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Announcing the 2018 winners NCCPH Knowledge Translation Awards

Categories: Students

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s NCCPH Knowledge Translation awards, which recognize the work of graduate students in Canada.  Paige Colley, Julia Santana Parrilla, and Sydney Rudko will receive their awards at Public Health 2018, this year's annual Canadian Public Health Association conference. See below for further details about each of our award winners, and stay tuned for NCC webinars featuring their work later this year.

Paige Colley, PhD student in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, specializing in Health Promotion at the University of Western Ontario

Topic: Growing Healthy Food Behaviours: Evaluating an Innovative Food Literacy Resource

  • Working with the Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP), Paige Colley designed and created two nutrition program manuals and training materials.The Tasty Ontario Tuesday Literacy book seeks to positively influence children’s nutritional knowledge and dietary behaviours. The book was collaboratively designed by undergraduate and master students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, OSNP coordinators, school board directors, public health staff, and professors. This year, 5000 books will be distributed in Ontario, accompanied by 8 weeks of related school activities. The project will be evaluated in a pre-post experimental design assessing children’s nutrition knowledge and behaviours, and will include a focus group component.

Julia Santana Parrilla, MSc student at the School of Population & Public Health at the University of British Columbia

Topic: Addressing anxiety and depression during pregnancy: primary antenatal care provider perspectives

  • Julia’s work is driven by an interest in the equity aspects of mental health assessment and care during the prenatal period. She aims to define what is missing in access to assessment and actual care, and will make recommendations for policy, community services and changes in health care provider practice. Julia is currently in the first phase of her research, which consists of interviewing antenatal providers to discover barriers to assessment and provision of care. The second phase of her research will include perinatal clients, informal caregivers and those working in policy.

Sydney Rudko – PhD student in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta

Topic: Integrated KT project: Monitoring saprozoonotic pathogens in recreational water

  • There are numerous potential health hazards in recreational water, and only some of these are monitored by public health inspectors / environmental health officers. The number of sites and changing conditions mean that the results of monitoring may not always be current for would be users. Sydney developed a test formembers of the general public to assess recreational water at the time of use. What’s more, results can be posted at the recreational water site to improve monitoring and tracking over time. Sydney has worked with two Alberta groups (one official and one community lay), as well as a citizen group in Michigan to refine the test. Their efforts have made the test more efficient and user-friendly, with results that are easier to interpret. Using a video and related materials, Sydney has also recruited and trained various interest groups, biology teachers and their students to implementthis monitoring program.