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Newborn with hospital bracelet sleeping soundly holding nurse's fingers for MNCYN's Regional Perinatal Program.


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Keeping Care Close to Home with the MNCYN


An integrated family-centred system of care, focused on participation, partnerships and accountability this was the vision that gave birth to the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network (MNCYN) in 2009. This comprehensive network evolved from the Southwestern Ontario Perinatal Outreach Program as it partnered for decades with regional hospitals to provide professional education and consultative support. Today, this close collaboration among public health, acute care and community care organizations is resulting into a more responsive system of maternal and child care in Southwestern Ontario. Working together to keep care close to home for families, our purpose is to enable the consistent delivery of safe, quality maternal, newborn, child and youth care across our region. Our Network is seen as adding significant value through its ability to provide:

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Seamless Systems
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Enhanced Learning
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Connected and Informed

MNCYN’s medical leadership and consultants sit on governing bodies at regional, provincial and national levels. Participation in diverse and influential health care organizations provides a depth of experience and perspective to better inform our network.

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What’s New

Immunizing Children with Confidence is hosting a second pop-up event on September 13th, 2022.

From Practice to Policy- Keeping What Worked: Lessons learned from COVID-19 pediatric immunizations

This day long, mini-conference is one component of the Immunizing Children with Confidence project, a collaboration between Children’s Healthcare Canada and Solutions for Kids in Pain.

From H1N1 and SARS, we learned not to ignore lessons learned! Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past.

This Pop-Up will help us capture and imbed our Covid-19 lessons learned into organizational policies, processes, and practices along the continuum of disciplines that feed into the delivery of immunization services for children and youth. Together we can ensure the systemic knowledge, innovation and collaborations created during the COVID-19 pandemic are recorded, incorporated into practice, and nurtured to improve our practices and policies to protect against future destabilizing events.

“Unspoken” March of Dimes Public Service Announcement

“If we come together we can work to improve maternal health and protect every family through program, research, education and advocacy.”

March of Dimes is announcing a new Public Services Announcement (PSA) aiming to raise greater awareness of the maternal and infant health crisis by highlighting real families who have experienced issues like preterm birth, infertility and maternal and infant loss. The PSA, entitled “Unspoken”, showcases stories from diverse families in an effort to provide strength to others and greater empathy to the issues that affect all of us.

View PSA on YouTube, here.

Strategic Partnership Provides VEGA Resources

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action) Project has created evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers (including students and residents) in recognizing and responding safely to family violence (child maltreatment and intimate partner violence). MNCYN is a strategic partner in the VEGA initiative. VEGA is free and publicly available.

Children’s Healthcare Canada 2021 Impact Report: A Message from their President & CEO, Emily Gruenwoldt

There’s no doubt that 2021 marked another difficult year for many Canadians as we navigated prolonged uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The roll out of safe and approved vaccines for adults over the age of eighteen brought great relief and hope in the early months of 2021, but left millions of children and youth still vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and variants of concern. Beyond the direct impacts associated with infection of the virus, children and youth were also subject to lengthy school closures in some jurisdictions; delays in access to essential services, including health and healthcare services; and, of course, social isolation as the result of public health measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19.
As trusted sources of information and expertise, Children’s Healthcare Canada and our members have played an important role communicating information and evidence (as it emerged) related to strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission to kids, to support ongoing essential healthcare service delivery, and eventually related to increasing confidence to vaccinate children and youth against COVID-19.
In addition to managing the virus itself, throughout 2021, and almost consistently from coast to coast, Children’s Healthcare Canada members experienced a measurable increase in emergency department visits and admissions related to children’s mental health, delayed access to routine or follow-up care, and towards the end of the year, RSV and other seasonal viruses.
As we reflect on the year that has passed, you will notice that a great deal of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s time and attention was invested in supporting our members and the children and youth they serve to navigate the pandemic, but also to set Canada on course to make children, and their health and wellbeing, the focus of our collective recovery efforts.
New relationships and partnerships emerged to advance shared goals, new learning events were created to meet the need for just-in-time information, and new roles identified to support the mobilization of knowledge and evidence from bench to bedside and beyond.
It has been a busy but rewarding year on many fronts. We are honoured to serve a community so dedicated to improving the lives of Canada’s 8 million kids. Thank you for everything you do to enable healthy, vibrant children and youth.


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#MidwiferyDataMatters: Supporting midwives to enter and access quality BORN data

Introducing the BORN-AOM Knowledge Translation task force

Have you ever wished you could quantify the many non-pharmaceutical pain management mechanisms midwives use to support their clients during labour? Or perhaps you are curious to know how many consults or transfers of care occurred due to hospital protocol rather than midwives’ clinical judgement? The AOM has heard these concerns and as of April 5, 2021, the BORN Information System (BIS) has begun collecting this and other crucial, midwifery-specific information.

Children’s Healthcare Canada, Hybrid Conference 2022, Shaw Centre,  Ottawa or Virtual

November 29-December 1, 2022

For the first time you can attend in person OR virtually! Children’s Healthcare Canada is thrilled to be back in person for our annual conference at the beautiful Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa. For those unable to meet in Ottawa, a real time virtual option will be available. For those attending in person, be sure to join us at the Shaw Centre on the evening of November 29th for our Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony! 

This year’s conference is a celebration of our leaders in child health with our theme of  Energy, Optimism and Leadership: A bright future for child health in Canada!  

This conference will take place during a SPARK Child Health Leadership Month that will provide several touchpoints for the broad child health community and bring content focused on diverse audiences. Leadership as a theme speaks to Children’s Healthcare Canada’s commitment to convening thought leaders and health system partners to address complex child health issues.

Celebrations and Accomplishments

The Launch of a new Paediatric Continuing Medical Education (C.M.E.) Website

The new Website contains all of the information needed for Children’s paediatric CME education and events: Children’s Hospital Paediatric Update, PROP Lecture, PROP Pocus, PROP Simulation, PALS, Grand Rounds and our Paediatric Insider. To access the recordings of the PROP lectures and Grand Rounds you will need to create an account. After your account is created, you will be able to come back to the website anytime, and login, to view any recordings. No login is required to view the rest of the website.

MNCYN congratulates Dr. Teresa Bruni on her Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award

Dr. Bruni recieved the award at the annual CPS Conference this past May, 2022.  Dr. Teresa Bruni has been a practicing consultant Paediatrician in Thunder Bay for 28 years.  Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, she returned to Northern Ontario to practice after completing her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Bruni has been an active fulltime member of the Department of Paediatrics at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre since 1994.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Division for NOSM University. She is passionate about teaching medical students, family practice and paediatric residents in hopes that this will help attract, retain, and support health care providers in the North.

Jackie Droogers

Midwife of the Month

Jackie Droogers

Thames Valley Midwives

“Congratulations Jackie on Midwife of the Month. You are such a treasure to the Department of Midwifery”

  – Katie Fisher, Chief of Midwifery, LHSC




MNCYN is a partnership of public health, acute care and community care organizations focused on providing integrated family-centric health care. Our Network members are increasingly being recognized as leaders among peer organizations in Ontario. We offer organizational, health care professional and student membership levels. Invest in our future – join MNCYN today!

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