I thought this was kinda neat: Global Health Channel has posted a collection of videos on various public health initiatives and research institutions in Canada. We tend to focus almost exclusively on the developing world in international health, so it’s nice to be reminded that there is a lot being done that we can learn from in industrialized nations. After all, they are part of the world, too.
IPHRC is a collaborative network working to improve and strengthen the quality of Indigenous health research and the health of Indigenous people. In partnership with Indigenous communities, IPHRC is committed to transformative research that applies Indigenous knowledge and practices. Excellence in knowledge translation guides distinguishes IPHRC’s work.
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions researchers are integrating public health research in Alberta schools, homes, hospitals and doctors’ offices to:
1. Prevent visits to emergencies, re-admission to hospitals
2. Boost the healthy lifestyles of disadvantaged children to prevent obesity.
APPLE schools, introduced in 10 Edmonton schools by Paul Veugelers, PhD, AIHS Health Scholar, has increased consumption of fruit/veggies, increased exercise and reduced obesity in Grade 5 children when compared with a random sample of 3400 Alberta students.
The Institute for Circumpolar Health Research grew out of the Arctic Health Research Network, founded in 2005 by Northern community members, doctors, academics, and scientists who believed that advancing the health and wellness of Northern people and communities as an important area of scientific inquiry and public policy. ICHR focuses on specifically on bringing people, facilities, and resources to bear on health-related research in the Northwest Territories, as well as on raising health and wellness issues throughout the region’s communities and the broader circumpolar world.
The City of Edmonton’s “Way We Live” program is aimed at actively nurturing an arts, culture and athletic community. As part of that goal, the City is developing new recreation centres and modernizing existing ones. The centres fulfill Edmontonians’ social, physical and cultural needs. Another major initiative, Aging in Place, is part of the City of Edmonton’s commitment to be an age-friendly city. Both programs are part of Edmonton’s 10-year plan to make it one of the most liveable in the country.