PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

  • Changing the building code through intersectoral

    Nancy Christine Edwards, RN, PhD 1
    Beverley Anne Speer, MSW 2
    1 Full Professor, School of Nursing, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
    2 PhD Candidate, Population Health, University of Ottawa


    There is compelling evidence demonstrating links between the built environment and health outcomes.  Providing a critical regulatory foundation for the construction of residential dwellings and public buildings, building codes are an important means to enhance health.  To date, key proponents of changes to the building codes in Canada have come from the housing, construction and manufacturing industries.  This paper calls for the involvement of interdisciplinary and intersectoral teams to tackle improvements to national model building code standards and provincial/territorial building code legislation.  Key debates surrounding changes to the codes are described from the myriad of perspectives that will be reflected in interdisciplinary and intersectoral teams.  Strategies to strengthen input on the development of building codes are considered.

    MeSH Terms: Environment design, building codes

  • CyberCircles: InterNetWorking for Aboriginal


    This paper explores the history of cyberspace and its use today by Aboriginal
    community research projects in Canada. It focuses on the free use of social
    media in cyberspace, the importance of cyber networks in Aboriginal community
    health and research, and the need for individual and institutional
    mentoring to promote these resources. The paper highlights the author’s
    personal experiences with the use of new networking tools, and the need
    for community involvement in cyberspace.


    This paper is currently published in Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, Vol.8, 2, Summer 2010,

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  • Population and Health Equity & Intervention Litera

    This scoping review was undertaken by the Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) in September 2009. The aims of this review were to explore and understand the field of population health equity and intervention research in the province of Ontario with regard to the following critical research questions:

    • What are the primary areas of population health research undertaken in the province?
    • Who is primarily undertaking this research and where?
    • What are the gaps insofar as they relate to population health equity and interventions research?

    This scoping review will help to inform future research activities intended to reduce inequities and improve the health of Ontarians.

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