IHDCYH Talks Video Competition

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The CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH) is pleased to announce the 2019 round of their IHDCYH Talks video competition with a first place prize of $3,000.

It’s time to get creative!

The competition is a unique opportunity to submit a short video (<5 minutes) with an evidence-based message in the area of maternal, reproductive, child and youth health. Each video should be easy-to-understand by a lay audience and present clear evidence-based message(s). It should also contain engaging content demonstrating the positive impact that research can (and does!) have on the health of children, youth and families.

The video does not have to be created specifically for the competition. So long as it hasn’t been submitted to IHDCYH Talks before, any video that has an appropriate message is eligible. Videos can be submitted not only by members of the research community, but also by non-governmental or not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations), as well as members of the general public who are able to demonstrate a clear, evidence-based message related to IHDCYH's mandate and/or strategic research priorities.

For inspiration, check out the winners from the 201420152016 , 2017 and 2018 competitions on IHDCYH’s website.

Application deadline:  October 15, 2019. More information about eligibility and how to apply is available on ResearchNet.

Rainbow Youth Health Forum


Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada

Creating Safer Spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ Emerging Adults in Health Care

Building on the MHCC's Youth Strategy, the forum provided a platform for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (2SLGBTQ+) emerging adults to amplify their voices about their experiences in the health care system. 

2SLGBTQ+ emerging adults face particular challenges that put their mental health at greater risk, including significant barriers to health-care access. Across Canada, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, allies, communities, organizations, and health-care professionals are addressing these issues through programs, services, and research. Young people play an important role in identifying the problems and solutions. Youth know the pathways to their own wellness and life enhancement. They lead programs in their communities that support other young people. They provide important peer support, both formal and informal. They are advocates for themselves and their communities.

Participants at the forum travelled to Ottawa from across Canada to share initiatives and approaches to increasing health-sector access and improving the service-user experience for 2SLGBTQ+ emerging adults. The discussions focused on youth-led initiatives and perspectives to make an emerging adult’s experience safer and more inclusive. The forum provided participants with an opportunity to share best and promising practices for improving services to those affected by gaps and barriers in accessing health care.

The following themes emerged across participant perspectives, helping to inform four overall recommendations for long-term action: 

Raise awareness on the importance of safer spaces in health-care settings for 2SLGBTQ+ emerging adults.

Prioritize intersectionality by ensuring that strategies are rooted in anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks that meet the unique needs of all 2SLGBTQ+ communities

Build momentum to share promising practices across the health-care and 2SLGBTQ+ serving sectors.

Effect change through actionable strategies that impact knowledge, skills, and behaviours of service providers, policy makers, and other decision makers.

Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada to learn more about what you can do to help create safer, more inclusive spaces for young 2SLGBTQ+ folks that you serve in your organization.    

A Vote for Every Child

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Source: UNICEF Canada

We are the True North, strong and free. Part of that freedom is the democratic right to vote - and our next federal election is right around the corner.

In fact, our federal parties are determining their key priorities for the future of Canada and Canada’s role in the world as we speak.

Soon, your local candidates will hit the pavement, knocking on doors, and hosting BBQs looking for your vote this October.

But there are 8 million Canadians who do not get to vote in this election.

Children and youth under 18.

We must ensure young people are THE priority in this election and we can do that by building a movement of engaged Canadians like you who commit to #VoteforEveryChild! 

Will you join UNICEF Canada and make your vote in this election, a #VoteforEveryChild?

Too many children and youth in Canada live in poverty, without access to enough nutritious food or protection from violence. Many young people struggle with mental health challenges and difficult lives – and yet, politicians are not accountable to our most vulnerable citizens.  

Too many children around the world are increasingly in harm’s way, being left behind, and losing out on a childhood.

We need to remind the candidates that:

  • Canada ranks 25th out of 41 rich countries in child and youth well-being, a middle position we’ve held for over a decade.

  • 1 in 5 children in Canada lives in poverty, and all children suffer from the impacts of income inequality.

  • Indigenous children continue to suffer from funding shortfalls in public services like clean water, health care, education, and protection.

  • High quality early learning and childcare is not affordable for all families.

  • Canada must be a global leader to help eliminate all forms of violence against children in conflict.

  • We must continue to invest in global health by increasing support for affordable, comprehensive quality health care for women and children.

  • Canada must protect children in company supply chains by creating legislation that requires companies that do business in Canada to identify, prevent, respond to and report about their human rights impacts in Canada and around the world.

In just two quick steps, you can send a letter directly to Canada’s political leaders to tell them what is important to YOU this election. 

LGBTQ2+ Youth Priorities for Addressing Gender-Based Violence

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Over the past 6 months, Wisdom2Action has led consultations with LGBTQ2+ youth across Canada on Gender-Based Violence, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This ground-breaking report highlights the experiences and perspectives of over 500 LGBTQ2+ youth across Canada and their recommendations on addressing Gender-Based Violence.

To check out the full report, visit Wisdom2Action.

Support National Injury Prevention Day July 5

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Please join Parachute on July 5 as they launch their third annual national injury prevention awareness campaign. Landmarks across the nation from Vancouver to Halifax are "lighting up green" to shine a light on this crucial health issue, the leading cause of death for Canadians age one to 44. Their date has been recognized by Health Canada and also proclaimed in 10 Canadian cities so far.

 What can you do?

Take a picture of the landmark(s) where you live and share it on social media, using the hashtag #ParachuteNIPD. Follow us @parachutecanada.org on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 Check out their NIPD social media guide for messages and materials you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.