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Communities of Interest

Kick-starting the next phase of EENet communities of interest

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is thrilled to announce the next phase of our Communities of Interest (CoIs) initiative!

Previously, EENet selected a number of CoIs to receive one-year rounds of knowledge exchange support. This year, we’re happy to award support to nine CoIs. Support will be provided throughout 2016 and 2017.

“We’re excited to reboot our communities of interest,” says Nina Acco Weston, Acting Director of Implementation and Knowledge Exchange in CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program, where EENet is located. “They break down siloes and bring people together around a critical issue.”

EENet’s communities of interest bring together individuals who are interested in a common problem so they can develop and share new knowledge that will help improve understanding and action around that problem. These CoIs take a provincial approach and focus on mental health and addictions, especially as it relates to systems and services.

“It’s gratifying to be able to support some returning CoIs, like the ones focused on racialized populations and health equity,” says Nandini Saxena, Manager of Knowledge Exchange at CAMH. “We’re also looking forward to building some new relationships.”

Previous EENet CoIs focused on a range of topics, including gender independent children and trans youth, early intervention in psychosis for youth, geriatric addictions, and more. Their activities resulted in events that brought people together to share information, a short film on methadone maintenance treatment, and a training webinar on the health equity impact assessment tool.

The new group of CoIs, which includes some returning communities, will benefit from knowledge broker support, links to EENet’s network of stakeholders, as well as access to technological resources and the communication vehicles of EENet and its partners.

The communities of interest

The complete list of the current CoIs is below (with lead organizations listed in parentheses). To read more about each CoI and for contact information click here.

For more information, please contact Jason.Guriel [at] camh [dot] ca, Supervisor of EENet.


EENet is currently reviewing applications from communities of interest (CoIs) to enhance their work and improve Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. We will announce those CoIs that will receive EENet knowledge broker support in mid-December 2015.

What is a CoI?
A Community of Interest (CoI) brings together those who share a common interest to develop and spread new knowledge that will improve understanding and action around an issue. EENet’s CoIs are focused on issues related to mental health and addictions.

CoI%20Flyer%20FOR%20webFor more information, please read the Call for Expressions of Interest here. You can also watch our Q&A webinar or see the slides here.

To apply, download the CoI application form. To learn what a knowledge broker can do for you click here.

In 2013-2014, EENet supported 12 CoIs. Three of these focused on child and youth mental health and addictions and were supported in partnership with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. In 2012-2013, EENet supported 14 CoIs in 2012-2013. Funding from the Drug Treatment Funding Program has helped make this possible. For more information about previous CoIs scroll down.

Communities of Interest – 2013-2014

Communities of Interest Communauté d’intérêt francophone en santé mentale et toxicomanie Dual Diagnosis Gender Independent Children & Trans Youth Youth Addictions Screening, Assessment & Referral in Rural Communities Harm Reduction Services for Women & Trans Women Engaged in Sex Work The Health Equity Impact Assessment Intersection of Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Addictions, & Human Services Peer Support in Mental Health and Addictions Specialized Geriatric Addictions Services Early Intervention in Psychosis for Youth Racialized Populations & Mental Health and Addictions Two-Spirited Talking Circle Series

Communities of Interest: 2012-2013

Communities of Interest Custodial Housing for People with Mental Illness in Ontario Dual Diagnosis The Rainbow Health Ontario Community of Interest The Francophone Community of Interest in Mental Health and Addictions The Forensic Mental Health Care Community of Interest The Health Equity Impact Assessment Community of Interest The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Community of Interest The Harm Reduction Services for Women and Trans Women Engaged in Sex Work Community of Interest The Peer Support Community of Interest The Specialized Geriatric Addiction Services Community of Interest The Methadone Maintenance Treatment Community of Interest The Early Intervention in Psychosis for Youth Community of Interest Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Two-Spirited Talking Circle Series