Become an EENet Community of Interest

NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to July 15, 2019.


EENet is seeking applicants to develop at least three new Mental Health and Addictions Communities of Interest (CoIs) in Ontario.

Some of the identified priorities for these new CoIs include Northern, rural, and remote mental health and addiction issues and LGBTQ+ mental health and addiction issues. Applications from CoIs with other focus areas will also be considered.

The deadline to submit applications is June 30, 2019.


EENet is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario. Part of the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the network includes researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families.

EENet’s mandate is to build capacity in Ontario’s mental health and addiction system so that people can co-create and use evidence to improve policies, programs, and practice.

What is a Community of Interest?

A CoI brings together people who share a common interest to develop and spread new knowledge and increase understanding and action around an issue. EENet has been supporting CoIs since 2012, with a focus on topics related to mental health and addictions in Ontario. Members of our CoIs can include researchers, clinicians, service providers, decision-makers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and family members. Members can also span the mental health and addictions sector and other related sectors, such as justice, education, and children and youth services.

Most CoIs have between 10 and 40 members—but some number in the hundreds. Typically one or two organizations play a lead role for the COI, with the support of an advisory or steering committee, made up of core CoI members.

CoIs help to rapidly spread new knowledge and connect different perspectives together. EENet CoIs are linked to the larger EENet network, ensuring that their work is shared with stakeholders across the province.

Topics of current EENet-supported CoIs include:

  • Gambling, gaming, and technology Use
  • Health equity impact assessment
  • Housing First
  • Mental health promotion in public health

Read more about our current CoIs.

If there is already a CoI operating in your area of interest, please approach us about becoming a member of that group rather than submitting an application for consideration as a new CoI.

CoI selection criteria

CoIs will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Lead applicants must be from a not-for-profit organization that is incorporated in Ontario. The organization’s mandate must demonstrate a clear Ontario focus. Partnerships with others outside Ontario are welcomed; however, leadership (including shared leadership) must come from Ontario.
  • There should be a lead person and a back-up identified to ensure the sustainability of the CoI. Having co-leads is also acceptable.
  • The CoI must seek to address a need or knowledge gap in the mental health and addictions system in Ontario. Priority in this call will be given to CoIs addressing LGBTQ+ issues or Northern, rural and remote issues. CoIs that address themes identified by EENet’s Sharing Together initiative will also be given priority consideration.
  • The topic of focus must be relevant to EENet’s goal to make the mental health and addictions system more evidence-informed.
  • CoI membership should reflect a cross-section of stakeholder groups (researchers, service providers, persons with lived experience, and others) and, where possible, sectors (health, education, justice, children and youth services).

What support will be provided to CoIs by EENet?

Each successful new CoI will receive in-kind supports through a partnership with an EENet knowledge broker. Based on need, availability, and capacity, the knowledge broker will dedicate up to half a day a week to help develop and support the CoI’s knowledge exchange needs.

Knowledge brokers can help CoIs to:

  • Facilitate knowledge exchange planning.
  • Identify and synthesize evidence.
  • Create knowledge resources (such as infographics, videos, and evidence briefs).
  • Contribute expertise to virtual events (such as webinars, teleconferences).
  • Develop an online collaborative space on EENet Connect, our online community (
  • Identify linkages or connections to other projects or relevant stakeholders.
  • Share the work of each CoI through various communication outlets (such as e-newsletters, a website, and social media).

Please note: Knowledge broker expertise should largely be focused on knowledge exchange work and not administrative functions. Learn more about how a knowledge broker can support your CoI.

What are the deliverables for CoIs?

If selected, CoIs will be expected to remain active for a period of two years. As CoIs may enter this process at different levels of operation, each CoI will work with their knowledge broker to determine the types of activities that are feasible based on their needs. Each CoI will provide a description of their anticipated activities and outcomes.

In addition, each CoI will be asked to do all of the following:

  • Participate in a knowledge exchange planning session.
  • Actively participate in occasional knowledge exchange events to share their learnings with other CoIs.
  • Submit copies of all products and materials developed using EENet resources and support.
  • Allow materials to be shared broadly through EENet’s network, where appropriate.
  • Participate in a brief evaluation.

Health Equity

EENet is committed to supporting improved health equity for vulnerable and marginalized populations in Ontario. This includes addressing barriers to access to evidence, and identifying and mitigating the unintended impacts of initiatives before they are implemented (Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Workbook).

CoI applicants must consider how they will apply a health equity lens to their activities. This may involve:

  • Conducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (available here).
  • Developing a strategy for equitable access to and sharing of knowledge.
  • Ensuring the meaningful inclusion of under-represented or marginalized populations.

EENet welcomes applications from CoIs from identified priority populations, including Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis and Francophone communities.


Interested applicants must submit the EENet Communities of Interest Application Form via email by 5 pm on June 30, 2019, to:
Susan Eckerle Curwood
Knowledge Broker, EENet
Phone: 416-535-8501 x30540
Email: Susan [dot] EckerleCurwood [at] camh [dot] ca

If required, EENet may be able to connect partners working in similar areas in the case of significant overlap among CoIs.

All applicants will be notified as to the outcomes of their applications.

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