CASW Membership in Coalitions

In spite of its limited resources, CASW has been active on many social policy and social action fronts, thanks to its affiliation as an organizational member of several national coalitions.

Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights
Adoption Council of Canada
Campaign 2000
Canadian AIDS  Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century
Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health
Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Canadian Mental Health Support Network
Canadian Primary Health Care Research Network (CPHCRN)  
Canadian Public Health Association– National Literacy and Health Program
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)
Child Rights Education for Professionals (CRED-PRO) 
Child Welfare League of Canada
Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being
Dignity for all: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada
EGALE
G7 (Group of 7 Health Professions)

HEAL Action Lobby
Mental Health Table for Regulated Health Professionals
National Alliance for Children and Youth
National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (N.I.C.E.)
Partners for Mental Health (PMH)
Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNET)
Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada
Repeal 43
 
Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights  www.womensequality.ca/index.html
The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights came together in 2006 to pressure the federal government and the opposition to commit to concrete and meaningful measures to advance women’s equality in Canada. 
 
Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) www.adoption.ca
The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. The ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services. 
 
Campaign 2000  www.campaign2000.ca
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan coalition of 19 national partners and a Canada-wide network of 33 community partners who are committed to securing the implementation of the 1989 federal all-party resolution "to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000". 
 
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) www.catie.ca
CATIE is a national, not-for-profit charity committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada by providing accessible, accurate, unbiased and timely treatment information to people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregiver, health care providers and service organizations.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health www.camimh.ca
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) calls for significantly increased attention to mental illness and mental health promotion at all levels of Canadian society and aims to put mental illness and mental health on the national health and social policy agendas.

Created in October 1998, the fifteen member organizations of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) represent all elements of the mental health continuum. Consumers and their families, researchers, and all manner of practitioners including physicians, psychologists and psychiatric nurses, are supporters of the Alliance and its messages. Together, these organizations constitute a vibrant network of national, provincial and local organizations that stretch from coast to coast. 

Click here to view a picture of NSASW Social Worker Elaine Campbell, CASW Executive Director Fred Phelps with the Honourable Lisa Raitt Minister of Labour.
 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives www.policyalternatives.ca/
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is a national, independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with local, national and international issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada's leading progressive voices in public policy debates. The Centre offers analysis and policy ideas to the media, general public, social justice and labour organizations, academia and government. The CCPA produces research studies, policy briefs, books, editorials and commentary, and other publications.
 
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children www.rightsofchildren.ca/
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) brings together Canadian organizations and individuals who are concerned about the rights of children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition. 

Click here to read the letter to the Prime Minister demanding a child rights impact assessment of the proposed changes to the youth justice system prior to C-10 passing.

Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century www.cpha.ca/en/ccph21.aspx
The Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) is a national network of non-profit organizations, professional associations, health charities and academic researchers who share the common goal to improve and sustain the health of Canadians.
 
Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health www.ccsmh.ca/
Prompted by concern about inadequate services for the residents of long-term care facilities, a national symposium was held in April 28, 2002 with the goal of "improving the mental health of the elderly in long term care through education, advocacy and collaboration". A coalition was formed with the purpose to improve the mental health of seniors through a coordinated national strategy. The coalition's first priority is to focus on the unmet needs of seniors living in long-term care facilities.  

Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative (CCMHI)  www.ccmhi.ca

CCMHI developed research and tools for improving mental health care in the primary health care setting through interdisciplinary collaboration, including collaboration among health care providers, consumers and caregivers. It is a consortium of twelve Canadian organizations representing community services, consumers, families and caregivers, self-help groups, dietitians, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.  Update from CASW Coalition Representative 
 
Canadian Council on Social Development www.ccsd.ca
The mission of CCSD, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, is to develop and promote social policies that are inspired by social justice and equality. CCSD meets its mission through research, consultation, public education and advocacy. Poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment and housing are some of the issues that CCSD focuses on. 

Canadian Harm Reduction Network canadianharmreduction.com
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies. It was founded in 1999 by a group of activists who work locally, nationally and internationally in harm reduction and drug policy/law reform.
 
Canadian Mental Health Support Network www.cma.ca/cmhsn
CASW joined eleven organizations in the health care community to create the Canadian Mental Health Support Network (CMHSN).  CMHSN came into being from a concern about the impact on Canadians of the tragic event that occurred in the USA September 11, 2001. Their Website contains resources for professionals and the public. A working group continues to meet and develop further resources for parents, caregivers and professionals.  


Canadian Primary Health Care Research Network (CPHCRN)  http://www.cphcrn-rcrssp.ca/
The CPHCRN is a newly established organization of researchers from all primary health care (PHC) research disciplines and experts from all stakeholder groups interested in primary health care. The purpose of CPHRN is to better coordinate PHC research efforts, in order to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of the Canadian health care system, and to build capacity and leadership in primary healthcare research. CPHCRN is organized as a virtual Network of networks, with a central governing body at its hub. This governing body will serve to coordinate activities within several smaller, content-focussed PHC research networks, and six regional PHC research networks. CPHCRN plans to embed multidisciplinary PHC research activities into Canadian PHC practice. Importantly, CPHCRN’s strategy to achieve these objectives involves competing for network funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).


Canadian Public Health Association - National Literacy and Health Program www.cpha.ca
The CPHA's National Literacy and Health Program promotes awareness among health professionals of the links between literacy and health. People with low literacy skills may not understand what health professionals tell them. They may not be able to read health information. Some may not use health services, except in an emergency. The National Literacy and Health Program is working in partnership with national health associations to raise awareness about literacy and health.    
 
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) www.ccaac.ca/home.php
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) is dedicated to promoting a publicly funded, inclusive, qualtity, non-profit child care system. 

Child Rights Education for Professionals (CRED-PRO)   http://www.cred-pro.org/
CRED-PRO is devoted to developing and providing educational programs on the human rights of children to professionals.

Child Welfare League of Canada  http://www.cwlc.ca/en/home
The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) is the voice for vulnerable children in Canada. Established in 1994, CWLC is a national, membership-based organization dedicated to promoting the protection and well-being of vulnerable children, youth and their families. We play a significant role in promoting best practices among those in the field of child welfare, child and youth mental health, child rights and youth justice.

Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being 
The Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being will seek broad support for crime prevention through social development as an approach to ensuring safe, healthy communities. 

Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada www.dignityforall.ca/en
The Dignity for All Campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada. The coalition, led by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice are joined by diverse partners in mobilizing the multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign, Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada.

EGALE Canada http://egale.ca/
EGALE advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, and their families across Canada.
FAQ on Equal Marriage in Canada
 
G7 (Group of 7 Health Professions)   
G7 is a group of national health care professional associations who formed a partnership to work collaboratively on health initiatives with a view to broadening policy initiatives beyond traditional health care providers. Along with the CASW, members of the G7 include the Canadian Association of Speech‐Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Occupational Therapy Association, Canadian Psychologists Association, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and Dietitians of Canada.
-Letter form G7 to Honorable Christy Clark April 10, 2012 re Health Care Innovation Working Group
-Response from Co-Chairs, Council of the Federation April 19, 2012

HEAL Action Lobby www.healthactionlobby.ca/
The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is concerned about the direction and sustainability of the health care system and public policy in Canada. It is seeking to understand better the potential impact that changes to intergovernmental transfers will have on the health care delivery system, health insurance programs and on the health of Canadians.

Mental Health Table for Regulated Health Professionals  
The Mental Health Table for Regulated Health Professionals is a grouping of national health professional organizations with the purpose of identifying problems common to health professional communities, to undertake actions on key strategies to transform mental health care delivery, and to respond collectively to and work collaboratively with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
 
National Alliance for Children and Youth www.nationalchildrensalliance.com
The Children's Alliance provides a forum for a group of national organizations with an interest in the well-being of children. The group aims to work co-operatively, to devise strategies to promote a national children's agenda, and to respond to concerns and issues affecting children and their families. 

National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness www.povnet.org
The mission of the National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness is to support a new dedicated federal social housing program. This mission is based on the belief that it is time for the federal government to take action to deliver housing that low income Canadians can afford.  
 
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (N.I.C.E) www.nicenet.ca
N.I.C.E. is a national network of researchers and practitioners involved in the care of older adults that is mandated to disseminate research and best practice knowledge amongst interdisciplinary practitioners and academia regarding the care to the elderly.

Partners for Mental Health (PMH)  http://www.partnersformh.ca/

Partners for Mental Health is a national social movement focused on redefining what it means to have a mental illness using the voices and actions of ordinary Canadians.

Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNET) www.prevnet.ca
PREVNET is a national partnership of university researchers and national non-governmental organizations that is mandated to create socio-cultural change in Canada by reducing the negative use of power and aggression in relationships. PREVNET is interested in creating a national strategy to address bullying problems and promote healthy relationships among children.
 
Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada  www.qelccc.ca
The QELCCC works to improve end-of-life care for all Canadians by focusing on the following pursuits:
1. Ensure all Canadians have access to high quality hospice palliative end-of-life care.
2. Enhance the level of support family caregivers receive.
3. Improve the quality and consistency of hospice palliative end-of-life care in Canada.
4. Encourage Canadians to discuss and plan for end-of-life.
For more information on the QELCCC, please visit http://www.qelccc.ca and download a copy of The Blueprint for Action.

Funding received from Federal Goverment to support the development of community-integrated palliative care models for the health care sector.  Click here to read more.

To read the letter from CASW to Honourable Leona Aglukkaq regarding support provided click here.

To read the report from the CASW representative (January 2013) click here.

 
Repeal 43 Committee   http://www.repeal43.org/  
 The Repeal 43 Committee is a national, voluntary committee formed in 1994 to advocate repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which is a defense to assault that justifies violence against children by teachers and parents in the name of correction.