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Canadian Public Health Association

Pre-conference Sessions

Sessions will be presented in the language as indicated by their respective titles. 

Pre-conference sessions are not organized by the Canadian Public Health Association. All questions related to these session should be directed to the respective organizations indicated below.

The Art and Science of Data Linkage: Applications to Public Health Surveillance across Socio-economic and Environmental Determinants of Health

Presented by: Canadian Alliance for Regional Risk Factor Surveillance (CARRFS)

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 16:00 (lunch provided)
Location: Manitoba Hall Boardroom (Room 2M70), Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg

Keynote speaker:

  • Dr. Lisa Lix, Professor Canada Research Chair, University of Manitoba

Invited speaker:

  • Dr. Elaina MacIntyre, Epidemiologist Specialist, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario and Adjunct Faculty, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Learning Objectives:

After attending 2020 CARRFS Symposium, public health professionals will be able to: 

  • Describe the value of data linkage for public health surveillance activities that span socio-economic and environmental determinants of health; 
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges of data linkage at the population level; and
  • Discuss the potential opportunities for data linkage to conduct environmental health surveillance, including climate change.


  • Webcast: No Charge (pre-registration required)
  • Participant: $40

CARRFS Pre-conference registration

Call for Abstracts

Prospective participants of the 2020 CARRFS Symposium are invited to submit an abstract on the Symposium theme or a related topic for an oral presentation or a poster (paper or electronic) presentation. Please state your preference for the abstract whether it is oral presentation/paper poster/electronic poster. However, the Symposium Organizing Committee reserves the right to make final decision on allocating any abstract to oral, poster or electronic poster depending upon the available logistics.

  • An oral presentation is 12 minutes followed by a 3-minute discussion period. Presenting authors may use slides to accompany the presentation.
  • A paper poster is no larger than 36 x 48 inches and suitable for mounting. 
  • An electronic poster is a 4-minute oral presentation with no more than 4 slides, in a Rapid-Fire Poster session. 
  • Abstracts must be completed using the templates provided. Download the most appropriate template for your submission.
  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020
  • E-mail your submission to with the subject line ‘CARRFS 2020 Abstract Submission’

Trauma-informed & Culturally Safe Approaches to Health Promotion

Presented by: Caroline C. Piotrowski, Children’s Health Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 16:00 (lunch provided)
Location: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd

In the morning session, the prevalence, effects, and types of trauma across the life course will be reviewed, including the vicarious trauma sometimes experienced by public health practitioners. The main concepts of cultural safety will be identified, and diverse examples of their application will be discussed.

In the afternoon session, two detailed case examples concerning how culturally safe and trauma-informed health promotion programs were implemented in Manitoba (one in partnership with a reserve community and one in partnership with a not-for-profit urban Indigenous organization) will be presented. Attendees will engage in hands-on exercises and discussion concerning barriers to the implementation and evaluation of culturally safe and trauma-informed health promotion practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify and understand the main principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) and the rationale for their implementation
  • To identify and understand the main concepts of cultural safety
  • To integrate TIC and cultural safety principles
  • To apply TIC and cultural safety principles to health promotion partnerships with Indigenous communities
  • To evaluate and trouble shoot the application of TIC and cultural safety principles in health promotion programs


To register for this pre-conference session, please email Caroline Piotrowski at

  Regular Student
Half day (9:00 - 11:45) $75 $25
Full day (lunch included) $125 $75
Full day (lunch NOT included) $100 $50



    9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Introduction
    9:15 - 10:15 Prevalence, Effects, & Types of Trauma
    10:15 - 10:30 Health break
    10:30 - 11:15 Principles of Trauma-Informed Care
    11:15 - 11:45 Cultural safety: Concepts & Applications
    11:45 - 13:00 Lunch break
    13:00 - 14:00 Case example of a culturally safe and trauma-informed health promotion program in partnership an Indigenous community in Manitoba
    14:00 - 14:15 Health break
    14:15 - 15:00 Case example of a culturally safe and trauma-informed health promotion program in partnership with an urban Indigenous not-for-profit organization
    15:00 - 15:45 Group exercises and discussion
    15:45 - 16:00 Wrap up