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Webinar | Beyond Stigma: Strength in Connections

Webinar | Beyond Stigma: Strength in Connections



This Fall, the Subject Matter Health Research Lab released the third video in their series on reducing opioid related stigma, Beyond Stigma: Strength in Connections. This video was developed to highlight the stigma that may be experienced from or by the families, friends, and peers of people who use opioids and can be of value to healthcare professionals, public health professionals, peer supporters and other social service providers, and people with lived/living experience of opioid use.

Accompanying this video is a discussion guide that can support individual reflection or prompt group discussion using specific questions and activities. Join CPHA for a livestream of the third video followed by a discussion with some of its creators to learn about the impacts of stigma for families, friends, and peers of people who use opioids, and ways we can move beyond it.


  • This webinar is designed for families, friends, and peers of people who use opioids, professionals, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, community leaders, and anyone interested in reducing stigma for people who use opioids.


đź“… Date: November 29th, 2023

đź•’ Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET

đź“Ť Where: Zoom!


  • Dr. Abhimanyu Sud (he/him) is a physician and health services researcher based in Toronto, Ontario. He is an Assistant Professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Research Chair, Primary Care & Population Health Systems at Humber River Hospital. His clinical, research, education, and advocacy work focus on the complex intersections of chronic pain, mental illness, and opioid use.
  • Angie Hamilton (she/her) is a retired lawyer, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) and the parent of a child who struggles with addiction. Angie is a member of the Policy Committee of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and a Board Member of The Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory Network. She was a member of the National Board of MADD Canada from 2014 to 2020 and the Chair of their Public Policy Committee
  • Sean Patenaude (he/him) is an artist, educator and mental health advocate who has worked at CAMH since 2014 in roles focused on restraint reduction, patient safety, and incident management. He is a graduate Fellow of LET(s) LEAD, Yale University’s Transformational Leadership Academy. Sean has served as faculty on CAMH Education’s Opiate Agonist Treatment training program, is a member of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) and has been a guest lecturer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Mad Studies program at the University of Toronto.
  • Pauline Ingber (she/her) has been a Public Health Nurse at the Regional Municipality of York, since 2001. Her current work includes the development & collaboration work on the Opioid Action Plan work at York Region.  She co-chairs the stigma reduction group of the Community Opioid Drug Response Collaborative in York Region. This group of community agencies is working together to decrease stigma, harm and marginalization of people using opioids by sharing information and providing education in order to increase awareness and appreciation that, opioid and substance use must be addressed as a health and social issue. Pauline also works with other committees and groups to reduce stigma and harms and provide prevention strategies related to substance use in York Region.  When not at work, Pauline enjoys time in nature, hiking, traveling to new places and spending time with family and friends.  
  • Jacqueline Myers (she/her) is a pharmacist in Regina and has practiced in numerous clinical settings including community pharmacy, long-term care, and within the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the areas of internal medicine and opioid stewardship.  Jackie currently provides care for people living with HIV as well as substance use disorders and delivers education to primary care clinicians with RxFiles Academic Detailing Service.  Her passion is working with marginalized populations and helping other clinicians provide compassionate care.  When Jackie is not with patients or health care providers, she enjoys running, experiencing diverse cultures through travel, and spending time outdoors with her two pups.
  • Dr. Kirsten Dixon (she/her) graduated from the School of Medicine at Queen’s University in 2006 and completed her residency in Family Medicine through St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dixon’s clinical work is focused on the care of people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and substance use disorders. She works with a shelter-based outreach team through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and was the Lead Physician with Inner City Health Associates for Seaton House men’s shelter from 2017 to 2020. Since 2015, Dr. Dixon has worked with the Safer Opioid Prescribing Program at the University of Toronto on course development and facilitation. She is dedicated to enhancing education on opioid use disorder and to improving the quality of care delivered to people who use opioids.


About the Normalizing Conversations Project

CPHA has been funded by Health Canada through the Substance Use and Addictions Program to undertake a project to build the knowledge and capacity of decision-makers, health and social service providers, public safety and communities to implement a public health approach to substance use.

As part of this project, CPHA has developed a national, bilingual online substance use resource centre - the Canadian Substance Use Resource and Knowledge Exchange Centre (SURE). SURE provides a curated series of tools and resources to support you in implementing a public health approach to substance use in your community.

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