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Announcing the 2019 NCCPH KT Award Winners


The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s NCCPH Knowledge Translation Awards, which recognize the efforts of graduate students in Canada.

Steven Lam, Sherry Nesbitt, and Osnat Wine have won the award for their outstanding work in knowledge translation. Their applications were reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:

  • relevance to knowledge translation in public health;
  • creativity/innovation shown in the project;
  • scholarliness of the project;
  • potential impact of the project; and
  • quality and degree of support of academic supervisor.

The award winners will travel to Ottawa to receive their awards at Public Health 2019, the annual Canadian Public Health Association conference. They will also present their work at the NCC collaborator session taking place during the conference.



Steven Lam – PhD student, University of Guelph, Public Health.

Project: Towards gender transformative changes: the potential role of collaborative evaluation and integrated knowledge translation.

Steven's project synthesizes experiences from scholarly evaluations and draws synergies between evaluation and knowledge translation to inform gender-responsive public health programs.

His work in knowledge translation is motivated by a personal interest in making research more readily available, easier to understand, more interesting, and thus more likely to be used. "What is the point of doing applied research if it doesn't get applied," he quips. He believes both knowledge translation and program evaluation are important parts of public health programming, and finds the synergies between the two exciting.

For Steven, knowledge translation has evolved into an approach that engages knowledge users in the process.

"What is the point of doing applied research if it doesn't get applied?"

                                                     - Steven Lam, Award Winner




Sherry Nesbitt – Master’s student, McMaster University, Global Health.

Thesis: Experiences of Social Exclusion among Older Women in a Rural Canadian Context.

Sherry’s project involves utilization of both traditional and innovative knowledge translation activities with an ultimate goal of translating new knowledge into public health action both nationally and internationally.

Through her work in public health, Sherry was able to see first-hand the ways in which different types of knowledge are used to change practice, inform programming, or influence policy change. Her research project really “comes to life” and brings her great satisfaction during those occasions when she is able to spark mutually engaging and beneficial conversations, utilizing the knowledge gained from the project to motivate, advocate and move planning forward.

Sherry believes that innovative KT strategies as well as an evolution in what is considered “knowledge” have helped to make information more accessible to public health practitioners.





Osnat Wine – Phd student, University of Alberta, Department of Pediatrics.

Thesis: Identifying essential components of the collaborative process in integrated knowledge translation: an environmental health research case study.  

Her research project focus is on the iKT approach of an innovative data mining research project, with an interdisciplinary team, assessing environmental influences on adverse birth outcomes.

Osnat has always been passionate about environmental health and is especially interested in finding ways to make research meaningful and influential. Being part of a team and working together to complete the project and meet its KT goals were the most satisfying parts of her research project.

She believes that awareness, commitment, and competency of researchers engaging in KT is increasing, and that collaborative engagement is enhancing both knowledge production and knowledge translation.