Dear PHIRN Scientists and Affiliates:
This is my first message to you as the Scientific Director in the PHIRN Newsletter. I felt it was the appropriate time to address you as a group to 1) bring you up to date on the activities that we have undertaken to meet the PHIRN mandate of enabling more and better population health equity and intervention research in the province of Ontario, and 2) to let you know of the various services we can offer to members and affiliates to that end.
You will see in this newsletter that we will be having an event at the end of September to showcase the research that has been undertaken by PHIRN researchers to address the critical question of how to make our province a healthier place. Some of this research is highlighted in this newsletter – see articles on Jim Dunn, Sean Kidd and Abdullahel Hadi. We will be releasing at this event a scoping review of the Ontario based population health equity and intervention research as well as a directory/database of various datasets that can be drawn upon to answer some of the key population health research questions. We are not only keen to welcome you to this event, we would also be pleased to include any materials that you would like to disseminate.
We are pleased to announce the Ontario Doctoral Student in Population Health Award recipients. These awards are our way to contribute to building capacity in population health research in the province.
We are also showcasing in this newsletter research for which our affiliates have received research funds that PHIRN has officially supported. We would like to let all of our PHIRN Scientists and Affiliates know that we are pleased to provide letters of support for upcoming research proposals – from the CIHR Meeting, Planning and Dissemination grants, the Open Operating Grants and the Partnership for Health System Improvement grants and beyond. One of the upcoming competitions we wanted to bring to your attention was in regards to the Community-Based Primary Health Care initiative (see p.4-5). The letters of support we provide not only outline the resources that PHIRN membership enables the research team, it also highlights the in-kind support we can offer – which includes access to our CHNET-Works! webinar platform (which can be used for research team meetings and not just dissemination) and our Working Paper Series and Bilingual Plain Language Summaries. Some if the recent PHIRN-related webinars and working papers are highlighted in this newsletter.
In closing, I welcome all PHIRN Scientists and Affiliates to let us know how we can better serve your needs in enabling more and better population health equity and intervention research and effective knowledge exchange. If you have not signed up as a member as of yet, we welcome you to do so.
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
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