Calls for Submissions and Participation

Come to the launch of "Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada"

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Wednesday March 6th, 2013

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wellesley Institute, 10 Alcorn Avenue - Suite 300, Toronto, ON

Click here to register before March 4th – space is limited.

To download the flyers go to BCCEWH.

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada examines the sex, gender, diversity, and equity dimensions of healthy living among women in Canada by conducting a sex- and gender-based analysis of the healthy living discourse, key healthy living topics, and selected healthy living strategies.

Join these authors to discuss the report:

-Ann Pederson, BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health -Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence -Barbara Clow, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health

The event is co-hosted by: BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s HealthPrairie Women’s Health Centre of ExcellenceAtlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, and the Ontario Women's Health Network

Filmmaker seeks funds to finish film about female slavery in Ghana

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Independent filmmaker Christene Browne, based in Toronto, is currently working on a film that deals with the little known system of bondage in Ghana, called Trokosi. 

Trokosi is a religious practise whereby young virgins girls are made slaves to shrines for offences committed by a members of their family. To appease local gods, the girls are bonded to the priest of the shrine for life and become their domestic and sexual servants. 

Browne’s goal in making this film is to bring the plight of the Trokosi and the issue of modern day slavery to the forefront.

She is trying to raise awareness about the project to raise the necessary funds to make the film a reality. 

Find more info on the project here. (PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE)

If you have any questions, please contact Christene by email: or by phone: (416) 531-0857.

Call for applications: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Health

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Deadline: February 15, 2013

Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Health with an emphasis on Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice, to begin Fall 2013. Candidates should have received the Ph.D. within the past three years. Preference will be given to candidates in the fields of women's and gender studies, history, ethnic studies, American Studies, anthropology, political science and sociology, as well as candidates with international experience.

 In year 1, the Fellow will be in residence at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities and take an active role in its intellectual community. Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellow will be a member of the Women's and Gender Studies Department and as such expected to participate in Department programming and other such activities.  In both years, the Fellow will teach one course each semester, including an introductory course in reproduction and a course related to their specialization. The Fellowship includes research and travel support.

Please submit the following in electronic form: a letter of application, a c.v., a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, a brief statement of teaching experience and research interests, and a writing sample (25 pages max) to **. (The online application system will request names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.) Applications must be received by February 15, 2013. If circumstances do not allow the candidate to submit materials through our on line application system, please email and make it clear it is for this position.

Action for Health Equity Interventions (ACHIEVE) Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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Application Deadline: Feb 13, 2013

ACHIEVE is a two-year Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Training Program housed at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre of St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The program aims to equip new researchers with the competencies necessary for closing the gap between measuring inner city health inequities and reducing them.

ACHIEVE has two main foci: 

-Population Health and Health Services Interventions Research
-Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Knowledge Translation

Information: Please visit the ACHIEVE website for more information about the program, eligibility and application process.

Survey on “Influencing Health - The Importance of Sex and Gender”

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is conducting a short evaluation regarding The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2012: Influencing Health - The Importance of Sex and Gender with all recipients of the report.

The evaluation consists of 12 questions, and should only take you about 10 minutes to complete.

Visit PHAC's website to access the online version of the survey.  If you have questions, or would prefer to complete a paper survey, please email:

Your responses will be kept confidential.  The Web program used for this evaluation ensures that your responses are anonymous and cannot be attributed to any individual or organization.

CPHO Reports Unit/Unité des rapports de l'ACSP
Office of Public Health Practice/Bureau de la pratique en santé publique
Public Health Agency of Canada/Agence de santé publique du Canada

Job Posting: Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus

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Closing Date: January 18, 2012

Location: In Ontario. Travel throughout Ontario is required.

Term: Permanent position, 21 hours a week, starting February 2012. Possibility of additional hours.

For over 20 years Health Nexus has been enabling communities to promote health in Ontario and beyond. At little or no cost, they help organizations and individuals to develop and implement prevention and health promotion strategies, which aim to enhance well-being and reduce demand on the health care and social service systems. Their strategic areas of focus currently include: early child development, chronic disease prevention and health equity (inclusion).  Health Nexus envisions a future where health inequities are reduced and the health of our communities is improved through collective commitment, action and innovation.

Health Nexus seeks an Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant for 3 days a week, with the possibility of additional hours. The successful applicant will work with the Best Start Resource Centre, a key program of Health Nexus, and will focus primarily on specific strategies to promote preconception, prenatal and child health in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations in Ontario. Best Start Resource Centre provides health promotion training, consultation and information services to Ontario service providers who work in the areas of preconception, prenatal and child health.


Work in collaboration with key Aboriginal organizations, advisory groups and key informants, following established protocols  

Establish and maintain partnerships and initiatives with various local, provincial and national organizations and health promotional professionals

Coordinate resource development on topics related to preconception, prenatal and child health

Canadian drug review deadline fast approaching

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The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is inviting stakeholder comments and feedback on the Proposed Approach for Posting the Common Drug Review (CDR) Clinical and Pharmacoeconomic Review Reports on the CADTH website.

Please email your feedback by January 25 (20 business days), to All feedback will be considered in finalizing the approach to posting CDR Clinical and Pharmacoeconomic Review Reports.

How to submit your feedback:

To provide feedback, you must identify yourself — feedback provided by individuals who do not identify themselves and the organization they represent will not be considered.

Only one response per organization will be considered. If more than one response is received, only the first response that is received will be considered.

Feedback should be provided in a Microsoft Word document using 11-point font.

The maximum length of feedback is three (3) pages.

Feedback should be presented clearly and succinctly. The issue(s) should be clearly stated and specific reference should be made to the section of the document under discussion (i.e., section title, page number, and paragraph).

If you have any questions about the feedback process, please email

Visit their website for more information.


Reminder! Teleconference on breast cancer and occupational health - January 8

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A discussion of a Canadian case-control study

Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern*

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is hosting this educational teleconference on occupational exposures of women to chemicals and endocrine disruptors -- and therefore on links between occupational exposures and breast cancer specifically.

In November 2012, a landmark paper titled “Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case-control study” was published in the journal Environmental Health. In this groundbreaking study the authors showed that across all sectors, women in jobs with potentially high exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors had elevated breast cancer risk and that premenopausal breast cancer risk was highest for automotive plastics and food canning workers.

The two key authors of this study, James Brophy, PhD and Margaret Keith, PhD will join Jeanne Rizzo, RN, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund and Charlotte Brody, RN, Associate Director, Health Initiatives, BlueGreen Alliance to discuss this study and its implications for the safety of workers and others and on occupational health policy on Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern.

Find out more and register on CHE’s website.

Read more about this study and related information on CWHN's website, Women, Plastics and Breast Cancer

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Attitudes: Nourishing Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls

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Registration is now open for National Eating Disorder Information Centre's special event to mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  

Monday, February 4th, 7:00pm-9:00pm


St. Clement's School, 21 St. Clement's Avenue, Toronto ON

Green P and street parking available on Castlefield Avenue

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Attitudes: Nourishing Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls is geared toward parents and educators, and aims to help answer questions about how to help foster positive body-image in the young women in our lives. Our five-person panel will tell their stories and take questions from the audience in a roundtable discussion format. We hope that you come prepared with a question of your own, or a piece of wisdom to share with our community.

NEDIC will present the following panelists:

Jackie Grandy, Outreach & Education Coordinator, NEDIC

Sera de Reubis, recovered from an eating disorder

Lisa LaBorde, Lawyer & Mediator, parent

Karin Jasper, Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Eating Disorder Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre

They will also be joined by an educator to round out the panel. Merryl Bear, NEDIC's Director, will moderate. 

Please RSVP to to guarantee your seat at this unique community event and professional development opportunity.

BCCEWH seeking Administrative Assistant

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The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health is looking for an Administrative Assistant to join their team.  This position is flexible, part-time.

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