Outreach with HeART: Arts-based Approaches to Health in the Outreach Context

The #OPOP2017 conference, “Outreach with HeART: Arts-based Approaches to Health in the Outreach Context”,  took place on November 9-10, 2017 in Toronto and was a success in collaboration, innovation and engagement. The accredited event was co-hosted by the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) and Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at CAMH (NPOP-C) and was well-attended by the OPOP network of collaborators and key stakeholders, including our Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funding liaisons. The ambitious 2-day program took place at 3 locations (i.e., CAMH, Art Gallery of Ontario and Artscape Sandbox) and focused on applications of the arts and humanities to health within the psychiatric outreach context.

Event highlights included:

  • A digital storytelling workshop facilitated by REDLAB (Revisioning Differences Mobile Media Arts Lab) and REB approved research project focused on the development of learning outcomes for medical residents in the outreach context;
  • Self-guided art gallery tour focused on Indigenous and northern Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario [download the tour brochure here];
  • Interactive workshops focused on tools for reflective practice;
  • Keynote presentations on employing art as a tool for decolonizing health care and health education within Canada’s historical context.


To learn more, please check out the full the event program, the #OPOP2017twitter feed, and the OPOP website. You can also listen to the #OPOP2017 Spotify conference playlist.

Thank you to all who supported and participated in this event!










Sharing Bioethics appears courtesy of Dene Artist Lisa Boivin


This continuing education event was held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) and the Northern Ontario Psychiatric Outreach program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (NPOP-C).

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1:

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

You may claim up to a maximum of 6.5 Section 1 hours for Day 1; 6.0 Section 1 hours for Day 2, including the Keynote from Day 1 (evening)


Contact: OPOP.PEPO@camh.ca


Self-guided Tour at the AGO

It's not too late to enjoy the self-guided tour focusing on Indigenous and northern art at the AGO. 

This session, “Looking through art” is a self-guided gallery tour focusing on Indigenous and northern art at the AGO. Download the brochure here

AGO self-guided tour

Digital Storytelling Workshop

Thank you to all of the residents, faculty, northern colleagues, and peers who created digital stories related to working in outreach contexts. We enjoyed the video screenings at the #OPOP2017 Conference on November 10th.

Please stay tuned with next steps on the project!

Video camera and lens

Digital storytelling is a mode of creating and sharing stories through the use of technology. Your story can be developed from a poem, an emotion, music, an image, an object, or an existing story. Participants are encouraged to bring objects, photos or ideas related to their outreach experiences to the workshop. Facilitators will guide the development of stories as part of the workshop. Facilitation is by REDLAB – Re-visioning Difference Mobile Media Arts Lab. REDLAB uses arts and technology to engage participants in the use of story to explore experiences of marginalization, ability, and resilience.