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HDRN Data Points / November 2022  

What's up @ HDRN Canada

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DASH Profile: Dr. Sasha Bernatsky

Learn how Dr. Sasha Bernatsky and her Canadian Network for Advanced Interdisciplinary Methods team used HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) to access data from multiple provinces to evaluate how reliable World Health Organization ICD-10 codes were in identifying COVID-19 cases within and across jurisdictions. Read more.

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New DAR form reduces burden on researchers

HDRN Canada's new Data Access Request (DAR) form will help researchers more easily access administrative health data from multiple provinces via the Data Access Support Hub (DASH). The streamlined and centralized DASH DAR form is a further significant improvement to the data access process, reducing the burden of completing multiple data access request forms for each province. Read more.

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Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy: Final report

CEO Kim McGrail participated in the final report of the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy expert advisory, which provided evidence-informed advice to the federal government for developing a world-class, person-centred health data system. The report highlights successes in health data while envisioning a culture of collaboration and stewardship that prioritizes scale and re-use. Read more.

In the Media

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Why public engagement matters

CEO Kim McGrail was interviewed by Matters of Engagement, a podcast about how people in Canada access and experience health care service delivery and the impact on individual and community health. She spoke about using deliberation as an engagement tool and the importance of democratic ideals in a pan-Canadian approach. Listen here.

Events Across the Network

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NOVEMBER 22 | 12:00pm NST

Quality of Care NL will share research about how antibiotics are used in Newfoundland and Labrador and what the public and health care providers can do to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics leading to antimicrobial resistance. Register here.

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NOVEMBER 24 | 11:00am NST

Learn how the Centre for Analytics, Informatics and Research, a high-performance computing centre with the capacity to rapidly process, analyze and store vast amounts of data, can enhance your research. Register here.

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DECEMBER 1 | 11:30am PST

Free Q & A webinar explaining the benefits of PopData's Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis for health and social science professionals, including details of the courses offered in January 2023. Register here.

Network Updates

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ICES Mental Health & Addictions Dashboard updated

The Mental Health and Addictions Dashboard October 2022 update is now available from ICES. The dashboard presents data on 10 MHA-related performance measures related to health service use and other quality dimensions for all of Ontario and across the lifespan. Questions? Contact MHAP@ices.on.caLearn more.

We're Hiring!

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Canada Research Chair in Data Curation

The University of Manitoba is recruiting for a Tenure Track Canada Research Chair in Data Curation based at the HDRN Data Centre at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, using the world-class administrative data housed in the MB Pop Data Repository. Learn more.

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Data Equity Specialist

The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy is hiring a Data Equity Specialist to work with the HDRN Canada Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Team to develop theory and methodologies to address systemic/structural biases in administrative data and the research process. Learn more.


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What is a learning health system?

Discover the concept of a learning health system, along with its foundations, objectives and purpose in this short, animated video created by the Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec. 


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Public perspectives on data

Check out this Keeping up with KT webinar with Brian Cho, HDRN Canada Public Advisory Council member, and Julia Burt, Public Engagement Fellow for HDRN Canada, hosted by the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit.