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The Opioid Resource Hub (ORH) is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders from across Ontario. As EENet is a network of networks, ORH regularly collaborates with the diverse content specific hubs that make up EENet including CAMH HPRC as well as other communities of interest on diverse topics regarding mental health and substance use. 

Overarching Goal

To develop, disseminate and evaluate multidisciplinary knowledge exchange activities and resources leading to a comprehensive system of care for people with opioid problems, and to foster the safe use of opioid medications to prevent adverse consequences for people.  

Guiding Principles

The Opioid Resource Hub (ORH)  aims to develop knowledge exchange activities and resources that:

  • are facilitated by staff trained and experienced in knowledge exchange
  • are evidence-based and consistent with professional guidelines
  • engage the systems of the provincial Service Collaboratives: youth services, the education system, the justice system, as well as aboriginal communities
  • are available to francophone communities
  • engage a broad range of social/health care services such as hospital emergency and psychiatric services, seniors homes, primary care (FHTs, CHCs), community mental health agencies, public health units, addiction services, pharmacy and dentistry
  • have an increased emphasis on interactive modes such as communities of practice and coaching models
  • strengthen the voice of people with lived experience and address stigma
  • increase overall awareness of opioid problems
  • include evaluation/feedback mechanisms to guide future development and implementation.

Provincial Partners

Provincial partnerships are fostered to develop activities and resources, and to leverage the already existing capacity in the system. These currently include: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario and other system partners.  We will continue to develop partnerships that have the potential to enhance the impact of our work.

Funding

ORH is funded by the Provincial Programs Branch: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

 

Meet Our Team 

Susan Eckerle Curwood

Susan Eckerle is a Knowledge Broker with the Opioid Resource Hub (ORH).  Susan's background has focused on the social determinants of health, and she has worked on projects including the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home / Chez SoiTurning the Key, and Aspiring Workforce projects.    Susan is passionate about social justice, health equity, and including the voice of people with lived experience in program and policy development and implementation.  She holds a PhD in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

Andra Ragusila is a Knowledge Broker with the Opioid Resource Hub. Andra's background includes work in youth addictions, tobacco addiction, and mental health research. Andra's interests lie in creating and strengthening partnerships, and creating innovative knowledge exchange tools. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master's of Science in Health Systems Research, both from the University of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

Tamar MeyerTamar Meyer is the Supervisor for the Opioid Resource Hub (ORH) and CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre (HPRC). She has an extensive background in health promotion and public health in Ontario, building capacity in the area of mental health and substance misuse, and brings a strong commitment to building strong and meaningful partnerships and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Nandini SaxenaNandini Saxena is the Manager of Knowledge Exchange in the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has worked in the fields of international development, citizen engagement in the development of public policy, and Knowledge Exchange for 15 years, leading and supporting a variety of large-scale projects. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master's in Social Work at U of T.