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Delivered twice monthly, the SPARK: News e-bulletin provides members and other subscribers with valuable information through the following sections:

National Kids and Vaccines Day 2023

Children's Healthcare Canada and ScienceUpFirst, with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, have declared February 23, 2023, to be National Kids and Vaccines Day 2023 (#KidsVaccinesDay). This day will bring together healthcare leaders and experts from across disciplines to help move the needle (pun intended) and promote vaccine confidence for Canada’s children. This year's focus will be on:

  • Routine vaccinations for children (2 months to 5 years): critical for protection against a wide range of vaccine-preventable diseases. Catching up on routine childhood immunization and ensuring that coverage doesn’t slip, or remain low, must be a top priority for children's healthcare professionals and parents as we look to our future.
  • Influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, an important safe and effective method to combat these viral infections, especially in light of the current crisis in children's healthcare.

Join us on February 23 when Children's Healthcare Canada and ScienceUpFirst will be hosting a national, bilingual online Town Hall, during which experts will respond to questions from Canadians. 

Register today
Season 3, Episode 5 | Spirit Bears Guide to Reconciliation: Utilizing Jordan’s Principle and the Spirit Bear Plan to achieve culturally based equity for First Nations Children

January’s SPARK: Conversations monthly podcast is on Indigenous child health with our podcast host, Dr. Katharine Smart in conversation with special guest, Dr. Cindy Blackstock. As an internationally recognized First Nations scholar and child welfare expert, Cindy has been the driving force behind promoting reconciliation to ensure culturally based equity for First Nations children and families. In this podcast, Cindy will be exploring the utilization of Jordan’s principle and the Spirit Bear Plan to achieve culturally based equity for First Nations Children. 

Learn more and mark your calendars for January 30
Season 3, Episode 6 | Child Health Research: Thinking out of the Typical Health Care System Box

February’s SPARK: Conversations monthly podcast is on research and our podcast host, Dr. Katharine Smart in conversation with special guest, Dr. Jason Berman where they will be addressing how research and partnering with stakeholders across the spectrum- from high tech to business partners to patients could be an important part of reshaping tomorrow’s health care

Learn more and mark your calendars for February 27
Indigenous Child Health: Exploring the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative
January 25, 2023 11am- 12pm ET

Focused on the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative and The ‘First’ Approach. 

Learn more and register today

Advancing Pediatric Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals: An Update on the Nutrition Pathway and Malnutrition Standard
February 8, 2023 11am-12pm ET

Pediatric malnutrition is a serious concern in hospitals that is often not diagnosed or treated. Pediatric populations are especially vulnerable to malnutrition due to lower reserves and increased needs for growth compared to adults. An evidence-based approach towards preventing, detecting, and treating malnutrition is needed as part of standard hospital care.
Learn more and register today

Delivering High-Quality Care in Pediatric Research through Patient and Family Engagement
February 15, 2023 11am-12pm ET

Partnering with patients and families in decision-making for care, research, and education is a key component of delivering high quality care. To ensure high quality care is delivered, it is essential that these decisions are informed by high quality and relevant evidence. When it comes to children cared for on general paediatric wards in Canada, who represent one-quarter of all hospitalized children, there are key evidence gaps to inform high quality care. The Canadian Paediatric Inpatient Research Network (PIRN) was launched to improve care and outcomes for hospitalized children by collaborating with patients and families to identify the most important priorities to conduct research on for children in hospital.
Learn more and register today

Creating Community Partnerships for Greater Equity and Access to Children’s Health

Dr. Minhas is a Developmental Pediatrician with the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and Director of Pediatric Research with St. Michael’s Hospital. He will be discussing his experiences in community-based participatory research, engaging with community partners and working with refugee and newcomer families in the Toronto area.
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SPARK: Conversations

Season 3, Episode 4 | Health Systems Transformation: Learning from Experts on Ways to Inform System Change

December’s SPARK: Conversations monthly podcast is on health systems transformation with our podcast host, Dr. Katharine Smart in conversation with special guest, Helen Bevan. Helen is a Strategic Advisor and leader of large scale change within the National Health Service (NHS) in England, the largest public healthcare system in the world. Helen will be discussing her experiences and expertise in large scale change and providing guidance to system leaders in health care on addressing complex issues in child health and how to redesign and strengthen our child health systems in Canada to better serve children and youth.
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