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Inspiring communities to advance women’s health

November 2013

Women’s Xchange is a knowledge translation and exchange centre based at Women’s College Hospital. It was designed to promote the development of women’s health research across the province. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Women’s Xchange

Women’s Xchange has come a long way since it launched in May 2013.

In September, Women’s Xchange hosted a public event, Building the Future of Leadership in Women’s Health, at the YWCA Toronto. The event featured a panel discussion with six prominent women, including former Canadian broadcaster Valerie Pringle, lawyer Jane Pepino, executive director of the F.R.E.S.H. Collective Esther Linares, Women’s College scientist Ophira Ginsburg, Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Tanya Rumble and city councillor Karen Stintz, who discussed their leadership experiences and impact on women’s health.

At the event, Dr. Paula Rochon, Vice-President, Research, Women’s College Hospital, also announced Women’s Xchange’s new initiative, the $15K Challenge - a competition that will award $15,000 or more to individuals or groups in Ontario to help advance the health of women and girls.

“We know that women’s health is influenced by many factors outside of traditional healthcare,” says Rochon. “This challenge provides an opportunity for communities to develop projects that will improve health for women in the local area.”

Projects under the $15K Challenge will focus on identifying unmet needs within a community, exploring or testing solutions to problems, or better understanding factors that influence women’s health. Applications are now available online.

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