Using evidence to inform substance misuse prevention initiatives

Join a webinar that aims to increase awareness in the substance use service sector about evidence-based/informed prevention initiatives.

The webinar will look at:

  • The use of participatory-action research to inform program development using a cannabis project as a case study example.
  • Sstrategies for integrating evidence into practice, barriers and how to address them.
  • A Toronto-based example of an evidence based/informed prevention program, including how the program was developed.

The webinar will include a Q&A session.

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Register here. (Closes June 13)

This webinar is co-hosted by Parents Against Drugs and the Toronto Drug Strategy.

About the presenters

Moderator: Susan Shepherd, Manager, Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat, City of Toronto

Alexander Lovell - Director of Research and Evaluation in the Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange
Alexander is a geographer with several years of experience researching issues relating to youth, community health and well-being. Some of his recent projects include contributions to: a study of the well-being of children and families on the waiting list for housing in Hamilton, Belleville and Peterborough done for the CMHC National Housing Research Committee Working Group on Homelessness; a study on the impact of the Places to Grow Act on human services costs in the Region of Peel; and a study on the housing needs of immigrants in Windsor. Alexander is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in geography at Queen’s University where his research examines the Caribbean ethnic food industry in Canada. He has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles concerning ethnic enclaves, immigration, and diasporas and has led community-based projects on health and social services.

Sharif Mahdy, Associate Director at the Students Commission of Canada (SCC)
Sharif has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc) from the University of Western Ontario in Health Promotion. Sharif is also currently completing a Masters in Arts in Leadership (M.A.L.) at Royal Roads University. Sharif's primary responsibilities include supporting the execution of the SCC's local, provincial, national and international funded projects. Sharif is also the lead coach for the SCC's Sharing the Stories Research and Evaluation Platform. The Sharing the Stories platform provides customized evaluation supports for youth organizations to effectively evaluate and track the outcomes of their programs. Sharif enjoys canoeing and cheering for Toronto's sports teams in his spare time.

Maria Papadimitriou, Curriculum Development Coordinator at Delisle Youth Services
Maria has been working in partnership with communities to develop and implement health promotion interventions, education and training for over 10 years in Canada, the US and internationally. She obtained a Masters in Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and a Masters in Science, Neuroscience at Queen's University. Maria currently works in Toronto as the Curriculum Development Manager at Delisle Youth Services, a multi-service youth mental health agency. Over the past 6 years, she has overseen the development and implementation of SESSIONS Drug Education for Youth, an evidence informed drug education intervention rooted in resiliency and harm reduction. In addition, Maria and her team train parents, caregivers and professionals to effectively communicate with youth about drugs from a harm reduction framework.

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