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To identify novel new ways to address some of the challenges facing seniors in long-term care situations, one of Atlantic Canada's leaders in the sector has teamed up with a Dal health innovation sandbox to tap into the ideas of a younger generation.
Are the kids alright? New study provides first‑ever comprehensive snapshot of youth well‑being in Nova Scotia
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Read about Dalhousie’s latest recipients of CIHR funding to pursue COVID-related research. Janet Curran, Faculty of Health Uncovering the impact of COVID on children with complex care needs Before the pandemic, caregivers of children requiring complex care reported numerous gaps in programs and services, including a lack of access to respite care and effective coordination between service providers. COVID public health measures added a new level of complexity and pressure on already imperfectly delivered services. While measures slowed community spread, reduced deaths, and decreased the burden on the health care system, they also led to unintended consequences for many Canadian families. Dr. Curran and her research team will examine how these changes impacted children with complex care needs and their families to help build strategies that will be responsive to their needs in future public health emergencies. Alexa Yakubovich, Faculty of Medicine Counteracting violence against women during health emergencies Emerging research shows that women experienced increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID pandemic, including domestic and sexual violence. Dr. Yakubovich and her research team will investigate how organizations that serve women who experienced violence adapted during the pandemic in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. They will also evaluate how well these adaptations met the needs of women across a diversity of social backgrounds, including different gender, sexual, and racial identities, to provide guidance to support women during future public health emergencies. Janice Graham, Faculty of Medicine Building a more resilience and equitable pandemic response The hollowing out of public health prior to COVID-19 exposed Canada’s diminished ability to anticipate and respond to a public health emergency. Fragmentation, implementation problems, and insufficient capacity to anticipate, learn and adapt, characterizes the landscape. A more coherent governance framework informed by those profoundly impacted by the pandemic but habitually sidelined in governance design is needed. Through a series of deliberative engagements, Janice Graham, Shawn Harmon, their pan-Canadian social science, public health and immunization research team, and equity-seeking groups will develop a public health governance framework, an outline for a Canadian Public Health Act, and communication tools to engage the broader public. Dr. Graham and team pictured below.
Dal study shows importance of physical activity and social connection for kids during COVID‑19 lockdowns
Monday, May 10, 2021
A School of Health and Human Performance (HAHP) eight-week study showed that during times of uncertainty and increased stress, the BOKS (Build our Kids' Success) program can be used as a tool to improve a child’s overall wellbeing. Despite challenges brought on by the lockdowns, parents of participating students noticed improvements in their child’s mood, energy level and sleep.
COVID-19 has caused disruption to our lives in many ways, including how we access health care. Many walk-in clinics and family practices were closed, pharmacies have restrictions on patient interactions and as a result of public health protocols, many of us are now meeting with our family doctor through a computer screen or by phone call, instead of face-to-face.
More than fun and games: PhD in Health student advancing knowledge on the importance of play for African Nova Scotian girls
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Ask Crystal Watson how play has changed for African Nova Scotian girls over the past 30 years, and the answer is startling. “We don’t know,” says the PhD in Health candidate, recreation therapist and Executive Director for Recreation Nova Scotia. “The majority of the literature doesn’t talk about childhood through an Afrocentric lens, so we just don’t have that research.”