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…
THE COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM makes this possible!
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:
- 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.
EXPERTISE HELPS FILL THE GAP
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.
- 4Korners Family Resource Center – Deux Montagnes/Laurentians
- African Canadian Development and Prevention Network (ACDPN) – Montreal
- ARC South Shore Assistance and Referral Centre – South Shore of Montreal
- AGAPE The Youth and Parents AGAPE Association Inc. – Laval
- CASE MCQ Centre for Access to Services in English – Drummondville Trois-Rivières
- CCS Collective Community Services – LaSalle Verdun
- Coasters’ Association – Lower North Shore
- CASA Committee for Anglophone Social Action – Gaspé Coast
- Connexions Resource Centre – Outaouais
- CAMI Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders – Magdalen Islands
- REISA – East Island Network for English-Language Services – East Montreal
- ECOL English Community Organization of Lanaudiere (ECOL) – Rawdon
- Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence – Métis Beach Rimouski
- Jeffrey Hale Community Partners – Quebec City
- MCDC Megantic English-Speaking Community Development Corp – Thetford Mines
- Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda – Rouyn-Noranda
- North Shore Community Association – Baie Comeau & Sept Isles
- Montérégie West Community Network – Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Chateauguay
- Townshippers’ Association – Estrie
- Vision Gaspé Percé Now – Gaspé
Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2018-2019 Read More
Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2017-2018
Community Health Education Program (CHEP) 2016-2017
PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
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:
- Alzheimer Society – Montreal & Quebec
- AMI Quebec
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association
- Care-Ring Voice
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec
- Montreal Douglas Hospital
- Parkinson Society Quebec
- The Arthritis Society
- The Cummings Centre
- The Fraser Recovery Program
- Concordia University Perform Centre
- Procure Quebec
- Yamaska Literacy Council
THE CHEP TEAM
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