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Building a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

Canadian Institutes of Health Research takes concrete steps to strengthen Indigenous health research in Canada


November 4, 2016 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Speaking at the National Forum on the 20th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Alain Beaudet, announced new steps the agency is taking to strengthen its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and, ultimately, improve Indigenous health outcomes in Canada.

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Action Plan: Building a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples

Froogie Smartphone App Launch

Live Life on the Veg! and celebrate the launch of Froogie, a new smartphone app designed to encourage families to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Drop in anytime between 2:30 – 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for a free public skate and learn more about our research.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: Anytime between 2:30 – 4:30
Location: Emera Oval, Halifax North Common, corner of North Park Street and Cogswell Street.
**Snow date**: Sunday February 26, 2017 from 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

For event parking and accessibility information, please visit: http://www.halifax.ca/SkateHRM/VisitorInformation/index.php

To learn more about the Froogie App, please visit: http://froogieapp.ca

Supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Call for Abstracts

The 15th Annual Crossroads Interdisciplinary Research Conference

March 10th & 11th, 2016-17


The Annual Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference is a national, student-led health and wellness research conference taking place March 10th and 11th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Now in its fifteenth year, Crossroads is hosted annually by the Graduate Student Society at the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University and is one of the longest-running events of its kind. Crossroads is an adjudicated, peer-reviewed event for student researchers at all levels of study and offers a unique opportunity to showcase and engage in dialogue about innovative health research. Additionally, it provides a forum for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration between students and experts. The conference welcomes submissions from students in a wide range of health-related disciplines for oral and poster presentations.

Abstract submissions from student researchers studying health topics will be accepted between November 1st, 2016 and January 10th, 2017.

For more information visit Crossroads  




HPI welcomes Dr. Sara Kirk as Scientific Director

The Faculties of Health Professions, Dentistry and Medicine are pleased to announce that HPI Senior Research Scholar, Dr. Sara Kirk, has been appointed Scientific Director.

Dr. Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion and Canada Research Chair in the School of Health and Human Performance with cross-appointments in Community Health and Epidemiology and at the IWK Health Centre. She is also a senior scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada in December 2006, and heads the Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH) research group. Her research program uses a socio-ecological approach to better understand how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention.

Dr. Kirk has been a Senior Research Scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute since 2014 and was previously a Research Associate with the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC). She will commence a two-year term as Scientific Director on August 1, 2016.

Appointment of HPI Research Scholars to CIHR Advsory Boards

Congratulations to three of our Research Scholars on their appointments to CIHR Institute Advisory Boards. Drs. Kirk, Weeks and Martin join leading academics from around the world to promote and build upon Canada's firm foundation of research excellence.

Dr. Sara Kirk will join the Institute Advisory Board for Health Promotion and Prevention for a 3 year term.

Dr. Lori Weeks starts a 2 year term with the Institute Advisory Board for Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics.

Dr. Debbie Martin commences a 2 year term with the Institute Advisory Board for Indigenous Peoples Health.

These appointments acknowledge the significant contributions Drs. Kirk, Weeks and Martin have made to their fields and provide a venue for their continued encouragement of interdisciplinary, integrative health research at the Healthy Populations Institute and beyond.


Dr. Lois Jackson receives Patricia Cleave Award for Outstanding Leadership

Dr. Lois Jackson has received the Patricia Cleave Award for Outstanding Leadership in recognition of her role in the transformation of the Atlantic Health Promtion Research Centre into the Healthy Populations Institute.

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Senior Research Scholar Jacqueline Gahagan at last week's event, discussing HPI's focus on health issues amongst marginalized populations. (Michelle Doucette photo)

Dal’s renewed Healthy Populations Institute taking on health promotion and illness prevention challenges

Laura Hynes Jenkins - Dal News - May 26 2016

More than a hundred health researchers, students, professionals and community members gathered on May 17 to celebrate the launch of Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute (HPI).

MC’d by Scientific Director Lois Jackson, the event introduced the refreshed vision of the former Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre. Established in 1993, the centre aimed to build and connect a community of researchers focused on addressing health promotion and illness prevention issues in Atlantic Canada.

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