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Jessie Nyberg, Shuswap Elder and HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee Elder, contributed to a paper that has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness.
Donna Kurtz, lead researcher of this paper and associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, along with Jessie, doctoral supervisor de Sales Turner, and Diana Moar, of the Berens River First Nation, submitted the research paper Social Justice and Health Equality: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform. It was selected from among the 10 highest-ranked peer-reviewed papers for the top international award. Kurtz, Aboriginal liaison with the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus, says the award is an honour and a surprise.
Congratulations Jessie, Donna, de Sales and Diana.
Please visit UBC Okanagan News for more information about this award.
Data Analyst (Job Posting #18894)
HELP is seeking a Data Analyst. The incumbent will be responsible for data management including cleaning datasets, developing codebooks, conducting statistical analyses, and preparing results for dissemination in formal research and evaluation reports and peer-reviewed publications for HELP.
Knowledge Translation Manager (Job Posting #18932)
HELP is seeking a Knowledge Translation Manager to provide strategic leadership and creativity in advancing HELP’s mission to create, advance and apply knowledge through interdisciplinary research to help children thrive. The primary focus of the incumbent is to steer and provide direction and leadership of the following major areas of HELP: Community Development Mapping and Visualization, and Communications.
For further information about both jobs, please visit the UBC Job Careers page.
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, collaborating with UBC colleagues Mari Pighini, Hillel Goelman and Marla Buchanan, and Dana Brynelsen of the Infant Development Program of BC, has co-authored a new paper in the International Journal of Psychology.
Entitled Learning from parents' stories about what works in early intervention, the paper outlines new research about improving the quality of early intervention services. Specifically, the researchers argue that family-centred practices (FCP) in early intervention (EI) services are the preferred approach for parents of developmentally at-risk children. This is because FCP support these parents in leading EI services for their children.
Click here to view the article.
HELP is pleased to provide a selection of presentation slide decks for your use. The decks include slides commonly used by HELP Faculty and staff during community presentations. They offer a foundational understanding of the EDI and the MDI as well as the Importance of Early Child Development, the Total Environmental Assessment Model of ECD (TEAM-ECD) and Proportionate Universality.
Each slide deck is available in three formats: single slide page PDF; standard 4:3 aspect ratio Microsoft PowerPoint file; and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio Microsoft PowerPoint file. All formats include notes.
We hope you find these presentation slides useful. We will be developing and uploading more slides throughout the year. If you have any feedback and comments about these slides, or wish to see slides about a particular topic, please contact Jeremy Alexander, one of HELP’s talented Cartographer/GIS Technicians and our PowerPoint Presentation Expert. He would be happy to assist.
HELP, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) organized a panel session entitled The early years - Health Equity from the Start at Public Health 2014, the Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association, which took place from May 26-29th, 2014 in Toronto. The session was one of several events planned this year in memory of Clyde Hertzman as part of New Frontiers in Population Health toward Equity from the Start: Dialogues inspired by Clyde Hertzman. The information below is the final article from this session.
Dr. Clinton grounded her presentation in Dr. Hertzman’s work for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health Report, “Closing the Gap in a Generation,” Chapter 5 “Equity from the Start,” and expressed the need to invest in upstream interventions that promote early childhood development (ECD), as the evidence suggests ECD is itself a determinant of health. She discussed the concepts of biological embedding and monitoring and measurement.
Biological embedding refers to the activation or silencing of gene expression based on early life experiences that persist over the course of a lifetime and influence health outcomes. Both positive and negative experiences from childhood “get under the skin” and influence health and human development for many years to follow. Research has shown that these changes can even persist across multiple generations.
With this knowledge, investments should be made in tackling upstream determinants that impact health such as the quality of very young children’s environments, including relationships, working conditions and poverty, rather than individual lifestyle factors, in order to diminish the burden of chronic disease.
There is a need to monitor and measure how we’re doing with respect to the state of early childhood development using pre-defined indicators and whether we’re making improvements through interventions being implemented. This includes the need for numeracy skills to interpret findings.
Ms. Schroeder shared knowledge translation activities and tools being developed and implemented by UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) for policy makers, communities, and others to promote health equity and early childhood development. Underpinning her presentation was the maxim: “No data, no problem, no action.”
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is used to collect data on all kindergarten-aged kids in BC and includes measurements on physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, and other health indicators. The instrument is being used in most Canadian provinces and territories and in other countries around the world.
Unfortunately children in BC aren’t doing as well as we’d hope. One-third (33%) of children are vulnerable province-wide, with 4%-56% (sic) vulnerability across different regions and neighbourhoods. There is a need to monitor change over time and the impact of interventions.
Critical success factors for locally-driven initiatives include:
• Strong intersectoral leadership
• Focus on research
• Address barriers to increase equitable access to services (proportionate universality)
• Alignment between early childhood efforts and the K-12 school system.
Dr. Daly focused on Vancouver’s local health authority, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), and how the region uses data to inform programs being delivered and to reduce health inequities. VCH tracks performance using a Health Care Report Card. EDI scores are integrated into the report card to measure early childhood performance. Across the region, 33% of children are rated as vulnerable on at least one domain of the EDI. This figure is more than 10% higher than the target performance of 29.5%. However there are significant gradients across the 55 neighbourhoods that comprise the region with a range from 6%-59% vulnerability.
Dr. Daly continued to describe the difference between targeted and universal approaches to delivering health programs. While real health inequities exist at the local level, the EDI data show that vulnerable children also live in wealthy neighbourhoods. If efforts only focus on the most vulnerable neighbourhoods, there may not be a significant change in outcomes at a population level, so both a universal approach to reduce vulnerabilities in all neighbourhoods and targeted initiatives are needed.
Dr. Daly concluded with three lessons learned from the perspective of a health authority promoting early childhood development:
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Please mark your calendars. This year's HELP Fall Research Expo will take place on Wednesday, October 15 at UBC Robson Square. Please watch for program and registration information in the coming months.
The Ron Draper Health Promotion Award is presented to an individual, group or organization engaged in community work who has made a significant contribution to health promotion by working in the community to: build healthy public policy, create environments that support health, enable community action, enhance personal skills, and/or re-orient health services.
Professor Frankish – Jim – has been deeply committed to and involved in promoting the health of people, especially vulnerable populations, and has been a leader in developing the field of health promotion in Canada. He is an outstanding educator and mentor for students in public health, and an active and prolific researcher who dedicates his spare time to improving his community. Jim practices a philosophy of promoting collaboration among researchers from different fields, partnerships with communities and community organizations, participation of people from vulnerable population groups, and participation of students in community-service learning – all to apply research knowledge to resolve important issues, such as homelessness.
Congratulations Jim. This award is well deserved.
The International Health Data Linkage Conference, which took place April 28-30, 2014, has posted presentations to the IHDL Conference website, including slides and video of Professor Fiona Stanley’s plenary session and Clyde Hertzman Memorial Lecture, Science with a Soul: Data to Action for Healthy Child Development. Please visit www.ihdlnconference2014.org to view.
HELP has expanded our census data tables to include over 100 variables for 2001, 2006 and 2011. These variables have been selected for their particular relevance to early child development research, program planning and policy development.
HELP has purchased many more Census variables than are included in these data tables. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a specific data set that is not included here. There will be a charge associated with preparing unique data requests. If you require census data for other geographies (SD, LHA, HSDA) please visit BC Stats.