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Tenfold is a weekly podcast about community engagement and public health. Through the stories and experiences of Canadian public health professionals, Tenfold aims to engage listeners in difference and embrace discomfort. Each week, a different public health professional joins our host Andrea to talk about their experiences with community engagement. Tenfold covers a range of topics from engaging Indigenous communities in a good way to the role of community engagement in knowledge exchange. Andrea Bodkin is a health promoter who supports public health units in Ontario on a variety of topics such as planning, evaluation, partnerships and community engagement. Podcasting has been a dream of Andrea’s and she’s thrilled to be a part of the PHESC team bringing Tenfold to you. Visit to view episode show notes.
23 Episodes
Season 2 Wrap up

Season 2 Wrap up


To wrap up the season, Andrea is joined by former Tenfold Producer Anya Archer, and Former PHESC staff and season 2 guest Robyn Kalda.
show notes
In this episode guest-host Gillian Kranias talks with regular host Andrea Bodkin, about a recently published systematic review on sustainable health promotion programs, co-authored with Shawn Hakimi. The review identified 14 factors that can promote health promotion program sustainability, two of which are related to community engagement:Fit and alignment refers to alignment between the program and the host organization’s mandate, as well as community needs, priorities and opinions. Partnership with stakeholders, staff and community. The level of involvement of partners and communities impacted sustainability: for example, participatory planning, shared decision making, participatory budgeting.  Papers referenced in this episode:            Ammerman, A., Washington, C., Jackson, B., Weathers, B., Campbell, M., Davis, G., Switzer, B. (2002). The PRAISE! Project: A Church-Based Nutrition Intervention Designed for Cultural Appropriateness, Sustainability, and Diffusion. Health Promotion Practice, 3(2), 286-301. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from, A., Hakimi, S. Sustainable by design: a systematic review of factors for health promotion program sustainability. BMC Public Health 20, 964 (2020). Hill K VF, Clemson L, Lovarini M, Ruseell M. Community falls prevention program sustainability guidelines and workbook. National Health and Medical Research council; Victorian Government Department of Health. 2011. Whelan J, Love P, Millar L, Allender S, Bell C. Sustaining obesity prevention in communities: a systematic narrative synthesis review. Obesy Rev. 2018;19(6):839–51.Wisener K, Shapka J, Jarvis-Selinger S. Sustaining health education research programs in Aboriginal communities. Glob Health Promot. 2017;24(3):49–58.Additional helpful resources:Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT) Survive and Thrive: Three steps to securing program’s sustainability. Participatory Evaluation Toolkit 
In this episode, Lisa Attygale from Tamarack joins Andrea to talk about her new paper: Understanding Community-Led Approaches to Community Change. Lisa began researching for this paper when she noticed that organizations often use the term “community led” when the activities they called community led had a range, and many wouldn’t be classified as community led. Lisa reviewed 67 organizations that described themselves as community led approaches, and mapped their approaches from grass-roots approaches to consultation. Lisa strongly felt that we needed to gain understanding of the term “community led” and developed a spectrum to capture these approaches: from community informed to community owned to community shaped to community driven.Lisa and Andrea talk about community led approaches, some of the barriers organizations might face in implementing them, and the role of power in working with community. Read Lisa’s paper here and of course check out Tamarack’s multiple resources on community engagement and collective impact Finally, check out Tamarack’s new Foundations of Community Engagement online course
At Tenfold we’ve been reflecting about racism in public health systems.  This minisode and notes are meant to bring a few of these situations to light- by no means not a complete list- to encourage you to research further as part of your personal work. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was run by the United States Public Health Service, with Tuskegee University, from 1932 to 1972.  A number of experiments were performed by various government departments and medical experts on malnourished children living in residential schools between 1942 and 1952. From the 1940s to 1960s, Inuit in the far north were separated from their families and transported, by ship, to sanatoriums in the south of Canada. Many families never heard from – or about- their relatives after that. During the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, leaders in First Nations reserves asked for supplies, such as vaccines, to fight the epidemic. Several reserves received shipments of body bags which arrived arrived prior to the H1N1 vaccinations.When Andrea consulted with PHESC colleagues Erica De Ruggio and Angella Mashford Pringle, they offered these two questions for reflection:Consider the levels of power that you, and your organization, have to maintain, change or disrupt systemsReflect on your position in life: Power, Privilege and Positionality, and how your position impacts your work in public health and community engagementStudies mentioned in the podcast/episode notes:Ammerman, A., Washington, C., Jackson, B., Weathers, B., Campbell, M., Davis, G., Switzer, B. (2002). The PRAISE! Project: A Church-Based Nutrition Intervention Designed for Cultural Appropriateness, Sustainability, and Diffusion. Health Promotion Practice, 3(2), 286-301. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from, A. (1978). Racism and Research: The Case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The Hastings Center Report, 8(6), 21-29. doi:10.2307/3561468. Retrieved July 11, 2020 from NE, Stanwick R, Lynk A. Canada's shameful history of nutrition research on residential school children: The need for strong medical ethics in Aboriginal health research. Paediatr Child Health. 2014;19(2):64. doi:10.1093/pch/19.2.64. Retrieved July 11, 2020 from The Hospital for Sick Children. Frederick Tisdall. Retrieved August 5 2020                       
In this episode, Pete Bombaci, founder of the GenWell Project, joins Andrea to talk about human connection and face to face social connection. In this global pandemic, in the time of physical distancing, the importance of human connection and interaction is more important than ever. Read more about the GenWell Project and watch their latest video, Staying Connected During Covid19. 
In this week’s minisode, Andrea sits on her bedroom floor and muses about the role of social inclusion as a determinant of health. For more information, read about the United Kingdom’s Campaign to ENDLoneliness, WHO’s social exclusion resources, and the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health’s 2017 report, Connected Communities: Healthier Together.  
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Paul Young, an Environmental Health Promoter at South Riverdale Community Health Centre in the east end of Toronto. A few audio gremlins joined as well, so please bear with the occasional sound interruption! South Riverdale Community Health Centre is located in an area with a lot of industry, so the impact of air and soil pollutionare top of mind for the community. Much of the work that the health centre does is in the area of the built environment- a key determinant of health. This work includes community organizing, building understanding of the determinants of health, and developing policy options that address them. When Paul began to engage the community and decision makers to find out what actions they could take together, the community identified that travel options for people who choose to not drive were important. This was quite some time ago, when bike lanes were more controversial, but the idea had the support of the community at then-councilor Jack Layton. 4 years later, bike lanes were installed on Dundas Street East. The community also started bike repair drop-ins for people in the city that rely on bikes to get around. Weekly drop-ins are hosted at Toronto Community Housing locations as well as South Riverdale Community Health Centre. This program is a stepping stone for some clients to become more comfortable at the health centre and access health services. It’s also an opportunity for social connection and meeting new people. 
In this episode, Kate Mulligan from the Alliance for Healthier Communities joins host Andrea Bodkin to talk about social prescribing. In social prescribing, every primary health care visit – whether to a doctor or nurse practitioner- includes a check in about the social determinants of health, such as housing, food, connection to other people. Where a need is identified, the practitioner refers the client to a support person such as a health promoter, nurse or link worker, who co-creates a plan to address what matters to the client and supports you in taking the initial steps in your plan.It would be easy for people to think that social prescribing is an “add on” or nice to have program that doesn’t directly address health outcomes. An important part of social prescribing includes measuring and tracking how addressing social needs improves health.  The Alliance has just completed a research project where 11 Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres participated. The research project found that new resources weren’t needed for the initiative, rather health centres re-engineered their existing structures.  Results include a 50% reduction in feelings of loneliness and isolation, an improvement in perceived mental health, and a reduction in primary care visits. The Alliance is hosting a virtual celebration of social prescribing on May 27th at 12:30 pm. Register for the celebration here.  ResourcesLearn more about social prescribing on the Alliance’s website: You can also read about the National Health Service (U.K.)’s social prescribing initiative and   
In the first episode of season 2 of Tenfold, Andrea is joined by two fellow podcasters to talk about podcasting in public health. Onye Nnorom, the host of Race, Health & Happiness, and Candace Aqui, host of Food & Health Today, join Andrea to share their secrets to building a public health podcast. Be sure to check out Race, Health & Happiness and Food & Health Today!Has this episode inspired you to start podcasting and you want to know what to do next? has a number of resources on how to make a podcast.The podcasts that inspire usAndrea: Two podcasts inspired me to create my own podcast. Oh Witch Please is hosted by two feminist literary critics talking through the Harry Potter books and movies. Listening to this podcast taught me how to read and watch critically and opened my eyes to the stereotypes, tropes and biases so prevalent in movies and literature. Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode features stories and experiences of people affected by drug use, drug policy, and the overdose crisis. Candace: I like the Food Heaven podcast hosted by 2 registered dietitians in the states who take a unconventional approach to “healthy” living. I also like the Ted Talks Daily podcast. It’s a great place to find quick snippets on intriguing topics that pique your interest that you can then go and learn more about if you want.BiosDr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine, incorporating Black Canadian health issues into the medical school curriculum. She recently launched a podcast, called Race, Health & Happiness, which focuses on wellness in the context of systemic racism.Candace Aqui is a Registered Dietitian and Program and Policy Consultant for Nutrition Connections. Candace’s main responsibilities include knowledge mobilization strategies, program and resource development and implementation, nutrition communications and technical applications. In addition, she serves as the subject matter expert in childhood and school nutrition, mental health and Indigenous health. Candace holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer


Welcome to season 2 of Tenfold! In this episode, Andrea talks about the upcoming season.
1.10 Season 1 Wrap Up

1.10 Season 1 Wrap Up


This week, Andrea is joined by the PHESC team to reflect on highlights and lessons learned from the season. What lessons have affected you? How will this change your work? Chat about it with your friends and colleagues (or with us!).We’re excited that we’ll be coming back for a second season! Have a story about community engagement or know someone who does? We’d love to hear from you! Email or tweet @PHESC_ON to get in touch.Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Sarah Haanstra from Toward Common Ground and Anna Vanderlaan from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to talk about engaging Wellington Guelph community partners in a community planning model.Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Darrin Canniff, Mayor of Chatham-Kent, Ken McEwan from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, and Karen Loney from Chatham-Kent Public Health. Darrin, Ken and Karen are all involved in the Chatham-Kent (CK) Community Leaders’ Cabinet, which brings together government, industry, health, education, and First Nations leaders to develop collective solutions to improve quality of life in Chatham-Kent. Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea has a conversation with Kyley Alderson from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit about a needs assessment Kyley was recently a part of. Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Brandon Agnew and Donna Mills from Niagara Region Public Health and community member Jennifer Symonds to talk about Niagara Region’s Lived Experience Advisory Network (LEAN). Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Gillian Kranias from Health Nexus joins Andrea to explore the concepts of social power and privilege, and their role in community engagement. The dominant groups in our society- in Canada, in Ontario, in the towns we live in and in our communities- carry power and privilege, which means that non-dominant groups are historically and continue to be marginalized and oppressed. There can be a distance between those that carry social power, and those who lack it. Being aware of those distances, noticing who we do not hear from and who we are not connected to, and then beginning to listen, can help to shorten that distance.Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea is joined by Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). Dianne and Andrea talk about knowledge translation, community engagement, and the relationship between the two.Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Julie Brandsma from Peterborough Public Health joins Andrea to talk about embedding community engagement at the organizational level. Visit to view the full episode notes.
In this episode, Andrea chats with Nicole Blackman from Durham Region Health Department about engaging with Indigenous communities. Visit to view the full episode notes.
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