The following list is for community presentations that can be offered to a group of 10 or more participants with an English level of CLB 4 and up when there is no first language presenter (Cantonese, French, Korean, or Mandarin) or when the group cannot provide an interpreter for the session.
What level is CLB 4? (Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 refers to listeners who can understand, with considerable effort, simple formal and informal communication on topics when the communication is spoken clearly at a slow to the normal rate. Please refer to the Canadian Language Benchmarks detail from Citizenship and Immigration Canada if you would like to find more information.
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Health System and Health Benefits
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Health Insurance System (1.5 h)
This is an introduction to Alberta Health Care Insurance, Alberta Blue Cross Insurance, Alberta Child Health Benefit, Alberta Adult Health Benefit, and Low Income Eye and Dental Assistance Program.
Your Health Care Choices (1.5h)
This is an overview of the choices of key health care services that are available in Calgary. Choices of key health care services are : Health Link Alberta, Family Doctors, Walk-In Clinics, After Hours Clinics, Urgent Care Centres, Emergency Departments, Access Mental Health. A highlight on how to use Health Link Alberta and how to request health care interpretation services of Alberta Health Services will also be discussed. NOTE: Should you be interested in incorporating this health topic into your newcomer orientation program or ESL curriculum, please let us know. We have multilingual DVDs, plain language PowerPoint presentations, handouts for students, handouts for facilitators, and multilingual resource lists.
The Culture of the Canadian Health System (1.5 h)
This presentation is loaded with stories to illustrate the unique culture of our health system where everyone can have health care, adults make their health care decisions, emergency departments are for life-threatening health problems, the role of family doctors and patients in the health system…etc. Newcomers/participants will learn the key health care choices in Calgary, when and how to use them appropriately, and the role of health professionals and patients in the Canadian health system.
Resources For People With Chronic Disease (1.5h)
This is an overview of the most needed government and community resources for people with long-term medical conditions (also known as chronic diseases). Resources such as finance, transportation, aids to daily living, childcare, AHS programs & services, government drug plans, and specific community health support programs will be discussed.
Seniors Health Benefits (1.5h)
This is a highlight of seniors health benefits in programs such as Alberta Health Care, Alberta Blue Cross, dental and optical, Alberta Aids to Daily Living, Health Equipment Loan Program, Special Needs Assistance Program, Alberta Healthy Living Program, Home Care, Long-Term Care, Health Advice and Interpreting Services. Learners will find out what program/s they can apply for to meet their needs.
Travel Health Risks – Visiting Friends and Relatives
This is a highlight of some health risks for those who may travel to their country of origin to visit friends/relatives. It also covers AHS Travel Health services such as consultation, vaccinations, and education.
Health topics for families with children
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Healthy Eating for Babies 0-1 year of age (2 h)
|An introduction to feeding your baby with healthy foods, and about how to help babies establish healthy eating and drinking habits. |
Healthy Eating for Children (2 h)
|An overview of mealtime struggles and positive feeding relationships with children, and how to handle and /or prevent picky eating behaviors for children 1 to 5 years of age. |
Packing A Healthy Lunch
This presentation is designed for immigrant parents of school-age children. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1- recognize Canada’s Food Guide and be able to identify foods in each food group; 2-appreciate why foods from all four food groups are required for health; 3-understand how to pack a lunch using correct tools (e.g. Ice pack, getting children involved); 4-find tips to stay prepared for lunches; 5-plan a sample lunch bag; and 6-recognize if they are packing too much for their children.
Safety Car Seat Training (2 h)
A highlight of education and tools to assist child caregivers in securing car seat properly and reducing the likelihood of injuries.
Oral Health and Resources for Children 0-6 years of age (2 h)
An introduction to causes and effects of dental cavities for children, ways to prevent dental diseases, and dental care resources that are available for lower income families with children.
Immunization (1.5 h)
An overview of the immunization schedule in Alberta, why we need to immunize our children, statistics, common misunderstandings, and flu vaccination.
An overview of health information on child health. Contents include family doctor, immunization, oral health, nutrition, safety, and resources. As this is the overview of all topics around child health, if you are interested in specific topics please request topics 8-13.
Health topics for adults and older adults
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Emotional Wellness (2 h)
An overview of what is good health, what affects health, how to identify and cope with stress/problems, what can be done to stay emotionally healthy, and where to get help if needed
An interactive workshop with tools to help participants identify and better manage their stress.
Women’s Health (2 h)
This is an overview of women’s health topics such as breast health, pap test, sexual health, obstetrics & gynecology, pregnancy education, pelvic floor, and osteoporosis. Resources and suggestions in keeping you healthy in these topics are covered.
Medical Tests and Specialists (1.5 h)
Overview of what you need to prepare and what needs to be considered before going for medical tests and seeing a specialist in Canada.
Beat the Germs (1.5 h)
This is an overview of how to wash hands properly, how to prevent germ spreading and how to use antibiotics. The presenter will use Glow Germ Kits to raise awareness of hand hygiene.
Oral Health and Resources for Adults (1.5 h)
Oral health is an important part of your general health and well-being. Heart Disease-If you have gum disease, you may have a higher risk of heart disease. The germs that cause gum disease may also block arteries and lead to stroke. Respiratory Disease-People with existing lung problems, weak immune systems, and elderly people are at higher risk of getting a lung infection from breathing in bacteria from the mouth. Diabetes-Gum disease can make diabetes worse by making blood sugars harder to control. People with diabetes may have trouble getting gum disease to heal. This presentation is an introduction to the causes and effects of dental cavities for adults, how to prevent dental diseases, and what dental care resources are available for lower-income adults and families.
What You should Know about Hep C, Hep B and HIV (1.5 h)
Hep C is a major public health concern in certain communities in Canada. Some communities are also at higher risk for other viral infections such as Hep B and HIV as they are spread in a similar way. Even though these infections are preventable, they continue to spread. People in the community often do not know how the viruses are spread and how to protect themselves and others. This presentation will focus on community facts about these diseases. It will also provide information on where people can get health care to protect themselves and families, to get tested and get treatment.
Preventing from Getting Communicable Diseases (2 h)
Sexually transmitted infections STIs and tuberculosis disease TB are communicable diseases. Some communities in Canada are at a higher risk for other viral infections such as Hep C, Hep B, HIV as they are spread in a similar way. People in the community often do not know how the bacteria or viruses are spread and how to protect themselves. This presentation will talk about STIs and TB symptoms, how they are spread, tests/treatments, health care services, prevention and protection methods.
Reducing Cancer Risks (2 h)
Almost half of the cancer in Alberta is preventable. This presentation provides statistics, cancer prevention guidelines, and some lifestyle changes to help in reducing cancer risks.
Choosing Healthy Foods In Canada (2 h)
Choosing healthy foods in Canada could be very different from choosing healthy foods in many parts of the world. This presentation highlights important food and nutrition choices to help diverse communities to make healthy food choices for their families. The presentation talks about Where to Shop, Food Groups, Choosing Healthy Foods and Drinks, Label Reading, The Healthy Plate, Meal Examples, Tips to Spend Less, and The Food Bank.
Snacks for Children
Nutrition for Seniors:
Part I–(1.5 h) Part II–(1.5 h) Part I + II–2 sessions of 1.5 h each
This presentation addresses the unique nutritional needs of seniors (65 years +) from multicultural backgrounds who are NOT on a special diet. Part I – Healthy eating (balanced meals, healthy drinks and a healthy plate) Part II – Nutrition intake in Protein, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Salt. A community group can book either Part I or Part II or both.
Emergency Preparedness (1.5 h)
Nowadays we see so many disasters in and near our communities. We need to learn how to prepare for disasters that we may have not foreseen. This presentation will highlight some of the risks and importance of why we need to prepare for disasters, how to plan as a family and what to prepare.
This workshop informs what patients can expect from having a hospital appointment, how they can prepare for it and what questions they might want to ask during the appointment. There are skill drills for learners to familiarize themselves with the typical questions that they might want to ask.
Preventing Falls in Older Adults (2 h)
Falling is the most common cause of injury in older adults. 1 in 3 falls each year and the most happen in their own home. This workshop will talk about the causes of falling, how to prevent falling, tips you should know, what to do if you end up falling, and resources.
Relationship: What is Healthy or Unhealthy? (1.5 h)
A healthy relationship is likely to make people live longer and happier and is the foundation of safe and caring communities. This presentation will talk about what a healthy, unhealthy, abusive relationship looks like, what abuse is, what harms can be caused by abuse, where people can get help.
Understanding Cannabis (2 h)
Now that Cannabis is legalized in Canada, what do we need to know for ourselves? For our children? This presentation will help you understand more about Cannabis, its health effects, laws and impacts it will have on us.
Understanding Vaping (2h)
Did you know that 34% of Alberta students from grade 7 to 12 tried Vaping at least once? Did you know many of the Vaping products can be very harmful to young developing brains? This presentation will give you an overview of what Vaping is, its health effects, laws and impacts it has on us.
Get Active, Stay Healthy (2 h)
Get active can have many health benefits. This presentation will explore creative ways to get active in our daily life, be it at home, at work or at school. It offers physical activity guidelines for different age groups. It provides some community resources to support active living for people with limited resources.
Presentations About Specific Health Topics (presented by other health professionals in AHS)
For these presentations, please contact them directly.
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32. Let’s talk about it
(Sexual Health) Flexible length of time
Sexual Health Educators offer free presentations for schools or community groups about how to talk to youth about sexuality/ preventing STIs, HIV, AIDS/ birth control methods /healthy relationships/ puberty changes / sexual decision making/ sexuality and disability. Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Please contact Sexual and Reproductive Health, AHS: SRH.Booking@AHS.ca or phone 403-955-6515to book education sessions.
33. Basic Food Safety (2.5-3 hours)
Environmental Public Health of Alberta Health Services offers a free basic food safety course that covers the topics of safe food handling practices, personal hygiene, foodborne illness, and sanitation. This course provides information that will be useful at home, at work, or for planning to prepare and serve food at a special event. A wallet card is given to successful participants. This course can also be taken online, at no cost. Environmental Public Health can also develop unique displays or presentations on a variety of topics for information fairs, private groups, and schools and community organizations. Topics include: child care safety; interactive hand washing demonstrations for children, adults and seniors; infection control presentations for senior lodges; bedbugs information sessions; tattooing and piercing safety presentations; interactive hygiene and environmental public health displays and games. For more information, please contact Environmental Public Health at 403 943 2890 or EPH.Education@ahs.ca or visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page3151.aspx
34. Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Services (Various topics, flexible length of time)
Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS) at Alberta Health Services, provides substance use prevention and mental health promotion programs and trainings in Calgary. Our focus is building protective factors and reducing risk factors associated with substance misuse and mental health disorders. We have topics such as substance use and youth, alcohol and youth, Cannabis and youth, E-cigarettes tobacco and youth, Youth fentanyl and prescription drug use, concurrent disorders and youth and video gaming and youth. All services are free and can be accessed by contacting CHPS@ahs.ca
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