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Big IDEAs about Health Data: Race & ethnicity in data

HDRN Canada's Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series launches on SEPTEMBER 28 with Tatiana Kim, manager of Anti-Racism Data Projects for BC Stats, discussing the government's new Guide on Categorical Race & Ethnicity Variables. Register here

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Ensuring equitable access to primary care in Canada

recent article co-authored by HDRN Canada Scientific Director Dr. Kim McGrail and published in Healthcare Management Forum, examines the history of the "public-private" conversation around primary care and the impact of profit-driven health care on equitable access to care.

Upcoming Events

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Learning Health Systems in Canada SEPTEMBER 22 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CT

Learn about the growing concept of Learning Health Systems and how it is being operationalized across Canada in this upcoming QI Power Hour Webinar hosted by Saskatchewan Health Quality Council


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NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum OCTOBER 3 - 4

Learn how to create impact through patient-oriented research at the NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum on Patient-Oriented Research, a hybrid event hosted by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit.


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Learning Together Evaluation Framework  OCTOBER 12 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM AT

Join this upcoming session of Keeping Up With KT: Learning Together Evaluation Framework For Patient And Public Engagement In Research, presented by Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, to learn about this new, first-of-its-kind tool. 


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2023 OHDSI Global Symposium               OCTOBER 20 - 22

The ninth annual Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics Global Symposium is being held October 20 - 22 in East Brunswick, NJ. Registration is open for this event focused on research sharing and collaboration.


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Science, Health & Research Education (SHARE) Summit | NOVEMBER 10 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM NT

Hosted by NL SUPPORT, the SHARE Summit is a free event that showcases applied health research in Newfoundland and Labrador that demonstrates how research is improving the lives of patients in the province. 


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CRDCN Annual Conference | NOVEMBER 21 - 23 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET

CRDCN 2023: Leveraging Data, Research, and Policy Collaborations is being held November 21 - 23 in Hamilton, ON. Join researchers, policymakers and data scientists for this collaborative event.


News from Across the Network

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120,000 Canadians hospitalized for COVID-19 last year

New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information show that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 19 percent in 2022-2023, with over 120,000 visits recorded. At the same time, COVID-19-related emergency department visits decreased. 

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Increase in traffic injuries related to cannabis 

A new study by ICES found a spike in the increase of emergency department visits for traffic injuries involving cannabis following legalization in 2018. The study examined medical record data from emergency department visits for traffic injuries in Ontario between 2010 and 2021.

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UM project receives award for excellence in equity

A new project, supported by HDRN Canada's IDEA Team Lead Dr. Amy Freier received the inaugural Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity. The project will examine systemic ableism across University of Manitoba and address barriers for people with disabilities.

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Population Data BC Researcher Feedback Survey

Have you ever used Population Data BC services for your research? PopData, in partnership with UBC Data Science and Health, invite you to fill out an anonymous survey on your experiences. Your feedback will help improve the data access experience for researchers.

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New report on the health of Canadians

The Health of Canadians report from Statistics Canada provides a comprehensive portrait of population health in Canada, bringing together key statistics on population health, including health outcomes, health behaviours, access to health care and determinants of health.

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New capacity-building platform on patient engagement

Unité de soutien SSA Québec has launched a new capacity-building platform featuring training courses on patient engagement and patient partnership in research. Synchronous and asynchronous courses are offered in French and English.

In the Media

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Saskatchewan life expectancy at lowest in 22 years

CBC interviewed Dr. Kim McGrail, HDRN Canada CEO, about the drop in life expectancy in Saskatchewan, attributed in part to deaths of young people from drug poisoning, and COVID-19-related deaths. The average life expectancy decreased by two years from 2019 to 2021.


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Accessing health data on vaccines for research

HDRN Canada's role as a facilitator of health data sharing is featured in this CMAJ article on reducing barriers to accessing adminstrative data for vaccine research. It also cites our Privay Team's conclusion that most legislative structures support SARS-CoV-2 data sharing.             

In Case You Missed It!

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Digital Health Experiences of Physically Disabled Canadians

In this recent episode of Digital Health InfoCast,  Vic DaSilva discusses his research on the digital health experiences of Canadians with physical disabilities, which used data from Canada Health Infoway’s Canadian Digital Health Survey.


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Health Data, Multi-jurisdictional Research and Health Equity

HDRN Canada's Scientific Director & CEO Dr. Kim McGrail discusses the intersection of health data, multi-regional research and health equity in her presentation to the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Research Forum.