Past Community of Practice Events
Dr. Douglas Woodhouse is a physician and healthcare advisor with expertise in Lean, Theory of Constraints, Statistical Process Control, and Change Management. Douglas works with healthcare clients to optimize patient care by implementing innovative solutions. He has worked in partnership with over 60 healthcare teams on clinical process improvement projects throughout Europe and North America. Dr. Douglas Woodhouse presented a 3-part series on process improvement in 2012.
Monica Bennett is the Central West Regional Coordinator for the Smokers' Helpline. She is based in Hamilton and has been in this role for the past 5 years. Monica received her TEACH Certification in Intensive Tobacco Cessation Counseling in 2008. Part of her role is to increase awareness about Smokers' Helpline and collaborate with partners by continuing to work towards a Smoke-Free Ontario. Monica presented Smokers' Helpline: Overview and Updates on Thursday, October 20, 2011.
Michael Perley, MA is the Director of the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco (OCAT) and has been a leader in public advocacy work for over thirty years. On behalf of the Ontario medical and public health communities, Mr. Perley guided the Campaign’s efforts to help pass the Ontario Tobacco Control Act. This Act made tobacco sales to minors illegal and banned the sale of tobacco industry products in pharmacies and vending machines. Mr. Perley’s tireless advocacy work has led numerous campaigns in support of smoke free workplace and public place bylaws and legislation in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Mr. Perley presented on Political Advocacy and Smoking Cessation: the Role of the Health Professional on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
Jennifer Mitton, RN, Ph.D. is a public health nurse with Hamilton Public Health Services’ Tobacco Control Program. She is also an Assistant Professor with McMaster University’s School of Nursing. In 2008, Jennifer launched the Quit Smoking Clinic at Hamilton Public Health Services where she continues to provide intensive tobacco dependence treatment to clients. She has also assisted in the implementation of best practices at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences, including the development and implementation of hospital-wide staff continuing education programs. Jennifer is a Registered Nurse and graduated with her BScN and PhD degrees from McMaster University. She obtained her Tobacco Treatment Specialist training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a graduate of the TEACH Project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Jennifer presented on Implementing Hospital-Wide Clinical Best Practices in Smoking Cessation: The Role of Hamilton Public Health Services (hyperlink to podcast) on Thursday April 28, 2011.
Victoria Leck graduated from Seneca College as a dental assistant in 1987 and worked in a paediatric dental practice in Scarborough until she returned to take hygiene at Canadore College in 1990. She worked in private practice in Tillsonburg from 1991-1993, at which time she began her public health adventure at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. After working there for 8 years, she began working at the Oxford County Board of Health, where she is currently employed. In October she made a career change, and is now the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the county, but also teaches dental hygiene at the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene in Hamilton. Victoria presented on Dental Hygiene and Tobacco Cessation (hyperlink to podcast) on March 17, 2011.
Dr. Laurie Zawertailo, Ph.D. is currently a Research Scientist in the Addictions Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. As the scientist and co-investigator for the STOP Study, her primary research interests are in the area of social, environmental and genetic determinants of smoking initiation, cessation and relapse. Dr. Zawertailo presented on the Neurobiology of Comorbid Tobacco Dependence and Major Depression (hyperlink to podcast) on September 17, 2010.
Dr. Glantz, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control, and Director of the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Dr. Glantz's research focuses on the health effects of tobacco smoking. Dr. Glantz is active in the nonsmokers' rights movement and has advocated for public health policies to reduce smoking. He is the author of four books, including The Cigarette Papers and Primer of Biostatistics. Dr. Glantz is also a member of the UC San Francisco Cardiovascular Research Institute and Institute for Health Policy Studies and co-director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Tobacco Program. The TEACH Project enjoyed the privilege of having Dr. Stan Glantz speak about the “Innovative Approaches to Harm Reduction” at the TEACH training in March 2010.