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HDRN Data Points / January 2023

What's up @ HDRN Canada

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Blog: HDRN Canada seeks multi-regional studies for Algorithm Inventory

HDRN Canada is seeking published multi-regional studies to be considered for inclusion in our Algorithm Inventory, an online collection of published algorithms measuring population health, health service use, and the determinants of health that have been validated or tested for feasibility of implementation in multiple regions. LEARN MORE.

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Article: Recognition of inherent biases in administrative data

Administrative data are critical for primary care research but while they avoid some biases, they introduce others. In this article published in Canadian Family Physician, HDRN Canada IDEA Team Lead Amy Freier and co-author Alan Katz discuss the importance of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in research. LEARN MORE.

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Recruiting: HDRN Canada Board of Directors

HDRN Canada is recruiting for our Board of Directors, which plays a formative role in shaping the growth of the network, guided by our ambition to create a data future that better supports health systems and health equity. In particular we are seeking those with privacy law experience and Indigenous lived experience. APPLY HERE.

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Save the Date! Health Data for All of Us: Sharing Ideas and Priorities

Our Public Advisory Council will host Health Data for All of Us: Sharing Ideas and Priorities to generate dialogue among members of the public about the use of health data in research. The hybrid event takes place April 25 in Winnipeg and online. Stay tuned for more details, including speaker lineup, coming soon to!

Upcoming Events

How to access data & public engagement in health data research | Jan. 27 | 1:00 p.m. NST

NL Support hosts this free webinar about HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) and how public engagement shapes the work of HDRN Canada, feat. Julia Burt, HDRN Canada Public Engagement Fellow and Marie-Chantal Ethier, DASH Lead.


Informed planning within the Saskatchewan Health Authority | Jan. 27 | 9:30 a.m. CST

In this Qi Power Hour presented by Saskatchewan Quality Health Council, you'll learn about how the Saskatchewan Health Authority is implementing health system measurement, driver diagrams and knowledge translation to become a high performing health system.


Healthy Discussions: The Social Determinants of Health | Jan. 30 | 7:00 p.m. NST

What are the social determinants of health and how do they impact people's lives? Join this free webinar, hosted by NL Support, to learn more from Newfoundland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald.


Community Owned Race-Based Data in Health Care | Feb. 2 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Learn about Manitoba's plans for the collection, and governance of race, ethnicity and Indigenous identity data and the role of community in this workshop hosted by the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation.


News from Across the Network

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Program seeks to improve life trajectories in Québec

The Unité de soutien SSA Québec is launching the Life Trajectory Improvement and Innovation Partnerships in Transition to Sustainable Health (PATienTS program) in collaboration with the four integrated university health and social services networks to activate the Québec learning health system. LEARN MORE.

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Health care utilization differences between First Nations people and the general population

Using data extracted and analyzed at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, researchers conducted a patient-oriented, population-based, retrospective cohort study to evaluate health care utilization among Indigenous people with inflammatory bowel disease. LEARN MORE.

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Growth recovers in Montréal, across Québec

The Institute de la statistique du Québec released two bulletins in January documenting the recovery of demographic growth in Montréal as well as an increase in population across the province, particularly in regions where population growth had slowed with the start of the pandemic. LEARN MORE.

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Snapshot of the health workforce in Canada

Health workforce in Canada 2021: In Focus is a new integrated digital report combining data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada. It includes notable sub-topic releases such as A Lens on the supply of Canada’s health workforce and Health care provider experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virtual walk-in patients less likely to have in-person physician follow up

A new study using health administrative data from ICES found that virtual walk-in patients were less likely to have a subsequent in-person physician visit and were more likely to visit the emergency department. Download and share the infographic.


Data Access Support Hub (DASH)

Learn about HDRN Canada’s Data Access Support Hub (DASH), which offers coordinated services to researchers interested in accessing multi-regional datasets, in this recorded webinar feat. Marie-Chantal Ethier, DASH Lead.


PopData BC training video resource

Ever wondered what Population Data BC has to offer in terms of education, training and professional development? Check out their YouTube channel for recordings of courses, webinar series and more!