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Engagement: Northern Centre of Excellence for Addictions and Mental Health

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https://ali.health.gov.on.ca/cranhr/

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The Centre for Rural and Northern Health (CRaNHR) is currently establishing a Northern Centre of Excellence for Addictions and Mental Health (COE). The goal of this project is to identify a model that would enhance community and regional capacity to address rural, northern, and Indigenous addiction and mental health issues. Stakeholders with different kinds of expertise (community members, researchers, care providers) are being engaged.

The presenters will discuss early findings from the study. Specifically, they will propose ways that a COE model could provide opportunities for rural, northern and Indigenous organizations to identify and share innovative approaches to solve addiction and mental health care problems. They will discuss engagement strategies to create positive settings for consumers and providers to share experiences and offer their views on appropriate research, evaluation and training strategies. Potential for using COE models to enhance policy development and program delivery will also be discussed.

Please note: Presenters will present via teleconference

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  • Dr. Mary Ellen Hill, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, CRaNHR Lakehead, has spent more than 20 years evaluating health services and health human resources affecting rural, remote, northern and Indigenous communities. Over the past five years, her work has centred on evaluating programs that help Indigenous youth and adults achieve wellness and recover from addictions. She serves as the operational lead for the COE project, providing day-to-day management of project activities and staff.

  • Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Ph.D., C.Psych., Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, is an Associate Professor, Psychology, Lakehead University. His primary interest is in Indigenous health research that includes both Western scientific and Indigenous worldviews. As COE project co-lead, he has responsibilities for engagement with Indigenous health care organizations and communities.

  • Ms. Cynthia Olsen, B.A., Dipl. CYW, is Coordinator, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, a 35-member collaborative to reduce harms associated with substance use. She also currently co-chairs the Thunder Bay Housing & Homelessness Coalition and is Vice Chair of the Thunder Bay Drug Awareness Committee. As principal COE community partner and knowledge user, her research interests are in the areas of drug policy, housing and homelessness, harm reduction, and substance misuse prevention.

  • Dr. Pamela Wakewich, Ph.D., Director, CRaNHR, is a Professor, Sociology & Women’s Studies, Lakehead University. Her research interests include gender and health in rural, northern and Indigenous communities; body studies; qualitative and arts-integrated research. As project co-lead, she administers the COE project on behalf of a team of 15 multidisciplinary researchers and community care partners.

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