PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

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Dear PHIRN Colleagues:

Ivy_sci-director-1In this newsletter you will find what we hope will be helpful information and a range of resources for our growing research community with the ultimate aim of fostering more and better population health research in Ontario.

You will have all received an invitation for the research showcase event we will be having at the end of September to address the critical question of how to make our province a healthier place. We have included here more information about the structure and content of that day. Since our last newsletter, we have also been working on developing some strategic tools for research we will launch at this event, specifically a library and scoping review of Ontario based population health equity and intervention research and an online directory of various population health datasets.

We are pleased to launch our call for Early Research Awards. Our intent with these awards is to help sustain at least a few highly skilled population health researchers during the present climate where this is a lack of full time employment opportunities in academia and elsewhere. We look forward to announcing our recipients in the next newsletter.

I would also like to bring to your attention some of the changes we have made to the PHIRN website. Now that we have a critical mass of members in our database of researchers, we have added a search tool to help you find those with the expertise you are looking for. Please give this a try and let us know how it is working. We have also created a new tab of 'tools for research' where come September we will have the library and directory mentioned above as well as other important resources. Please let us know what else you think we should highlight here.

Finally, I'd like to remind all of you of the support that we at PHIRN are pleased to provide towards any of your upcoming research proposals – from the CIHR Open Operating Grants (due September), the Meeting, Planning and Dissemination grants (due October), and the Partnership for Health System Improvement grants (Due November) and beyond. We have highlighted in this newsletter two other relevant initiatives – on population health interventions and also on evidence informed health care renewal. I encourage you to apply to these strategic initiatives, but also want to strongly encourage you all to pursue the open operating grants. We all must increase application pressure on CIHR for population health research.

In closing, I welcome all of you to let us know how we can better serve your population health research needs.


Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2011 08:21 )