Dear friends and colleagues,
As 2023 comes to a close, I’d like to share some reflections on HDRN Canada's accomplishments over the past year. I am continuously heartened by the passion and dedication of our membership as we advance our collective goal of developing services and supports for multi-regional research to improve health and health equity. 2023 was a year of continued growth for our network. From our team across the country, to our partnerships and collaborations, we are expanding our capacity to do this important work on many fronts.
We marked a number of “firsts” this year. In April, we held our first-ever public forum, which brought people from across Canada together, both in-person and online, for a vibrant discussion about public involvement in health research and uses of health data. We started the process of developing a more comprehensive plan for articulating and delivering on our strategic objectives related to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility. This will guide how we embed IDEA principles in our work internally, and how we support these same principles in multi-regional research. Throughout the year, we offered many opportunities for collective learning, including our Accessing Data through DASH webinars and our Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series. More recently, we launched a redesigned website that is accessible, user-friendly, and will grow as more resources and services are available.
I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments as a network, and underline that these reflect the hard-work and dedication of our members as well as the strength of our partnerships. I equally look forward to the many exciting things that will happen next year. I wish you all a restful and joyous holiday season and a great start to the new year!
CEO, HDRN Canada