In the fall of 2015, CASN’s Public Health task force presented a series of webinars on teaching public health to nursing students; recordings of each webinar can be found below.


October 13 – Meridy Black, Caroline Brunt & Shari Laliberte with guest Deborah Littman

Overcoming Barriers to Full Scope Public Health Practicums through Community-College Partnerships

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A key learning objective of nursing education programs is to educate students about the principles of primary health care and population health promotion (PHP) from a social determinants of health perspective. In the current health care context it is challenging to deliver practicums that will allow students to gain the full scope of public health experience. A cross-jurisdictional scan of all Canadian health region websites found that only 25% of interventions addressed equity and 16% were targeting the population as a whole. Most interventions relied on direct interventions at the 1:1 level (e.g., bringing health services to underserved communities). Interventions providing fiscal support for citizens or through formalized policies addressing environmental factors such as regulation were less common (MacNeil, 2012). Thus, it has become increasingly important to be innovative in educating nursing students about multi-level population health promotion practice. In this webinar we will present options for integrating academic content with practicum experiences and to developing multi-level health promotion practicums, beyond the health sector, with diverse inter-sectoral partners. We will also present our strategies for addressing the barriers that our students will face upon their graduation, in applying what they have learned through inter-sectoral partnerships, in participatory research, and advocacy work.

October 20 – Francoise Filion & Diana Gausden

Successful strategies to accomplish a primary prevention project with vulnerable populations in the community: an environmental scan and a partnership with a community-based organization

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This webinar will present two strategies to optimize a primary prevention project partnering with diverse vulnerable populations at the undergraduate level within a community health nursing curriculum. The first strategy involves an environmental scan where students assess the community surrounding their Community Benefit organization (CBO) using and analyzing subjective (windshield survey) and objective (CIUSSS-Santé Montréal statistics) data. This acquired knowledge supports the second strategy of partnership with the CBO where students identify needs, strengths, and available resources to create, implement, and evaluate health promotion project to benefit the population of the CBO.

November 23 – Elizabeth Poag & Lenora Marcellus

Beyond the 6 o’clock News: A classroom activity exploring the role of nursing in communicable disease outbreak situations

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This Learning Activity takes students « Beyond the 6 O’Clock News”  by providing them with a glimpse of the work of nurses in the event of a Communicable Disease Outbreak. The activity touches on common outbreak scenarios and requires students to undertake follow up and response to several communicable diseases: Hepatitis A; Influenza; Invasive Meningococcal Disease; & Pertussis. Students are asked a number of questions that draw on concepts of Population Health, Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, Immunization, Communication,  and Relational practice.  As the nurses tasked with responding to a communicable disease, students use resources and guidelines from the BC Centre of Disease Control to walk through their role and the response to an outbreak in their community.  Using Case Based Pedagogical approach, students are able to apply what they are learning in their third year Community Health course, while also integrating other nursing concepts such as caring, therapeutic nurse-client relationships, relational ethics, and evidence-informed practice. The webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to review the activity, ask questions and examine the resources used.  Information about how the activity was implemented and facilitated will be discussed.  Participants will also hear from a student who participated in the classroom activity.

November 10 – Catherine Bradbury

Public Health Advocacy & Community Engagement; A Competency Approach to Community Development in Northern Canada

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This webinar will introduce participants to the learning module “Community Development In Northern Canada: A Competency Approach For Strong Communities”. The webinar will provide an overview of the self-directed module collaboratively developed by Yukon College, Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College, through a funding agreement from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The project will be described from initial identification of workforce knowledge gaps through needs assessment, curriculum development, module pilot, and evaluation. The webinar will focus on Chapter 1 of the module, Advocacy and Community Engagement, of which sections have been accepted for inclusion in CASN’s repository of public health education resources.  Participants will view some of the materials and activities of the chapter as would a learner working through the community development module. The webinar will conclude with a brief summary of other chapters in the module, evaluation of the development process, and our plan for dissemination.

November 24 – Aliyah Dosani & Candace Lind

Teaching Key Community Health Nursing Concepts Through Imogene, the Simulation Mannequin

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Simulation is a well-established method to teach skills and concepts related to acute care nursing. We propose that educators begin to expand their thinking of the use of simulation to engage students in learning community health course content. Through this presentation, we will demonstrate how simulation can be used in community health theory courses to introduce broad community health nursing concepts, including social justice, harm reduction, activism, and social determinants of health. We will discuss the process we used, walk participants through the simulation, and discuss implications for teaching in terms of how to adapt this case scenario for both junior level and senior level students. We share this simulation innovation and invite others to explore incorporating this innovation into their own classroom settings.

December 1 – Adele Vukic, Megan Aston & Audrey Steenbeek

Effective teaching strategies for nursing students to promote population health WITH communities

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The purpose of this presentation is to discuss effective teaching strategies that respond to the five domains of competency for Public Health Nursing; 1) Public Health Sciences in Nursing Practice, 2) Population and Community Health Assessment and Analysis, 3) Population Health Planning Implementation and Evaluation, 4) Partnership Collaboration and Advocacy, 5) Communication in Public Health Nursing. The three presenters will share how their teaching strategies within Dalhousie School of Nursing align with the competencies and how they provide opportunities for undergraduate nursing students to advance their knowledge, skills and critical thinking to enhance nursing practice in the community.


Tuesdays in October, November, and December 2015 at 12:00 pm (noon) EDT

Please note that the webinars are in English.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact Jessica Pearce 613-235-3150 ext. 128 or jpearce@casn.ca.