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HDRN Canada at CAHSPR 2023

HDRN Canada participated in this year's Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research conference, with posters and presentations by members of our Executive Team, Public Engagement Working Group, DASH Team and IDEA Team. Check out #CAHSPR23.

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ICES research forum recordings now online

Recordings for ICES's research forum Way Forward: Advancing Health Equity through Data are now online! Check out HDRN Canada's Dr. Amy Freier, IDEA Team Lead; Jordan Hunt, DASH Team Lead; and Dr. Taylor McLinden, Pragmatic Trials Training Program manager. 

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Algorithms & Harmonized Data - Operational Lead

Do you have a passion for health data and health research? HDRN Canada is looking for a part-time Operational Lead to support our Algorithms and Harmonized Data Working Group. Applications from all over Canada are welcome. APPLY NOW

Upcoming Events

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Putting Patients First 2023 | OCTOBER 24

Learn about patient-oriented research and how we can build a provincial health care system that centres patients and families at BC SUPPORT's annual Putting Patients First conference. Registration is free and open to all.


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Healthy Discussions: Climate change & health JUNE 27 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM NT

The World Health Organization calls climate change the biggest health threat to humanity. Learn more about its impacts in this free webinar from NL SUPPORT.


News from Across the Network

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Risk of suicide-related behaviours among LGBTQ2S+

A study by ICES linking population-based survey data with health records found sexual minority individuals were at a higher risk of suicide and suicide attempts, when compared to heterosexual people. The risk was greatest for bisexual women. LEARN MORE.

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Health report card for Québec

The Institut de la statistique du Québec has released their Health Report Card for Québec, which summarizes the results of a 2020-2021 survey of over 47,000 people. The results cover physical health, mental health, lifestyle habits, environmental health and more. READ MORE.

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NB-IRDT director receives Dennison Award

HDRN Canada Executive Dr. Ted McDonald, director of NB-IRDT, received the Donald G. Dennison Award for Public Administration in New Brunswick in recognition of his contributions to the University of New Brunswick and the provincial research environment. LEARN MORE.

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Partnering with patients to analyze emergency care 

Population Data BC has approved data access for a new study that will involve a patient-centred evaluation of emergency department survey data. This is the first time patients will analyze existing data on care experiences in this setting. READ MORE.

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Coming soon! New, accessible ICES website 

ICES is launching a new, accessible public website that will make it easier to find evidence on a wide range of population health and health care delivery topics. This website reflects ICES’s commitment to advancing equity and evolving focus on evidence for everyone. 

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Working in partnership with socially excluded persons

A new guide from Unité de Soutien SSA Québec provides orientation tools for research teams aiming to strengthen the health system through partnerships with substance users, patients, lived experience experts or community partners. LEARN MORE

In the Media

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Methamphetamine use continues to rise 

Dr. Nathan Nickel, director of Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and HDRN Canada Executive, spoke to The Globe and Mail about rising methamphetamine use and the complex economic and social factors that influence substance use trends since the pandemic. LEARN MORE

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Protection of medical data: A solution

Dr. Jean-François Ethier, HDRN Canada Executive and co-director of GRIIS, spoke to Radio-Canada about the protection of medical data and the importance of involving citizens directly in the solution to limit inappropriate access to health data. In French onlyLISTEN

In Case You Missed It!

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Defining & Measuring Impacts on Patients

Learn about two methods for defining and measuring initiatives that impact patients' lives in this webinar hosted by the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council.


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Improving the Patient Experience

Watch this webinar hosted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information exploring different ways to use patient experience data alongside data on other health system impacts.