HPH In Action

Lead Program at SickKids Hospital

SickKids is committed to developing the capacity of its new and existing people managers through the LEAD Program, a three and a half day professional development course. The Program focuses on building skills by addressing important topic areas like the importance of coaching as a management style and how to develop a personal leadership plan. Managers are also able to maintain their leadership goals after the training program through reviews in teleclasses and access to master coach trainers.

A popular initiative, 169 of the organization's 270 managers have been trained to date and the LEAD Program always boasts a wait list. Evaluations also demonstrate the success of the program with participants consistently offering a 100% approval rate. As one participant noted "I feel really excited to go back to the job and make changes and implement new techniques! This program really demonstrates this organization's commitment to developing leaders' capacity". SickKids, a health promoting hospital, is strongly demonstrating that inspiring people managers helps to make healthy workplaces.

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CAMH - The Metabolic Health Monitor

The Metabolic Health Monitor (MHM) is an example of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) commitment to health promoting care at the clinical level. The MHM is a groundbreaking electronic tool that tracks potential metabolic health risks for clients with serious and persistent mental illness. Clients who have serious and persistent mental illness are at an increased risk for metabolic problems like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cholesterol due to the effects of antipsychotic medications, high rates of substance use, and issues relating to healthy eating and physical activity.

Clinicians input data into the MHM that includes a client's medical history, family history, medications, laboratory results and body measurements. The MHM then processes this information to create a profile that presents risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high glucose. Clinicians along with clients then establish health promotion interventions to mediate risks. For example, interventions may focus on increasing physical activity. Two years since its implementation, 1300 tools have been completed at CAMH helping to identify numerous clients who are pre-diabetic.

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CAMH - Workman Arts Project Profile

The Workman Arts Project Inc (WA) is a not for profit charitable arts organization that engages those that have had experiences with the mental health and addiction care system. As a program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), WA aims to build personal skills by providing studio space, arts-based training and employment opportunities. Last year, WA provided 363 training opportunities to its 250 members and $70 180 was earned by 75 members through commissions, engagements and sales. WA members also access social support. As one past participant noted, "It (WA) gives me structure when I am going through a crisis".

In addition, WA works to reduce stigma around mental health issues through its community-based presentations and partnerships. The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers whose art explores madness and addiction. In addition, WA produces Being Scene which is an annual art exhibition featuring approximately 60-80 works by new, emerging and established artists who have received services from CAMH.

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The Family Council

At the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Family C ouncil serves as a voice for clients and families within the organization. Recognizing that social support is an important determinant of mental health, one of the Family Council's primary objectives is to provide peer support. The Family Council operates a Resource Centre staffed by volunteers who assist clients and families in navigating the mental health and addiction system. Those who might access the Family Council Resource Centre range from clients to any caregiver or person significant to someone that is experiencing mental health problems.

In addition to peer support, another function of the Family Council is to advocate for clients and families within CAMH through participation in various governances, committees and workgroups. The Family Council is also increasingly becoming a voice on mental health and addiction issues beyond CAMH such as at the provincial policy level.

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The Empowerment Council

At the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Empowerment Council (EC) strives to be the voice of clients within the organization. As a body that comprises of individuals that have all had experiences with the mental health and addiction care system, the EC engages in advocacy internally at CAMH and externally.

Within CAMH, the EC conducts systemic advocacy by participating in committees and consultations. Some achievements as a result of this work have included the establishment of a CAMH Bill of Client Rights, facilitating client engagement in CAMH policies, public awareness, and various focus groups. The EC also delivers numerous educational sessions to ensure clients have the tools and information to engage in self-advocacy around their rights and care as patients.

Beyond CAMH, the EC plays an advocacy role by engaging in issues that affect people who access mental health and addiction services. The EC advocates for changes relating to provincial and federal laws and by addressing the basics in life that people who are accessing CAMH services need.

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