Let’s continue to make London a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community

CRHESI and community members convened on November 15 for a collaborative symposium about trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC) in our community. The discussion reviewed activities currently in progress and explored potential for collaboration moving forward.

Read the follow-up one-pager report of the event.

Presenters included:
Margaret MacPherson, who presented on the possibilities and characteristics of a trauma and violence informed community, including ongoing work by the Southwest Region Coordinating committee.

Susan McPhail, of CMHA and My Sisters’ Place, shared on-the-ground experiences and organizational lessons from MSP’s process of becoming trauma- and violence-informed.

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Nadine Wathen, both from Western University, shared current tools and lessons learned from EQUIP trainings. They also discussed the role of TVIC in broader Equity-Oriented Healthcare.

Based on this community conversation, important actions moving forward are:
1. To share what we know about trauma- and violence-informed care
2. To map out what different organizations and individuals are already doing, or need to do towards TVIC
3. To build capacity, commitments and evaluation of TVIC training and initiatives

This event was co-hosted by Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC).

If you were unable to join us on Nov. 15, but are interested in joining this community of interest, please email us at info@crhesi.ca to be notified of further events and news. A compilation of resources for Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care is available at crhesi.ca/resources/tvic.


Global MINDS: a mission to help conquer mental illness

The inaugural issue of the Global MINDS Annual Newsletter describes the goals and principles of Global MINDS, alongside an account of their activities. An exciting first-year of Global MINDS has included:
-a graduate seminar course “Global Mental Health System Innovation”
-an initiative with eCampusOntario
-and the launch of our Global MINDS Fellowship Program (GMFP)

The Global Mental Health Incubator for Disruptive Solutions at Western University (Global MINDS @ Western) is an Interdisciplinary Development Initiative with the objective of using social innovation approaches to catalyze the development, implementation, mobilization and evaluation of disruptive solutions for the wicked problem of reducingthe global burden of mental disorders and related issues (e.g., suicide). Global MINDS is focused on innovating for low resource settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) (e.g., East Africa region) and for marginalized communities within Canada.

Global MINDS is led by Dr. Arlene McDougall, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

For more information about Global MINDS, click here.
To read the newsletter, click here.

Not to be missed: Fifth Annual Journeys of Migration

The Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Collège Boréal, the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership, the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, and Pillar Nonprofit Network are pleased to present 2017’s Journeys of Migration.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Admission is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

This year’s event will feature a theatrical production, We Are Not the Others. This play was created by Dr. Mirna Carranza from the McMaster School of Social Work, and Izad Etemadi, an award-winning Toronto-based actor and playwright. It is based on the findings of a two-year research project examining immigrant women’s experiences, and was first presented at the Hamilton Fringe Festival in July 2017.

This production humanizes the stories we read and hear about in the media, and brings us into the world of immigrant women. Using music, poetry and the real words of these women, We Are Not the Others brings you the struggles, pain, resiliency and hopes of immigrants everywhere.
Following the production, Mirna Carranza and Izad Etemadi, as well as the actresses, will be available to answer questions about the research on which the play was based, the development of the production, and the experience of producing it.

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Refreshments at 2:30 PM and a reception at 5:00 PM)
Location: UCC McKellar (Rm 290), Western University
Tickets: Register here.

CRHESI is hiring!

We are looking for a Research Coordinator to join the CRHESI Mobilizing Narratives for Policy and Social Change project. Mobilizing Narratives is a three-year research grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigator to achieve the goals of Mobilizing Narratives, and coordinate activities among research project teams. Qualifications required include a Masters degree in a social or health-science discipline, and community-based experience in advocacy and/or mobilization for action related to issues of poverty & inequality; discrimination, violence, and marginalization; working conditions and employment security; and/or legacies of colonialism and contemporary realities. This role is positioned within Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Visit Working at Western for a full description of this opportunity. The posting title is Research Coordinator, reference # 10125. Applications are due this May 29, 2017.

Local Poverty Reduction Fund in its Final Award Year

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund is now in its final year of awarding grants, with applications due this June 28th.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue its role supporting the application process. Groups not already registered and verified eligible for OTF funding must register by June 7th. Details are available here.

OTF support will also be available through in-person outreach sessions and webinars. A schedule for these events can be found in the OTF Events Calendar. No in-person events are scheduled for London this year.

If your organization is interested in submitting an LPRF application, CRHESI can support you in various ways, including:
-providing consultancy on research, knowledge translation and evaluation phases of the activities you propose
-connecting your organization to potential collaborators and experts from the London-Middlesex community and Western University
-assisting your project as it begins to share its results and outcomes

If the CRHESI network of university and community members can strengthen your application to LPRF, let us know. Contact Eugenia Canas, ecanas@crhesi.ca or James Shelley, jshelley@crhesi.ca for more information.