On October 26, the Alumni Association of the School of Health Administration hosted a very successful CHE Preparatory Workshop at Capital Health. The workshop was facilitated by Pat Lee, CEO, Pictou County Health Authority; Catherine MacPherson, CCHL President (MHA 2007); and Reece Bearnes, Alumni President (MHA 2010). Members unable to attend the onsite session could participate through WebEx, which was a great addition to the session. The Alumni Association will be offering the CHE Workshop as one of their annual events.
The Association of Health Administration Students (AHAS), in partnership with the School and Alumni Association, presented Professional Development Week – November 14th – 18th, 2011.
- A screening of CBC’s “Staying Alive – An inside look at insite injection centres.” The viewing was followed by a discussion session surrounding the issues raised in the film;
- “Bad Decision Making: The Ultimate Inefficiency” lecture was presented by Dr. Joe Byrne, Director. The presentation highlighted essential mistakes to avoid, including miscalculating risk and cause, under-estimating the psychology of conformity and information bias, and overestimating public knowledge.
- “Diversity and Inclusive Language for Health Administrators Workshop” with Lyndsay Anderson, Residency Life Manager. The workshop addressed what kinds of diversity exist, how people may be unintentionally (or intentionally) excluded or discriminated against, how to use inclusive or inoffensive language, and what to do when you see people acting or speaking inappropriately.
- On Friday, a potluck lunch was held with all monies raised going to Feed Nova Scotia’s Adopt-a-Family.
Congratulations to AHAS on a week well done!
The School of Health Administration Alumni Association is pleased to present “Quality and Patient Safety: How Doctors Think (And How Sometimes They Don’t)” by Dr. Pat Croskerry, Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Medical Education, as part of their “Excellence in Health” speaker series. The event is taking place on Thursday, December 1st from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Regency Ballroom in the Lord Nelson Hotel. All are welcome.
The Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (ACEWH) hosted an open event on the topic of “Sex or Gender? What difference does it make?” on September 19, 2011 at the Company House in Halifax. The event was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s (CIHR’s) Cafe Scientifique initiative. In a relaxed and welcoming environment moderated by Jennifer Bernier of the ACEWH, three panelists came together to talk about sex, gender, health and well being. The panelists included:
- Jim Oulton, a Clinical Therapist who worked with Capital Health Community Mental Health Services in Halifax for more than 17 years and now works in BC reviewing Vancouver Coastal Health’s Transgender Health Program;
- Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and former Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University;
- Barbara Clow, Executive Director of the ACEWH and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Professions.
The dialogue focused on the importance of framing sex as a continuum rather than within a restricted binary of male or female. Through examples from their work, Dr. Clow illustrated the effectiveness of sex- and gender-based analysis in strengthening health research and practice. Dr. Frank talked about the need to break down historic research biases that presume ‘male as the norm’ both with regard to gender dimensions as well by asking ‘which male is the norm?’ and how we can gather data from socially and economically diverse populations. In addition, Mr. Oulton identified the importance of inclusive health provision for patients who self-identify as neither or both male and female. The energetic and engaged audience was comprised of 55 students, researchers, and community members. To learn more about the ACEWH, visit www.acewh.dal.ca and be sure to check out our new Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA) e-Learning Resource: Rising to the Challenge at www.sgba-resource.ca.
On October 6, Dalhousie University offered our first ever depression screening event “Beyond the Blues.” Lynne Robinson (School of Health and Human Performance) was co-chair of the organizing committee and brought together multiple partners from within Dalhousie and the community to deliver the highly successful event. Dalhousie partners included Employee and Organizational Development, the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Live Well at Dalhousie, Counselling Services and the Psychology Department. Outside partners included the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Mental Health Association. The School of Health and Human Performance contributed many student volunteers who valued the experience as part of their education at Dalhousie.
The event was highly successful, with coverage that night by CTV and Global television and DalNews. The activities at the event included a keynote talk by Dalhousie depression researcher Simon Sherry (with estimated attendance around 180) and an opportunity for an informal depression screening. This was followed by a chance to “drop in” to pick up tips on maintaining good mental health and receive a brief free consultation with a psychologist (provided by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia). Participants included students, staff and faculty. The objectives of the event were to destigmatize mental illness and, in particular, depression; raise awareness of depression as an important issue that affects may of us; encourage good mental health practices and promote early detection and intervention.
The IHRTP is pleased to announce Interprofessional Health Research Day 2011. This event has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Location TBA.
If you are currently in an undergraduate or pre-professional program and undertaking health research, you are invited to present your research as a poster or platform presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Abstract submission deadline – Friday, October 21st, 2011. For further information, visit the IHRTP website.
On Saturday, July 23, dozens of students, faculty and staff took to the streets of Halifax to take part in the 2011 Halifax Pride Parade, showing their stripes in support of tolerance and diversity. To learn more about Dalhousie’s participation in the Pride festivities, read the DalNews story.
WOW! is not only an acronym for Women On Water!, it also describes the people involved, the programs it supports and the mentorship it provides. On Thursday, July 21, 2011 organizers are holding a silent auction and BBQ to raise funds and awareness for WOW! a program that promotes the health and wellness of women in Nova Scotia through the sport of sailing.
Jacqueline Gahagan, professor and chair in the Health Promotion Department at Dalhousie University and WOW!’s founding chairperson, says WOW! is committed to promoting the health of women through sailing mentoring and education. To learn more, read the DalNews story, and visit the WOW website.
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Picchione Visiting Scholar Program
Dr. Stephen Page
‘Neuroplasticity and its Clinical Applications in Stroke’
Friday July 22, 2011
8:30 am – 9:30 am
N303 (3rd Floor Theatre)
Life Sciences Research Institute
Stephen J. Page, PhD, FAHA is a professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology and Neurosciences and is the Director of the Motor Recovery Laboratory, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. Dr. Page is best known for his work concerned with the recovery of movement and function after stroke, including his pioneering work with the use of constraint induced movement therapy and mental imagery in neurorehabilitation.
For more information please contact Dr. Shaun Boe (firstname.lastname@example.org).