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A specific role for public health in addressing child and youth mental health has not been well articulated. Through a comprehensive literature review, provincial stakeholder interviews, and public health focus groups, this Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) aimed to identify gaps in public health systems, and suggest guidance for the key areas that public health should focus on in child and youth mental health promotion. These include a coordinated and collaborative system, population health approaches, and a focus on protective factors.
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Presenters: Jodie Murphy and Maria Pavkovic
Jodie Murphy is the manager of the family and school health portfolio at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the co-lead for the Child and Youth Mental Health Promotion LDCP. For the past two years, she has worked in public health. Previously, she managed an integrated pregnancy program in an acute care hospital. Jodie has a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Calgary. She has conducted research in maternal child health and has published in the areas of substance misuse, perinatal bereavement, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Maria Pavkovic completed her bachelor of science in nursing with honors from McMaster University in 2014. She is currently working as a public health nurse on the Injury Prevention team for Hamilton Public Health Services. She is passionate about research and evidence-informed decision-making and is currently a co-lead for Child and Youth Mental Health Promotion LDCP.
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