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Paediatr Child Health. 1998 Mar-Apr; 3(2): 77.
PMCID: PMC2851271

Children and youth to play integral role in Together for Healthy Kids

Fostering the emotional and physical health and safety of children involves parents, caregivers, a host of professionals and children themselves. But they do not often have an opportunity to share knowledge and learn from each other over the course of several days. That is why the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC) have teamed up for an innovative conference called Together for Healthy Kids.

To be held in Hamilton from June 24 to 28, Together for Healthy Kids takes a multidisciplinary approach to child and youth health care by:

  • involving parents, kids, educators, community leaders, and health and other professionals in the promotion of the well-being of children and adolescents;
  • encouraging and promoting collaboration among child health care professionals;
  • highlighting innovative approaches to child and youth health; and
  • making effective use of valuable public education resources.

Together for Healthy Kids includes professional development and scientific sessions hosted by the CPS and the OPC, public education sessions, and a family health fair that will feature displays and activities for parents, kids and teenagers.

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Together for Healthy Kids features a number of initiatives by youth. Photo by Sarah Evans

Children and youth play an integral role in the conference. In addition to special projects and activities, a number of conference sessions will feature presentations by youth, including “Mentoring For and By Youth”, “Youth on the Net” and “Challenges and Innovations in Youth Projects”.

Other activities include the following.

  • Youth forum: The Ontario Secondary School Students’ Association’ (OSSSA) will organize a youth forum that will focus on health issues that youth consider important and ways professionals can improve the effectiveness of their programs and messages aimed at youth.
  • Health careers: The OSSSA is also planning a health careers component where youth can talk directly with a range of health care professionals about questions on careers, training, the challenges and satisfaction of working in health care.
  • Health Science Fair: Area schools will showcase student projects with health themes for presentation at the Health Fair.

The co-organizers of Together for Healthy Kids have a wealth of experience promoting the well-being of Canadian children. The CPS is an organization of 2000 paediatricians with an active and respected voice for the health of children and youth. The OPC is a catalyst and organizer of community-based initiatives in child development and a leader in the development and dissemination of health prevention and promotion resources. Together for Healthy Kids coincides with the 75th anniversary and Annual Meeting of the CPS and the 8th biannual Prevention Congress of the OPC.

Footnotes

For more information, contact Jackie Millette by telephone at 613-526-9397 ext 228, fax 613-526-3332 or e-mail ac.spc@sgniteem or see the announcement on the facing page.


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