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Science North supporting newcomers with community health connections

Starting on February 16th, newcomers are welcome to attend informational events led by healthcare experts

Science North and the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association warmly welcome all newcomers to join healthcare experts for an enlightening and stimulating gathering to get answers to their COVID-19, vaccine, and community health questions.

The project is funded by The Canadian Association of Science Centres through the ScienceUpFirst Community Engagement Grant.

“We’ll touch on COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation, but be available to answer more broad questions such as ‘how do you find a family doctor?’ and ‘where do you get vaccines?’” says Grace Schmidt, Staff Scientist, Youth and Diverse Audiences, at Science North, in Sudbury, Ontario. Experts will be in attendance to answer these and other questions asked by participants.

“The goal is to have experts like doctors, nurses, and public health professionals but also people who are cultural or science communicators or leaders,” added Schmidt.

The first event will happen in person at Science North on February 16 from 7pm to 8:30pm while the second will be on March 21.

While the event is FREE, pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

The sessions will include:

  • Moderated discussions with 3 to 4 guest experts.
  • Light refreshments sourced from local businesses 
  • General admission tickets to Science North provided to participants after the event.

This event is part of Science North’s Science Café series, which has been running for several years. Each event is designed to approach a different topic in a casual, relaxed environment with expert panels and a moderated discussion. 

“This particular event is focusing on newcomers and diverse audiences that may not be aware of the many resources available to them in our community,” says Schmidt. Children’s activities will be available for participants who bring their children along to the event. 

“We tried to do everything we could to remove barriers to entry while creating a welcoming environment to encourage participation from newcomers and their families.” added Schmidt

Free parking is available at Science North and free transit on Greater Sudbury buses is offered. 

To learn more or to register, visit them online here