Seeking community members for meeting on artificial intelligence and health equity

Researchers at Western University and the University of Toronto are hosting a meeting that seeks to explore and discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) could either reduce or worsen health inequities in Canada. In addition to inviting AI scientists and health researchers to this meeting, we are also inviting those who may often not have a chance to voice their perspectives on issues like this, such as individuals from communities that are commonly underrepresented in relation to emerging health technologies. If you feel this applies to you or individuals you work with through your organization, please forward this to others and consider attending.

The event will run from 1-5pm on Thursday, November 7th and 8:30am-5pm on Friday, November 8th. Events on the 7th will take place at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and events on the 8th will take place at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, both located in Toronto. In recognition of the travel and time investment required by this initiative, we would be happy to cover travel, meals, and accommodation expenses. The option to receive a modest honorarium proportionate to time invested also exists, based on individual circumstances.

If you are interested in attending and participating, or if you have any questions, please email Maxwell Smith (maxwell.smith@uwo.ca) by October 16.

City Symposium: Reducing Inequalities

The next City Symposium focuses on the question of how we can reduce inequalities in our community.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:40 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

The presenters:

Michael Ciccone is the new CEO and Chief Library of the London Public Library. Jenna Rose Sands is a Cree Obibwe artist using zines to educate and inform the community about the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. Carolina Cohoon is an education and rehabilitation specialist focusing on inclusion and accessibility. Saverio Stranges is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, at Western University.

Read the full presenters bios. Additional information is available via: Eventbrite, Facebook, and the City Symposium’s newsletter.

Sharing Research Through Art and Poetry

On behalf of Drs. Mantler (Health Studies, Western), O’Keefe-McCarthy (Nursing, Brock University) and Jackson (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University), you are invited to join an evening of research shared through art and poetry. This event features an artistic interpretation of a novel health care intervention to support at-risk women during the antenatal period.

Tuesday October 8th, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building,
Western University (Map)

RSVP: kim.jackson@uwo.ca

Join us for an evening of poetry, art, refreshments and music. All are welcome. This is a free event.

Download/view event poster PDF

Mental health care delivery in Canada and Ghana: enhancing community integration of people diagnosed and treated for mental illness

On April 30, 2019, graduate student Joseph Adu delivered a poster presentation at Lawson Health Research Day regarding his proposed comparative analysis of community integration post-mental health hospitalization in Canada and Ghana. Both high-income and low-income nations face challenges in responding to the rising burden of mental illness. To mitigate the negative impacts of mental illnesses, it is imperative that those who seek acute care services are able to comfortably return to the community and to employment post-discharge.

View the full poster PDF

It is hoped that this proposed study will identify the key issues affecting the integration of mental health patients into communities and influence policy and practice where mental health services delivery are concerned.

Adu, J. & Oudshoorn, A. (Apr 30, 2019). Mental health care delivery in Canada and Ghana: Identifying resources and support networks to enhance community integration of people diagnosed and treated for mental illness.
Lawson Health Research Day, London, ON.

So, what is a Community Research Incubator?

The Community Research Incubator is next week. But what is this thing, exactly? Great question!

Think of it as a recipe.

First, start with a room full of passionate and creative people: community leaders, researchers, program designers and evaluators, students, and others.

For the second ingredient, add some specific questions, problems, or projects into the mix for discussion. These might include program ideas, nascent research initiatives, materializing concepts in need of collaborators, and so on.

The next ingredient is a very thin layer of technology: a set of screens around the room that provide minute-by-minute updates of each conversation. This monitoring allows everyone in the room to self-organize and connect themselves to conservations where they feel they have the most to learn or contribute.

Lastly, stir everything together in a relaxed environment and provide some light refreshments to help keep up the glucose levels! (A nice topping is to add the option for those who are interested in purchasing a pint as well.)

Even if you cannot attend the Community Research Incubator this coming Tuesday, you can still contribute as a CRHESI member. Review this list of initial table discussions and forward this message on to anyone who you know who might be able to resource, support, or benefit from these topics:

Topic: Nurturing research and collaboration on dis/ability and inclusive physical activity in London and region
Point person: David Howe, Associate Professor, Dr Frank Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact, School of Kinesology, School of Kinesiology, Western University, david.howe@uwo.ca

Topic: ATN intends to establish an adaptive kitchen at the Old East Village Grocer as the home training site of the Nourishing Abilities Cooking Club and is developing a broad-based community collaborative with a variety of expertise and specializations to help inform program design, evaluation and delivery.
Point person: Vito Mendonca, Manager of Community Partnerships, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc., v.mendonca@atn.ca

Topic: How do organizations define and conceptualize ‘health equity’ and how do they feel it ought to be pursued, given where they are situated in the community?
Point person: Maxwell Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University, maxwell.smith@uwo.ca

Topic: Opportunities for working with Western students to advance community initiatives and programming through Community Engaged Learning.
Point person: Kelly Hollingshead, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, Western University, khollin2@uwo.ca

Topic: What guides are other organizations in London using as benchmarks for equity and diversity best practices?
Point person: Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director, Literacy Link South Central, literacylink@llsc.on.ca

Topic: Let’s talk about how the structures and context of academic research have defined research collaborations
Point person: Anita Kothari, Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, akothari@uwo.ca

All CRHESI and community members are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 24, 3 PM – 4:30 PM at the Fox and Fiddle (355 Wellington). Please register via Eventbrite.

If you have an idea, project, or problem in mind that you would like to bring to a future Community Research Incubator for broader collaboration and input, please let us know at info@crhesi.ca