Knowledge Integration Seminar: Knowledge integration and chronic disease prevention: illustrations, issues and insights Export this event to calendar

Friday, November 23, 2012 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Speaker: Barbara Riley, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact

Chronic diseases are complex wicked problems. They are the result of

a complex interplay of factors from individual physiology through

societal structures and policies. There are no simple elegant solutions

to complex problems; no magic bullets.  Comprehensive, integrated and

sustained approaches must be applied to reduce behavioural and nvironmental risks.

Tackling chronic diseases and their underlying causes will take a

unified front ­ across disciplines; across governments, civil society

and industry; across research, policy and practice; and across health

and non-health sectors. In other words, chronic diseases are the

perfect storm for knowledge integration (KI).

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of

Waterloo is a collaborative enterprise with a mandate to create and

help apply the most useful knowledge to accelerate impacts in tobacco

control, youth health and chronic disease prevention.

Barbara Riley is the Executive Director of Propel, and will talk about

real-world examples of KI, ranging from a Smartphone App for smoking

cessation (Crush the Crave), to a graduate student training program in

population intervention, to the Ontario government¹s Healthy Kids

Expert Panel. She will highlight selected KI issues, such as what

knowledge Œcounts to whom and why, new directions in education and

training, building partnerships that work, ethical dilemmas, and

communication across disciplines and sectors.

Barb's educational training integrates several disciplines, with a PhD

in Social Geography (McMaster) and MSc in Health Studies (University of

Waterloo). Her work experience is also integrative. She co-owned a

research and consulting firm for 14 years before joining the Centre for

Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (now Propel) through a

3-year Fellowship in Cardiovascular Health Policy (2004-2007), jointly

offered by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian

Institutes of Health Research.

Barb's career focus is knowledge exchange and capacity building. She

works in partnership with decision-makers at provincial and national

levels and from government and non-government organizations. Barb uses

a systems lens to understand and influence complex interventions in

complex environments.

She

is Principal Investigator of the CIHR Training Grant in Program

Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention: A Pan-Canadian Program,

and serves on numerous international, national and provincial

committees, including Ontario¹s Healthy Kids Panel.

   

Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
1408
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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