OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Institutes of Health
Research today recognized the winning team of this year's national CIHR
Partnership Award - the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS). The team
includes partners from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University,
the City of Ottawa, local community health and resource centres, Ottawa
Public Health, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Champlain Local Health
Integration Network, IBM, and other community groups within Ottawa.
"I congratulate all those who have worked with the Ottawa Neighbourhood
Study for winning this prestigious national award," said Dr. Bob
Thirsk, Vice-President at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
"By bringing together such a diverse group of researchers, community
and private partners, the team has made impressive advancements in the
way the needs of communities in Ottawa are addressed."
The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study was set up in 2005 to measure, quantify
and map different aspects of the social and economic determinants of
health across the city. Team members worked together to collect this
information neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood. They gathered obesity
rates, numbers of parks or green spaces, quality of housing, and much
more. The idea was that with these figures in hand, governments and
residents could better address social challenges by directing
interventions based on each neighbourhood's needs.
The team was lead by Dr. Elizabeth Kristjansson from the University of
Ottawa. "Without the invaluable contributions of Ottawa residents and
our partners in public health, community services, municipal planning
and the private sector, ONS could never have accomplished as much," she
said. "This partnership adds value to our research and we are pleased
that the CIHR award has acknowledged this."
The data collected by the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study is now being used
for urban and health planning, as well as to mobilize residents for
healthier and safer communities. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study
approach is now being considered by other cities in Canada.
The CIHR Partnership Award is given annually to a partnership in Canada
that demonstrates excellence in bringing health research communities
together. It recognizes cross-sectoral partnerships between health
researchers and partners from the private, voluntary and public
sectors. To view past recipients and information about the award: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/27367.html
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's
mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its
translation into improved health, more effective health services and
products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of
13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100
health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
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SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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