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Kelsey Lucyk wins Graduate Studentship from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions

PhD Trainee Kelsey Lucyk (U Calgary) has recently been awarded a Graduate Studentship from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. The studentship provides $30,000 stipend and $2,000 career development allowance annually for up to four years. Kelsey’s research project is entitled, “A history of the social determinants of health and public health advocacy through the lens of the Canadian Public Health Association, 1910-2010: Implications for present and future population health in Canada”. She will be working with the Canadian Public Health Association and their historical archives, to trace the history of the Social Determinants of Health approach in Canada, and draw lessons for contemporary population health and public health advocacy. Congratulations, Kelsey!

Donna Ciliska receives award at CNCH 2014 conference

At this year's annual Community Health Nurses' of Canada (CHNC) conference in Kanata, Ontario, Dr. Donna Ciliska was presented the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. Congratulations, Dr. Ciliska!

PHIRNET trainee Catherine M. Jones published in Journal of Health Diplomacy

The full text of this commentary can be found here. Congratulations, Catherine!

Congratulations to Kelsey Lucyk and Amber Lindsay, recipients of 2014 PHIRNET Internships! 

Kelsey Lucyk (U Calgary PhD student) will be conducting a Policy Internship in Health Impact Assessment regarding stress and mental health, under the supervision of Ms. Marla Orenstein & Dr. Murray Lee at the Habitat Health Impact Consulting Corporation. Kelsey's PHIRNET Mentor is Dr. Lindsay McLaren. 

Amber Lindsay (McMaster MA student) will be completing a Research Internship under the supervision of Dr. Jean Shoveller, Interim Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC. Kelsey's research internship will examine neighbourhood determinants of healthy child development,  with an emphasis on actionable aspects of the built characteristics of neighbourhoods. Her PHIRNET Mentor is Dr. James Dunn. 

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: