Brigits Notes, April 2011

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In this issue:

  1. Aging, Women and Health - New Primer from CWHN!
  2. CWHN's March webinars - Watch them now!
  3. Digital Stories - Intergenerational Effects of Residential School
  4. Aboriginal Women, Water and Health: Reflections from Eleven First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Grandmothers
  5. Have you visited The Source lately?
  6. Two upcoming Web conferences: CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health
  7. Female Genital Cutting Symposium - Registration open
  8. Public Health/Private Interests: Breast Cancer Profiteering and the Struggle for a Prevention First Approach
  9. Two new reviews in the IGH Cochrane Corner
  10. Scholarships for the integration of sex and gender in environmental and occupational health
  11. Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities
  12. New Brunswick abolishes Women’s Advisory Council

1. Aging, Women and Health - New Primer from CWHN!

Sex and gender definitely matter as we age. Older women and men tend to suffer similar illnesses, but in different forms and at different rates. CWHN has created a new Primer on this topic, linking to an array of high quality Canadian and international resources that provide an introduction to and an in-depth examination of the health issues that face women growing older. See Aging, Women and Health.

2. CWHN’s March webinars – Watch them now!

What does health mean to girls and young women? A conversation about leadership, empowerment and the role of younger people in advancing women’s health. What health issues matter most to young women? How do younger generations of girls and women become involved, and how are they making their voices heard? Biomonitoring: measuring the pollution in women’s bodies to build healthier communities Sharyle Patton explores the uses of biomonitoring – the testing of one’s body for chemical exposure. She looks at how the experience of knowing one's body burden (the total amount of chemicals present in the human body at any given time) can help inform personal choice and political engagement. Click here for each of the webinars.

3. Digital Stories - Intergenerational Effects of Residential School

Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence is pleased to share the "digital stories" created by six First Nations women in: kiskino mâto tapanâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors. This project documented, in First Nations women’s own words and “digital stories”, their understanding of how they had been impacted by the schools. Learn more and watch the videos.

4. Aboriginal Women, Water and Health: Reflections from Eleven First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Grandmothers

Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence along with Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health announces the release of this new report presenting the reflections of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Grandmothers from different regions of Canada and different Indigenous nations. The report explores the diversity as well as the commonalities among Aboriginal women and their relationships with water. For more information and to download the report, visit PWHCE.

5. Have you visited The Source lately?

The Source provides introductory sex-, gender-, and diversity based analyses on prominent topics in women’s health, followed by links to data sources, as well as documents (reports, reviews, syntheses) to study gender-sensitive health outcomes. The Source now includes data and documents from each province and territory across Canada, as well as indicators and data sources on Women’s Health and the Environment, making this a unique pan-Canadian women’s health resource. Check out the English version The Source or the French version La Source today.

6. Two upcoming Web conferences: CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health

Scheduling in the retail sector and family considerations (April 26, 2011) With Karen Messing, Vanessa Couture, France Tissot, researchers, CINBIOSE, UQAM Revealing gendering structures and processes in working life- a methodological challenge - Examples from studies of gender, work and health in different sectors in Sweden. (June 13, 2011) For more details and to register, visit CWHN.

7. Female Genital Cutting Symposium – Registration open

May 5 & 6, Winnipeg, Manitoba The Sexuality Education Resource Centre, Manitoba, in partnership with the University of Manitoba is pleased to start accepting applications for a unique learning and dialogue experience for those working directly in the area of female genital cutting, or FGC (also known as female genital mutilation or FGM) and/or who are addressing the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee individuals/populations affected by this practice. The Symposium is free and on May 5 - 6 in Winnipeg. For more details and to register, visit CWHN.

8. Public Health/Private Interests: Breast Cancer Profiteering and the Struggle for a Prevention First Approach

Breast Cancer Action Montreal is delighted to present the Seventh Annual Lanie Melamed Memorial Lecture, by Dr. Samantha King, on Thursday April 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the J.A. de Sève Cinema LB-125 1400 de Maisonneuve West (Métro Guy-Concordia). Free Admission. For more information, visit BCAM.

9. Two new reviews in the IGH Cochrane Corner

The Institute of Gender and Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group are pleased to present two new reviews in the IGH Cochrane Corner. This instalment features a critical appraisal of the sex and gender considerations in Cochrane reviews on the topics of screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and pharmacotherapy for treating hypertension in women of different races. Click here to check out the latest additions to the Corner.

10. Scholarships for the integration of sex and gender in environmental and occupational health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Gender, Environment and Health is launching the 2011-2012 edition of scholarships for the integration of sex and gender in environmental and occupational health. This year, they will offer three doctoral or postdoctoral scholarships of $19 000 each. All applications must be received by April 29th, 2011. For more information and to apply, please refer to the Call for Applications and the form on CWHN.

11. Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities

“Those who are already more vulnerable to poor health may be at increased risk of being exposed to the effects of air pollution and heat extremes because of the areas in which they live”, says Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities - the newest report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Produced by the Canadian Population Health Initiative, this report explores two aspects of the urban physical environment known to negatively affect health: outdoor air pollution and heat extremes. Click here to download this report.

12. New Brunswick abolishes Women’s Advisory Council

The New Brunswick government has announced it is abolishing the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective April. 1. Women’s groups have started a blog to organize reaction to this government decision.

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