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Changes to RHO - Outreach Worker Program
June 13, 2014
Rainbow Health Ontario is announcing a change in our current programs and structure. Over the last six months, RHO has worked with a consultant to conduct a thorough analysis of the Outreach Worker model, to look at outcomes over time, and to consider options to better meet our goals of increasing health access and equity for LGBT people at the local level throughout Ontario. We have concluded that it is time to phase out the Outreach Worker model and replace it with a new program of local capacity building across the province. RHO sincerely thanks all who participated in the Outreach Worker team for their help in establishing RHO as a trustworthy and reliable source of LGBT health information and service. Outreach Workers have been involved in building greater awareness of LGBT health issues and contributing to the development of local resources. The principal reasons for ending the Outreach Worker model were structural and had been identified for some years. RHO’s 14 Outreach Workers were each contracted for ten hours per month and had large regions to cover. Without considerably more time and resources, it proved difficult to carry out projects that could have significant outcomes in local settings. The greatest impacts were seen when the Outreach Worker was part of an established group or task force working on a defined project. Finally, there has been a high rate of turnover in Outreach Worker positions over the past five years leading to frequent gaps in service and requiring a great deal of staff time to be spent on recruitment, orientation and supervision. RHO will be phasing out the Outreach Worker function over the summer and launching a new Local Community Development Program in the fall. The new program will enable community groups and small agencies to carry out year-long projects designed to bring visibility to local LGBT issues, build knowledge and capacity, or overcome specific barriers. RHO will collaborate with four selected project partners each year, providing each project with planning, strategy and evaluation support and funds of up to $20,000. More information about this new program and details of the application process will be coming over the summer. Core RHO services will continue as usual, for example creating and sharing LGBT health related information, training service providers, consulting, and promoting LGBT research and policy activity. RHO has many defined networks and contacts from which information can flow in both directions and staff coordinators will continue to monitor developments and maintain knowledge of the regions where they have been active. Health care providers, organizations and community members seeking services from RHO should contact core staff or email the RHO general mailbox at info@rainbowhealthontario.ca.
Register now for Trans Health Connection Modules
June 3, 2014

Module 1: Introduction to Trans Cultural Competence

This program was accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 5 Mainpro-M1 credits and took place on July 8th

Module 2: Providing Trans Related Clinical Care

This program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final accreditation by the College’s Ontario Chapter.

July 29th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto
This interactive and dynamic training will be lead by:
Dr Blair Voyvodic, Family Physician and trans health expert
Sue Hranilovic, Nurse Practitioner and trans health expert

This session is only open to medical doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and students working towards these credentials.

Topics include:
• Providing holistic community-based primary care to trans clients
• Assessment, monitoring, and follow-up for hormone therapy
• Familiarizing yourself with other available community referrals
• Building a locally-relevant, integrated health system for trans clients

Click here to register now

Module 3: Pre and Post-Operative Care, and Serving More Complex Clients

This program is been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for accreditation.

July 30th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto
This interactive and dynamic training will be lead by:
Dr Blair Voyvodic, Family Physician and trans health expert
Sue Hranilovic, Nurse Practitioner and trans health expert
Special guest presenter: Dr Chris McIntosh, Psychiatrist at the Adult Gender Identity Clinic, CAMH

Open to medical doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and students working these credentials.

Topics include:
• The process for obtaining OHIP covered surgery
• Pre and Post-Operative care and your role as a primary health provider
• Working with more complex clients with medical contraindications, mental health, or substance use
• Working with youth and elderly clients

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Module 4: Providing Counselling and Support to Clients who are Transitioning

This program is not accredited by the CFPC.

August 12th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto
This interactive and dynamic training will be lead by:
Hershel Russell, psychotherapist in private practice and trans health expert
Matt Caron Francino, Trans Health Connection Coordinator

This session is open to mental health counselors, social workers, support group leaders and students working towards these credentials.

Topics include:
• New and emerging standards of care in counselling trans clients
• How to provide trans-positive counselling to individuals, couples, and families.
• Practical tools for assisting trans clients with documents, forms, and navigating systems barriers
• Designing and facilitating a support group for trans clients

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For more information or questions, please e-mail Matt mfrancino@rainbowhealthontario.ca

Click here for information on the whole series