Challenging Structural Stigma Workshop, presented by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and CAPSA.

In the realm of public health, addressing the complexities of substance use is a critical undertaking. The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and CAPSA invite you to embark on a transformative journey through their virtual workshop, “Challenging Structural Stigma.” Due to popular demand, two additional opportunities are now available for those who missed the initial session.

Dates and Registration Information:

  1. February 14th 9am-12pm EST & February 15th 9am-12pm EST (21 spots left) Register for the February workshop here!
  2. March 5th 1-4pm EST & March 6th 1-4pm EST (12 spots left) Register for the March workshop here!

Unpacking Structural Stigma: What to Expect

Led by accomplished facilitators, Ashleigh Hyland from CAPSA and Megan Harris from Gestalt Collective, these two-day virtual workshops promise an enriching exploration of the impacts of structural stigma related to substance use. Participants will emerge with valuable insights and practical tools to drive positive change within their professional spheres.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding Stigma: Delve into the various forms of stigma and the underlying factors contributing to substance use-related stigma.
  2. Assessing Policies and Practices: Strengthen your ability to assess stigmatizing policies, programs, or practices and learn how to engage in advocacy to reduce stigma.
  3. Empowering Lived Experiences: Recognize the indispensable role of individuals with lived and living experience in the healthcare system, emphasizing their vital contribution to policy and program decisions.

Registration Details:

  • These workshops are identical, so please register for only one to ensure maximum participation.
  • Limited to 25 participants per workshop, securing your spot is crucial.

Connect and Inquire:

For further information and inquiries, reach out to Kelsey MacIntosh, Senior Project Officer at the Canadian Public Health Association. Email:

The 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

A $3,000,000 research fund is available to develop and launch the first-ever 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. This hub will be a national research network, tasked with generating data and consolidating resources, best practices, and tools that will benefit 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs. The goal of the 2SLGBTQI+ Knowledge Hub is to provide public access to these resources, supports, and information, regarding the 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurial landscape in Canada, through an accessible online platform.

As an underdeveloped field of research, 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs and businesses lack access to support systems, business opportunities, and resourceful information. By conducting nation-wide qualitative and quantitative research in Canada, the 2SLGBTQI+ Knowledge Hub will identify these research gaps and seek to support 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs and businesses in overcoming the challenges and systemic barriers they encounter.

Who is eligible to apply for this funding?

  • The Lead Applicant must be a provincially/territorially recognized post-secondary academic institution or research institute;
  • The Application must include partnerships of three or more project partners that will contribute to the research and dissemination activities, that may include, but are not limited to:
    • Other provincially/territorially recognized post-secondary academic institutions or research institutes;
    • Community-based research organizations;
    • Non-profit organizations;
    • Think tanks.
  • Must have the capacity to conduct and coordinate large-scale, national quantitative and qualitative research projects, with the ability to safely collect and anonymize statistics;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to deliver program activities and products in both official languages (English and French);
  • Are expected to bring a contribution to the project, either financially or in-kind, to demonstrate their commitment to the development and delivery of the 2SLGBTQI+ Knowledge Hub and to leverage the funding provided by the government.

Ready to apply?

Visit the 2SLGBTQI Entrepreneurship Program’s Knowledge Hub


If you have any questions or issues, our Grant Manager is here for you:
Abdi Hassan (he/him), Grant Manager Research
(416) 761-5151  ext. 104

CRHESI is hiring a FT position to support London’s Health & Homelessness Response

The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) in Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences is hiring a Research & Evaluation Coordinator/Manager to support London’s Whole of Community System Response to Health & Homelessness (WCSRHH).

This new role will be responsible for the comprehensive management, planning, oversight and execution of research and evaluation activities among, and between, community partner organizations delivering services to Londoners experiencing homelessness.  A key activity will be to facilitate collaborations with Western investigators and community partners to ensure the successful attainment of research and evaluation objectives.  The position will play a lead role in managing and participating in meetings and other activities specific to the research and evaluation of the WCSRHH, serving a key liaison and engagement function between and among CRHESI members, Western University researchers and the WCSRHH’s System Foundations and Strategy & Accountability Tables

Full-time (35 hours per week) 2 year contract (February 1, 2024-  January 31, 2026). For more details and to apply, follow the instructions below.

Job ID: 33363 CRHESI Research & Evaluation Coordinator


1. Select the link to access our careers site. 
2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one. 
3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.

If you are a current Western employee or have worked at Western within the past 6 months please use the following link instead:

Webinar: Ethical tensions and harms in peer research and engagement

Delve into the world of peer research by joining an enlightening webinar scheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. EST. The session, featuring presenters Merrick Pilling and Lori Ross, will provide unique insights into the experiences of peer researchers within mental health service user communities, people who use drugs, trans and non-binary communities, and racialized communities. The discussion will center on shared challenges stemming from systemic oppressions and advocate for a more reflexive approach to peer research methodologies.

To register for this important event, follow the link: Register Here

For more information and a deeper understanding of the topics to be covered, visit this link. This webinar is a must-attend for researchers and professionals across universities, hospitals, and allied sectors, offering a unique opportunity to identify potential harms experienced by peer researchers and discuss strategies to mitigate these challenges. The event will be moderated by Lucy Costa, Deputy Executive Director of the Empowerment Council. Don’t miss out on this chance to contribute to the advancement of equity in health research.

Empowering Women: Western University’s iHeal App Offers Support for Those Dealing with Abuse

The iHeal app, developed by researchers at Western University, is a comprehensive tool aimed at helping women navigate the challenges associated with abuse. Whether it’s emotional, physical, or psychological abuse, the app provides a safe space for individuals to access resources, information, and support networks. The app’s user-friendly interface ensures that those in need can easily navigate its features and find the assistance they require.

Link to CTV News Article: “Western Developed App to Help Women Dealing with Abuse”

Key Features of iHeal:

  1. Resource Hub: The app offers a comprehensive resource hub, providing users with valuable information on recognizing different forms of abuse, understanding their rights, and accessing legal assistance.
  2. Support Networks: iHeal facilitates connections with local support networks, including counseling services, shelters, and helplines. This feature ensures that users can reach out to professionals who specialize in assisting abuse survivors.
  3. Safety Planning Tools: Recognizing the importance of safety planning, the app includes tools that guide users in creating personalized safety plans tailored to their unique situations.
  4. Anonymity and Privacy: Understanding the sensitivity of the issues at hand, iHeal prioritizes user privacy. The app allows individuals to seek help anonymously, fostering an environment of trust and security.

Link to Western University News Article: “Western University Launches iHeal App to Support Survivors of Abuse”

How to Access iHeal: For those seeking support or wanting to learn more about the iHeal app, Western University has made it easily accessible for download. Simply follow the link provided below to access the app and take a step towards empowerment and healing.