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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 year, #KidsVaccinesDay 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.

Town Hall

On February 23, 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!

Learn more about National Kids and Vaccines Day and how you can join the movement! 

Are you looking for vaccine resources?

Children's Healthcare Canada hosted these two informative webinars and the recordings are currently available on our website.
  • COVID-19 and Missed Routine Immunizations: Designing for effective catch-up in Canada
  • PHAC's Approach to Vaccine Confidence in COVID and Beyond: Focus on children
Read more about these webinars and watch the recordings today!
Pediatric Pain Management Practice and Policy Network

In December 2022, at the Children’s Healthcare Canada conference, we proudly announced the launch of the Pediatric Pain Management Practice and Policy Network. This new network will convene leaders and subject matter experts to augment impact in children’s pain management across Canada. 

  • Information sharing, coordination, and peer support.
  • Collaboration on knowledge mobilization and project planning.
  • Implementation of activities that advance Children’s Healthcare Canada’s strategic priorities (to share, unite, advocate, and inform).
2023 GOALS:
  • Build awareness and facilitate the uptake of the Health Standards Organization (HSO) Pediatric Pain Management Standard.
  • Create and foster relationships between network members and Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) Knowledge Brokers (KB) to facilitate national knowledge mobilization and alignment.
  • Participate as Subject Matter Experts to rebrand, refresh, update, and align (with the new HSO Standard) the Pediatric Pain Management Toolkit.
Please keep watching for details to join this collaboration and future meetings. To indicate your interest, or for more information, please contact us. 
February SPARK Theme: Child Health Research

Podcast with Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Launched January 30

Spirit Bears Guide to Reconciliation: Utilizing Jordan's Principle and the Spirit Bear Plan to achieve culturally based equity for First Nations Children

Dr. Blackstock explores the utilization of Jordan’s principle and the Spirt Bear Plan to achieve culturally-based equity for First Nations Children and provide guidance to support them in promoting reconciliation.

Now Available!

Webinar with Dr. Peter Gill and Francine Buchanan
February 15, 11am ET

Delivering High-Quality Care in Pediatric Research through Patient and Family Engagement 

Dr. Gill and Dr. Buchanan will describe how they created partnerships with patients, families, and clinicians from across Canada to identify a Top 10 list of priorities and describe the key values and benefits of family engagement in research, and how this input identified key areas to improve care.

Register today

Webinar with Dr. Jessie Hulst and Roseann Nasser
February 8, 11am ET

Advancing Pediatric Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals: An Update on the Nutrition Pathway and Malnutrition Standard

The Canadian Malnutrition Task Force has been addressing malnutrition & advancing care in hospitalized pediatric populations. Through the creation of knowledge, research, resources & tools for practitioners, this group has influenced best practices for clinicians.

Register today

Podcast with Dr. Jason Berman
Launching February 27

Child Health Research: Thinking out of the Typical Health Care System Box

Our guest podcast host, Dr. Katharine Smart, will connect with Dr. Jason Berman to address 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.

Read more

Did you miss this webinar?
Indigenous Children: Stories, Strengths, and Strategies for Wellness

As we collectively work to improve the health of and healthcare for Indigenous children and youth, we were joined by John R. Sylliboy and Dr. Margot Latimer to learn more about an initiative to promote wellness that has been receiving great reviews.

The recording is now available!
REGISTER NOW: Frayme's Learning Institute: Great Big Stories: Creating Change, Together

Taking place in-person and virtually on Feb. 22-23, 2023.

The Learning Institute is one of Canada’s only nation-wide conferences solely dedicated to youth mental health and substance use (YMHSU) system transformation. It provides a unique opportunity to bring together different players in the sector across diverse disciplines, backgrounds and experiences to drive knowledge into action. The in-person portion will take place in Vancouver, BC at the Hyatt Regency while the virtual component will happen over Zoom – how you choose to attend is entirely up to you!

Learn more | View the programRegister now (in-person) | Register now (virtual)
If you have a child between 8-21 who has a disability…
Researchers at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University invite both you and your child to participate in a research study about your experiences during Covid and ideas about improving health and education services and supports. We will work with each family so that all youth and parents can share their stories in a way that works for them. For more information, email Anna Swain at
HIROC Podcast- Healthcare Change Makers 

Dr. Katharine Smart: Providing Healthcare is About Building Relationships

Being the former president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), a role she held during the height of the pandemic, has inspired Dr. Katharine Smart to be fearless and lean into the platform she was given to make an impact.

Our guest Dr. Katharine Smart does it all - she’s a pediatrician working in Whitehorse, former Canadian Medical Association (CMA) president, the podcast host for Spark: Conversations, and holds a strong platform on social media.
Through all her roles, her focus remains steady on advocating for kids’ health across Canada, holding the unwavering belief that all kids deserve the same opportunity to be healthy.

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Anti-Islamophobia in Healthcare Training
Islamophobia is devastating to health equity. It creates and perpetuates social stigma
towards Muslims. This in turn, increases afflictions, both physical and mental health
concerns that Muslims are being discriminated against. Research shows that this decreases
access to health care systems.
Through the lens of intersectionality, it should be recognized that not all Muslims
experience Islamophobia in the same ways. Islamophobia operates on multiple levels, and is
compounded by struggles of race, class, and gender among others. For Muslim women,
girls and youth, Islamophobia is experienced not only with regards to religion, but also with
regards to gender identities.
We have developed this training to fill the gap that exists in understanding Islamophobia in
the Canadian healthcare sector. It affects Muslims who are healthcare professionals, as well
as Muslim patients. This training is a culmination of our communities personal experiences
with Islamophobia in healthcare and broad research in understanding that there is a need in
healthcare for anti-Islamophobia sentiments.

Learn more on the
 Muslim Advisory Council of Canada website.

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