Invitation to Join Advisory Panel to Inform Implementation of Cancer Screening Recommendations for Two-Spirit, Trans and Nonbinary People

Invitation: Join Advisory Panel to Inform Implementation of Cancer Screening Recommendations for Two-Spirit, Trans and Nonbinary People

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Please share with patients, community members, and health providers in the hopes of finding some wonderful members of the Two-Spirit, Trans, and Nonbinary communities who might be willing to share their time and experience with Ontario Health to better inform future cancer screening policies.

Interested participants please email Logan Broeckaert obsp_pd@ontariohealth.ca by December 2

Details:

The Ontario Breast Screening Program is convening an advisory panel to implement recommendations from Ontario’s first cancer screening policy for trans and nonbinary people. The advisory panel is made up of clinicians who provide breast screening, clinicians with expertise in the primary care of trans people, and members of the Two-Spirit, transfeminine and nonbinary community. The work of the panel will be conducted in English.
We are currently seeking three panel members who are Two-Spirit, transfeminine or nonbinary, preferably eligible for breast screening (e.g., 50-74 with history of feminizing hormone therapy). Having some knowledge of the health care system or cancer screening is an asset but not required.
If you are interested, please email Logan Broeckaert, obsp_pd@ontariohealth.ca by December 2, 2022

What is the opportunity for panel members?

  1. Attend the advisory panel meeting in January/February 2023 (2 hours)
  2. Complete offline review of final guidance documents February – June 2023 (estimated time to be determined but I expect 3-5 hours at the most)
    Advisors who are not engaged with the Government of Ontario or the wider public sector will be offered honoraria for their time.
    What is the Ontario Breast Screening Program?
  3. The OBSP is a screening program designed to encourage people in Ontario to get screened for breast cancer. Regular screening can find cancer early when treatment has a better chance of working. The OBSP provincial program provides mammograms for anyone in the province who is eligible for breast cancer screening.
    What is Ontario Health?
  4. We are an agency created by the Government of Ontario to connect, coordinate and modernize our province’s health care system. We work with partners, providers and patients to make the health system more efficient so everyone in Ontario has an opportunity for better health and wellbeing.

Blog Callout: POWER AND GLOBAL HEALTH DAY 2022

The Global Health Equity @ Western hub team would like to invite you to create a Blog on the topic of RACIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL HEALTH.

Racial Justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting inequitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Unfortunately, due to racial injustice, many inequities arise and marginalized populations do not have access to the same resources as others making them more vulnerable to negative health outcomes. These include higher chronic disease risk (diabetes & cardiovascular disease), reduced health seeking, higher levels of unhappiness, loneliness, and depression. BInequities for racialized populations in access to health and care have been further underlined during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplified by inequities in COVID-19 morbidity, mortality and vaccine distribution.

The Global Health Equity @ Western hub goal is to instigate discussion beyond calls for equity, trans-national solidarity and responsibility, to identify actionable interventions and shifts in thinking that can advance racial justice as it pertains to health.

For this year’s Power & Global Health Day with its theme of Racial Justice, you may consider producing a blog about (for example, but not limited to)…

  • Lived experiences of racial (in)justice
  • Indigenous Health
  • Community-based healing and advocacy
  • Access to Healthcare
  • Environmental Racism
  • Microaggressions
  • Gender inequities
  • Gender Rights and Health
  • Culture and Migration Experiences and Policies

Submissions are welcome from the entire Western community as well as external community members. Current students’ Blogs will be submitted to a panel composed of students, faculty, and community representatives, with the most compelling 5 submissions awarded a prize of $100 and featured on the Global Health Equity HUB @Western University

You do not need to be a current member of the Western community to submit. We want to hear from you! All Blogs meeting submission criteria will be featured on Western’s Global Health Equity website.

Blogs will be accepted from now until October 30th at midnight. Winning student submissions will be announced on Thursday November 24th, 2022, at Power & Global Health Day.

Blogs should not exceed 1500 words and should align with the general blog guidelines for the GHE hub which can be found here.

Please send your submission here

The Global Health Equity @ Western hub looks forward to hearing from our community and holding these important conversations. Please also join at Power and Global Health Day on Thursday, November 24th, 2022

Call for Members: Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (OPHESAC)

The Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (formerly the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table) is a group of independent, multi-disciplinary experts whose role is to enhance provincial capacity to respond to a spectrum of public health emergencies with the best available evidence. OPHESAC provides independent scientific advice to PHO, and where appropriate through PHO to Ministry of Health, to inform the management of public health emergencies, including COVID-19.

The Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (OPHESAC) is currently recruiting members with diverse expertise including health equity and social justice. Interested candidates should send their expression of interest, with a curriculum vitae and complete contact details to secretariat@oahpp.ca by Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

ACADEMIC MEMBER(S) – CHRESI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline extended to September 09th, 2022

About CRHESI

The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative initiative led by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University that provides a forum for research-enabled, synergistic and catalytic change for London and surrounding areas.

CRHESI’s research theme areas include: 1) Poverty and inequality; 2) Discrimination, violence and marginalization; 3) Working conditions/employment security; 4) Legacies of colonialism and contemporary realities; and 5) Health policy and services. Various theories and methodologies are used to examine questions of community and scholarly importance within and among these thematic areas.

The Centre is co-led by a community and academic co-director and supported by two part-time staff, with additional support from the Faculty of Health Sciences. Located at Innovation Works on Kind Street in Downtown London, CRHESI is comprised of over 250 community and university partners. For more information, see: https://crhesi.uwo.ca/about-us/

CRHESI’s Executive Committee

Comprised of the Community and Academic Co-Directors, and a balanced mix of Western University faculty representatives, community agency representatives, and Western University student(s)/emerging researcher(s) appointed to 2 or 3-year terms, the Executive Committee sets operational priorities, provides oversight for strategic planning, and problem-solves as issues arise; further, it provides advice and support regarding: project activity development and implementation; fostering new research collaborations; community-university relationship development; assessing and monitoring the allocation of resources.

The Committee meets quarterly, generally at Innovation Works, with additional activities conducted via CRHESI events, projects or email consultations, as needed. Pre-meeting packages are sent approximately one week in advance. Terms of Reference are available on request.

This position is uncompensated, though expenses to attend meetings are covered.

For more information about current members, see: https://crhesi.uwo.ca/about-us/governance/

Academic Member Eligibility

Academic Executive Committee members are those with continuing faculty (tenure or non-tenure track) appointments in any Western University Faculty or School. Members should have interest and expertise in one or more of the CRHESI theme areas as demonstrated through relevant funding, publication and/or knowledge mobilization activities.

Expressions of Interest

To indicate interest in joining CRHESI’s Executive Committee as an Academic representative, please send a 250-word document outlining your relevant experiences and expertise, and what you would hope to contribute to CRHESI’s work and a more equitable and inclusive London community, along with a current CV, to info@crhesi.ca by September 09th, 2022.

These expressions of interest will be reviewed by CRHESI to assess fit to our mandate and our current committee composition and needs. A meeting with top candidates will be requested, and a final decision is anticipated in September 2022, with the person attending their first meeting in November 2022.

Post-Event Summary – Collecting and Using Data for Collaborative and Equitable Change 

On June 3rd, 2022, CRHESI brought together community members, professionals, academic and community researchers and students to discuss key issues around collecting and using data for collaborative and equitable change in our community.

For a summary of the day’s events, and next steps click here

Collecting and Using Data for Collaborative and Equitable Change: Introduction (Wathen & Lizotte)