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The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network (OMHAKEN) is now the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

EENet News and Events

What Are Young Bloggers Saying about Mental Health?

The widespread use of Internet blogs has created a unique space for hearing from young people. Few studies, however, have looked at these blogs to gain a better picture of the experiences of young people with mental health problems - until now. Focusing on blogs, the Mobilizing Minds research team at York University has taken an innovative approach to studying a vulnerable population. Click here to read a Research Snapshot of their work, presented by EENet.


Predicting Research Use
What factors predict research use to inform practice among addiction treatment service providers? Caitlin Davey, a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University, recently took on this important question. More specifically, the doctoral candidate looked at staff in addiction treatment programs that serve Aboriginal women. Caitlin herself is First Nations, and works in the field with hopes of giving back to her community. She hopes her findings will lead to specific strategies of knowledge translation for service providers in this context - and better outcomes for Aboriginal women with addictions. For more on her research, and to read a profile of Caitlin, developed by EENet, click here.

EENet Continues to Connect Provinces
EENet is pleased to invite you to take part in a Canada-wide DTFP webinar series. Explore what the Nova Scotia Drug Treatment Funding Program is doing to enhance its substance abuse treatment systems by registering for a free one-hour virtual knowledge exchange session via telephone and webinar! To learn more about this event - and to watch videos of the first two webinars, featuring PEI DTFP and Alberta DTFP - click here.

Apply for Paula Goering Award
The Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award recognizes an innovative researcher-decision-maker collaborative research project for Integrated Knowledge Translation in the area of mental health and addictions. The $2000 award is named in recognition of Dr. Paula Goering's wide-ranging and significant contributions to the field of Mental Health Services Research in Canada and internationally, including advancements in the field of knowledge translation. For more info, click here. The deadline is March 31, 2012. The award recipient will be notified on May 15, 2012.


Getting to Know the Network
By creating and sharing evidence about services, supports, and systems, EENet aims to support a better mental health and addictions system in the province. But who are the people behind EENet? They are learners, for one. EENet team members recently took part in the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC). The week-long course - the only one of its kind in North America - seeks to develop the competencies of KT practitioners. "This was a wonderful week in which we engaged with KT leaders," said Andrea Perry, a Knowledge Broker with EENet. "We learned skills and tools that will help us meet the KT needs of our stakeholders." The range of participants highlighted the variety of KT practice opportunities and, for Perry, the exciting position of EENet in knowledge exchange for mental health and addictions. EENet takes a "network of networks" approach, which builds on and supports existing relationships. The KTPC course was developed by Dr. Melanie Barwick, Sarah Bovaird, and Kelly McMillen at the SickKids Learning Institute, and featured EENet's own Heather Bullock, who taught a session. Stay tuned for more snapshots of EENet team members in action. For more info about the course, click here.
Dr. Melanie Barwick (far left) and Sarah Bovaird (far right) with EENet's Angela Yip, Stephanie Gloyn, Keri West, and Andrea Perry.

EENet Partner News and Events

Making Connections on Women's Day
March 8 was an ideal day for the Making Connections project to hold a knowledge exchange workshop. It was International Women's Day, and the project - led by Dr. Robin Mason at Women's College Hospital and Dr. Brenda Toner at CAMH - had vital work to share: a new curriculum on the intersections of domestic violence with mental health and substance use problems. The result of several years of effort, the curriculum includes a manual, an online program, and a workshop. It will help ensure that service providers working with women who experience co-occuring domestic violence, mental health, and/or substance use problems engage in practices that are informed by sound evidence. For more information on Making Connections, please contact Dr. Robin Mason
here.
Dr. Robin Mason, sharing knowledge

LGBTQ Research No Longer Waiting in the Wings
It can take a long time to translate research findings into health care practice. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), however, are taking a dramatic approach to finding an audience for their work: they are putting on a play. Funded by CIHR, the project "Using Theatre to Disseminate LGBT Peoples' Experiences with Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Services" will place the results of another project, "Creating Our Families," in front of two key audiences: AHR service providers and prospective parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ). The plays - examples of forum theatre - will help service providers as they work to provide culturally sensitive care. And they will also support LGBTQ people to be more empowered in their journey using AHR to have children. To read the full story, by EENet, click
here. The curtain goes up this spring.

A Community Comes Together
Recently, members of Toronto's Aboriginal community gathered at Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) to hear findings from the "Urban Aboriginal Diabetes Research Project Report." The community-driven project aimed to gather Aboriginal cultural perspectives about diabetes and barriers to diabetes management. One key finding: Aboriginal persons with diabetes, living in the GTA, need more holistic and culturally relevant programming that addresses their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. The project was led by AHT with researchers Dr. Lynn Lavallee and Dr. Heather Howard, and commissioned by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The final report can be found
here.

Register for SystemAction Webinar
EENet is pleased to co-host an upcoming webinar with SystemAction, Canada's knowledge exchange network in support of the National Treatment Strategy. "Using a Screening Tool to Build Bridges Across Sectors: The Cape Breton Experience" will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2PM-3PM EST. To register for the event, click
here.

Let's Talk about It!
On April 18 and 19, a Francophone Mental Health and Addictions Forum will be taking place at York University's Glendon campus. Entitled "Let's talk about it!: Improving Mental Health/Addiction Services and Supports for Francophone Communities in the Greater Toronto Area," the forum will be of special interest to Francophone consumers, family members and caregivers, health care providers, French-speaking workers, and local and provincial networks and partners. For info in English, click
here. For info in French, click here.


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Evidence Exchange Network (EENet; formerly OMHAKEN) actively promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making by providing an infrastructure to connect research to mental health and addictions research stakeholders across Ontario, develops targeted KT products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. The EENet Management and Resource Centre is located in the Provincial System Support Program at CAMH.
If you have a story or piece of information related to EENet that you would like to share, please let us know!  We’d love to hear from you. Contact Jason Guriel at jason_guriel@camh.net.

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