The Many Faces of Health and Safety in Atlantic Canada

Learn about the origins of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities, which started in 2004, and has expanded to include year-round programming today!

In August 2004, 164 people from Atlantic Canada, other provinces, and the United States came together to share knowledge, meet like-minded people, plan projects and work collaboratively to create healthier, safer communities. They gathered at the Institute based on the shared belief that societal issues – like health and wellness, crime and community safety, poverty and economic development – are intimately interrelated and connected. They are people who recognize these linkages, and were ready to build a base of skills and knowledge that would serve as a foundation for taking action together.

The Institute provided a unique opportunity for researchers, policy developers, practitioners and community leaders from crime prevention, health promotion, injury prevention, and social development sectors, to join together in ground breaking work – and enjoy a taste of the legendary PEI summer hospitality.

The Institute was supported by the Government of Canada’s National Crime Prevention Strategy; co-sponsored by the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; and co-hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island and the PEI Health Research Institute.

The merging and converging of seemingly diverse sectors provided an unmatched opportunity to explore the many faces of health and safety in Atlantic Canada. On this video, you will get just a glimpse of some of these faces and some of their ideas.

2015 Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health

In 2015, the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities held a 2-day summer Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health. The goal of the Symposium was to build on evidence to influence and mobilize decision makers from grassroots to government to improve the mental health and well-being of Atlantic Canadian children and youth, and the event presented a snapshot of mental health in Atlantic Canada and the latest research from the event partners: The Canadian Mental Health Association; the Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids (SEAK) Project, and Atlantic Canada Children’s Effective Service Strategies in Mental Health (ACCESS-MH).

Several presentations from the Symposium were live streamed. Click here to view the presentations.

Building Leadership Capacity Among Women and Girls in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) focuses on building regional capacity for healthy and safe communities by addressing the linkages between the determinants of health and the root causes of crime and victimization. It is a focal point in Atlantic Canada for learning and training; intersectoral networking and collaboration; a facilitator of research; a promoter of healthy and sustainable policies; and a catalyst for social justice and equity.

The ASI’s gender and community leadership workshop series addresses the specific needs of women and girls in the context of gender equity, cooperation and collaboration in a future where female and male leaders work together effectively. Over time, the reach of this project will be felt in policies and programs that contribute to healthier, safer, stronger communities.

Video created in 2013 by filmmaker Eliza Knockwood from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

2015 Atlantic Summer Institute Children’s Program

This video highlights the activities of the Children’s Program for the 2015 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities’ Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health. The Children’s Program paralleled the adult program: “Investing in Child and Youth Mental Health – Mobilizing Atlantic Canadians for a Positive Future”.

The Institute believes in inclusion and reducing barriers to participation. We want everyone to get involved with the Institute, so we provided a free, educational and fun program to children of registered participants. The program was designed for children ages 3-14 and was staffed by early childhood educators and qualified teachers. Instruction was available in English and French.

The 2015 ASI was held at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.

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