Celebrating 10 years of public health research: Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant was awarded today during Laurentian University’s Research Week to three deserving project teams. Funded jointly by Laurentian University and the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), each grant—valued at up to $5000—encourages collaboration on research that is relevant to public health.

“The projects funded to date truly reflect the scope of public health practice and the wonderful variety of disciplines involved,” said Louise Picard, retired Director from the Health Unit.

The grant is awarded to researchers who are involved in projects that encourage research partnerships between Health Unit and Laurentian University faculty.

“This relatively small investment goes a long way toward creating and maintaining partnerships between academia and public health practice, and influencing and improving public health programs,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & District Medical Officer of Health. “All of these funded research projects have been invaluable in their ability to inform our programming.”

This year’s recipients include:

  • Dr. Annie Roy-Charland, Laurentian University and Tina Skjonsby-McKinnon, SDHU
    • Anti-texting and driving strategies: youth perceptions, attitudes, and behaviours
  • Dr. Diana Urajnik, Laurentian University and Joelle Martel, SDHU
    • The role of adult influencers in building resilient children and youth
  • Heather Jessup-Falcioni, Laurentian University and David Groulx, SDHU
    • Understanding academic best practices for entry-to-practice competencies in public health nursing

“Partnering with the Health Unit helps bridge the gap between academic research and applied public health practice,” said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University. “We are proud to be able to contribute to the diversity of research projects that can advance research portfolios as well as help build research skills.”

Launched in 2003, the Grant was renamed in honour of Louise Picard, a former Director of the Health Unit’s Public Health Research, Education and Development (PHRED) program in late 2005. Louise Picard was instrumental, along with key leaders from Laurentian University, in establishing the grant, and was a leader in forging successful partnerships between the public health and academic sectors to develop innovative and improved public health practices.

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