onge and Mariette Sutherland
In April 2017, a group of northeastern Ontario public health units, academic partners, and Indigenous community partners embarked on a research project entitled “Relationship building with First Nations and public health: Exploring principles and practices for engagement to improve community health”. This presentation will provide an overview of the approach being used for the research project, as well as findings from an initial literature review. Four key principles emerged from the literature review along with numerous “wise” practices that were cited to promote effective engagement with Indigenous people.  The project’s next steps will also be discussed.
Collaborating for population health: Preliminary Results of a Public Health Unit-LHIN research project – Ruta Valaitis, Vera Etches and Cal Martel
This presentation will share the results of our mixed methods study that asks ‘What are the key elements for successful PHU-LHIN collaboration, as required by the Patients First Act, to achieve an improved health system in Ontario informed by a population health approach?’ In this session, we will identify common definitions of population health as well as benefits and challenges of collaboration. This project will add important insights to strengthen LHIN-PHU partnerships for an improved health system in Ontario, with an ultimate goal of improving the health of the population.

Health Equity Data Mobilization
– Mustafa Hirji
Advancing health equity in our communities requires collaboration between local public health agencies (LPHAs) and community partners. This session will present the results of Phase One of an ongoing project that aims to identify best practices to select, analyze, and distribute key behavioural and health outcome data for health equity work. Phase One involved creating an evidence brief incorporating results from a literature review and online survey on community partners’ uses and needs for health equity-related data, which was then used to inform a discussion to identify barriers and possible solutions for data sharing and use.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
·         Describe the method and key milestones of the “Relationship Building with First Nations and Public Health” Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP)
·         Identify four principles and additional ‘wise’ practices for effective Indigenous engagement
·         Identify benefits and challenges of PHUs and LHINs working together to improve the health of communities and individuals, as well as to reduce health inequities
·         Identify promising actions, strategies, and tools to foster successful collaboration between PHUs and LHINs
·         Describe the barriers community organizations face regarding sharing health equity-related data with LPHAs
·         Explain potential opportunities to improve data sharing between community partners and LPHAs
Renée St Onge is the Director of the Resources, Research, Evaluation and Development (RRED) Division at the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU).
Mariette Sutherland is the Manager of Indigenous Engagement at the Sudbury & District Health Unit.
Dr. Vera Etches is the Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH).
Dr. Ruta Valaitis an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University.
Cal Martell is the Vice-President, Integration at the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
Dr. Mustafa Hirji is an Associate Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region.
Cassie Ogunniyi is the Project Assistant to the Associate Medical Officers of Health for Niagara Region. 
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