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Announcing Communities of Interest: Year Two!

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is delighted to announce the second year of its Communities of Interest (CoIs) initiative!

Last year, EENet supported 14 CoIs, and this year, the network is pleased to award support to 12. Renewed funding from the Drug Treatment Funding Program has helped make this possible. The network has also partnered with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health to support three CoIs focused on child and youth mental health and addictions.

“This is a great opportunity,” notes Heather Bullock, Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “We’re excited to have the support of DTFP and to be collaborating with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. And we’re looking forward to building on the great work we began last year.”

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health“Evidence is everywhere, but it’s no good unless we find a way to use and share it to help people,” says Purnima Sundar, Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. “Communities of Interest are a powerful way to mobilize knowledge and make it relevant to the real-life situations professionals and families face every day. We’re so pleased to be partnering with EENet to support this important work.”

A CoI is a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation—in this case, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. In a CoI, diverse stakeholders who share a common interest aim to exchange information, obtain answers to problems, and/or improve their understanding of a subject. This collaborative work takes place through different knowledge exchange activities and forums.

Last year, EENet’s CoIs focused on a range of topics that included specialized geriatric addictions, two-spirited peoples, and racialized populations, among others. Some of the outputs included events that brought people together to share knowledge as well as various products that made key evidence more accessible. One CoI, led by the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force, even produced a short film on Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

The current crop of CoIs, which includes some returning communities, will receive seed funds (up to $4,500), knowledge broker support, access to technological resources and the communication vehicles of EENet and its partners, and other network resources.

For more information, please contact Angela Yip, Knowledge Broker angela.yip [at] camh [dot] ca or click here, where new information will soon be posted. See below for a complete list of the CoIs and lead organizations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Communauté d’intérêt francophone en santé mentale et toxicomanie (Le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario)

Dual Diagnosis (Central Region Community Network of Specialized Care)

Early Psychosis Intervention (Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network)

Gender Independent Children & Trans Youth (Central Toronto Youth Services)

Screening, Assessment & Referral Practices for Youth Presenting with Addictions Issues at Rural Community Agencies (Rev. Norm Johnston Youth Residence [Lanark, Leeds ‘n Grenville] Inc.)

Harm Reduction Services for Women & Trans Women Engaged in Sex Work (Street Health)

Health Equity Impact Assessment (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Intersection of Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Addictions, & Human Services (Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee)

Peer Support in Mental Health and Addictions (Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin: The Self Help Alliance)

Racialized Populations & Mental Health and Addictions (Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario)

Specialized Geriatric Addictions Services (Community Outreach Programs in Addictions)

Two-Spirited Talking Circle Series (Re:searching for LGBTQ health Team, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)