Child Health & Wellness

2019 Strategic Planning

Contribute to Child Health & Wellness research 

Have you ever considered that your research skills and expertise could impact the health and wellbeing of children? Do you have an idea or do you work with a team that could have an impact in this area? Are you curious about what our child health and wellness research community is up to? 

The University of Calgary needs your input as we create a research strategy for Child Health and Wellness.

More than 500 participants from across the university, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Children’s Hospital, and elsewhere in the community came together to propose creative research solutions for child health and wellness during five town halls held in June. The series of thoughtful, engaged discussions was one of the largest ever at the university to address child health and wellness.

Thematic analysis is now underway on the dozens of small group discussions and 60 grand challenges submitted by participants at the June town halls.
 

Thank you for joining the 2019 Town Halls. You can download the slide decks below (CAS credentials required).

If you would like to participate in the ongoing development of the Child Health & Wellness research strategy, please provide your contact information at the bottom of this page. 

 

Tuesday June 4: Precision Child Health

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Conference Rooms 2-4, Alberta Children's Hospital (4th floor)

Hosted by Dr. Susa Benseler, Director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute

How does a deep understanding of disease mechanisms and biology contribute to deep knowledge of a child? How can this knowledge lead us to earlier diagnoses and treatment opportunities? How can this knowledge be used to promote the health and wellness of children?

Monday June 10: Brain Development, Function and Mental Health

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Senate Room, Hotel Alma (7th Floor), Main Campus 

Hosted by Dr. Keith Yeates, Head of the Department of Psychology

How does early childhood development contribute to health outcomes? Can we predict how well children recovery from brain injury? How can we understand and harness the brain’s potential to help our children thrive? Are there biomarkers for mental health disorders?

Wednesday, June 12: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Clara Christie Theatre, Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Campus

Hosted by Dr. Raylene Reimer, Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology

What are the causes of common pregnancy complications? Are there biomarkers to guide our choice of intervention? Can interventions during pregnancy improve a woman’s or child’s health trajectory?

Tuesday June 18: Care Transformation for Child Health

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Theatre 1, Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Campus

Co-hosted by Drs. Karen Benzies, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Nursing and Deinera Exner-Cortens, Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Work

How do we mobilize research findings to impact care in pediatric populations? How do we partner with health care providers and our health system to improve outcomes for children?

Tuesday June 25: Big Data and Social Determinants of Child Health and Wellness

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Main Campus

Hosted by Dr. Suzanne Tough, Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine

How do we harness available data to monitor and improve the health of our children? How do adverse childhood experiences affect a child’s biology? What are effective strategies to promote wellness in children?

Get involved

If you would like to participate in the development of the Child Health & Wellness research strategy beyond these Town Halls, please provide your contact information here. 

 

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