Expert Input in Planned Areas of Action by Dr. Michael Haan and Dr. Branka AgicAugust 21, 2015
The Forum objectives included bringing expert attention on two areas of planned action by OLIP partners:
- How Ottawa leverage administrative data to inform local planning by Dr. Michael Haan an Associate Professor at Western University and Canada Research Chair in Population and Social Policy; and
- How to tackle mental health challenges among immigrants and refugees, by Dr. Branka Agic, Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Dr. Michael Haan‘s presentation provided a number of good insights on how Ottawa can make use of the Immigrant Database (IMDB), a unique longitudinal administrative data file containing landing and tax filing information on Canadian immigrants, developed and maintained collaboratively Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Statistics Canada. To illustrate the utility of this dataset for planning, Dr. Haan provided an analysis of Ottawa’s ability to attract newcomers, including immigrants moving from other cities (secondary immigration); and how Ottawa compares to similar-sized cities in Canada. His presentation also spoke to the future of administrative data and the need for data development, registries and “data clouds”.
Dr. Branka Agic, Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) gave a very timely presentation on the Mental Health Challenges among Immigrants & Refugees. Dr. Agic’ highlighted the determinants of mental health challenges and the barriers and facilitators to care. She also provided some recommendations for service improvements which included Health equity planning and changed focus towards prevention and promotion.
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