Health and Learning
On April 6, 2009, as one of several restructuring measures, CCL announced that it would no longer be funding its five knowledge centres as of July 6, 2009.
CCL deeply appreciates the valuable work and expertise that knowledge centre staff and consortium members have contributed. Every effort will be made to ensure that the high quality work of the knowledge centres continues to be distributed as widely as possible.
Health and learning are closely intertwined and the interaction between health and learning is evident at all ages, from early childhood through to the later stages in life.
Health and social factors have a profound effect on learning, while all types of education, not just health education, support good health. Health literacy and knowledge can be a pre-requisite to making healthier lifestyle choices.
The Health and Learning Knowledge Centre served as a national network linking expertise about the vital connections between the learning and health of Canadians.
The Other Voices Working Group provided an avenue to capture both the voices and the meaningful involvement of people who are traditionally excluded from such initiatives as the Canadian Council on Learning and the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre. Participants in the working group included homeless people, sex workers, mental health system consumers, people with a history of addictions and experience with the criminal justice system and people with low levels of literacy. While each of the working group's three forums had similar themes, the third forum outlined the challenges and barriers participants faced when seeking help for addictions.
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The health of communities rests on a community's capacity to meet and develop the health and learning needs of its citizens and on the health literacy of its citizens. This document provides a data strategy framework for identifying and assessing key indicators of the health and learning of communities and individuals.
The distinct challenges presented by vast geographical distances, harsh weather conditions and remote communities, each with unique cultures and governance structures, are addressed in this report. Schools are defined as the medium of change in the Northern Health and Learning Symposium report which specifically addresses health issues of importance to the North.
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This series of reports and fact sheets promote health and learning for adults in the workplace, in heath-care settings, among families and in communities. Specific issues include how health and learning affect adults with low levels of literacy skills, adults living with HIV/AIDS, immigrants and refugees, and remote communities.
Social determinants of health and the barriers and gaps that often affect them are common fodder for discussion with three of the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre's working groups: the Adult Working Group (AWG), the Early Childhood Working Group (ECWG) and the Capacity Building in Health Literacy for Health Professionals group (CBHLHP). To work towards positive change on this front they came together to discuss these problems and their possible solutions on March 2–3, 2009. This report provides a detailed account and analysis of the results of the forum In From the Margins: Promising Practices and Possibilities for Health and Learning.
An accompanying document, In From the Margins: Promising Practices and Possibilities contains submissions of promising practices from forum participants.
The report examines the role of student services in making post-secondary institutions healthy environments.
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