Weekly Newsletter: January 30, 2023

Dear HFAM Colleagues,

Black History Month begins this Wednesday. In our commitment to celebrating Black Excellence, addressing the injustices faced and amplifying the voices and narratives across the Black community, each February HFAM newsletter will include learning opportunities and materials with which we invite you to engage. We hope you can find space in your busy schedule to attend a virtual event, watch a video, listen to a podcast, and/or reflect. This is a time that calls for learning and unlearning as individuals, practitioners, and a primary care community. If you have resources or events you would like shared, please email us at

With deep appreciation for all that you do,

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

Your GHHN Primary Care Executive

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Black History Month

  • Educational Update

    • HFAM Rounds for February 2023

    • Past HFAM Round Presentations

  • Hamilton Mental Health Outreach Closure

  • St. Joe’s Echo and Cardio-Diagnostic Lab: Rapid Access Referrals

  • St. Joe’s Audiology Update

Black History Month

As mentioned above, for the next four weeks we will share valuable resources and events that we encourage you to engage in.

The Department of Family Medicine is proud to present their first ever Black History Month Storytellers’ Symposium on Thursday, February 23 from 8-10 a.m. Bringing together Hamilton and McMaster storytellers, this event will be an opportunity to showcase the beauty and resiliency of Black stories, art, and talent. With a curated line-up of local artists from poets to dancers to musicians, we hope to amplify the power of storytelling, while celebrating and honouring Black existence and resistance through the arts.

We are so excited to share that we will be having a free Caribbean-inspired breakfast available for all attendees, starting at 7:50am. We are proud to announce Aunt Jean Creams as our official caterer, bringing to us her specialty hot cornmeal porridge, homemade bread rolls with ham and cheese, homemade cinnamon buns with authentic island cinnamon syrup and gluten-free corn bread.

We welcome you to register for this free, hybrid event. The in-person event will be hosted in the 2nd floor auditorium of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC) and is open to all community members. There is a maximum capacity for in-person attendees, so please register as soon as possible. For those that choose to attend remotely, the event will be live-streamed, and you will receive virtual meeting details on the week of the event.

A Cause to Support: Nia Centre for the Arts

This year we have chosen the Nia Centre for the Arts: First Black Arts Centre in Toronto as our cause to support. The Nia Centre is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases, and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora. While supporting creative capacities and the development of a healthy identity in Black Youth, the Nia Centre creates countless opportunities for community building through artistic and cultural experiences. We are proud to share that the McMaster Museum of Art partnered with the Nia Centre to pilot a Curator-in-Residence program to support an emerging Black curator as they work across community and institutional settings with the aim of producing a public exhibition. The Nia Centre has been raising funds for their re-development, and their grand opening is scheduled for early this year as they take the honour of being Canada’s first professional, multi-disciplinary centre for Afro-diasporic art.

In honour of celebrating Black Canadian history, we will be inviting $10 (bill) donations as we share the story of Viola Desmond – an iconic Black civil and women’s rights activist, a businesswoman and the first Canadian woman on a Canadian bill. We will also be having a Toonie Drive as another option for those that wish to donate. All donations collected will be donated to the Nia Centre for the Arts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our EDI & Anti-Racism Partner – Nirosha Balakumar at

Educational Update:

HFAM Rounds Schedule - February 2023

  • Wednesday, February 1:

    • Townhall (more details to come)

  • Wednesday, February 8:

    • Fatty Liver, What’s the Big Deal?

    • Presented by: Dr. Subhas Ganguli

  • Wednesday, February 15:

    • Contraception Update

    • Presented by: Dr. Dustin Costescu

  • Wednesday, February 22:

    • Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy - Tips and Resources

    • Presented by: Dr. Amie Davis and Dr. Suzanne Turner

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

Past HFAM Round Presentations:

  • Approach to Personality Disorders in Primary Care (Dr. Jon Davine) - Slide Deck

  • Palliative Medicine: An Approach to Difficult Conversations (Dr. Samantha Winemaker) - Slide Deck

Hamilton Mental Health Outreach Closure

It is with heavy hearts that we must notify you all that Hamilton Mental Health Outreach (HMHO) will cease clinical operations on June 30th, 2023.

The HMHO is working closely with community partners, Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia and CMHA Hamilton, to develop smooth transition plans for patients to ensure no active client will be left without a way to continue their care.

You can read more about the closure and what it means for you patients here. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to HMHO Executive Director, Daryn Kilfoyle at or 905-522-9767 ext. 203.

St. Joe’s Echo and Cardio-Diagnostic Lab: Rapid Access Referrals

The St. Joe’s Echo and Cardio-Diagnostic Lab is pleased to announce that they are now able to accommodate rapid access referrals for echo and cardiac testing – same day or within 48-hour requests are welcome.

The lab also has weekend spots for echo and can accommodate people at both their Charlton Location and West 5th Location.

Please continue to send referrals via this requisition form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janet Burr at

St. Joe’s Audiology Update

The St. Joe’s Audiology Department is pleased to announce that new referrals for hearing tests are being seen within the week or following week.

As a reminder, there is no cost for a hearing test.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bonnie Reaburn-Jones at

Missed a Past Newsletter?

We know our inboxes are all bursting at the seams and it can be easy to miss a newsletter. In an effort to make HFAM communications easier for you to find, we’ve added a Newsletter Archives section on our website here.