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Webinar: Communities of Practice: Conceptualization, practical considerations, and lessons learned

August 30, 2023 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Communities of practice (CoP) are often used as a strategy to bring people together to share promising practices, build relationships, learn from one another, and create new knowledge to advance practice. As CoPs have become increasingly popular, their development across different sectors has shown us that there is no “one-recipe-fits-all” approach. This webinar will explore conceptualizations of CoPs (e.g., characteristics), offer practical considerations for developing and/or implementing this type of community (e.g., valuable resources and processes), as well as lessons learned.

Audience members will have the opportunity to consider findings from a recent Hub-led rapid review on communities of practice and to learn from the expertise of individuals from two projects supported by the KDE Hub:

  • Community Health and Social Services Network’s (CHSSN) CoP links 46 projects from across Quebec that focus on mental health promotion programs for English-speaking populations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This CoP brings together leaders from the CHSSN project community to explore creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of the English-speaking communities.
  • Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) leads two CoPs:
    • The Families in TRANSition (FIT) CoP supports FIT practitioners and contributes to improving the mental health of trans, Two-Spirit, nonbinary, and gender-exploring youth using gender-affirming, relational, and abolitionist principles.
    • Tending the Roots builds a CoP where relationships are centralized and deep values in anti-Black racism, Indigenous Solidarity and anti-oppression are evident in practice and action. These lenses inform the work and collaboration among its community members.

This event is open to Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF), Supporting the Mental Health of those Most Affected by COVID-19 (MH COVID), and Mental Health in the Early Years (MHITEY) project team members and those in their networks.

This webinar will be held primarily in English. If you would like to receive support in French during this event, please contact

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August 30, 2023
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
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