Strengthening the Evidence Base on Social Determinants of Health: Advancing Health Equality through Scientific Research and Policy

November 24, 2014

Sociology Colloquium Series

“Strengthening the Evidence Base on Social Determinants of Health:
Advancing Health Equality through Scientific Research and Policy”

Beth Jackson, PhD
Manager, Equity Analysis and Policy Research
Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate
Public Health Agency of Canada

Fri. Nov. 28 12:00 pm
Social Science Centre 5220

Achieving health equity remains a public health challenge in Canada. While Canadians generally enjoy good health, inequalities in a range of health outcomes and determinants of health persist. In 2012, Canada and other World Health Organization (WHO) Member States endorsed the Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, which reflects a global commitment to addressing health inequities.

Join us Fri. Nov. 28 12:00 pm in SSC 5220 to hear Dr. Beth Jackson, Manager in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, describe the Agency’s multidisciplinary approach to advancing health equity. She will situate the Agency’s approach within the context of the Rio Declaration, which has drawn attention to gaps in the monitoring systems that are essential for tracking health inequalities and for documenting the impact of interventions. Dr. Jackson will highlight how the Agency is addressing these gaps, specifically through pan-Canadian baseline reporting on health inequalities and the production of new survey data on experiences of discrimination. Both of these initiatives are building evidence on social determinants of health and health inequities, advancing the integration of evidence into programs, policy, and research. Finally, Dr. Jackson will offer some insights from her career thus far, including reflections on the value of Sociology in the field of public health.

Everyone welcome. No RSVP required.

Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

November 3, 2014

The Faculty of Education’s “Let’s Talk About Education” Speaker Series:

 Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Dr. Susan Rodger
Associate Professor & Psychologist
Faculty of Education

7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Althouse Building (1137 Western Road)
Room 1139 (Community Room)

 * Free Parking Will be Available *

RSVPs not required, but appreciated:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the ‘front lines’ of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

Please pass along to anyone you feel would be interested; this is open to the Western and broader local community.


Multiple Intelligences and English as a Second Language

October 31, 2014

Western’s English Language Centre invites you to join them for a presentation

Multiple Intelligences and English as a Second Language: Investigation in Language Teaching and Learning

Ahlem Tabib
PhD candidate
Faculty of Education, Western University

1:00 pm
Thursday,  November 6, 2014
Room 1162, Faculty of Education

Ahlem’s bio and abstract

Please RSVP ( so we can have an idea of numbers.

Visiting Scholar Final Talk – October 20

October 17, 2014

Growing up in a Multilingual Society: Stages   and Strategies in Multilingual Socialization

Dr. Ajit Mohanty, Visiting Scholar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 pm
Room 1139, Faculty of Education Building

Please RSVP ( so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.


Visiting Scholar – Next Talk – Friday Oct 17

October 10, 2014

Please join us for Dr. Mohanty’s next talk:

MLE Policy for Tribal (Indigenous) Children in Odisha (India): Crossing the Rubicon

Dr. Ajit Mohanty
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Friday, October 17th at 1:00 pm
Community Room (1139)
Room changed to Faculty of Education – 1010

 All are welcome!

Please RSVP ( so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.

Qualitative Data for Research on Teaching Projects

October 6, 2014

The Teaching Support Centre presents:

Approaches for Gathering, Analyzing, and Interpreting Qualitative Data for Research on Teaching Projects

Wednesday, October 29, 2014,
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121,
The D.B. Weldon Library

Qualitative data can provide you with an in-depth understanding of complicated behaviours. Gathering information using focus groups, interviews, participant observation, and open-ended responses is straightforward and can provide you with a better understanding of people and the social and cultural contexts in which they live, study, and work. This workshop will offer an introduction to rigorous and ethical methods of collecting and analyzing qualitative data as well as a general overview of software and analysis techniques that facilitate interpretation and reporting.

To register, please click on this link:

Indigeneity in Postsecondary Education

October 2, 2014

Western University’s Indigenous Services, Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative (IHWI), and the Faculty of Education proudly present

Indigeneity in Postsecondary Education

 Michelle Pidgeon 

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP by emailing by Monday, October 6, 2014

FREE parking is provided

Poster – Michelle Pidgeon Public Lecture at Western

Michelle Pidgeon is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is a higher education scholar whose research focuses on Indigeneity and post-secondary education. In particular, she is interested in what makes colleges and universities more successful places for Indigenous peoples. In her work she also explores the intersections between student affairs and services and Indigenous student success (e.g., student experience; recruitment and retention). Throughout her scholarship is a passion for expanding understanding of Indigenous research processes and ethical protocols in various research contexts. Michelle teaches in the areas of Educational leadership at the graduate level and also a variety of undergraduate education courses.


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