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New! TIPI dreams: HIV AIDS prevention tool

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has launched TIPI dreams: a new HIV AIDS prevention tool.

TIPI dreams is a 12 minute video composed of short scenes that tell the story of two First Nations 15 year old girls in the child welfare system, and a mother living with AIDS who has children in care. Different themes are addressed - from HIV /AIDS stigma and discrimination, condom negotiation, safe /unsafe sex, going for testing; and the role of youth in becoming allies against discrimination.  

The toolkit was developed in response to what NWAC heard in engagement sessions held across the country with young Aboriginal women and girls. They found that many young Aboriginal women and girls living with AIDS today had spent time in care as youth. After speaking with girls in care, and the staff who worked with them, NWAC found many girls still lacked knowledge about how HIV and STIs are transmitted and how these infections are preventable.

The toolkit includes a video, a "cinema forum" facilitator’s guide, and a tipi making kit. Cinema forum is an action oriented teaching tool that gets youth to actively think about how to do things differently. The project received an extension grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada, will soon run training workshops in cinema forum facilitation, in partnership with Aboriginal Service Organizations and Mis Au Jeu, a popular education/forum theatre company, to extend its reach to youth across Canada.  

For more information on this tool, please contact:

Erin Corston, Director of Health

Toll free: 1-800-461-4043

Tel.:  613-722-3033 x. 224

Email:  ecorston@nwac.ca

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New free ebook - Canadian Health Policy in the News: Why Evidence Matters

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Edited by Noralou Roos, Sharon Manson Singer, Kathleen O’Grady, Camilla Tapp and Shannon Turczak.

Co-editor Kathleen O’Grady is CWHN’s former Communications Director.

Canadian Health Policy in the News is a compendium of the commentaries (or OpEds) that the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy has published in major newspapers across the country since the birth of EvidenceNetwork.ca in April 2011 up to October 2012.  It is a snapshot of what’s new and controversial concerning our healthcare system and related social programs that affect health and well-being in our country – with evidence at the forefront. 

The book is free and available in ebook format.

For more information, visit EvidenceNetwork.ca

Multilingual hand-outs on alcohol and pregnancy

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Best Start Resource Centre has produced printer-ready handouts on alcohol and pregnancy called: Be Safe: Have an alcohol-free pregnancy.

Languages include EnglishFrenchAnglaisArabeCreeOjibwayHindiPunjabi,TamoulOurdouChinois simplifiéEspagnol, et Tagolog

Influencing Health – The Importance of Sex and Gender

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The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2012 focuses on how sex and gender influence public health and the health status of Canadians.

Read the report

Our Words, Our Health

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Report from the Ontario Women’s Health Network:

Project partners/partenaires du projet: Tekla Hendrickson, Barbara Kilbourn, Ontario Women’s Health Network

Overview: Through focus groups and an online survey, this project sought to identify the health issues that are of most interest to Ontario women, especially in relation to their personal experiences with health and access to services, information, supports and treatment. Over 2,000 women from across Ontario participated in this project, sharing their experiential wisdom and ideas on how health research, information, education and services can best meet women’s needs in Ontario.

To read more and to download the report, please visit OWHN’s website.

 

Women and obesity: Check out our new primer!

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Obesity may well be one of the hottest health topics in North America today. We see and hear daily reports about ‘the war on obesity’ and ‘the obesity epidemic’.

How are women faring in this so-called “war”? Find out how in CWHN’s latest primer, and find a wealth of resources on the topic: Women, gender and obesity.

Launch of Sex And Gender Women’s Health Collaborative

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Evolving Toward More Personalized Care for Men and Women:  Incorporating Sex and Gender into the Treatment Paradigm

Men and women are different. Over the past twenty years, substantial scientific evidence has demonstrated unequivocally differences in women and men are reflected in every cell. Knowledge of these differences should be recognized and utilized to provide everyone with more patient centered health care. The Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative (SGWHC) announces the launch of the first and only dedicated digital resource library focusing on fostering sex and gender competence in health care. The SGWHC digital library gives medical and health professions students, faculty and practitioners access to a unique centralized resource that will aid them in providing individualized care.

The SGWHC is pleased to count the CIHR among their collaborative supporters.  Visit them at: www.sgwhc.org.

Pink Ribbons Inc. is now available on DVD!

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The film Pink Ribbons, Inc. looks at the pervasive impact of breast cancer fundraising. Every year, millions of dollars are raised, but where does all the money go, and what is actually achieved? The film offers a completely different take on the pink ribbon "success" story that has overtaken North America, with insight from leading doctors, activists and social critics, as well as women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Directed by Léa Pool
Produced by Ravida Din
Written by Patricia Kearns & Nancy Guerin and Léa Pool

Based on the book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy by Samantha King 

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Pink Ribbons, Inc. is now available on DVD. You can order it online here.

Alcohol and women: Supporting health and life

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This factsheet looks at how alcohol affects women’s health, and explains why Canada’s new low-risk drinking guidelines are lower for women.

Read Alcohol and women: Supporting health and life.

Find out more at Heretohelp.bc.ca.

Reproducing women: Family and health work across three generations

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How do women experience reproductive health? How is knowledge about health issues transmitted from one generation to the next? This new book, Reproducing women: Family and health work across three generations by Marilyn Porter & Diana L. Gustafson argues that women experience reproductive health as a part of their entire life story, rather than as discrete medical “problems.”

For more information about the book, as well as how to order a copy, see below.

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