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Tuesday, April 11, 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.
University of Toronto and multiple TAHSN hospitals partners are part of new hub that will strengthen Canada's pandemic preparedness
Led by the University of Toronto (U of T), the Canadian Hub for Health Intelligence and Innovation in Infectious Diseases (HI3) is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector coalition of more than 80 partners, including multiple TAHSN hospitals. This national hub will support a domestic pipeline of vaccines and therapeutics for both existing and emerging infectious threats. Read more about it here.

Sunnybrook's BRAVE program receives renewed funding and expands to Scarborough Health Network and Humber River Hospital
The City of Toronto provided Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre renewed operational funding for one year for its Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE) Program, and additional funding to support Sunnybrook in the hiring and oversight of two part-time BRAVE case managers for Scarborough Health Network and Humber River Hospital. The BRAVE program started in 2020 and is a first of its kind at a Canadian trauma centre. It was formed to promote positive alternatives to violence. Read more about this here.

Michael Garron Hospital and Sunnybrook launch collaboration to reduce wait for hip and knee replacement 
As of April 1, Sunnybrook's Holland Centre and Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) co-launched the Toronto Regional Arthroplasty Collaborative (TRAC). Sunnybrook's Holland Centre will be opening its operating room on weekends for orthopaedic surgeons from other TRAC partnering hospitals to increase the number of patients who can receive hip and knee joint replacement surgery. This collaboration is expected to reduce the current hip and knee backlog by 25 per cent in the Toronto Region by March 31, 2024. Read more about this here.

New study from Mount Sinai Hospital and Unity Health Toronto shows women and infants access emergency care for less urgent concerns
The new study, co-led by Mount Sinai and Unity Health Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, found that one in ten women who gave birth in Ontario had visited an Emergency Department within 90 days of the start of their pregnancy. It also found that women who accessed emergency care before their pregnancy were more likely to bring their newborns or infants into an Emergency Department after birth. Read more about this study here.

U of T researchers to tackle health disparities in Black communities
A new research project, supported with funding from U of T's Connaught Fund, was developed in collaboration with the Black Research Network to support Black health equity research across U of T's three campuses. Read more about this here.

Clinical trial co-led by Unity Health Toronto paves path for approval of a dual HIV-Syphilis rapid test
Federal regulators have approved the licensure of a device that allows Canadians to simultaneously be tested for HIV and syphilis, and get results in as little as 60 seconds. The approval was made possible, in part, by the results of a two-year clinical trial that was co-led by the University of Alberta and Unity Health Toronto's St. Michael’s Hospital. Read more about this here.

Toronto Dementia Research Alliance announces scholarship for graduate dementia research by Indigenous students
The 2023-24 scholarship was created in response to the historical underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in science and research. The deadline to submit application for this scholarship is June 30, 2023. The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) is a collaboration between U of T, Baycrest, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Sunnybrook, Unity Health Toronto, and the University Health Network (UHN). Read more about this scholarship here.

Enhanced Extern Program helps learners across TAHSN hospitals gain valuable experience while addressing staffing needs
The Ontario Ministry of Health-funded Enhanced Extern Program was created to support organizations with human health resource challenges. Multiple TAHSN organizations are participating in it. Holland Bloorview recently profiled the experience of two of its enhanced externs. Read more about this here.

Women's College Hospital researchers co-lead study that finds new hereditary breast cancer gene
The study identified a new breast cancer susceptibility gene called ATRIP that is linked to DNA stress replication. This new susceptibility gene will help physicians and scientists better understand the origins of hereditary breast cancer. Read more about this here.

Holland Bloorview launches a new resource for pre-teens with disabilities to navigate questions around their sexuality
The 35-page book, titled Becoming You, was developed in response to a previous Holland Bloorview study that explored the experiences of young people with disabilities. The study found that youth - specifically those aged 9 to 12, don't have resources on sexuality that are written specifically for their understanding. Read more about and access this free, online resource here.

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and East Toronto Health Partners launch virtual services at new Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub 
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and East Toronto Health Partners - the Ontario Health Team that MGH is a part of - have launched virtual services at the new Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub. The hub provides easily accessible services for youth and young adults aged 12 to 25 living in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. These services are related to mental health, substance use, primary care, employment, housing and more. Read more about this here.

New North York General Hospital initiative aims to improve care and outcomes for patients living with Sickle Cell Disease
The initiative is led by North York General Hospital's (NYGH) Sickle Cell Working Group and newly includes Sickle Cell Advocates. Their role is to provide evidence-based care to patients and bring the latest knowledge on effective treatments. Read more about this here.

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN creates an expedited MRI post-certification program
Michener's new direct-entry magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) technology program will expedite the process of getting imaging professionals into the healthcare system. This program, which is designed for students who want to enter the MRI field directly out of high school or with some post-secondary education, will take its first cohort in January 2024. Read more about this here.
Kelly Smith appointed as MGH's first Interim Chief Scientific Officer
Smith started this role on March 27, 2023. She will continue to act in her role as the inaugural Michael Garron Chair in Patient Oriented Research (Research Chair).

Aman Sium appointed Vice President, Experience, Transformation and Social Accountability at Holland Bloorview
Sium joined Holland Bloorview as Director, Client and Family Integrated Care in 2017 and has since taken on multiple leadership roles across the organization. Read more about his new role here.
Nursing Week Event - Navigating the Current Landscape for Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities
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.

The Silver Wave: Impacts of an Aging Population on Mental Health & More
Date: April 18, 2023, 1.30 - 3.00 p.m. EST

This panel discussion is being hosted by CAMH on aging and mental health, in support of the soon to be released CAMH Public Policy Framework. The event is in-person but there is a virtual option. For more information about the panelists and to register, click here.

The Resistance: Taking Action Against Deadly Superbugs
Registration deadline: April 21, 2023
Date: April 25, 2023, 12.00 - 12.45 p.m. EST

In this next edition of the virtual Temerty Medicine Talks series, join The Globe and Mail’s André Picard and leading U of T experts as they discuss how they are contributing to the fight against antimicrobial resistance. For more information, click here.

Temerty Medicine Community Connection: Muslim Community
Date: April 25, 2023, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m. EST

Anti-Muslim hate is a form of discrimination that can be experienced in different ways depending on race, gender, sexual orientation and geography. All Muslim-identifying clinicians and healthcare workers across TAHSN are invited to discuss the experiences of practicing Islam in professional environments. For more information, click here.

Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation
Date: May 11, 2023, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST

This year’s Jim Ruderman Lecture at Women's College is on innovations in patient engagement and partnerships. It will be delivered by Antoine Boivin and Vincent Dumez, who co-lead the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public at the Université de Montréal. The Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation is held annually in his honour. For more information, click here.

Collaborating Across Borders: Hope and Trust in Health and Social Care
Date: May 15 - 18, 2023

The eighth Collaborating Across Borders (CAB VIII) conference will be held virtually. CAB VIII is hosted by U of T’s Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education (CACHE) in collaboration with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. CAB VIII continues the tradition of focusing on advances in interprofessional practice and education, research and innovation, and policy, systems and leadership with a newly added francophone stream. For more information, click here.

Health, Equity and Research Talks (HEaRT): Reporting Health Equity Implications of Observational Studies
Date: May 17, 2023, 10.30 a.m. EST

Unity Health Toronto and U of T are hosting the third distinguished lecture of Health, Equity, and Research Talks (HEaRT). This webinar will be focused on “Reporting Health Equity Implications of Observational Studies: Co-Producing Indigenous and Global Guidance in Canada." Vivian Welch, Editor-in-Chief and acting CEO of the Campbell Collaboration, will describe the approach to co-producing guidance on reporting health equity in observational studies. The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion. For more information, click here.
Pilot aims to bring low barrier access to health services in Downtown East Toronto
This pilot project, led by partners of the Downtown East Toronto Ontario Health Team, is bringing healthcare services to drop-in centres for people experiencing homelessness. As part of this pilot, St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto is exploring the impact of embedding a service team within a drop-in centre. Read more about this here.

Holland Bloorview launches CommunityCONNECT sessions for families of children with a disability
Holland Bloorview recently launched a Family Navigation Hub to help families of children with disabilities with their social needs. One of the resources offered in this Hub is CommunityCONNECT which is a free series that is open to all families, not only those who use Holland Bloorview's services. As registration links become available, they will be posted here. Read more about this here.
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