Health Promotion Today

Looking back on 9 years together: Health Nexus says goodbye to HC Link

April 13, 2018

By Andrea Bodkin

For more than 30 years Health Nexus has been working with diverse... [read more]

Adding French to your English Event: A new resource from the Health Promotion FLS Capacity Building Committee

March 19, 2018

The Health Promotion French Language Services Capacity Building Committee (HP FLS CBC) was... [read more]

Announcing Winter 2018 Leadership Training in Active Offer of French Language Health Services

December 21, 2017

We’ve learned a lot in the past few decades about the conditions that support health and where... [read more]

Benefits of Early Child Education

November 3, 2017

As long time champions for early child development, we read with interest the new report by the... [read more]

Increasing Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Work: A Literature Review for Health Nexus

June 1, 2017

By Chase Simms, Practicum Student

In January 2017 I began my MPH practicum at Health... [read more]

2017 Budget Reflections

May 1, 2017

By Barbara Willet, Executive Director

Health Nexus has long recognized that our health... [read more]

Leadership Training for Active Offer: a new course for health service providers

February 22, 2017

By Andrea Bodkin, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Nexus

Active Offer is a critical... [read more]

Everything you need to know about harmful effects of sitting

February 15, 2017

By Patrick Delorme, Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant

We sit in our cars, in our... [read more]

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC): What Makes High Quality Home Visiting?

February 13, 2017

By Chase Simms, Health Nexus Practicum Student

I didn’t know what to expect from this pre... [read more]

Health is political and global

December 6, 2016

By Barb Willet, Executive Director

Those are the two of the key messages reinforced at... [read more]

Get inspired at the 2017 Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference

December 1, 2016

The Best Start Resource Centre Conference is an annual event where service... [read more]

Building on a Canadian Legacy

November 17, 2016

By Barb Willet, Executive Director

Beginning on November 21st, more than 1,... [read more]

Time for a real discussion on poverty

November 16, 2016

Andrea Bodkin, Health Promotion Specialist

It has been, to say the least, a challenging... [read more]

Health Equity Impact Assessments in Action

November 10, 2016

By Andrea Bodkin, Health Promotion Specialist

This week I got to do one of my favourite... [read more]

Personal perspective on the PEI Forum

November 7, 2016

By Laura Foschi, Intern at the Alliance for Health Promotion

On the 16-17 October the... [read more]

Thoughts from Charlottetown

November 2, 2016

By Barb Willet, Executive Director

I recently had the privilege to contribute to the... [read more]

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

October 14, 2016

By Robyn Kalda

Ontario declared October 15 as... [read more]

Breaking the silence around pregnancy and infant loss

October 13, 2016

By Christine Morrison

... [read more]

International Day of the Girl Child

October 11, 2016

By Monika Goodluck

I found out that today is... [read more]

Social Innovation: It's about Systems Change

October 6, 2016

By Robyn Kalda

On September 26 I went to a Social Impact Generation... [read more]

The Invisibility of Breastfeeding

October 3, 2016

By Monika Goodluck

I am pretty certain that, if you’re the average person, you will... [read more]

Orange Shirt Day: Stand Up for Injustices Facing Indigenous Children

September 30, 2016

By Stephanie Massot

I was speaking today with some of the wonderful folks we are... [read more]

Health Promotion – At the Very Heart of Sustainability

September 19, 2016

By Barb Willet

For many people that don’t work within the health promotion field, the... [read more]

Introducing Two New Resources to help you Get Started with HEIA

August 16, 2016

By Andrea Bodkin, Health Nexus

Health Nexus has been working in the area of health equity... [read more]

Planning for better birth outcomes with a Reproductive Life Plan

August 12, 2016

Despite universal access to health care and advanced neonatal care, adverse outcomes during... [read more]

Coactive ‘laddership’: Modelling collaborative and equitable partnerships

August 5, 2016

By Sara Mohammed

On June 16th, 2016, we had our first webinar, “Practicing Collaborative... [read more]

The "Safer" Cigarette?

August 3, 2016

By Christine Nhan

Prior to university, I had very little exposure and knowledge of shisha... [read more]

A few words from one of our summer students...

July 29, 2016

By Christine Nhan

There was never one specific moment in my life where I knew I wanted to... [read more]

Get outside this summer!

July 19, 2016

Like many Canadians, we at Health Nexus are excited by the arrival of summer.  The warmer... [read more]

*How* many million views? The power of social media

May 27, 2016

By Céline Levesque

Sometimes we don’t realize how social media has immense power when it... [read more]

Poor people in Ontario pay for their low income with their health

May 16, 2016

So says the foreword of Health Quality Ontario’s recently released report devoted entirely to... [read more]

Starting all kids on the path to health

March 22, 2016

For newly pregnant women it can be daunting to learn that their health and weight before and... [read more]

Book Review - A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind, by David J. Helfand

March 15, 2016

By Robyn Kalda

"This world faces daunting challenges--from energy supplies to... [read more]

Canada discriminates against children on reserves, tribunal rules

January 26, 2016

There is breaking news this morning on the... [read more]

Putting networks to work: February webinars

January 20, 2016

We're excited about all the ways networks are good for work and about all the ways network... [read more]

Network Mapping Article Now Posted on Queen's IRC Website

January 14, 2016

By Penny Scott

About a year ago I got involved with the ... [read more]

Book Review - The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, by Justin Peters

January 11, 2016

By Robyn Kalda

Aaron Swartz died three years ago today, but the issue -- and yes,... [read more]

Podcast: a health promotion success story from Glasgow

January 6, 2016

By Suzanne Schwenger

I wanted to share an amazing interview I heard on Sunday on CBC... [read more]

Health Promotion Highlights of 2015

December 21, 2015

By Barb Willet

This time of year is often one of introspection and gratitude as many of... [read more]

7 important things to know about Community Hubs in Ontario

December 9, 2015

By Suzanne Schwenger

I recently attended a forum on community hubs, organized by the... [read more]

Reducing the gap between rich and poor in Canada: how are we doing?

November 30, 2015

By Andrea Bodkin

We have long known that health inequities exist between various groups... [read more]

Today is National Child Day

November 20, 2015

By Christine Morrison

Celebrated every year on November 20th, National Child Day... [read more]

5 ways that backbone organizations can support collective impact

November 2, 2015

By Suzanne Schwenger

We hear a lot about the importance of collective impact these days... [read more]

2015 Federal Election: Priorities for Non-Profits & Charities

October 15, 2015

By Barb Willet

A sense of excitement is building as this long federal election campaign... [read more]

Breastfeeding Success: Stories from World Breastfeeding Week 2015

October 7, 2015

By Hiltrud Dawson & the Breastfeeding Community Projects

From October 1st through 7th... [read more]

Book review - Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact, by Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor, & John Cleveland

October 6, 2015

By Robyn Kalda

This 2014 book delves into what makes networks tick. How do networks start... [read more]

Book Review - Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), by Marion Nestle

August 10, 2015

By Robyn Kalda

An impressively exhaustive account of the soda industry, its effects on... [read more]

Happy 400th! A Health Promotion Way to Celebrate Ontario’s French Heritage

August 5, 2015

By Pascale Leclair-Roberts

On August 1st, we celebrated 400 years of French... [read more]

Health Promotion Strategies in 4 PanAm Countries

July 27, 2015

By Pascale Leclair-Roberts

As the PanAm games are unravelling in Toronto, a sense of... [read more]

International Self-Care Day

July 23, 2015

By Pascale Leclair-Roberts

On July 24th, it’s time for everyone to give a... [read more]

Book review: Grow, by Stephen Grace

July 19, 2015

By Robyn Kalda

Food systems and how they affect and interact with human and ecosystem... [read more]

We all want to collaborate with communities to advance health equity—but what gets in the way?

July 2, 2015

By Gillian Kranias, Health Nexus

“We’re saying equity and collaboration all the time, but... [read more]

Facts and fictions about schizophrenia

June 8, 2015

By Pascale Leclair-Roberts

May 24th was National Schizophrenia and Psychosis... [read more]

The healthy foods of traditional Aboriginal diets: link to health promotion practice

May 22, 2015

By Pascale Leclair-Roberts

As Aboriginal Awareness week is coming to a close, Canada has... [read more]

Apps for Health (But are they?)

May 20, 2015

By Robyn Kalda

At the end of April I went to the ... [read more]

5 Good Ideas - Open Data

May 4, 2015

By Robyn Kalda

Today I went to the Five Good Ideas (... [read more]

Budget Week

April 28, 2015

The release of both federal and provincial budgets last week generated much news coverage and... [read more]

Engaging communities in the design and use of their streets

April 21, 2015

By Nadha Hassen

The next time you walk down the street where you live, take an honest... [read more]

How can you tell if your referrals are working? Map them!

April 10, 2015

You're part of a network of services that relies on referrals for efficient client service—... [read more]

Infant mental health: Setting the foundation in the early years

March 17, 2015

By Tanveer Singh

My interest in understanding mental health in the early years began a... [read more]

Six strategic steps for conducting a situational assessment

March 10, 2015

by Allison Meserve, Health Promotion Consultant, Health Promotion Capacity Building Services at... [read more]

ECE trends across Canada and using technology for preconception care

February 27, 2015

by Melissa Potvin

For four years now I have been attending the Best Start Resource Centre... [read more]

Increasing the capacity to offer culturally sensitive care to Francophones

February 23, 2015

Health Service Providers are invited to attend new learning opportunities that will increase... [read more]

New tool allows you to compare and contrast Toronto’s wellbeing indicators

February 10, 2015

This week, Health Nexus, along with OWHN and HC Link was fortunate enough to have Mat Krepicz, a... [read more]

Canada’s future: the story is yours to tell

January 28, 2015

By Leanne Clare... [read more]

Health Nexus Reflects on Fiscal Trends for Non-Profits and Health Promotion

December 22, 2014

By Barb Willet and Alison Stirling

For the annual Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin... [read more]

The loss of a true leader

December 18, 2014

By Barb Willet

The news of Brenda Zimmerman’s death has left us speechless and shocked. ... [read more]

5 practices for Leading Change– insights from Marshall Ganz

December 12, 2014

By Suzanne Schwenger 

Last week, Health Nexus held our... [read more]

Celebrating community leaders who inspire us

December 9, 2014

By Andrea Bodkin

One of my favourite nights of the year is the night we gather to... [read more]

A panorama of reflections on the recent CKX Summit

December 2, 2014

We would like to present you with some take-aways from a few of our staff who had the pleasure... [read more]

Real-time network mapping @ CKX

November 28, 2014

Last week, Health Nexus had the privilege of network mapping Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX)... [read more]

How much do you know about children’s rights?

November 20, 2014

Today is National Child Day. It was on November 20th 1959 that the United Nations... [read more]

Celebrating leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada

November 5, 2014

By Barb Willet

For the past 4 years, I’ve looked forward to learning, through the 3M... [read more]

Three organisations that will pilot Strengthening Families, Parents and Youth unite for a day of training and fun

October 2, 2014

In November 2013 Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) and Health Nexus, as members of HC Link, announced... [read more]

Breastfeeding matters: Supporting breastfeeding in populations with lower breastfeeding rates

October 1, 2014

Breastfeeding has been recognized as a key health promotion strategy, affecting both short and... [read more]

Our friend and colleague, Bob Gardner

September 2, 2014

We are at a loss over the passing of our friend and colleague, Bob Gardner.... [read more]

Au revoir to Peggy Schultz

August 26, 2014

By Barb Willet

After 26 years with Health Nexus, it is with regret but warm wishes that... [read more]

Summer reading suggestions

August 20, 2014

What do child discipline, depression management, multilingual children and the recruitment of... [read more]

World Breastfeeding Week 2014

August 6, 2014

Breastfeeding quite simply is: important. It is important for babies, mothers, families and... [read more]

Adolescent Stress and Coping

July 21, 2014

Coping with stress during adolescence is a thoroughly documented phenomenon, and there is a... [read more]

15 ways that the Ontario budget affects health-- and the determinants of health

July 16, 2014

Here is a summary of 15 key measures  affecting health and the determinants of health  in the... [read more]

Heart and Stroke Foundation Stroke Report 2014

July 10, 2014

Death rates from stroke have greatly decreased over past 10 years, but with an aging population... [read more]

HC Link - A year in review document now available

June 24, 2014

Today HC Link released their annual Year in Review: Increasing Community Capacity for Health... [read more]

Pride isn't just for grownups

June 20, 2014

Of course, Health Nexus is interested in many aspects of child development, and gender-... [read more]

Tapping the Power of Networks: Strategies for Innovation and Renewal

June 16, 2014

Yes, we are excited! Does it show??  Our network thinking and practice has been greatly... [read more]

Thoughts on the election results

June 13, 2014

By Barb Willet

I eagerly watched coverage of the election last night, awaiting the... [read more]

New resources

June 10, 2014

Our Best Start Resource Centre is always at work researching, developing and focus testing a... [read more]

Imagine The Possibilities: Reflecting on the Prevent More to Treat Less conference

June 9, 2014

By Suzanne Schwenger, Program Manager, Health Nexus

... [read more]

Prevent More to Treat Less: Bringing Advocacy Back to Health Promotion

June 5, 2014

By Andrea Bodkin, Health Promotion Specialist

This week I’m attending the Prevent More to... [read more]

Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

June 4, 2014

Food security is a growing challenge. The global economic crisis and increased food prices have... [read more]

Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth – a recap

May 23, 2014

By Louise Choquette

This week I had the pleasure of attending the... [read more]

How can we strengthen health promotion networks in Canada?

May 22, 2014

On Tuesday May 20th, we had the pleasure of hosting an online dialogue through Health... [read more]