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||Registration for Pre-Convention Workshops
|8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
||Lead in Drinking Water (No Charge)
Presented by: The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Investigations into lead exposure in the environment have largely focused on household dust and paint as primary sources. Drinking water, however, has recently been identified as an “underappreciated” source of exposure. Lead may enter the drinking-water supply when the water passes through lead municipal-service lines and household plumbing lines, and this puts pressure on municipalities to evaluate corrosion control and undertake service-line replacements. As municipalities address these challenges, the questions remain: What are the current concentrations of lead in drinking water? Are lead concentrations exacerbated by service-line replacement, and if so, what are the associated health risks?
This one-day workshop is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the key concepts related to lead exposures in drinking water and related health effects. Through a collaborative effort, the workshop will integrate engineering controls with current knowledge of the health effects associated with lead, to assist public health professionals in decision-making.
To register, please visit: http://leadindrinkingwaterworkshop.eventbrite.com/
|| Collaborating to Advance Public Health – Locally Driven Collaborative Projects
Presented by: The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
Background: On January 1, 2011 responsibility for the provincial share of the Public Health Research, Education, and Development (PHRED) program functions transferred to the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP). OAHPP held extensive consultations with the field in preparation for this transfer and to guide the development of a new program model that will support applied research and program evaluation, education and professional development, and knowledge exchange in public health. A funding stream for locally driven collaborative projects will be available to generate new knowledge and build capacity for applied research and program evaluation.
The locally driven collaborative projects will help health units meet the Ontario Public Health Standards by facilitating participation, engagement, and uptake of research and program-evaluation activities. Funding for collaborative project teams will enable health units, public health associations, community partners, and researchers (as appropriate) to explore a topic, intervention, or program related to an identified critical public health issue.
Purpose: The purpose of the workshop is to provide representatives from health units, researchers and other public health partners the opportunity to identify and develop ideas for locally driven collaborative projects. As a result of the workshop, it is expected that a selection of preliminary project ideas will be refined, developed, evaluated, and funded.
Objectives: This workshop aims to:
- Provide an overview of the locally driven collaborative project stream;
- Present overarching themes for the project;
- Allow participants to identify and discuss potential project ideas within the presented themes;
- Prioritize project ideas;
- Create and support a community of professionals interested in applied research and program evaluation; and
- Begin forming partnerships for collaboration.
Methodology: A trained facilitator will be present to encourage discussion, identify opportunities for collaboration, and document decision-making. Follow-up meetings will also be organized to refine projects and collaborations.
Description: A facilitated workshop to provide representatives from health units, researchers and other public health partners an opportunity to identify and develop ideas for the locally driven collaborative projects. Further to the workshop, a selection of preliminary project ideas will be refined, developed, evaluated, and funded.
To register, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Instrumentation Workshop
Presented by: The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The health of our indoor environment is a key determinant of human health. We believe that focusing close attention on chemical, physical and biological agents in our indoor environment will enable us to prevent illness and disease, and promote the health and wellness of Ontarians.
This one-day workshop is intended to familiarize the participants with the key aspects of IAQ in non-occupational settings and to provide them with practical working knowledge in this very important and developing field.
Deliverables: The aims of this workshop are to:
- Provide examples of some common chemical, physical and biological factors that are potential environmental health hazards in indoor air
- Show how to recognize these environmental health hazards and evaluate the degree of the hazard using appropriate environmental sampling instruments
- Demonstrate the use of applicable monitoring instruments
- Identify possible practical control measures.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- List the environmental factors that can affect IAQ
- Describe heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and common problems encountered
- Describe the strategies used to investigate IAQ
- Describe the standards and guidelines for IAQ
- List categories of pollutants, including sources
- Describe the common equipment used for sampling indoor-air contaminants
To register, please visit: http://iaqworkshop.eventbrite.com/
|| Morning Session – Standards and Competencies for PHNs: Demystifying Relationships, Increasing Integration
Presented by: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Community Health Nurses' Initiative Group (CHNIGA), and ANDSOOHA Public Health Nursing Management
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To register, please visit: www.rnao.org/register
The Canadian Community Health Nursing (CCHN) Standards of Practice and the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Competencies set the expectations for public health nursing practice and, as such, must be an integral part of professional nursing practice and health unit policies. Through a series of presentations and discussions, this interactive workshop will provide concrete strategies to integrate the CCHN Standards of Practice and PHN competencies into professional practice and organizational policies. In so doing, it will:
- Demystify the connections between the various sets of standards (e.g., College of Nursing, CCHN) and PHN competencies, by defining each of the standards and its relationship to the new PHN competencies.
- Identify means of integrating the CCHN Standards and the PHN Competencies into organizational culture and policies.
- Increase knowledge and awareness of how the CCHN Standards and PHN Competencies can be integrated into the professional practice of front-line PHNs.
Presentations will deliver content in three main areas: description of the CCHN Standards and PHN Competencies; organizational practices; and individual PHN practices in implementing the Standards and Competencies. This will be followed by interactive activities aimed at assisting participants to identify strategies for implementing the Standards and Competencies within professional nursing practice and proposing organizational practices that promote a supportive organizational culture. The challenges and opportunities of CNA-certification by PHNs will be explored.
Afternoon Session – Developing a Community Health Nursing Education Innovations-Exchange Website Targeted for Nursing Faculty and Clinical Practice Educators
Presented by: Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To register, please visit: http://casnworkshop.eventbrite.com/
The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) formed the Public Health Education Sub-committee to ensure that all baccalaureate-level graduates from Canadian schools of nursing will meet entry-level competencies and standards for community health nursing practice. The committee is a unique partnership between nurse educators and practitioners.
In this workshop, participants will engage in a unique persona-and-scenario exercise to help identify potential audiences and desired features of an educational innovations-exchange website. The goal of the site is to share resources and strategies that have been effective in overcoming common challenges faced by faculty and/or clinical preceptors who teach community health nursing. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to discuss criteria for the reviewing submissions of educational innovations for the website. Participants’ contributions will inform the work of the CASN Sub-committee in the development of an online resource.