A multidisciplinary team conducts research and evaluation studies that lead to effective and innovative public health programs.
Research activities are carried out at the local, regional or provincial level and completed in collaboration with program staff, academic institutions, local partners and agencies, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Public Health Ontario.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is affiliated with Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and conducts research and program evaluations that lead to effective and innovative public health practice.
One way we do this is by co-funding, with Laurentian University, the Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant. Another way we collaborate is through the Public Health Ontario’s Locally Driven Collaborative Projects Program.
Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant
The Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant aims to encourage collaboration between Public Health Sudbury & Districts staff and Laurentian University (LU) faculty members to explore research areas of mutual interest. In June 2006, the grant was named in honour of Louise Picard, who was the Director of the Public Health Research, Education and Development (PHRED) Program at Public Health Sudbury & Districts until her retirement.
Louise Picard is a champion for innovation and partnerships. With Geoff Tesson, who was Laurentian’s Director of Health Initiatives (pre and early-Northern Ontario School of Medicine), as well as Paul Colilli, who was, at that time, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, such initiatives were created to encourage applied public health research in the region.
This seed grant builds on a longstanding relationship between Public Health Sudbury & Districts and the University, which includes cross-appointments between the Public Health Sudbury & Districts and the University, curriculum development and review, and placement of students, from many academic programs and schools, at Public Health Sudbury & Districts. These seed grants are meant to foster strong research partnerships between academic and Public Health Sudbury & Districts researchers.
The purpose of the Louise Picard Public Health Research Grant is:
- to initiate and strengthen new and/or innovative collaborative applied public health research between the Public Health Sudbury & Districts and Laurentian University faculty (LU)
- to increase applied research relevant to public health issues as it relates to Sudbury and districts and the Ontario Public Health Standards
- to improve program effectiveness by promoting evaluative research and evidence-informed practice; and
- to encourage efforts which will lead to CIHR and other applications and funding
The competition is open to all LU faculty members and staff members at Public Health Sudbury & Districts. Applications must demonstrate the partnership and how the two co-principal investigators from both Public Health and LU are going to actively conduct the research. The grants cannot be renewed. Since the funds are targeted to initiate new projects, it is not possible to request funding for the same project in subsequent years.
A call for proposal occurs annually.
Locally Driven Collaborative Projects – Public Health Ontario
Public Health Sudbury & Districts participates in Public Health Ontario’s (PHO) Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) program, which encourages public health units to collaborate on mutually relevant research and evaluation projects.
For more information about the LDCP program please see PHO’s LDCP web page.
This item was last modified on October 2, 2018