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NCCs replace Summer Institute with internal event for 2011

The National Collaborating Centres have decided not to host an open Summer Institute for 2011. Instead, we will focus our resources on holding the first internal NCC Spring Training. This internal event will offer all NCC team members an opportunity to meet and discuss our goals, priorities and projects. By focusing on our own training and team building, we will be better able to serve the public health community in Canada.

We know that many people have enjoyed the learning and networking opportunities at past Summer Institutes and we appreciate your previous attendance. We trust that upcoming Knowledge Exchange opportunities involving the National Collaborating Centres will interest our traditional Summer Institute audience.

The Centres will collectively host a presentation at the 2011 Canadian Public Health Association Conference (CPHA) in Montreal, June 20-22. Please plan to join us there and at the following events where we'll participate either as exhibitors or presenters:


Other activities planned by the NCCs

NCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID)
 The NCCID is planning activities for the World Health Day on April 7, 2011. This year's theme is; Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread.

The NCCID will also be present at the 2011 Canadian Public Health Association Conference (CPHA)
NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

The NCCDH will co-host a full day session at CPHA in Montreal, QC on June 19, 2011.
Advancing Health Equity: Promising Practices

This workshop is co-hosted by the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). Participants will learn about and interpret recent research. Small groups will explore how to apply findings in their own practice settings.
There are two components:

* ten promising practices that public health organizations can use to advance health equity. Building on research/recommendations of SDHU intervention project and a 2010 environmental scan undertaken by the NCCDH, participants will learn about promising practices and major roles for public health organizations; study case examples; and engage in small group discussion analyzing how to increase local action; and

* a new way to talk about social determinants of health builds upon comprehensive research undertaken by the U.S.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This session will Canadianize findings and help participants understand and use values as the basis for gaining commitment to advance health equity with respective audiences.

 NCC for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
The NCCMT will host an Evidence-Informed Decision Making Workshop.
One-week intensive course at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, May 1-6, 2011.

•  Advance your skills in critical appraisal of research literature
•  Learn strategies for implementing evidence-informed decisions
•  Small and large group sessions led by faculty at McMaster
•  Tutorial groups for health professionals in advanced practice, library services, oncology and public health, in addition to groups for faculty and other clinical nursing areas.

To view the workshop brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Yost

NCC for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)

The NCCHPP will offer a half-day health impact assessment (HIA) training session in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 10, 2011. Participants will represent Community Health Boards, the Population Health Committee, and various departments of the Capital District Health Authority. We are looking forward to discussing how HIA could play a role in the development of healthy public policies in the region. For more information, please contact

The NCCHPP will host a half-day preconference session at CPHA 2011 to present their Method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies in Montreal on June 19.

The NCCHPP is also planning a pre-conference day on Health Impact Assessment and health in all policies at the Colloque international des Programmes locaux et régionaux de santé (PLRS), on June 27, in Ottawa. Please note that this event will be held primarily in French.

NCC for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH)
The NCCAH will highlight three major knowledge gaps in the relationship between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Aboriginal peoples in Canada at the 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, in Vancouver, March 2-5, 2011. 
As a supporting partner in a major initiative to address childhood vision disorders among Aboriginal children in B.C., the NCCAH will describe key strategies that can encourage improved screening outcomes for children at the 4th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, in Vancouver March 4-6, 2011.

In recognition of fathers as one of the "greatest untapped resources in the lives of Aboriginal children today," the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health is hosting a national showcase in Ottawa Feb. 23-24, 2011. “…With Dad: A Showcase on Aboriginal Father Involvement”  will help address a pressing need to support Indigenous fathers in communities, programs, research and policies in Canada. This gathering brings together First Nations, Inuit and Métis fathers of all ages, Elders, parents and caregivers;  as well as researchers, directors and administrators from father involvement, parenting, early childhood development and child welfare programs, along with members of related federal and regional government agencies. Together, participants will highlight programs, resources, initiatives and practices that support active father involvement in the good care of children. Click here, to learn more.

NCC for Environmental Health (NCCEH)
March 9-11, 2011 An Introduction to Tools used in Air Quality Assessment, Vancouver, BC, Canada (8th BC Annual Air Quality and Health Workshop), BC Lung Association and BCCDC. To learn more, click here.

May 11, 2011 Making Evidence-Informed Decisions in Environmental Health & Safety, SOEH, UBC, Vancouver, BC (with NCCMT)

This workshop is designed to help EHS professionals with the use of tools and processes for assessing evidence and to search for evidence especially when there is a lack of applicable evidence in peer-reviewed literature.

June 26-29, 2011 Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors Annual Conference (CIPHI) (NCCEH  presentations, more details will be soon available)

August 22-26, 2011 Montreal 2011 Ecocity World Summit (NCCEH presentation on Healthy Built Environments, more details will be soon available)

Montreal 2011 Ecocity World Summit

Fall: Multi CIPHI provincial conferences/events – TBA