Dr. Dell has recognized One Health Day, November 3, since the inception of her Chair in One Health & Wellness with community training, a workshop, or an awareness raising event.
On November 3, 2022, Dr. Dell's office released an on-line training certificate course for therapy dog handlers. This both highlight the One Health concept of zooeyia - the positive benefits of animals to human health - as well as provides education to handlers to increase their awareness and skills in areas that would support their visits. To learn more or take the course, click here.
In recognition of One Health Day in 2021, Dr. Dell's team completed a mid-project achievement video for their Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Project titled A PAWSitive Support Project for Veterans with PTSD and Substance Use Health Concerns. Learn more about the project and the toolkit outcome, consisting of an online certificate course and access to substance use recovery and peer support resources!
One Health "is an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment".
In recognition of One Health day in 2020, Dr. Dell's team created a video introducing how we are putting One Health into practice with zooeyia. Zooeyia is the inverse of zoonosis (the transmission of disease from animals to humans) and is an essential component of One Health. It is understood as the positive benefits to human health from interacting with animals, focusing on companion animals. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to their companion animals for comfort and support. It has also been applied to explain the benefits of therapy dogs.
This video introduces how our team is applying zooeyia to better understand the role of Service Dogs as a health intervention in the lives of Veterans’ diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, and who problematically use substances.
In recognition of One Health Day in 2019, Dr. Dell's team released a video at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Issues of Substance conference announcing our newly funded project from Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program ($1.4-million). The project aims to learning how psychiatric service dogs can help veterans living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recover from problematic alcohol and drug use. Learn more here or visit the project website.
In recognition of One Health Day in 2018, Dr. Dell brought together Service Dog and Therapy Dog Handlers for a Q & A session.
In recognition of One Health Day in 2017, Dr. Dell's team organized a community discussion on One Health and Animal Assisted Interventions.
Working with Dogs in Human Services
In recognition of One Health Day in 2016, Dr. Dell's office was involved in hosting a workshop and an awareness raising event.
Presentation Slides available by clicking the picture
Presentation Slides available by clicking the picture
2015/16: Possibilities for Culturally Responsive Programming: Re-imagining My Role (in support of the SK 10 year mental health and addiction action plan). Saskatoon in-person and Saskatoon Health Regions telehealth. Community partner: Saskatoon Health Region, Representative Workforce, First Nations and Metis Health. Aim: There were four aims with reconciliation (drawing on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation report) threaded throughout: (1) knowledge creation (culturally competent care), (2) knowledge translation (culturally responsive care delivery), (3) knowledge dissemination (promising practice: Connecting with Culture: Growing your Wellness activity guide and facilitator’s manual), and (4) knowledge mobilization (Truth and Reconciliation activity). Duration: 7 hours. Attendance: 205 registrants.
2014/15: Culture as Intervention. Online. Community partner: National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation & Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Aim: The goals of this webinar were to: (1) provide an overview of the Honouring Our Strengths: Culture as Intervention research project; (2) discuss the applicability of the Native Wellness Assessment ™ for provincial service providers and community organizations or networks, and (3) share several free resources. Duration: 90 minutes. Attendance: 250 registrants. The recording is available.
2013/14: Evidence Informed Practices – What Does this Mean to Service Providers? Saskatoon.
Aim: The goals of this training day with SK Ministry of Health Regions (12) and CBOs (3) were to: (1) familiarize Service Providers with the concept of evidence-informed practices, and specifically address the question of ‘what is evidence’?, (2) challenge Service Providers to reflect on how they may be able to incorporate more ‘evidence’ in their practices, and (3) offer Services Providers an opportunity to become familiar and work with some of the latest ‘evidence’ released by the office of the Research Chair in Substance. Duration: 7.5 hours. Attendance: 30 registrants. A video recording highlighting each agenda item is available
2012/13: Preventing Inhalant Abuse: What Works? Saskatoon.
Community Partner: Youth Solvent Addiction Program. Aim: Inhalant abuse conference public lunch hour panel session. Duration: 60 minutes. Attendance: 40 in person. A video recording is available.
2011/12: Digital Narratives: Women and Treatment. Vancouver.
Community Partner: BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. Aim: Issues of Substance Conference, Pre-conference Workshop. Duration: 5 hours. Attendance: 50 in-person registrants.
2010/11: Inaugural Bill Deeks Lecture - How Much is Too Much? A Conversation for Change: Young Adults and Alcohol. Saskatoon. Community partner: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction & Andre Picard, Globe & Mail. Aim: Community conversation. Duration: 2 hours. Attendance: 175 in-person and 300 online.
2009/10: Implications for Women’s Healing from Problematic Substance Use, Saskatoon. Community Partner: Custody & Caring International Conference. Aim: Pre-Conference Event. Duration: 7 hours. Attendance: 100 in-person.
2008/09: Pictures of Self-Harm Video Screening and Community Discussion. Saskatoon.
Community Partner: Crossing Communities Art Project. Aim: Community conversation. Duration: 2 hours. Attendance: 60 in-person.
Community partner: Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming. Aim: Innovations in Qualitative Research Conference Workshop – Art as Social Development. Duration: 3 hours. Attendance: 15 in-person.
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University of Saskatchewan
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