Intervention research to reduce child and family health inequity in an urban setting

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Co-Investigator)

Intervention research moves beyond research that simply recognizes health inequities to research that reduces health inequities. The goal of this project is to develop a proposal for a program of research that will generate new knowledge about interventions aiming to improve health equity in children and families.

Goals / Outcomes: This study will look at the health differences in children and families who live in well-off and less well-off neighbourhoods in Saskatoon. A team comprised of researchers from the universities in Saskatchewan, the health region, health quality council, a city councillor, and various community-based organizations will examine immunization coverage, infant mortality, school readiness, physical activity and other health behaviours, mental health, and low birth weight, to see what works and why, as well as how things can be improved.

It will include knowledge about the specific mechanisms or pathways by which interventions operate in Saskatoon and region. Individual projects will be conducted at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of the prevention care continuum (identified as “themes”). A fourth research theme will consist of developing and applying methodological tools and measures under a monitoring framework for research. 

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research