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HDRN Data Points / May 2023

What's up @ HDRN Canada?

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Health Data for All of Us: Sharing Ideas & Priorities

Last month HDRN Canada held its first ever public forum which brought together researchers and members of the public to share their thoughts on the use of health data in Canada. Check out the recordings from keynote Rachel Plachcinski plus HDRN Canada’s Kim McGrail, Julia Burt, Roxanne Dault & more!

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Coming soon: New HDRN Canada Website!

Four years after launching, and with the addition of new staff, teams and projects, HDRN Canada has outgrown its website! The Communications Team has been working with a web firm that specializes in accessibility to create a new website that reflects the diversity of our network. Stay tuned for the formal launch coming soon!

Upcoming Events

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R for Data Wrangling | MAY 23, 24 & 26 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

The George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is hosting a three-day workshop that will provide effective techniques for preparing data to be easier to analyze. Previous introductory experience with R is required. 


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How Modernizing PHIPA can Deliver a Data-Driven Health SystemJUNE 1 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

ICES is presenting a free webinar on their recent report Modernizing Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act: Recommendations for a Data-Driven Health System.


News from Across the Network

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Increase in Canadians receiving palliative care

New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of Canadians who received palliative care. This change indicates some improvement in Canadians' ability to access these services. LEARN MORE

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2023 Edition of Québec Handy Numbers

The Institut de la statistique du Québec has published the French version of the 2023 Edition of Québec Handy Numbers. This publication compiles a wealth of statistics on Quebec's population. The English version will be released next month. LEARN MORE

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New report calls for task force on youth eating habits

A research report, co-authored by HDRN Canada Lead Alan Katz, raises concerns over the eating habits of youth in Manitoba. A survey of Grade 9 students revealed the majority weren't eating enough healthy food, putting them at risk for future health problems. READ MORE

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Understanding COPD diagnoses in New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has released a report that uses administrative data to explore how cardio obstructive pulmonary disease is diagnosed in New Brunswick and what proportion of cases are over- or underdiagnosed. READ MORE.

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Improving long-term prognoses for talar neck fractures

Data access with Population Data BC has been approved for a retrospective study of adults who sustained a talar neck fracture and underwent surgery. The study aims to better inform patients who sustain this potentially devastating injury about their prognosis. READ MORE.

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Project awarded for English translation of CoPaQ tool

A project with Unité de Soutien SSA Québec to translate the CoPaQ form into English was the winning selection in a call for projects by the Québec Network on Drug Research. CoPaQ is a questionnaire used to collect data on health care costs for patients. LEARN MORE.


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Newborn health in low-income neighbourhoods

A recent study co-authored by ICES revealed that newborns of immigrant parents in low-income neighbourhoods have lower risks of serious illness or death than those of non-immigrant parents in the same neighbourhoods. READ MORE.


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MSSU Webinar: Accessibility and Systemic Ableism

Watch this recent webinar by the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, which discusses how to support the Maritime health research community in addressing accessibility and systemic ableism.


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Applying Memorial University’s Research Impacting Indigenous Groups (RIIG) Policy

Learn about Memorial University’s Research Impacting Indigenous Groups (RIIG) Policy in this webinar from NL SUPPORT. The webinar provides an overview of the policy and lessons learned.