headshot of Pam Grassau

Pam Grassau, School of Social Work

The Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) Ottawa, a community-based, participatory action research project, has received funding to host four forums over the next several months to highlight the research, community development and projects that were developed at four sites in Ottawa.

Led by Social Work Professor Pam Grassau, and 7 community partners, the initiative is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection program.

The SSHRC Connection Grant funding will support toolkit translation, knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation and capacity building through four community-site forums, and a community-wide summit. The forums will be tailored to each of the host sites and will include interactive presentations, experiential learning activities, and future planning. The summit will engage a broader audience, including decision makers, to establish an Action Plan with the goal of building more compassionate responses to death, dying, grief, and loss in Ottawa.

The mission of HELP Ottawa, Compassionate Communities, and other Public Health Palliative Care approaches is to see frailty, illness, death and dying as normal parts of living that everyone will experience. They also see care for the dying, grieving, and their caregivers as a normal part of living; it’s not the health care systems’ responsibility alone but all of our responsibilities – as family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, and community members — to be part of these experiences. HELP Ottawa is sponsored by Compassionate Ottawa and funded by the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada.

Learn more about the Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) Ottawa.

Monday, May 8, 2023 in ,
Share: Twitter, Facebook