Health Studies Researchers Receive Additional CIHR Funding

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posted March 8, 2012
BRANDON, MB — Drs. Dean Care and Fran Racher, of the Brandon University School of Health Studies, together with a team of faculty members, have been awarded a one-year grant with the Knowledge Translation Supplement (KTS), a program of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Their project, entitled “Integrated Knowledge Translation Fosters Partnerships as Rural Postsecondary Students Collaborate to Improve the Health of their Campus Communities” has been awarded a grant of $89,293.

“This new funding will enable our research team to continue our work on improving the quality of life, health, and well-being of our university and college students. We are thrilled that CIHR has granted us the opportunity to further our study,” said Dr. Care, the Dean of the School of Health Studies.

Students and researchers have worked together to identify and examine factors that contribute to the health, wellbeing, and quality of life experienced by university and college students and their student communities. Students have participated in a survey and focus groups conducted on college and university campuses in two rural cities on the Prairies, namely Brandon and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

At the outset of the project, funding was received from the CIHR and Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) to undertake data collection and analyses. Now, this additional funding will enable the sharing of the information gathered, the engaging of a broader array of students, the setting up collaborative working groups, and the move to action on the priorities identified by the student bodies at each of the participating campuses.

“Our research team is excited about extending this work with our Brandon partners: the student associations, student services and administrations at Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College, as well as the Brandon Regional Health Authority and the City. Activities will roll out this fall, events such as campus town hall meetings, healthy lifestyle lunch-and-learn sessions, collaboration forums, student action workshops, and further development of the healthy campus website,” said Dr. Racher, a professor in the School of Health Studies.

For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762



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