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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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.
Humber River Hospital joins the Department of Family and Community Medicine as its newest teaching hospital site
Only between 11 and 25 per cent of the patient population in the northwest communities of Toronto are attached to a family doctor or family health team. To help address this gap in primary care, Humber River Hospital recently joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T) as its newest teaching hospital site. Read more about this here.

CAMH releases new evidence-based tools and training to support mental health of Canadians of South Asian origin
A new research report found that culturally adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CaCBT) is a more effective treatment for people of South Asian origin experiencing depression and anxiety, and should be implemented across Canada. The research report was released with training resources for mental health professionals of all backgrounds on how to implement this treatment, along with supplementary information for patients. This research was led by CAMH in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and community partner organizations across Canada. The report and resources can be found here.

New study finds that single-dose treatment reduces risk of COVID-19 hospitalization by half for high-risk patients
This multi-centre phase 3 TOGETHER clinical trial was one of the first to test treatment in a largely vaccinated population. The trial evaluated the use of the antiviral drug peginterferon lambda in over 1,900 outpatients. This study followed a previous phase 2 trial performed at the University Health Network (UHN). This phase 3 trial was done in partnership between UHN and the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and in collaboration with researchers at McMaster University and Stanford University. Read more about it here.

Study suggests link between brain injury and use of mental health and substance-use services
This new scoping review, led by a student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at U of T, indicated that at least 25 per cent of mental health and addictions service users had experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with nearly half of the studies in the review identifying TBI rates of over 50 per cent. Read more about this here.

New Canadian study shows that familiarity between surgical team will positively impact patient care
The study included 7,893 adult patients who had surgery between 2007 and 2018. It found that the more a patient's surgeon and anesthesiologist worked together, the better their outcome was 90 days after having a surgery. This study - supported by the Sunnybrook Alternative Funding Plan Innovation Fund - involved a collaboration of scientists from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, U of T, ICES, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, and University of Manitoba. Read more about it here.

CAMH study is the first to examine contextual factors associated with higher rates of suicide
The study looked at national suicide rates in 33 countries across North, Central and South America over the past 20 years. The authors indicate that, unlike the rest of the world where suicide rates have been decreasing, rates have been increasing in the Americas. The study's authors found eight population-level factors associated with suicide rates including alcohol use, education inequality, health expenditure, unemployment rate and others. Read more about this here.
Karyn Popovich announces retirement from North York General Hospital
After a distinguished 40-plus year career as a health system leader, teacher and accomplished nurse, Popovich will be retiring. She will continue in her role until a new President & CEO is hired, which is anticipated to be in the fall of 2023.

Humber River Hospital appoints four new vice presidents
Humber River Hospital appoints Jennifer Yoon as Vice President, Quality, Professional Practice and Risk; Dr. Peter Voros as Vice President Clinical Programs; Beatrise Edelstein as Vice President, Post Acute Care and Health System Partnerships; and Bill Whittaker as Interim Vice President People Services. Read more about their roles here.

Sonu Gaind joins Sunnybrook as the new Chief of Department of Psychiatry 
Gaind started this role on March 1, 2023. 

David Hwang has been re-appointed as Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics at Sunnybrook
Hwang's re-appointment is for a second five-year term.
Nursing Week Event - Navigating the Current Landscape for Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities
Registration deadline: March 31, 2023, 5.00 p.m. EST
Date: May 11, 2023, 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. EST
This nursing week, TAHSN is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A on current challenges in our health-care system, current initiatives and proposed solutions. The panel is composed of nursing leaders Leigh Chapman, Chief Nursing Officer of Canada; Karima Velji, Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice and Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Ontario; Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive and Executive Vice President, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs, Ontario Health; and Linda Johnston, Dean and Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, U of T. For more information on the event and to register, click here.

"We Don't Do Race Correction Here": Using Labs, EMRs and Diagnostic Devices to Demonstrate That Yes, We Do
Date: March 21, 2023, 12.00 - 1.15 p.m. EDT
This event is part of the 'Ending the Practice of Race Correction in Health Care' speaker series held by the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at Unity Health Toronto, in partnership with the Canada-US Coalition to End Race Correction in Health Care and Knowledge Translation at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions. For more information and to register for this event, click here

Temerty Medicine Community Connection: Trans At Temerty Med
Date: March 27, 2023, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m. EST
Hosted by U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine, all clinicians or health-care workers across TAHSN who identify as part of the trans community are invited to attend this event. This event aims to create a space to support the growth, development, and personal and professional fulfillment of trans staff, faculty and learners. For more information and to register for this event, click here

Health, Equity and Research Talks (HEaRT): Increasing Participant Diversity in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging and Memory 
Date: March 31, 2023, 12.00 - 1.30 p.m. EST
This is Unity Health Toronto and U of T's second distinguished lecture of Health, Equity, and Research Talks (HEaRT). In this webinar, Natasha Rajah, Full Professor at McGill University and CIHR Sex and Gender Research Chair in Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, will discuss how past research on the cognitive neuroscience of aging and memory has primarily been conducted on white and highly educated individuals, and the serious concerns this raises about the generalizability of current models of care. Registration for the HEaRT lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for this event, click here
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