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Tuesday, Nov. 8, 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.
Scarborough Health Network and the University of Toronto's Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health receive a combined $75-million gift
A $75-million donation from the Orlando Corporation to the Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) Birchmount Hospital and the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH), aims to strengthen healthcare facilities and facilitate training of future health professionals in the Eastern GTA. Read more about it here.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre opens a new Indigenous Wellness Space
A new Indigenous Wellness Space has opened at Sunnybrook's Bayview Campus. It provides a space for Indigenous community members and families for meeting and ceremony, as well as for Indigenous care partners to work or meet with clients. Read more about it here.
TAHSN-wide Data/Material Transfer and Use Agreement enables efficient exchange of research data
Multiple TAHSN organizations collaborated earlier this year to create a harmonized TAHSN Simple Data/Material Transfer and Use Agreement template, with input and endorsement from the TAHSN Research Committee. Read U of T's profile on this resource here.
CAMH announces a first-of-its-kind youth mental health data platform
The Canadian Youth Mental Health Insight Platform is a Canada-wide interactive web portal that will enable the sharing of mental health data to better prevent, diagnose and treat youth mental illness in Canada. CAMH is leading the pan-Canadian team for this project, which is powered by RBC Future Launch, with support from Power Corporation, and the Canada Brain Research Fund. Read more about it here.
U of T ranked 2nd in the world in first-ever QS sustainability ranking
U of T ranked second in the world and first in Canada in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Sustainability, which assesses universities for their environmental and social impact. The new ranking, released this week by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds, placed U of T second out of 700 post-secondary institutions around the world. Read more about this here.
New midwife-led care clinic opens at North York General Hospital
The newly opened North York General Hospital Midwifery Care Clinic aims to provide timely access to care during pregnancy and following childbirth. The clinic will help patients regardless of their provider and where they delivered. Read more about it here.
Scarborough Health Network announces a new research institute
Led by the newly appointed Scientific Director, Adriana Carvalhal, the new Scarborough Health Network Research Institute (SHNRI) is focused on providing better health through research to the Scarborough community. SHNRI will focus on the study of population health and health equity. Read more about it here.
Sinai Health announces expansion of Sunnybrook's PYNK program to Mount Sinai Hospital
The PYNK: Young Women with Breast Cancer program, which was originally launched at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Odette Cancer Centre, is expanding to serve patients at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre. Established in 2004, PYNK is the first program of its kind in Canada, providing young women with a breast cancer diagnosis with tailored care by connecting patients and their families with the appropriate specialists, support and resources. Read more about it here.
Michael Garron Hospital and other East Toronto Health Partners organizations open a neighbourhood care model designed to improve health outcomes
East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team serving East Toronto, is entering the next phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan which includes opening the Health Access Taylor-Massey (HATM) in Crescent Town. HATM is a healthcare, community and social services centre that serves people who live in the Taylor-Massey neighbourhood and surrounding areas. HATM is led by ETHP member organizations including Michael Garron Hospital. Read more about it here.
Baycrest and Sunnybrook collaborate to launch a new online tool for dementia
The first-of-its-kind resource, called the Driving and Dementia Roadmap, empowers older adults living with dementia across Canada to make decisions about when to stop driving. This resource is available for free online, and was developed by researchers from Baycrest, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Read more about it here.
Baycrest launches a free online screening tool to detect hearing loss
A new online tool has been launched by Baycrest to help detect hearing loss which is a potential risk factor for dementia. This tool is available to the public for free and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Read more about it here
U of T-led study results in U.S. guideline changes in pneumonia prevention
A 2021 study led by U of T researchers and its partner hospitals found that toothbrushing is key to preventing pneumonia in ICU patients, which poses a significant risk. This study contributed to a major change in U.S. guidelines for pneumonia prevention among ICU patients on mechanical ventilators. This guideline governs care in all U.S. hospitals and has been approved by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about it here.
Sunnybrook study finds increased health system use after SARC-CoV-2 infection
This Sunnybrook-led study looked at the impact of long COVID and found increased rates of health system use two months after infection with SARS-CoV-2. The study included over 500,000 people in Ontario between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 21, 2021. Read about it here.
The Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education launches an inaugural online magazine
U of T's Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE) published their first issue titled 'Together: Stories of Collective Impact.' CACHE is a strategic partnership between U of T and TAHSN with the University Health Network (UHN) as lead hospital. Read CACHE's inaugural online magazine issue here
TAHSN-wide resources for self-directed anti-Black racism education
Anti-Black Racism continues to permeate the Canadian healthcare system. It was identified through a 2021 Addressing Anti-Black Racism Report that Toronto healthcare providers and organizations have limited access to anti-Black racism education to address the issue. To increase access to anti-Black racism education, TAHSN is sharing two free resources: The Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship: Setting the Stage for Action on Anti-Black Racism led by Dr. Stephanie Nixon, and the new Introduction to Anti-Black Racism eLearning Module. These resources are accessible to health service providers and will support the personal and professional development of staff and leaders across TAHSN. These resources can be found here.
Evdokia Anagnostou announced as Holland Bloorview's new Vice President of Research
Anagnostou, a senior scientist and child neurologist, will take on this role effective Jan. 1, 2023. Read more about this here.
Adriana Carvalhal is the new Scientific Director of the Scarborough Health Network Research Institute 
Shortly after SHN announced the development of the new Scarborough Health Network Research Institute (SHNRI), it was announced that Carvalhal will be SHNRI's Scientific Director. Read more about this here.
Jaideep Bains appointed as new Director of UHN's Krembil Research Institute
The Krembil Research Institute is one of the principal institutes within UHN, comprising the Krembil Brain Institute, the Schroeder Arthritis Institute and the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, and focuses on advanced research programs dedicated to brain and spine, arthritis and vision disorders. Read more about this here.
Sabrina Divell is the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and Chief Communications Officer at Unity Health Toronto
Divell's role has been formally reclassified, effective September, from Executive Director and Chief Communications Officer to Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and Chief Communications Officer. 
The 17th Annual BRI Symposium - Rethinking Childhood Disability: Imagination, Innovation, Inclusion
Date: Nov. 14, 2022
This symposium is Canada’s largest hospital-based research conference on pediatric disability. It is hosted by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Bloorview Research Institute (BRI). Held virtually this year, the symposium will focus on how BRI is rethinking childhood disability research through imagination, innovation and inclusion. More information can be found here.
Call for abstracts - Teaching for Transformation: Annual Conference+
Deadline for abstracts: Nov, 14, 2022, 11.59 p.m. EST
Event date: March 27-29, 2023

The Teaching for Transformation: Annual Conference+ is a three-day event on the education paradigms and practices needed for today's health care work. The call for abstracts is open until Nov. 14 and registration is open for the event. This is part of a larger Teaching for Transformation program that is jointly offered by U of T's CACHE and the Centre for Faculty Development. More information can be found here.
Ending the Practice of "Race Correction" in Lung Function Testing
Event date: Nov. 18, 2022, 12 - 1.30 p.m. EST
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. More information can be found here.
Health, Equity and Research Talks (HEaRT): Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness in Critical Care Research
Dates: November 30, 2022, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST
HEaRT is a distinguished lecture series co-sponsored by U of T and Unity Health Toronto. The first lectureship focuses on the intersection of equity and critical care research to showcase scholarly research, provoke thought and encourage conversation. More information can be found here.
CAMH releases a year-1 update on its Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy
CAMH is reporting progress on all 22 actions outlined in its Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy within the first year of its implementation. See CAMH's year 1 update report on this strategy here.
Baycrest releases its Educational Annual Report 2021-22
See the full report here.
The SickKids Learning Institute releases its 2021-2022 Annual Report 
See the full report here.
CAMH releases The Education at CAMH: Achievements 2021-22 report
See the full report here.
U of T releases the Anti-Black Racism at Temerty Medicine Findings Report 
See the full report here.
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