Canaries in the Coal Mine: Women and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity [WEBINAR]

A free online event presented by the Canadian Women’s Health Network, in collaboration with National Network on Environments and Women’s Health and CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health

When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 from 10:00-11:00 p.m. PST
Where: online
Presented by Geneviève Nadeau, doctoral student at University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies
Moderated by Anne Rochon Ford, Executive Director of the Canadian Women’s Health Network
Presented in English with bilingual question period

An estimated 3 to 5 per cent of Canadians have developed sensitivities to chemicals in our day-to-day environment. Women constitute 60 to 80 per cent of people suffering from these multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). What are the potential gendered components of this contested health issue, and how do they echo broader conversations related to women’s health and environmental health policy in Canada?

Geneviève Nadeau conducted a critical review of MCS-related literature in the social sciences in the context of a scholarship of the CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health. She offers insight on some multifaceted dimensions of MCS related to the health of Canadian women. Nadeau will answer questions in English and French after her talk.

Can’t attend? Email admin@cwhn.ca to request a reminder when we post the webinar recording.

Production of this event has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

UBC Chronic Pain Needs Assessment Survey

Rock face - YosemiteThe Canadian Institute for Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) is collaborating with partners at the University of British Columbia to promote the Chronic Pain Needs Assessment Survey. They are seeking input from people with chronic or persistent pain. By completing this online survey you can help define the tools and information most urgently needed by people suffering from chronic pain. The survey takes approximately 20-25 minutes to finish. If you have not already participated, we encourage you to do so and help shape the tools and resources available in future.

Over 200 Canadians have already responded. Join the conversation and let researchers, organizations and health professionals know what resources you need for your pain management!

Take the survey and pass the link on to others who suffer from pain as well: http://www.cirpd.org/GetInvolved/PainSurvey/Pages/CIRPDSurvey-org.aspx . Thank you!

New HEAL Guides Available

We’re proud to announce five new publications from our Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership (HEAL) program.

The HEAL framework is a new cross-disability, self-advocacy approach developed by BCCPD. Our HEAL Guides are intended to “help, educate and inspire” readers to explore their unique HEALing path. They provide information from experts and researchers, as well as people living with chronic health issues and disabilities.

The Guides offer a selection of short “keys:” facts, research findings, experiences and insights about living with one or a combination of chronic health conditions or disabilities. You can begin with any key that interests you or read the Guide from beginning to end.

You can find the HEAL Guides here.