Women’s Health Circles Handbook, Ontario Women's Health Network, 2009.

This handbook was developed by the Ontario Women’s Health Network, in collaboration with Toronto Christian Resource Centre, Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa and Sudbury Women’s Centre. The handbook demonstrates approaches in three pilot sites to coordinating and conducting health circles, offering examples to help service providers and community groups meet the needs of women in their community. Women’s health circles share knowledge through a collective education forum where participants determine the health topics of discussion, share experiences, learn from each other, ask questions of health and social service providers, and learn about community resources. Health circles may be a useful technique for CE practitioners aiming to consult women about their health and their experiences accessing health care services and support, including immigrant women and marginalized groups.

Topics: Capacity building, Chronic disease, Determinants of health, Evaluation/effectiveness, Goal setting, Mental health, Multicultural, Planning – CE, Planning – health, Policy development, Principles, Research, Stakeholder selection, Substance use/addiction, Vulnerable/marginalized groups, Women

Techniques & tools: Committee/working group, Community development, Focus group, Framework/model/template