Weekly Newsletter: January 16, 2023

Dear HFAM Colleagues,

We hope you were able to enjoy some of the glorious sunshine this past weekend and recharge your batteries a bit. It certainly was a nice change from the cloudy and rainy January that we have been having so far.

Did you know that today is officially "Blue Monday" .. a day for us to perhaps take stock of our own wellness and reserves, as we settle back into the post holiday season routines.

Bit by bit, the days are lengthening again, hopefully with more sunshine and bright winter days to come.

With deep appreciation for all that you do,

Brian, Cathy, Dee, Kati, Scott, Tammy,

Your GHHN Primary Care Executive

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Educational Update

    • HFAM Rounds for January 2023

    • Past HFAM Round Presentations

  • GHHN Women’s Health Days

  • Optimal Fitness Study: Optimizing Independence, Mobility and Active Life

  • Primary Care Survey: A Palliative Approach to Care

Educational Update:

HFAM Rounds Schedule - January 2023

  • Wednesday, January 18:

    • Palliative Medicine: An Approach to Difficult Conversations

    • Presented by: Dr. Samantha Winemaker

  • Wednesday, January 25:

    • FAM MD Approach to Personality Disorders

    • Presented by: Dr. Jon Davine

Click here to view/download the January schedule with Zoom Link information.

Past HFAM Round Presentations:

  • Modifying Your First and Second Trimester Approach - Populations that benefit from different care (Dr. Amie Davis and Dr. Suzanne Turner) - Slide Deck

  • Insomnia - Focus on Non-Pharmalogic Approaches (Dr. Rachana Bodani) - Slide Deck

Puberty Suppression for Trans Youth

Rainbow Health Ontario is hosting an educational session on Puberty Suppression for Trans Youth in Primary Health Care. Details below:

  • Friday, February 3rd, 10AM- 2PM

  • RSVP here. Please note, the pre-requisite for all RHO courses is the RHO 2SLGBTQ Foundations course, which you can register for here. Exemptions to the Foundations course can be provided if you can demonstrate equivalent education and/or experience.

  • For questions about trans health competencies courses, please contact Sil Hernando at For technical issues registering, please contact

GHHN Women’s Health Days

A huge thank you to all the service providers, volunteers, staff and the YWCA for making our 6th Women’s Health Days a success! We provided healthcare and services to over 56 women on January 11th and 12th, 2023.

The ongoing support of our local providers, organizations and donations enable us to continue this great work in our communities.

Want to learn more? Read our Women’s Health Days, McMaster Evaluation Report 2022

Interested in starting a similar event? Check out our Women’s Health Days Playbook

Optimal Fitness Study: Optimizing Independence, Mobility and Active Life

McMaster University study led by Dr Alex Papaiannou and her team at the GERAS centre for aging research is studying how best to help adults 65+ years who have lost energy or strength (eg difficulty climbing stairs or slow walking) to improve their health and maintain strength through community rehabilitation.

The programs they are testing and comparing include exercise, nutrition and nutrition supplements, activities to improve socialization, and medication review. It seems a good way to enable our patients to access these services as well as supporting generation of evidence around what will work best for them.

View the Optimal Fitness Study poster here.

Primary Care Survey: A Palliative Approach to Care


This survey is being conducted by the Palliative Care Data and Quality Collaborative working group of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) geography.


The purpose of this survey is to assist and inform the Regional Palliative Care Network’s education and capacity planning that will seek to develop resources that support Primary Care Practitioners in the provision of a Palliative approach to care for their patients within the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) geography.


The survey will take approximately 10 minutes or less to complete. All responses will be treated confidential.

Link to Survey:

We thank you for your time and participation.

If you would like to receive a copy of the summarized survey results, participate in any working group, remain informed of our work, including updates from the Ontario Palliative Care Network, please contact:

Lia Salam-White, MSc. Health Studies & Gerontology (Co-Chair of Working Group)

Manager, Decision Support


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