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Save the date! Health Data for All of Us returns!

Following last year's inaugural public forum, HDRN Canada is pleased to announce that Health Data for All of Us: Earning Trust Through Transparency will be held on April 23. The event will take place online and in person in Montreal. Speaker lineup and agenda coming soon!

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New data linkage between CLSA and HDRN Canada

A new collaboration between HDRN Canada and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will allow researchers to access linked CLSA data at provincial data centres, creating more opportunity for researchers to study the intersection between aging and health care utilization. 

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Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kieran Quinn

Learn about Dr. Kieran Quinn's experience using HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) to examine the impacts of the rapid expansion of virtual end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the latest Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kieran Quinn

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Last call for HDRN Canada Board of Directors

There is still time to submit your application to join HDRN Canada's Board of Directors! Help play a formative role in shaping the growth and evolution of the network. Both English and French speaking applicants are encouraged to apply by January 31.

Upcoming Events

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Accessing linked CLSA data at HDRN Canada data centres | JANUARY 17 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. PT

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is hosting a webinar on their collaborative work with HDRN Canada to enable CLSA data linkage to health care administrative databases across the country.


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The built environment, metabolites & cancer risk | JANUARY 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn how two graduate students used CanPath data to investigate the impact of the built environment on various cancers and predict breast cancer risk using metabolomic data in this upcoming Trainee Research Webinar.


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Sociodemographic Data in Canada          JANUARY 25 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT

In the next Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series, Dr. Kwame McKenzie and Jemal Demeke explore how sociodemographic data can be used to track disparities and advance equity for marginalized populations.


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Current Approaches for Distributed Analysis FEBRUARY 8 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT

Join us for the second webinar in the Federated Analysis: State of the Science Collective Learning Series as Michael Paterson and Dr. Robert Platt explore the respective benefits and limitations of current approaches to federated analysis.


News from Across the Network

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Organ donations increase following pandemic

According to new data from the the Canadian Institute for Health Information, total organ donations in 2022 nearly reached pre-pandemic levels. 2022 had the highest number of deceased donors in a decade and an 18 percent increase in living donors since 2020. 

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Virtual care most effective with own family doctor

A new study using linked administrative data from ICES found that patients in Ontario who received virtual care from an unknown physician were more likely to eventually visit an emergency department than those receiving virtual care from their own family doctor. 

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Intimate partner violence in Québec

The first edition of the Québec Survey on Intimate Partner Violence from the Institut de la statistique du Québec revealed that 40 percent of women in Québec who have been in an intimate relationship have experienced intimate partner violence, compared to 26 percent of men. 

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Experiential learning opportunities with NB-IRDT

Applications are open for NB-IRDT's Pathways to Professions experiential learning program for undergraduate students. The program provides training in applied research, including skill development in knowledge translation, data management, research ethics and more. 

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New insights on COVID-19

Statistics Canada has released two new studies on the impact of COVID-19. One study examines reinfections and the impact of long-term symptoms on the Canadian adult population. The second study looks at mental health over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unité de soutien SSA Québec Activity Report

Learn about Unité de soutien SSA Québec's work to coordinate continuous quality improvement in Québec, in addition to launching the PATIenTS program to improve targeted life trajectories and the release their new online toolbox in the 2022-2023 Activity Report


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Methods of de-identification for free-text data

An article in the International Journal of Population Data Science, co-authored by Manitoba Centre for Health Policy researchers Bekelu Negash, HDRN Canada Lead Dr. Alan Katz and colleagues, assesses methods for de-identifying administrative data to safeguard privacy. 

In Case You Missed It!

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Using your health information for public benefit

Learn how your health and social information can be used for public benefit in a transparent and accountable way in this recent episode of Healthy Discussions, hosted by NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL.


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Developing anti-racist approaches to research & analytics at ICES

Check out this recent webinar from ICES introducing the key principles and actions in the Guidance Document and Framework for Anti-Racist Approaches to Research and Analytics.