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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022

Every day, there are incredible achievements, events, and collaborations happening across TAHSN organizations. To submit content for consideration, please send by the 1st of every month to Please feel free to share TAHSNews internally within your organizations.
Black Health Equity Lab launches at University of Toronto (U of T) Scarborough to address health inequities in Black communities
The new lab is launching in partnership with Scarborough's TAIBU Community Centre. It will focus on health disparities experienced by the Black community in Toronto, with specific focus on access to primary health care. Read more about this here
How health care workers can address Indigenous health inequities in their practice
Dr. Janet Smylie, researcher and physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and Strategic Lead of Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Partnerships at Unity Health Toronto, recently wrote an opinion piece in the BMJ where she provided tips to reduce Indigenous health inequities in health care. Read more about this here
Holland Bloorview partners with U of T's Black Research Network to launch Black scholars' research careers
The program is called EMBARK (Empowering Black Academics, Research and Knowledge creators) and is the first if its kind in Canada. Its goal is to address a lack of diversity of Black voices in disability research. Read more about it here.
Women's College and U of T researchers create tool to prevent overprescribing of medicine
The ThinkCascades tool was created by experts at U of T's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Women’s College Hospital to identify, prevent and manage potentially inappropriate prescribing practices known as “prescribing cascades.” Read more about this here.
Reckoning with historic antisemitism in medical education
Last month, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine brought together about 100 senior physicians, their families and invited guests for an evening of reflection regarding the historical use of antisemitic quotas to restrict the number of Jewish students accepted to study medicine at the University of Toronto in the postwar period. Read more about this and view a recording of the event here.
Holland Bloorview launches assistive device for non-speaking children and adults
This device - named the Hummingbird - is the first of its kind in Canada. The Hummingbird is worn around the neck and is activated when a person hums softly, which supports communication for children and adults who are disabled and unable to speak. Read more about this here.
Number of Ontario family doctors who stopped practice doubled early in pandemic
A new study, led by Unity Health Toronto and ICES, showed that nearly three per cent of Ontario's practicing family physicians stopped their practice during the first six months of the pandemic, accounting for more than 170,000 parents who lost access to a primary care provider. This is double the number compared to previous years. Read more about this here.
Clinical extern program helps learners across TAHSN hospitals gain valuable experience while addressing staffing needs
The Ontario Ministry of Health has funded a clinical extern program to support organizations with health human resource challenges. Multiple TAHSN organizations are participating in this program. Unity Health Toronto shares the experiences of a recent clinical extern at their organization. Read more about this here.
World-first: TAHSN researchers determine direct-to-brain therapeutic delivery for Parkinson's disease
A team of researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University Health Network (UHN) are the first in the world to demonstrate that focused ultrasound technology can safely be used to deliver a therapeutic approach to targeted brain regions in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Read more about this here.
Karli Farrow appointed President & CEO of Trillium Health Partners
Farrow had served in the role on an interim basis over the past year and has held a variety of executive roles over the course of her tenure at Trillium Health Partners. Farrow was appointed to the President & CEO role on Sep. 15, 2022 by Trillium Health Partners' Board of Directors. Read more about this here.
Holland Bloorview names Interim Vice-President of Research 
Tom Chau has concluded his second five-year term as Vice-President of Research at Holland Bloorview. Darcy Fehlings has been appointed interim Vice-President Research and Director of the Bloorview Research Institute from Oct. 1 - 23, 2022. After that period, this interim role will go to Virginia Wright from Oct. 24 - Dec. 31. Read more about this here.
Kathryn Hayward-Murray announces retirement from Trillium Health Partners
Hayward-Murray will be retiring from her role as Executive Vice President, Quality, Risk, Practice and Performance, Chief Nursing Executive, and Chief Operating Officer at Trillium Health Partners (THP) effective Jan. 12, 2023. Hayward-Murray has worked at THP for 37 years, where she started as an Assistant Nurse Manager in Credit Valley Hospital. 
Lea Harrington is the new Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Harrington will begin her appointment on Oct. 1. Prior to this appointment, she was a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal. She previously held a professorship in the Department of Medical Biophysics at U of T.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario launches a free workplace mental health program
The program is named Your Health Space and was developed to support health care organizations in addressing the chronic workplace stress that is affecting health care workers. It's offered at no cost to organizations wishing to register and provide mental health/wellness resources for their staff. CMHA, Ontario is offering Zoom sessions for anyone interested in more information; to register please click on the preferred date: Oct. 17, Oct. 18, Oct. 24 and Oct. 27. Read more about it here.
Call for abstracts: Hope and trust in health and social care - virtual conference
Deadline for abstracts (extended): Oct. 17, 2022, 12 p.m. 
The Collaborating Across Borders VIII Conference, hosted by the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE), is taking place virtually from May 16 - 18, 2023. CACHE is seeking abstracts for posters, workshops or oral presentations from all healthcare workers and learners in TAHSN on the topics of interprofessional practice and education, research and innovation, health systems, policy and leadership. If you have questions, please contact More information can be found here.
Helping your patients manage depression, anxiety and fear of recurrence after cancer treatment: Resources for health care providers
Date: Oct. 18, 2022, 12 - 1 p.m.
This webinar is for primary and community care providers who support individuals as they adjust to life after cancer treatment. It's co-presented by the Canadian Mental Association Ontario's BounceBack program, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers at Women's College Hospital, the Canadian Partnership against Cancer and the Canadian Cancer Society. More information can be found here.
Convergence2023: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN 4th Annual Education Conference
Deadline for proposals: Oct. 21, 2022
The conference is taking place on Feb. 15 - 16, 2023 and proposals for it are due by Oct. 21, 2022. The conference is open to all clinicians, education researchers, learners and academic educators across TAHSN. For more information on the proposal submission process, click here.
The Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T releases the Dean's Report 2022
See the full report here.
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN releases its 2022 Impact Report
See the full report here.
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