$1 million grant from CIHR to support local public health research

A $1 million grant will help Thunder Bay and Ottawa explore how partnerships with local universities can benefit public health.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay is one of two cities to benefit from a $1 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to promote campus-community collaboration in health.

The City of Thunder Bay will partner with NOSM University and Lakehead University on the CIHR-funded study, alongside a similar partnership between the University of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa.

Thunder Bay will receive $370,000 from the federal agency over four years to implement the project, including hiring a research coordinator.

By using the CityStudio As part of this, the project will measure how collaboration between academic researchers and the community can address local public health challenges.

Under the CityStudio model, municipalities identify priorities that correspond to courses at a local university, and students and faculty then co-create projects intended to achieve those goals.

It’s a model endorsed by Erin Cameron, director of NOSM University’s Center for Social Accountability and principal investigator on the CIHR grant.

“CityStudio is internationally recognized for helping municipalities and academic institutions work together to build bridges between municipal government, academic institutions and the community in a concerted effort to address the unique challenges they face,” she said. declared.

Other local scholars involved in the project include Helle Moeller and Rebecca Schiff of Lakehead University.

They will work in collaboration with a team from the University of Ottawa led by Dr. Claire Kendall, Associate Dean of Social Accountability at the Faculty of Medicine.

Local projects will align with the goals of the city’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, project leaders said in a statement released Tuesday by Lakehead.

Lee-Ann Chevrette, the city’s community safety and well-being specialist, said the collaboration will advance work on the plan, which is not funded by the province.

“Throughout the development of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for Thunder Bay, we worked with community partners and citizens to identify local priorities that, if addressed, would have the greatest impacts on improving the safety and well-being of people living in Thunder Bay. Bay,” she said. “This grant will help determine how to most effectively engage our community and implement our plan.”