Funding support for 2012 CHNC Conference
Posted on Feb 29, 2012
The Professional Development Bursary was established by the Community Health Nurses Initiative Group (CHNIG) of the Registered Nurses’ Association (RNAO) in 2010 in recognition of the need to support CHNIG members in their interest and participation in the National Community Health Nurses’ Conference. Please visit our Financial Aid page for application information.
RNAO 87th AGM and CHNIG AGM
Posted on Feb 28, 2012
The association's 87th Annual General Meeting will be held from April 26 to 28, 2012 at the Toronto Hilton Hotel.
This meeting promises to be both informative and enjoyable for all members and student associates who attend.
CHNIG will be hosting its AGM on the morning of April 28th. If you're interested in becoming more involved on the executive, please consider running for a position. See Call for Nominations for CHNIG Executive 2012-2013.
Call for Nominations for CHNIG Executive 2012-2013
Posted on Feb 28, 2012
Elections are held each year at the AGM as required. This year we have openings for: Communications: Secretary; Communications: Website and Newsletter; Professional Practice: Home Health; Research, Education and Professional Development Co-Lead; and Student Representative(s).
Candidates for office shall be nominated in writing, and delivered to the President or Past President up until one week prior to the CHNIG Annual General Meeting. Candidates for office may be nominated from the floor provided they are present or have submitted a candidate's statement in writing. Nominations must be accompanied by the signatures of at least two CHNIG members who support the nomination. Nominees will submit a letter outlining their interest in the position. Candidates nominated from the floor may present their statements verbally.
The following is a description of the positions:
- Keep records of all proceedings of the CHNIG including a record of all meetings of the CHNIG and Executive Committee.
- Cause to be sent a copy of the minutes of any such meeting to the Executive Committee members, ex-officio members and the association office.
- Maintain a list of Executive members' contact information.
- Develop and produce letterhead.
- Distribute and ensure annual completion of, an Accountability Agreement by all new executive committee members.
- Maintain a master file of active, original Accountability Agreements.
- Communication (Website, Newsletter)
- Monitor and maintain the CHNIG Facebook Page
- Produce, distribute where necessary, and post the CHNIG Newsletter on the website.
- Assess and provide for communication needs of members re: CHNIG goals, surveys.
- Ensure CHNIG website is current, maintained and responsive to communication needs of CHNIG membership.
- Develop, in collaboration with the Policy and Political Action team leader, external media releases re: CHNIG and Community Health Nurse (CHNs) in collaboration with RNAO home office.
- Assist and support other teams in communicating about issues to the membership and the community at large.
- Collaborate with the Association home office to distribute email communications to the membership.
- Represent CHNIG on related committees as requested by the President or Executive Committee.
- Professional Practice (Home Health Nursing)
- Monitor developments in community health/home health nursing practice.
- Develop position statements and practice papers on community health nursing practice as necessary.
- Give input into RNAO on nursing practice issues as they relate to CHNs.
- Represent CHNIG on related committees as requested by the President or Executive Committee
- Research, Education and Professional Development (co-lead)
- Monitor developments in research and education pertaining to community health nursing, including the ongoing education of CHNs.
- Receive applications for and lead the process for the selection of bursary, scholarships, awards and grant recipients (advertise, review applications, make selections). Joint responsibility with Member Benefits.
- Develop position statements on research and education issues in community health nursing as necessary.
- Provide input to RNAO on research and education issues related to community health nursing.
- Represent CHNIG on committees related to community health nursing research and education, and as requested by the President or Executive Committee.
- Student Representative
- Bring the student perspective to the discussion of community health issues.
- Promote CHNIG and RNAO¹s perspectives, links, resources and awards to peers in nursing programs.
- Work with other Executive members to respond to community health nursing educational issues.
- Liaise with other student nursing associations, in particular, the Ontario Regional Director of the Canadian Nursing Students¹ Association (CNSA) and the Provincial Nursing Students¹ Interest Group (Nursing Students of Ontario-NSO) on a regular basis.
- Contribute the student column for the newsletter and CHNIG website.
Online Course: Strategies for Behaviour Change in Chronic Illness
Posted on Feb 23, 2012
Offered by The Michener Institute, this three month online course is designed for health care professionals looking to enhance their patient education practice. Participants will study theory and develop skills to help patients address the challenges of chronic illness, including diabetes, and facilitate lifestyle changes.
The course is led by Certified Diabetes Educators, drawing on a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide students’ learning. Participants have the opportunity to network with their tutor and fellow students using our online learning platform, and complete a range of assessment activities, including an interactive online case conference, case studies, a written assignment and an online final exam.
Course dates: April 2 – June 22, 2012
Registration deadline: March 23, 2012
For more information, please visit our website.
Drummond Commission's Recommendations
Posted on Feb 20, 2012
Ontario Public Health Association Welcomes the Drummond Commission’s Recommendation to Focus on Prevention
February 16, 2012/ Toronto, ON: The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), the voice of front-line public health professionals, endorses the Drummond Commission’s position that investments should be made in programs and activities that invest in the future rather than the status quo. Specifically, we welcome Drummond’s assertion “that an ideal health system would emphasize the prevention of poor health.”
This position is fully aligned with the Association’s mandate and its commitment to improving the health of Ontarians through disease prevention, and health promotion and protection. It also reflects recommendations made by OPHA President Sue Makin, and Executive Director Siu Mee Cheng when they met with Commissioner Drummond in October 2011. OPHA identified chronic disease prevention--including childhood obesity--, the social determinants of health, and healthy ageing as significant public health concerns, all of which are reflected as key issues in Drummond’s report.
The Commission proposed a number of changes to Ontario’s health care system, including a shift toward health promotion rather than “after-the-problem treatment”. “OPHA is pleased to see that, even when applying an efficiency and effectiveness lens, the business case for disease prevention and health promotion as being critical components of a successful health system remains strong,” said Siu Mee Cheng, Executive Director, OPHA.
The Commission’s focus on the public health sector was also valued. “OPHA appreciates the Commission’s acknowledgement of the complexity surrounding the current public health sector funding arrangement in Ontario, but would advise on a thoughtful and thorough exploration into the recommendation to upload funding to the province,” said Cheng. “The goals in addressing this complexity are to ensure enhanced efficiency, health system integration and funding stability, while maintaining the sector’s strong ties to municipalities in services planning, delivery and integration.”
OPHA would strongly support the Government in advancing the recommendation to develop a 20-year action plan for the health system. OPHA believes that this plan would be critical to evolving the health system to the next level. We believe that disease prevention, and health promotion and protection must feature centrally in this action plan as a means toward slowing the rate of growth of health care spending in the future and ensuring that Ontario has one of the best health systems in the world.
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit member-based association focused on advancing public health in Ontario. Our Association represents over ten public and community health disciplines and our membership represents many sectors in Ontario. Collectively, we represent over 2,000 public and community health professionals in the province.
Logan Broeckaert, Policy and Program Coordinator
Ontario Public Health Association
T: (416) 367-3313 ext. 232
Controversies about CCACs and Home Care
Posted on Feb 20, 2012
Shortened hospital lengths of stay, and a growing number of people living with chronic diseases has meant that more Ontarians than ever are receiving health care services in their homes.
In 2010, the Ontario Auditor General raised concerns about the quality and value of home care services, some of which remain outstanding.
Resolving these issues is important because the recently released Drummond Report suggests directing more resources towards home care.
Seed Grant Initiative Applications Now being Accepted
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
Dear CHNIG members, please take the time to log in to the Memeber's section of this website and check out the CHNIG Seed Grant Initiative Application.
Deadline for application is April 25, 2012.
We are open for discussion at CHNresources.org...
Posted on Feb 13, 2012
Liz Diem and Alwyn Moyer have initiated Community Health Nursing Resources as a virtual community of practice of community health nursing educators and practitioners. They collaborate to define issues, develop ways to deal with the issues, and distribute effective practice and classroom-ready resources. They believe a community of practice provides an efficient and effective way to deal with the rapid changes in evidence, practice, and communication technologies.
This website includes a forum and resources for community health nurses and educators. Most items on this website are available free (see creative license); a few items will be available for sale in the future. The resources may also be produced by an individual, two or more people, or the community of practice. More tailored services involving consultation and workshops are also available.
Health Promotion Seminar Series: Primary Health Care
Posted on Feb 9, 2012
By the end of this seminar nurses will have an increased understanding of:
- The values and principles of primary health care and how they relate to community and acute care nursing practice
- The differences and similarities between primary care and primary health care
- The key concepts of primary health care reform in Canada
Barbara Chyzzy is a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto and Humber College / University of New Brunswick Collaborative Bachelor of Nursing Program. At the University of Toronto, Barbara teaches the Primary Health Care: Nursing Perspectives course in the accessibility and urban health sections. Her Master of Nursing program from the University of Toronto focused on community health and community development.
Click here for online presentation (Full presentation video with narration).