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Health Nexus Santé (formerly the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse) is the longest standing health promotion organization in Ontario, with a history of innovation in population health approaches. Health Nexus engages individuals, organizations and communities to improve our population's health. Health Nexus provides leadership, builds skills and capacity, and shares knowledge, expertise and resources to apply effective prevention and health promotion to improve the health of Ontarians and Canadians.

Count Me In!

With support from the Laidlaw Foundation and Health Canada, Population and Public Health Branch, now the Public Health Agency of Canada, OPC (now Health Nexus) developed inclusion tools for various groups, using the determinants of health as a way of analyzing inclusion. Count Me In! was launched on April 28, 2004 at the Regent Park Community Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Count Me In! was developed over the course of a year through a Provincial Advisory Group and three Demonstration Sites across Ontario. The project defined inclusion, as follows:

A society where everyone belongs creates both the feeling and reality of belonging and helps each of us reach our potential.

The feeling of belonging comes through caring, cooperation, and trust. The feeling flows from attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. We build the feeling of belonging together and for each other.

The reality of belonging comes through equity and fairness, social and economic justice, and cultural as well as spiritual respect. The reality flows from missions, mandates, policies, and programs. We build the reality of belonging by engaging our society to ensure it.

Count Me In! analyzes inclusion through the determinants of health. The feeling and reality of belonging play differently through the various determinants of health and among groups in a diverse society. For example, racialized communities seeking inclusion in employment or education face language barriers, ethno-racial differences, racism, immigration status, and settlement/adjustment problems. These barriers must be identified and indicators, strategies, and targets to promote inclusion must be developed for these communities to reach full potential.

Count Me In! created a framework for a new health promotion strategy, based on the importance of inclusion to health, and captured the strategy in a 55-page workbook (PDF 337kb), posters, a brochure (PDF 651kb), and television public service announcements. The campaign was rolled out across Ontario in the spring of 2004.

Count Me In! Forums

From September 2005 to March 2006, OPC (now Health Nexus), along with partners/colleagues, designed and hosted forums across Ontario to bring together people from a range of sectors to listen and learn. We strengthened our collective understanding of what it means to change health through meaningful inclusion, to plan for a strong, healthy future. The forums provided stepping stones to new collaborations, knowledge and actions that support inclusion as a way to improve the health of our communities.

Ontario Inclusion Learning Network

OPC (now Health Nexus) was one of the founding members of Ontario Inclusion Learning Network (OILN) in fall of 2003. OILN is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop provincial and regional inclusion learning networks and create a policy framework to use inclusion principles and strategies in the delivery of public health programs in Canada. OILN has the following members, who each bring particular expertise to the table:

Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, People for Education, Ontario AIDS Network, Social Planning Network of Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition, Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, Ontario Women's Health Network, the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Town Youth Participation Strategies, the Ontario Self Help Association, and Community Living Ontario.

OILN is developing capacity to use inclusion approaches in the following areas: research, policy/program/organizational development, communication and promotion, and evaluation.

OILN has held three Provincial Knowledge Exchange Seminars in 2005, as well three Regional Knowledge Exchange Seminars, with several hundred people from many sectors participating.

 

 

From September 2005 to March 2006, OPC (now Health Nexus), along with partners/colleagues, designed and hosted forums across Ontario to bring together people from a range of sectors to listen and learn. We strengthened our collective understanding of what it means to change health through meaningful inclusion, to plan for a strong, healthy future. The forums provided stepping stones to new collaborations, knowledge and actions that support inclusion as a way to improve the health of our communities.

 

 

 

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