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PHO Grand Rounds: “Communities are attempting to tackle this crisis”: a scoping review of community overdose responses

Many communities across North America have developed coordinated local opioid response plans, although little is understood about this approach.  Our research team conducted a scoping review to map the relevant published and grey literature.  Using integrated knowledge translation, we involved experts and knowledge users in conducting, interpreting, reporting and discussing the application of these findings. This presentation summarizes our preliminary results and considers how this knowledge could be used to inform practice across Canada.

Presenter(s): Dr. Pamela Leece and Jayne Caldwell

Pamela Leece is a Public Health Physician with the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) department at Public Health Ontario.  She is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. She also practices part-time as a Courtesy Staff in the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital. Her research focuses on public health approaches to substance use.

Jayne Caldwell is the Primary Health Care Manager for the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre.  Jayne spent several years as a Policy Analyst with the Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat at Toronto Public Health.  She co-authored and worked to implement the Toronto Overdose Action Plan and other Toronto Drug Strategy related initiatives and reports. Jayne was the Principal Knowledge User on the scoping review project in her role at the Toronto Drug Strategy.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Published 2 Oct 2019