October Updates for the Decent Work and Health Network
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Decent Work and Health Network October Updates
These past few weeks have been a busy time for us here at the Decent Work and Health Network (DWHN). We have been apart of a number of events, including panel discussions at the University of Toronto, Reyerson University and at St. Michael's Hospital. Each event was well attended and helped up grow our network. Thank to everyone who was able to attend.
Rally For Decent Work
On October 1st we had a great turn our of health workers who attended the Rally for Decent Work. We joined unions, grassroots organizations, student groups and community members to ensure that we continue to be an active voice to advocate for Decent Work for all Ontarians.
Changing Workplaces Review- DWHN Submission
This month we also prepared a submission to the Changing Workplaces Review. Drawing from an evidence base of the most current health literature we highlighted the importance of ensuring the the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act address the social determinants of health. Changes to these two key pieces of legislation offer an important opportunity to improve the health of all Ontarians as employment and income are among the key social determinants of health. To learn more please read our submission here.
New Website
This month we also launching a new website. It will be live next Wednesday October 26, 2016 and can be found at Here we will continue to post a rich source of information including event listings, profiles of our steering committee members, a detailed timeline of the history of our networks activities and the newest health literature pertaining to Decent Work and Health. Please be sure to share our link as a resource. We also invite all network members to consider making contributions in way of blog posts. If you would like to be a contributor please email to pitch your idea.
Steering Committee Members
In an effort to build a solid leadership team the Decent Work and Health Network is now seeking applications from interested participants who would like to join our steering committee as we to continue to advocate for Decent Work and Health for all Ontarians. Currently we are looking for individuals who are health workers who can dedicate 4-5 hours a month to the following roles and responsibilities :
  • regularly attend monthly steering committee meetings and take on a leadership role with DWHN. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4-6pm.
  • speak at events on behalf of the Decent Work and Health Network
  • write at least one a blog post, op-ed or journal article on behalf of DWHN per year.
  • to support the network by mentoring students interested in gaining advocacy skills.
  • attend community events as a representative of DWHN.
Please email to arrange a telephone call where our coordinator can give you more information about how to get involved.
Workshops for Health Workers- Lunch and Learn
We have developed a workshop to support health workers to better understand the different ways that we can identify and address how the social determinants of health are a factor when working with the people we serve. Please contact us at in order to book a session. We are able to do this during a lunch our or we can come to a staff meeting a facilitate a dialogue about Decent Work and Health. We are now booking sessions for November, December and into the new year.
Health & Advocacy 101- October 29, 2016 10am-5pm
This is a session geared towards students in the health sector to learn about the role of advocacy in the health field. We will provide opportunities for students to gain skills and apply their knowledge to be advocates in the health sector.  Please email to register.

Thanks for reading through our monthly newsletter. We will be sending out more information about the activities in our network in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please forward this newsletter and help us build out network by encouraging other health workers to join a movement to ensure Decent Work and Health for all Ontarians.
Panelists Kate Hayman, Humphrey Liu, Danyaal Raza and Ritika Goel at the Health & Social Justice- Pathways to Advocacy Panel at U of T
Students at Reyerson University talking about Health & Social Justice with Dr. Kate Haymann from the Decent Work and Health Network and  Dr. Jesee McLaren
Dr. Andrew Pinto from the DWHN, Daniyal Zuberi from the University of Toronto, Deena Ladd from Workers’ Action Centre, and Axelle Janczur from Access Alliance at the Precarious Work and Health Panel on October 5th
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