Assessment and Information Dashboard of COVID 19 Readiness for Canadian Businesses

The project aims to research and develop the most effective way for making COVID 19 guidelines into measurable actions for organizations. This research will enhance Diversio’s Audit tool in two parallel tracks: 1) Methodology for developing sector- and region-specific compliance surveys, translating those survey responses into a scoring methodology, and 2) Technology for automating the process of converting survey responses into a real-time dynamic information dashboard.

The Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) COVID-19 Cohort and COVID-19 Home-isolation Activities Together (SPIN-CHAT) Trial

People with the autoimmune disease scleroderma are vulnerable in COVID-19 due to frailty, lung involvement, and immunosuppression; they are representative of vulnerable groups in terms of COVID-19 mental health ramifications. No previous randomized controlled trials have tested mental health interventions during infectious disease outbreaks. We leveraged our existing ongoing cohort of over 2,000 people with scleroderma and existing partnerships to launch a new cohort, the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN)-COVID- 19 Cohort.

Model for assessment of risks of going missing in persons living with dementia during and post COVID-19 pandemic

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the number of global deaths and disabilities related to mental health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, has risen in recent years. This applies to Canada in the same way, causing premature deaths and disabilities.

The Epidemiology of Fabry Disease and Metabolic Acidosis in Manitoba - Year Two

The proposed project is for the postdoctoral fellow to access healthcare data for individual adults in the province of Manitoba in order to: 1) determine the rates of metabolic acidosis in Manitoba along with associated outcomes and risk factor profiles and 2) identify patients in Manitoba who are at high risk of Fabry disease but currently undiagnosed in order to facilitate disease screening and improve patient care.

Development of Resources for a National COVID-19 Information Website for Families of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

This research project will both contribute to, and examine the impacts of, the Autism & Intellectual-Developmental Disabilities National Resource and Exchange Network (AIDE) COVID-19 website for children with neuro-developmental disability (NDD) and their families, including evaluation for continual quality improvement and determining impact. Directed by the Pacific Autism Family Network, AIDE is a wide-reaching initiative that is nationally and regionally focused in offering information and support to individuals with NDD and their families.

New designs for Bayesian adaptive cluster randomized trials for an individualized clinical support tool with capacity to support distance follow up and treatment of depression

Depression is a common and often devastating illness that contributes to suffering for patients and families and is also the number one cause of disability globally. Many patients do not respond to their
first trial of treatment, and managing depression according to best practices can be difficult for clinicians. Using the power of machine learning, a new tool has been developed that is intended to help match
patients to treatments using a simple questionnaire and to assist clinicians in improving the quality of depression treatment.

Leveraging Community Support Services to Support Integrated Health and Social System Response to COVID-19

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has meant that older adults have not been as able to see their doctors. Older adults have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, that can flare up and cause emergencies. So, finding older adults who are unwell is very important. Community support services, such as those providing meals-on-wheels, are available to find older adults who need help. Researchers designed a self-report tool to use over the phone to see if a person needs to see a health-care worker or go to the hospital.

Investigating inclusive blood donation policy options for sexual and gender minorities

This project will investigate possible alternative blood donation screening criteria that could lead to sexual and gender minorities who are sexually active being allowed to donate blood without a mandatory waiting period since their last sexual encounter. Currently in Canada, any cisgender man who has sex with another man must wait three months since that sex before they are eligible to donate blood; this also applies to trans women who have not had lower gender affirming surgery.

Optimizing the COVID-19 response capacity at the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) through technical and evidence-based support to CRC’s Global Health Unit

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The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) has been at the forefront of providing support to the COVID-19 response in Canada. The Global Health Unit (GHU) at CRC is providing health-related technical and operational support to CRC in its efforts to combat the impact of COVID-19 in Canada. To optimize the CRC operations, the GHU is striving to provide quality evidence-based technical and operational guidance to the CRC program implementers who are working in the field to operationalize the public health measures put in place by the Government of Canada.

Exploring barriers and facilitators in achieving positive sexual health among trans-femme youth

The overall purpose of this study is to explore sexual health needs of trans-femme youth using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) appraoch. Trans-femme is a term used to indicate anyone who was assigned male at birth and now identifies with femininity. The lack of understanding about the sexual health needs of trans-femme and low levels of relevant sexual health education have put an increased risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections/Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI/STDs) and HUman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infenction among trnas-femmes.

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