Community Services Recovery Fund

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. The Community Services Recovery Fund aims to strengthen the ability of charities and non-profits to deliver services and resources where they will have the most impact.

Community Service Organizations can apply from January 6, 2023, until February 21, 2023. In the meantime, explore the resource section and sign up for a webinar on how to apply.

London Organizations Lead the Way in Trauma- and Violence-Informed, Equity-Oriented Services

This is Part 2 of our 4-part series, which explores the key dimensions of equity-oriented care (EOC) and how this can be supported by EQUIP’s Equity Action Kit. We examine how organizations in London have started taking up EOC.

In Part 1 we featured the EQUIP Pathways Project, featuring the EQUIP Equity Action Kit, and supports for better care for people facing substance stigma, which was developed with key input from the London InterCommunity Health Centre based on their expertise delivering Emergency Safer Supply.

The key dimensions of the Equity Action Kit aim to:

  • Reduce substance use stigma in health and social services
  • Promote Trauma and Violence and Informed Care
  • Ensure cultural safety and reduce racism and discrimination in health and social service settings
Key Dimensions of Equity-Oriented Care

The Equity Action Kit consists of the following resources:

  • Free e-learning modules describe equity-oriented care and guides providers during implementation at practice and policy levels
  • Planning tools, report cards and evaluation strategies
  • Resources and tools to address substance use stigma and reduce racism, especially towards Indigenous people

Stigma and discrimination make it very hard for people to seek care, particularly if they’re Indigenous, or are assumed to have a history of substance use”

Colleen Varcoe, UBC Professor Emeritus of Nursing (quote from UBC News)

Why Equity-Oriented Care

Equity Action Kit Road Map

The Equity Action Kit makes reaching for health equity simpler by laying out a roadmap of action steps based on implementation science and organizational change principles.

Steps 0 to 6 of the Road Map are iterative and adaptable to the needs and priorities of different organizations. The steps help organizational leaders and staff:

  • assess their needs and context to tailor tools and strategies accordingly
  • build momentum, assess success, and embed accountability
  • anticipate and confront barriers, resistance and pushback
  • continuously evaluate how to improve services and support equity outcomes

Are you ready to get started with the Equity Action Kit?

Step Zero in the Equity Action Kit asks you to critically assess your organization before you take action.

It is necessary to look through an equity lens to understand the point from which you are starting this journey.

Organizations can ask: What are the areas for growth? What are the problems to be solved? What does success” (broadly defined) look like?”

The Guiding Questions of Step Zero are:

  1. What are the inequities of concern in your setting? What are the barriers to, and resources for achieving greater equity?
  2. What are the motivations driving you and others toward equity?
  3. Where are you ‘at’ on each of the Key Dimensions?

To support discussions, EQUIP has created useful tools in the Rate your Organization Worksheets. These collaborative worksheets get organizations thinking about the Guiding Questions of Step Zero, with a focus on each of the 3 key dimensions of the Equity Action Kit.

Discussion tools can be found by clicking here.

Having the opportunity to contribute to the EQUIP Equity Action Kit demonstrates how equity-oriented care is an ever-evolving process. Our team is hopeful that our experience working in substance use health can help others build their skillset and feel more confident in working with this marginalized population by delivering high quality, trauma – and violence-informed care

Greg Nash, Director of Program Development and Complex Urban Health at London InterCommunity Health Centre (quote from Western Communications, 2022).

London, Ontario: Taking a Lead on Equity-Oriented Care

Several London organizations have taken up TVIC and health equity to better serve those who experience barriers to care. The work came together through the Gender, Trauma & Violence Knowledge Incubator, a collective of community leaders and academic researchers from Western with an interest in TVIC policy, practice and research.

Supported by the collective knowledge of EQUIP Pathways partners and Incubator members, the TVIC Foundations Curriculum was developed. Look for this in the soon-to be-released book Implementing Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care: A Handbook for Diverse Service Contexts (University of Toronto Press).

For more information on projects please visit the GTV Incubator click this link.

Written by Samantha Campanella, Hooria Haider, and Christine Garinger

This series was developed by Samantha Campanella and Hooria Haider, Western University, Health Sciences Students, Community Engaged Learning placement with CRHESI.

NEXT in the Series – Equity in Action: London InterCommunity Health Centre

Community Vitality Grant-Dec 2 Applications Open

Coming Soon! Community Vitality Grant-Applications Open Dec 2
A few key features for your proposal:

  • innovative projects
  • aimed to improve quality of life for citizens of this region
  • demonstrate authentic partnership
  • committment to collaborate
  • leverage existing or new funding

Check out the London 2022 Vital Signs report Be the Change to align your propsal.

Rquesting your Input on London’s Policing Needs: London Police Service Strategic Planning

The London Police Service is researching the community’s needs as part of a strategic planning process.

A series of community consultations are being held virtually that will be open to all citizens including, but not limited to, community groups, institutions, businesses, and members of the public.

The next virutal consultation is Thursday November 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Please register here

An online survey is open until Nov 30th, 2022.

Wampum Learning Lodge: Grand Opening

Image from Western News Nov 7, 2022

CRHESI offers best wishes to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Western University on their grand opening of the Wampum Learning Lodge. We look forward to engaging in collaborative learning, creating partnerships for change and mobilizing knowledge.

In the words of Christy Bressette, vice-provost and associate vice-president (Indigenous Initiatives), “The Indigenous initiatives team looks forward to welcoming you and together building a better future, founded on mutual respect, harmony and learning.” (quote from Western News, Nov. 7, 2022)

Community members are invited to visit the new space Thursday Nov 10. Please see details and register by clicking this link.

Upcoming: The Wampum Learning Lodge at Western will host the seventh annual Building Reconciliation Forum in June 2023 with the theme ‘Education for Reconciliation: Rebuilding Stronger and with Intentionality.’