Sudbury researchers tackle public health questions
Father and girl.
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The role of fathers in health, managing food allergies in children and raising kids on plant-based diets are some of the topics Sudbury researchers will explore in the coming months.
Their work is made possible thanks to funding from the Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant. The grants, valued at up to $5,000 each and jointly funded by Laurentian University and Public Health Sudbury & Districts, encourage collaboration on research that is relevant to public health.
This year, the researchers leading six projects are comprised of faculty from Laurentian University, Huntington University and Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
"Our mission in public health is to work with our communities to promote and protect health for everyone. To accomplish this we rely on, and are informed by the latest and best practices, that are locally relevant," Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & District Medical Officer of Health, said in a release.
"Funding these ambitious research projects results in a wealth of locally generated information that we then apply support health in our area."
Rui Wang, Vice President of Research at Laurentian University, said the work is important. "Laurentian University is proud to support of the Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant which drives forward research to improve the lives and wellbeing of our communities," Wang said. "This collaborative approach strengthens health-care knowledge and the outcome of innovative practices in our regions."
This year's projects recipients include:
- Managing food allergies in children: A study on the experiences and approaches by caretakers, decision makers and health practitioners in the Greater Sudbury region; Dr. Philippa Spoel, Laurentian University, Dr. Janis Goldie, Huntington University, Paula Ross, Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
- Use of Technology for Building Public Health Nursing Competencies; Heather Jessup-Falcioni, Laurentian University, David Groulx, Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
- The Profile and Story of Fatherhood as a Factor of Evidence-Informed Public Health; Dr. Karen McCauley, Laurentian University, Dr. Shannon Dowdall-Smith, Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
- Engaging Local Oral Health Professionals to Identify their Infection Prevention and Control Needs in Practice; Dr. Phyllis Montgomery, Laurentian University, Stephanie Vendetti-Hastie, Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
- Exploring Parents' Experiences Raising Children on Plant-Based Diets; Dr. Diana Urajnik, Laurentian University, Paula Ross, Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
- Supporting Healthy Pregnancies: Using Media Images to Inform an Effective FASD Campaign in Northern Ontario; Dr. Shelley Watson, Laurentian University, Nicole Stewart, Public Health Sudbury & Districts
The grant, which was launched in 2003 and was renamed in 2005 to honour Louise Picard, retired director of Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Research and Development program.
Picard, a recent recipient of a Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University, was instrumental along with key leaders from Laurentian, in establishing the grant, and was a leader in forging successful partnerships between the public health and academic sectors to develop innovative and improved public health practices.