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HDRN Data Points / April 2023

What's up @ HDRN Canada?

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Dr. Kim McGrail to speak at University of Manitoba

HDRN Canada Scientific Director Dr. Kim McGrail is the featured speaker at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Research Forum on Friday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. CT at the University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus, Basic Medical Sciences Building, Theatre C).

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Advancing a Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy

HDRN Canada Public Engagement Fellow Julia Burt published an article in a recent edition of NL SUPPORT Letters aimed at understanding the health data landscape in Canada and looking at how to move forward on a Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy. LEARN MORE.

Upcoming Events

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Longitudinal Analysis and Multi-level Modelling of Population Health Data | MAY 1 - JULY 23

Population Data BC and the University of Victoria are jointly running a 12-week online course designed to serve the needs of researchers who analyze and model longitudinal data in population health research. 


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R for Absolute Beginners | MAY 8 - 12 |          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation will present a 3-day, hands-on workshop introducing participants to R. Participants will learn about workflows, including data manipulation, graphics and programming.  


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Advancing Health Equity Through Data | MAY 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

The 2023 ICES Research Forum will explore the role of data in driving a more equitable healthcare system with keynote speaker Dr. Kate Mulligan, senior director of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing and a leading thinker on health equity.


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Interdisciplinary Summer School on Digital Health | JULY 10 - 14

The Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Informatique de la Santé is launching the Interdisciplinary Summer School on Digital Health for students and professionals interested in implementing digital health projects.


News from Across the Network

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Long wait times for surgery persist across Canada

New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that patients continue to experience long wait times for hip and knee replacement surgery, with around 937,000 fewer surgeries performed in Canada over the course of the pandemic. LEARN MORE.

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Hotıı̀ ts’eeda accepting funding applications

Hotıı̀ ts’eeda is accepting funding applications for community wellness initiatives, health research and health studies based in the Northwest Territories that focus on gathering and managing NWT health data and knowledge, among other priorities. APPLY by April 30.

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Higher risk of death after heart attack for low-income 

Despite vastly different health care systems, low-income patients across six different countries have mortality rates that are 10 to 20 percent greater than their high-income peers, according to a new study from ICES, Harvard University and others READ MORE.

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Potential screening gap for Fabry disease in Manitoba

Data from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy were used to identify everyone in Manitoba who may have undiagnosed Fabry Disease. The study suggests that administrative health databases may help identify patients at higher risk of rare conditions. READ MORE.

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Looking at language barriers in Greater Saint John

A report from the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training examines language barriers in the Greater Saint John region and considers the extent to which health and support services might be provided in French in majority-Anglophone areas. READ MORE.

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NEW: Supportive housing data set available in BC

A new data set featuring de-identified supportive housing tenancies is available for academic researchers to request through the Data Innovation Program, supported by Population Data BC, adding to more than 40 data sets available through the DI Program. LEARN MORE.

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New PREMs and PROMs Toolkit

Unité de soutien SSA Québec has developed a toolkit that provides definitions of Patient-Reported Outcome and Experience Measures (PROMs and PREMs) to help organizations better incorporate these concepts in their work. The toolkit is available in English and in French.


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Sustainability, spread and scale with The Healthy Seniors Pilot Project

Watch the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit's latest Keeping Up With KT session to learn about The Healthy Seniors Pilot Project and the unique approaches being taken to sustain pilot projects and expand their impact.  


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NL SUPPORT Data Collection Tools: How to Develop a Survey

Learn how to develop a survey from the latest installment of NL SUPPORT's 2023 Research Design Webinar Series. This webinar covers the nine steps in survey development and considerations for overall survey design.