Health Canada will be providing funding for the COMPASS study to expand its research activities into new jurisdictions across Canada starting in 2017. Funding for this endeavour will enable the COMPASS research team to expand into diverse areas in Canada to further increase the value of the already-robust data that are being generated by the CIHR-funded COMPASS activities (in ON and AB), while offering services to schools, health stakeholders, and governments in new communities across the country.
The Canadian Institutes of Heath Research has announced funding for the COMPASS study to build and test a mental health module to be used in future COMPASS data collections. Funding for this endeavour will enable the COMPASS research team address a topic that schools have consistently identified as a priority area regarding youth health. The work to create the data collection instruments and feedback apparatuses will be led by COMPASS post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Karen Patte.
The Canadian Institutes of Heath Research has extended funding for the COMPASS study for an additional 5 years. This additional funding will enable the COMPASS research team to continue to learn which policy, practice, and environmental changes at schools are having the most impact on student health outcomes. It will also allow researchers to better understand the effects of provincial (e.g., Smoke-Free Ontario) and Federal policy changes (e.g., marijuana legalization, e-cigarette control) have on youth behaviours and outcomes as they are rolled out in the next few years.