Community Health Education Program (CHEP)

A community member attends a videoconferencing session on cancer awareness. There, he meets a community nurse who then puts him in touch with an array of resources. Consequently, the participants of this session see the need for and decide to start a cancer support group. Community radio is used to promote this initiative. Now, imagine improving access in your community to a range of English-language health and social information via similar scenarios…


Seeking to increase the availability of health promotion and disease prevention information for ESCs and increased collaboration between community and public health professionals, this dynamic program facilitates distance community learning of health and social services information in English to remote, rural or dispersed Quebec communities via:

  • Videoconferencing
  • DVD’s
  • Follow-up activities

Community networks select an area of focus/health priority topic based on their community’s needs and in collaboration with their public health partners. The aim is to raise awareness and provide information to individuals and their communities where there is a gap or a void in health and social services information in English. When a community network decides to host a health-related videoconferencing or DVD session, they encourage and invite professionals, caregivers and volunteers in education, health and social services, to come learn alongside and support their community members. With increased collaboration between community and public health professionals as a key outcome, community networks seek to bring their public health service providers to the community.

Dynamic, interactive experts in their respective fields, CHEP presenters have a variety of health and social services backgrounds: nursing, counseling, psychology, education and community medicine. Invited guest speakers from organizations representing chosen topics, complement the presenters.

The CHEP promotes existing resources, linking with organizations whose mission is to provide health and social services information, tools and support to the public and who can do so in English. This support can be at the national, regional or local level. Networks participating in the CHEP also make use of DVDs of the sessions presented by videoconference to bring groups and partners and further disseminate the health promotion and disease prevention information.

An important focus of the CHEP follow-up, activities provide ongoing education, information, resources, and support beyond the initial campaign. For example, following a videoconferencing session, participants decide to form a support group or create a resource center, building from the momentum

The program involves the community organizations listed below, each of whom supports a community network within the context of the CHSSN Networking and Partnership Initiative.
Most of these community organizations participate in at least three videoconference sessions annually, and/or use the CHEP DVDs for health education sessions.

Interested in attending a session? If one of the organizations listed below serves your area, contact them to find out more about the sessions they may be offering.



Coping with Arthritis during Self-Isolation – June 2020

Taking Care of Your Mental Health & Emotional Resilience during the Pandemic – September 2020

Eating Well During the COVID-19 Pandemic – October 2020

Moving Well During the COVID-19 Pandemic – November 2020

The Price We Pay for Safety: Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Life – January 2021

Straight Talk about End-of-Life Options Presenter – February 2021


Staircase to Seniors’ Resources: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 10 am to noon

Better Bowel Health: An Update: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 10am to noon

Seniors and the Effects of Isolation: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 10am to noon

Flu and Other Vaccines: What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 10am to noon Organ &

Tissue Donation in Quebec: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 10am to noon

Diabetes: What’s New?: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 10am to noon

Mental Health/Illness (i.e., depression, anxiety): Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 10am to noon

Heart Health Month; Women’s Heart Health (part 2): Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 10am to noon

*Please note that there is no scheduled video conference for March 2020.*


Better Bone Health: Osteoporosis – An Update – May 2018

Why Can’t I Sleep? – June 2018

Eating Well: Sugar and Salt – What’s New? – September 2018

Living Life’s Losses – October 2018

Gotta Go, Gotta Go – Bladder Health Update – November 2018

Palliative Care, Comfort Care and Home Care – January 2019

Women’s Heart Health – February 2019

Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2019-2020
Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2019-2020

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Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2018-2019
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Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2017-2018
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Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2016-2017
Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2016-2017

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Partnerships serve to enhance access to English-language information, resources, services and support. The communities create important partnerships with many diverse organizations and institutions:

  • Local CLSCs, hospitals, clinics, CISSS and CIUSSS
  • Schools, Community Learning Centres (CLCs) and community organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community radio stations

CHSSN’s CHEP forges partnerships with many regional and provincial health and social services organizations, including:

What some CHEP participants say they have learned…

“FAST response and preventative measures.” & “Signs of stroke. Call 911 and stay on line. Act fast!” – Stroke – Brain Attack May 2015

“Exercises to help with constipation.” & “That eating plenty of fibre is extremely important.” Better Bowel Health – Breaking the Taboo November 2015

“That we should take arthritis seriously and be persistent with our doctors when they say it’s old age.” & “Food can affect your joints.” & “Move every 20 minutes.” – Moving Forward with Arthritis – April 2016

“Amazing session!”, “The explanation of how to remove a tick.” and “Learned how to spot and prevent against ticks.” – Participants, Ticks and Lyme Disease – An Update – May 2017

“Exercise is key.” and “Members of the support group who were present found that the info would be good for people learning about the disease.” – Participant, What is Parkinson’s disease – June 2017

“Highly informative. So good to get this information in English.” – Participant, Medical Emergencies in Seniors and How to Handle Them – October 2017

“Explanation of Vitamin D and calcium combo importance.” – Participant, Silent Thief – Osteoporosis and Bone Health – May 2018


Brenda Edwards, CHSSN Program Manager.
Jo Ann Jones, B.A., M. Ed., Health Education Consultant.
Kelly Howarth, M. Ed., PPCC, Community Education Consultant/Evaluator.
In partnership with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Telehealth Services

This initiative is funded by the CHSSN through Health Canada’s Official Languages Health Contribution Program 2018-2023