SPHERU’s Macqueen Smith wins KT Award

July 1, 2011

Fleur Macqueen Smith, Knowledge Transfer Manager for SPHERU’s Healthy Children research team, was one of three national winners for the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health Knowledge Translation Awards.

She was honoured at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference in Montreal last June for her work studying online communities of practice, and developing and testing a tool for building communities of practice, such as kidSKAN, the Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network.

Fleur Maqueen Smith
Fleur Maqueen Smith

“While I found that people like the convenience of connecting online, there’s no real substitute for meeting with people face-to-face,” Fleur says. “We’re making use of this knowledge in kidSKAN by hosting and partnering on events, and then documenting these events through videos and blog posts on our kidSKAN website and YouTube channel. This is a big province, with a small population, so it makes sense to use online methods to interact in between face-to-face meetings.”

Fleur gave a presentation on her work at the kidSKAN Connectors forum in May 2010. It is available the kidSKAN website. Her thesis is available on the University of Saskatchewan website. She also made a presentation on her work at the 2009 CPHA conference, and presented a poster about its impact on development of the kidSKAN community at the 2011 conference.


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