The Last Straw! was originally developed for a health promotion class in 2004 at the University of Toronto. It went on to win several awards from organizations such as the University of Toronto and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.
The game has been played with over 500 people from a wide range of audiences, including:
• medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduates in health sciences, community nutrition and sociology;
• policy analysts at Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
• frontline staff at social service agencies, including HIV youth activists, health promoters, providers of services for the homeless and community workers;
• a presentation at the 2007 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health conference;
• a presentation at the 2007 Ontario Public Health Association conference.
Dr. Kate Rossiter, M.A., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Health Studies at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dr. Kate Reeve, M.H.Sc., M.D., is currently a Community Medicine resident at the University of Toronto.
Support for the production of this game was provided by the Association of Faculties of Medicine (AFMC) with contribution funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
(c) 2007 Kate Reeve and Kate Rossiter