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Hub Update: September 2022 edition 
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From the Hub
Recent highlights

Atlantic Summer Institute 2022
Last month, members of the Hub team attended the Atlantic Summer Institute. This annual event aims to increase understanding of the importance of infant, child and youth metal health for the whole of society, and foster policy actions to influence upstream investment in support of mental health. Our team learned about the importance of intergenerational connections between elders and youth, opportunities and means for addressing ecological determinants of health and how youth are recognizing the importance of systems when discussing well-being and mental health promotion. Another highlight was meeting Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) project team members “in real life.”
 
From left to right: Eric d'Avernas (KDE Hub), Theresa Cunningham (Strongest Families Institute), Breanna Pottie (Strongest Families Institute), Katie Cook (KDE Hub)
Now available: Annotated resources on Mobilizing Knowledge  
Introducing the updated resource category, Mobilizing Knowledge! The newly added resources featured on our website serve as a helpful starting point for developing a knowledge mobilization strategy and, more broadly, offers additional considerations around communications (e.g., use of plain language) and equity-informed approaches to knowledge mobilization.
MHP-IF Project Community Study – Thank you!
Many thanks to the MHP-IF project teams for their timely and valued responses to the online survey completed this summer. We look forward to sharing results with the project community and others in the coming months.

Looking Ahead

September workshop on theories of change

The Hub’s Dr. Katie Cook will be leading a 3-part series of workshops to support MHP-IF projects in their development of a theory of change. The first workshop, on September 19, will review the purpose and structure of theories of change and reflect on interrelationships between theories of change, logic models, and evaluation designs.
Dr. Katie Cook (they/them) will be kicking off a series of workshops
focused on theories of change this Fall. 
KDE Hub 2023 Annual Symposium: Get involved!
Building on the two previous KDE Hub Annual Symposiums, planning has begun for the next one. With specific dates coming soon, you can expect the event to be in February 2023. A co-designed event will be a well-designed event. Would you like to help shape the symposium? We will have a wide range of options for input from periodic feedback to program and session development. All are welcome including members of MHP-IF project teams, the Hub Resource Collaborative and beyond. Please contact us at kdehub@uwaterloo.ca to express your interest.
 
From the field
  • September 26-30 is National Truth and Reconciliation week, on the theme of “Remembering the Children.” This year, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is offering an expanded program for students grades 1 through 12 featuring pre-recorded videos and live Q and A sessions with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers.
  • Registration is open for the November 9-10 event, Against the Current: Upstream Prevention and Youth Engagement. Presented by the Students Commission of Canada, this two-day online event will bring together researchers, policymakers, public health practitioners, and youth advocates to share the latest information on upstream prevention, health promotion, and youth engagement.
  • The Canadian Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health has pre-announced the Healthy Youth Catalyst Grants, a funding opportunity part of its Healthy Youth Initiative, which aims to support the generation of key evidence to promote the health and wellness of youth.
  • The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy had developed a guidance document identifying five key roles that the public health sector plays in population mental health and wellness promotion across Canada.
  • The Public Health Infobase features a new interactive data tool based on 2020 and 2021 data from the Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health. The tool shows keys mental health indicators and risk factors by province and territory.
  • The Assembly of Seven Generations has released a new toolkit that shares stories and experiences of how to create a youth group and/or collective as well as wise practices for supporting Indigenous youth.
  • A recent publication explores the barriers and strengths to enhancing health and wellness among Indigenous youth in Canada.

Let us know if there are new resources, events or research you would like us to share. We love to hear from you: kdehub@uwaterloo.ca
Project Spotlight
Mental health and wellness supports for children and families living in Nunavut can be disjointed and difficult to access. This project brings together existing programs such as land-based programs, early childhood education programs and suicide prevention to be part of the Inuusirvik Community Wellness Hub. Inuusirvik means a place for being well and living a good life. The Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre leads this MHP-IF project and you can learn more about them and one of their programs through their videos or at kdehub.ca

 
The Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub is dedicated to optimal mental health promotion across Canada. Our niche is supporting projects funded through federal mental health promotion programs and a broader community with shared interests. Learn more at kdehub.ca.
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