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

EENet News and Events

Things are getting interesting

In early September, EENet hosted the first-ever meeting of its Communities of Interest (CoIs). EENet envisions a CoI as a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, EENet is pleased to support 14 CoIs in Ontario. Each one will bring together people who share a common interest so that they can exchange knowledge and tackle problems. The network will provide funding, human, and/or technological supports, including the expertise of knowledge brokers located across the province. Stay tuned in the months to come as we profile our CoIs.
The CoIs meet

1 in 4 hospitalized for depression readmitted within 30 days
Ontario researchers recently looked at people who were discharged from hospitals after being hospitalized for depression. Their findings – which include the fact that one in four hospitalized for depression will be readmitted within 30 days – highlight the need to improve supports and services for discharged clients with depression. To read our Research Snapshot of the study – and to browse our other products and tools – click here. 

A SPARK of insight from the Rock

“St. John’s is a beautiful, friendly, musical city; it was fitting for me to explore family knowledge in the birthplace of my maternal grandmother this past summer”—so writes Heather Lackner, a Knowledge Exchange Lead in Kingston, on her time at the SPARK Training Institute. Heather joined over 40 mental health stakeholders focused on how knowledge exchange can improve lives. Read a moving blog about her trip and the family experiences that have informed her work here.
St. John's

Upcoming webinar tackles two DTFP projects
Save the date for October 30, 10am-11am EDT, when EENet will be hosting its next FREE knowledge exchange webinar on the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Ontario Systems Projects. Join Janis Cramp and Jerry Mings as they discuss two of the projects—the Peer Support Services: Best Practices Project, and the Residential Support Services Evaluation Project. This will be the tenth webinar in a series that is connecting stakeholders across our province, and other Canadian jurisdictions, as we work towards the shared goal of improving our substance use treatment systems. Watch our other webinars here.
Peer Support Project Team
EENet goes to school
EENet is delighted to partner with the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE), which aims to support Ontario educators in their quest to develop evidence-based practices. OERE will be archiving some of EENet’s youth-related Research Snapshots—and EENet, in turn, will be making available some of OERE’s summaries as they relate to mental health and addictions in Ontario. It’s another example of EENet’s goal to avoid duplication and build on the amazing work already taking place in the province. Get educated today!
OERE homepage
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? The network is pleased to welcome several new Knowledge Exchange (KE) Leads:

• Alexandra Harrison, KE Lead, Simcoe/Muskoka
• Amy Kuhn, KE Lead, North East
• Angela Martella, KE Lead, Toronto
• Harvey Smith, KE Lead, London

EENet also says farewell to Gilles Brideau, former KE Lead for Sudbury, who will be embarking on a new clinical position at Universal Medical Centre. He will continue, however, to use evidence-based approaches to care with addictions and mental health clients. And he will be supporting the establishment of a wellness centre within a college setting in Sudbury. Stay in touch, Gilles!
Gilles Brideau
Partner and Other News

Evidence in the spotlight

“We are set up to do this,” said Dr. Ivan Silver, Vice-President of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). “We are a learning organization.” Silver was addressing attendees at the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) launch. The launch marked the beginning of the BPSO initiative—a three-year journey in partnership with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). Interprofessional teams will be implementing eight of RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines to support evidence-based care at CAMH. Read more here.
Dr. Ivan Silver
Just the beginning...
“Publishing research findings isn’t the end of our work; it’s just the beginning.” So says CAMH’s Dr. Yona Lunsky, an expert on dual diagnosis. Lunsky has convened a diverse team – including physicians, nurses, and EENet’s own Heather Bullock – to improve the experiences and outcomes of people with dual diagnoses and their caregivers in the emergency room. Her team is taking findings from her past work as well as already existing tools and guidelines, and customizing this knowledge to make it more relevant and useful to emergency departments. She was also recently featured in The Long Way Home, a documentary about dual diagnosis. You can hear more about this exciting project and the issues here. To learn more about dual diagnosis, please visit CAMH's Knowledge Exchange page.
Dr. Yona Lunsky
Get the basics on opiods
The CAMH Opiate Awareness, Treatment, and Education (OpiATE) Initiative is holding a free webinar for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of opiods and related issues. The webinar takes place Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:30am-11:00am EDT. Click here for more info.

Share your knowledge at knowledge fair
EENet will be present at an upcoming knowledge fair, hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and taking place on October 24. From 2:45pm to 4:30pm at the Niagara Hilton Hotel, the fair will showcase work on issues related to child and youth mental health services, and enable stakeholders to network with the new Addictions and Mental Health CCAC Nurses. If you’re a provincial organization interested in taking part, contact Sabrina Merali at

Support women’s health
Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario invites you to participate in an upcoming webinar about the Ontario Women's Health Framework (OWHF). The OWHF is a tool to help Ontario stakeholders make improvements in support of women and girls’ health. It also aims to ensure the sustainability of the health system. Shelley Cleverly, Echo’s Director of Knowledge Translation, will discuss the tool on October 2, 2012, 1pm-2:30pm EDT. To register, click 

A season of SAMI
The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) training program at CAMH recently launched its third season of webinars. The next webinar – on “The Reducing Mental Health Disparities (RMHD) Project: Focus on the Lives of Indigenous and Racialized Immigrant Women” – is scheduled for October 2. For the full schedule, and to learn more about SAMI, click 

Breathe deeply
CAST Canada – which offers workshops on trauma and addictions – has a number of upcoming events worth marking in your calendar. Their next event – EXHALE: A Trauma Themed Educational Retreat for Frontline Workers – takes place on October 17. For more info about this and other CAST initiatives, take a look at their calendar today.

WRAP offers free training
WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan – is offering free training! WRAP is an evidence-based system that enables stakeholders to develop structured plans and work through mental health challenges or life issues. To learn about upcoming learning opportunities in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, click here and here.


EENet all a-Twitter
Are you following EENet on Twitter? The network Tweets daily about the activities of its partners as well as its own efforts to ensure that Ontario's mental health and addictions system is more evidence-informed. Follow us today!
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet; formerly OMHAKEN) actively promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making by providing an infrastructure to connect research and researchers 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.

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