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 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.
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:
Academic partners bring invaluable knowledge to support the work of LDCP teams.
Academic partners play two keys roles in LDCP:
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.