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A recent PHO study on the impact of different types of parental support on child health behaviours has generated substantial attention from news outlets. While this study certainly contributes new knowledge to the field of public health, translating this knowledge into action remains a major challenge. The results of this study may inform the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) program aimed at supporting the well-being of children in Ontario.
In this presentation, two of the authors from PHO will discuss the design and results of the study as well as the challenges with respect to knowledge translation activities. Moreover, a representative from MOHLTC will discuss how they have applied evidence into practice, and the implications of the current study for the HKCC.
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Presenters: Dr. Heather Manson, Evelyn Pyper and Katuscia Moya
Dr. Heather Manson (MD, FRCPC, MHSc) is Chief, Heath Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) at Public Health Ontario. She engages with researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in core areas –including child and youth health—to generate and accelerate the application of evidence into policy and practice through supporting public health research, evaluation, and knowledge synthesis. Dr. Manson leads Public Health Ontario’s evaluation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC).
Evelyn Pyper is an Evaluation Services Research Assistant with the HPCDIP department at Public Health Ontario. Her role includes supporting the evaluation of the HKCC and developing related knowledge products. Evelyn has a Master of Public Health degree from Queen’s University, and is primary author of the BMC Public Health article.
Katuscia Moya is a Project Consultant and member of the Healthy Kids Community Program Unit at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that is responsible for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). In her role for the HKCC, she supports the engagement of our provincial partners, including Public Health Ontario, liaises directly with 11 communities participating in the program to ensure program and financial accountability for the program implementation and supports the development of program materials for participating communities including the integration of evidence.
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