Summer Institute: Weaving the Tapestry

November 30, 2011

The Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC), Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), and the Prairie Community-Based HIV Research Program joined together to host the Community-Based Health Research (CBHR) Summer Institute: Weaving the Tapestry.

The objective for the Summer Institute was to provide knowledge and build capacity through applied training in community-based research using a population health approach.

The event, held at the University of Regina June 19 to 24, 2011, was well attended, and formal accreditation was available for graduate students in western Canada under the Western Deans Agreement.

Andree Cazabon
Andree Cazabon
There were expert presentations, hands-on workshops, case studies, keynote speakers, and group discussions with leading practitioners. The themes included: building partnerships; research methods; information management; and knowledge translation and communications.

Dr. Charlotte Reading from the University of Victoria's new School of Public Health and Social Policy delivered the keynote presentation on community-based health research. Filmmaker and Gemini nominee Andrée Cazabon was the featured presenter for Community Conversations Night, which began with a viewing of her documentary Third World Canada. Her films have appeared on CBC Newsworld, TVA, Canal D, Radio-Canada and CBC Television. She is also a volunteer helping youth-at-risk and youth in foster care and has helped raise over $360,000 for youth in care.

The co-chairs of the planning committee were Dr. Bonnie Jeffery from SPHERU and Jo-Ann Episkenew from IPHRC. Other members of the planning committee included Sylvia Abonyi (SPHERU), Juanita Bacsu (SPHERU), Carrie Bourassa (IPHRC), Marissa Desjardins (IPHRC), Diana Fedosoff, (SPHERU), Paula Migliardi (Prairie Community-Based Research HIV Research Program) and Pammla Petrucka (SPHERU).

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Center (IPHRC), Prairie Community-Based HIV Research Program, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) all provided funding and support.


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