Webinar: Healthy Living: Promoting Health and Safety in Immigrant Communities

July 24, 2012

Learn about innovative health and safety initiatives in Auckland and Vancouver that promote healthy living through community education and accessible programming that ensures new immigrants and their families are safe, sound, and empowered to seek solutions for their personal well-being.

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  • Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Lynn Moran, Executive Director, AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies), and Stacey Willcox, WaterSafe Auckland, New Zealand (BHSc Psychology & Health Promotion)

Featured Good Ideas:

  • In Auckland, WaterSafe Auckland (WAI) established the New Settler Water Safety Reference Group to address the over-representation of the migrant population in the regional drowning statistics. Their multi-lingual programme of community education initiatives mainstreams cultural interests alongside issues like drowning prevention, water safety promotion and public education. All of WaterSafe Auckland’s resources are available on the website for free download. Watch the Video Presentation
  • In Vancouver, the Diversity Health Fair is a free community event that brings together representatives and volunteers  from ethnic communities across the city to provide health care information to new immigrants in fun and easy to access ways. The focus of the fair is accessible information that promotes public health; its goal is too empower multicultural communities to safeguard their health and well-being through greater awareness and participation.                                  Watch the Video Presentation


Lynn Moran, Executive Director, AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies)

Lynn has a background in health, community development, micro-credit project management and international development having worked in Africa for close to a decade. Since becoming Executive Director of AMSSA in August 2000, she has worked to strategically move the organizational focus to building member capacities and developing resources for members to better respond to community needs and government relations. She was involved with the Government and Non-profit Initiative (GNPI) for over four years working to improve the relationship of the non-profit sector and government and is currently a member of the non-profit sector Employers’ Council.

Stacey Willcox, Drowning Prevention Coordinator, WaterSafe Auckland, New Zealand (BHSc Psychology & Health Promotion)

Her role at WaterSafe Auckland is focused primarily on drowning prevention within Auckland’s Asian, New Settler and Refugee communities, and youth projects. Stacey has a health promotion background in Public Health, in addition to a strong involvement with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and she is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. Together with Dr. Kevin Moran, Stacey has published a paper titled ‘New Settlers, Old Solutions’, regarding water safety education for new migrants in New Zealand.

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