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What's Up @ HDRN Canada?

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HDRN Canada at Putting Patients First 2023

HDRN Canada Public Engagement Lead Julia Burt will present a session on the different ways that HDRN Canada engages with the public on issues related to health data at the BC SUPPORT Unit's Putting Patients First Conference on OCTOBER 24.

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Public Advisory Council seeks new Chair

HDRN Canada is accepting applications for the position of Public Advisory Council (PAC) Chair. This role is a unique opportunity to champion meaningful public engagement in data-intensive health research and to guide the PAC in its key responsibilities. Apply by OCTOBER 27.

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Administrative data & disability communities 

What are the implications of using administrative data when working with disability communities? Find out at our next Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series with Dr. Hilary K. Brown and Dr. Yona Lunsky on NOVEMBER 23 via Zoom. Register now!

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Upcoming pragmatic trials training opportunities

HDRN Canada Pragmatic Trials Training Program, coordinated by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, will be launching soon. Trial leaders (faculty-level mentors), postdoctoral fellows and highly qualified personnel are encouraged to apply. Stay tuned for details!

Upcoming Events

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From Research to Policy | OCTOBER 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. NT

Learn about the policy decision-making process in government in this webinar by NL SUPPORT. This presentation will outline key considerations for approaching decision makers about using your research findings to drive positive change.


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R for Data Visualization | OCTOBER 30, NOVEMBER 1 & 3 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

In this three-day workshop, hosted by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, participants will learn how to create customized graphs using R’s ggplot2 library, one of the most popular graphics and visualization programs. 


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YSPOR Health Summit | NOVEMBER 15-16
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT

The 2023 YSPOR Health Summit will exhibit the work that the Yukon SPOR Unit supports to increase patient-oriented health research in the Yukon. This is a hybrid event with limited in-person attendance and unlimited virtual attendance.


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Data Privacy and AI: What's the issue? NOVEMBER 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. AT

What are the most harmful issues related to privacy and ethics arising from the use of Artificial Intelligence in data research? Join Dr. Donna Curtis Maillet, HDRN Canada Privacy Lead, for a free Lunch and Learn hosted by NB-IRDT.


News from Across the Network

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Guidance on anti-racist approaches to research

ICES has released its new Guidance Document and Framework for Anti-Racist Approaches to Research and Analytics. Learn about appropriate use and governance of race and related data to ensure ethical research and analytics at their NOVEMBER 9 webinar.

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PopData launches new Data Access Request form

Population Data BC has launched a new Data Access Request form to improve the data access process for researchers. The streamlined form, developed in partnership with BC Ministry of Health, includes core data sets, integrated checklists, tooltips and guidance notes.

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New Learning Health System toolbox

Unité de soutien SSA Québec has launched an online Learning Health System toolbox, which includes tools, training and opportunities for consultation, facilitation and networking, with resources offered in both English and French. 


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Recognizing inherent biases in administrative data

HDRN Canada Lead Dr. Alan Katz and IDEA Lead Dr. Amy Freier discuss potential sources of bias in administrative data and the implications they may have for researchers using these data in their work in this Canadian Family Physician publication.

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Employment patterns of nurses in New Brunswick

In an article for the International Journal of Population Data Science, HDRN Canada Lead Dr. Ted McDonald uses linked administrative data to examine the employment, retention and exit decisions of publicly employed nurses in New Brunswick.


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Programmer/Analyst with Population Data BC 

Population Data BC is hiring a Programmer/Analyst! This role involves working on research extracts, validation and management of data holdings, requirements gathering, and design and development of programs supporting data and related systems. Apply by OCTOBER 22.

In Case You Missed It!

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Guidance on using race & ethnicity data

Did you miss our first Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series with Tatiania Kim, Manager of Anti-Racism Data Projects at BC Stats, who discussed how to use race and ethnicity data? Not to worry - you can check out the recording on HDRN Canada's Youtube channel!


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Reproducibility, confidentiality & open data

What is the interplay between reproducibility and open data mandates? HDRN Canada CEO Dr. Kim McGrail discusses how researchers can respect confidentiality while fostering reproducibility in this Centre for Data Science for Enterprise and Society session.