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Getting involved in LDCP

​Collaboration is a key component of the LDCP program.  It takes place across public health units, across disciplines, with academics and students.

Public health unit staff

"…the opportunity to participate was worthwhile, and I learned a lot about research, questionnaire development and the process. Working at a smaller, more rural health unit, the LDCP project gave me opportunities that would not have been available."

Public health unit staff drive the LDCP process – from setting priorities for new LDCPs to developing and running projects. Having a variety of public health unit staff involved on each LDCP enriches the collaborative experience of the team and strengthens the projects. Each person brings different expertise and experience to the table. Many types of public health staff have been involved in the past including: public health nurses, health promoters, dieticians, medical officers of health, quality improvement specialists, and epidemiologists.


"I’ve expanded my personal network and connections and it’s not only with frontline staff. It’s with managers. It’s with epidemiologists. It’s with program specialists, with nurses, with health promoters."

Public health unit staff can play many roles on an LDCP. They can lead the project, be a member of a team and contribute to the research project, or be engaged as a knowledge user who contributes by identifying their needs and how the project could address those needs. 

Participating in an LDCP gives public health unit staff opportunities to:

  • make connections with others working in the field
  • attend workshops and other training opportunities on a wide range of topics
  • access the LDCP collaboration site and many research resources
  • complete a research project
  • develop leadership and collaboration skills

Academic partners

Academic partners bring invaluable knowledge to support the work of LDCP teams.

Academic partners play two keys roles in LDCP: 

I also love the approach being taken by PHO in review.  This is much more constructive than the competition model to using reviewer comments mainly to identify “winners” and “losers”.  I would be happy to participate in a review again.
  1. LDCP team member: this involves joining a collaborative team and contributing expertise on the content area and/or research methodology. Academic partners help write the research proposal, carry out the research, and disseminate the findings. Becoming involved in an LDCP team allows academics to get to know public health unit colleagues, strengthen the projects and assist in capacity building.
  2. External reviewer: all proposals are reviewed by two academics with specific content knowledge and/or research methodology expertise. The intent of the external review is to strengthen the proposal. Reviewers have the opportunity to positively influence
    the LDCP project, and the LDCP teams greatly benefit from the
    guidance provided by external reviewers.
If you are interested in joining an LDCP or becoming an external reviewer please contact



Each LDCP engages students in their project. Students get hands-on research experience and have the opportunity to network with LDCP team members. Students are usually involved in the data collection or analysis phase of a project, as well as conducting literature reviews, drafting manuscripts, and recruiting participants.

If you are a student interested in getting involved please contact and we will put you in touch with relevant teams.
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