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Ann Toohey wins 2015 Albert Innovates - Health Solutions Scholarship

The AIHS Training and Early Career Development Programs focus on the development of the individual trainees and provide them the opportunities to gain broad experience within the health research environment to facilitate success in launching careers in academia, industry, government, or elsewhere. Aligned with Alberta’s requirement for Highly Skilled People in the research and innovation environment, the Training and Early Career Development Programs foster the development of future health research and innovation leaders and prepare them to be drivers of change in diverse settings and environments. Congratulations, Ann!

Speaker: Louise Potvin

What is PHIR (and what PHIR is not)?  
Click here for PDFs of the slides from Dr. Potvin's presentation.

Date: October 20
Times: 13h00 to 14h15 Eastern Time (Montréal)
Presenter: Louise Potvin
Format: 45-minute presentation and 30-minute facilitated discussion and Q&A

The Population Health Intervention Research Initiative for Canada (PHIRIC) defines population health intervention research as: research that involves the use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health at the population level. “Impacting at a population level” means addressing the underlying social determinants and risk conditions that generate health and illness outcomes. It also invites analysis of interventions that are intended to target everyone.

Yet, within the academy, much confusion about what PHIR is (and what PHIR is not) exists. The objectives of this webinar are to:
  1. Develop a clear understanding of what PHIR is (and what PHIR is not).
  2. Develop a shared understanding of the key components required of a PHIR project.
  3. Provide an introduction into some of the methods employed by PHIR.
  4. Provide an explanation of the training opportunities available for PHIRNET trainees.
Even if you attended last year's “What is PHIR” webinar, we encourage you to participate in this important ongoing discussion that is at the heart of the PHIRNET training opportunities.

Suggested preparatory readings:
  • Hawe, P., & Potvin, L. (2009). What is population health intervention research?. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 100 (1), I8-I14.
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health. Examples of Population Health Intervention Research. (2011) Available at: