IHDCYH Talks Video Competition

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The CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) is launching its fourth round of the IHDCYH Talks Video Competition, a unique opportunity to submit short videos (recommended maximum length of 5 minutes) sharing evidence-based messages in the area of maternal, reproductive, child and youth health. This competition encourages the production of videos that present a clear evidence-based message to a lay audience that is designed to have a positive impact on the health of children, youth and families.

This competition is soliciting videos not just from members of the research community, but also more widely from 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.

Successful videos will be posted on CIHR and IHDCYH social media and shared through other communications channels. It is important that the content be engaging, easily understood and accessible to a lay audience.

The submission deadline is October 17, 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit ResearchNet.

Reflections on the Internship Experience

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By Tysha Campbell, The Sandbox Project Communications and Policy Intern

Coming into my internship at The Sandbox Project in Toronto this summer, I didn’t know what to expect. I was extremely nervous for my first day but I couldn’t wait to gain real world experience in communications, a field I’ve previously dedicated three years of my life to. Although working at The Sandbox Project wasn’t my first internship, it was the first one where I was finally able to gain firsthand, real, in-office experience. I couldn’t wait to see the contributions I would make to the child and youth health sector.

Throughout my internship, I gained an understanding of how different organizations operate within the non-profit sector. Being that public relations work is hugely diverse, it was great to work with Sandbox’s different partners within the sector. I discovered how vital it is for a PR professional to truly understand the different objectives of each of their partner organizations so that strategies properly align with one another. And even though everyone across our network shares the goal of creating a healthier country for Canada’s kids, it was exceptional to see the different ways each individual organization is working to get there.

I worked on a variety of different projects while being given the freedom to showcase my creativity. As the Communications and Policy Intern, I had the opportunity to be the media relations lead for The Sandbox Project’s annual event in Ottawa, the World’s largest Sandbox. This year, to commemorate Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthday, the event was named Sandbox150: Building Healthy Futures. I played a critical role on the team and had the chance to develop valuable skills. I continued to accept opportunities to grow and explore, which is very important for a young adult just starting out.

Working as an intern not only taught me vital skills of the professional but it also helped reassure my previous notions about whether not I had made the right career choice. If you’re having trouble figuring it out, I’d like to share some personal insights that helped me get through it:

  1. Be a sponge: Take in as much information as you can and always try and take notes that you may refer back to at a later date.
  2. Constructive criticism is good: Do not get discouraged if you’re asked to make several drafts of your work. This is just what it takes to become great and you’re only doing yourself the favour.
  3. Ask for feedback: You’re spending a huge amount of your time at your placement. Make sure you’re getting all that you can out of it. Sit down with your immediate manager and ask about what works and what doesn’t, and talk openly about the goals you would like to accomplish.
  4. Share your ideas: Even though you’re the newest person to join the team, share your insights and perspectives. You may catch something others don’t tend to look for.
  5. Make your connections and have fun! Although this internship is your foot in the door, make sure you’re truly having a great time doing it. This is your chance to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

 

About the Author

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Tysha Campbell is a fourth-year student at Toronto’s Centennial College, studying in the Honours Bachelor of Public Relations Management Program. Having taken the media relations lead for Sandbox150 this summer, she helped to facilitate the ongoing conversation with Parliamentarians around child and youth health issues. She is a dreamer and a seeker. Tysha hopes to continue her PR journey in the world of agency life by utilizing her writing abilities.

Survey on Youth Health Priorities

Posted on behalf of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health

This summer, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) spoke with youth aged 15-30 across the country to gain a deeper understanding of young people’s knowledge of their rights and experiences in accessing health care in Canada.

This work is part of the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project, a partnership with AstraZeneca Canada’s Young Health Program that aims to mobilize and empower young people to advocate for issues impacting their health and wellbeing. The centrepiece of the project, the Health Rights online advocacy campaign, will launch this October – Watch this space!

We're seeking input from Canada’s young people.

At this stage in our project, we hope to reach youth in as many Canadian communities as possible to learn their perspectives on their rights and access to health care.

Please help us learn more by circulating this short survey to the youth in your networks.

Click here to download some pre-drafted posts for sharing on social media.