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Jenny Ploeg


Dr. Jenny Ploeg began with the School of Nursing in 1988 as a Clinical Lecturer. She is currently a tenured professor, a graduate faculty member, Scientific Director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit, and an associate member of the Department of Health, Aging, and Society.

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  • Ploeg, J., Wong, S.T., Hassani, K., Yous, M., Fortin, M., Kendall, C., Liddy, C., Markle-Reid, M., Petrovic, B., Dionne, E., Scott, C.M., & Wodchis, W.P. (2019). Contextual factors influencing the implementation of innovations in community-based primary health care: The experience of 12 Canadian research teams. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20(e107); 1-13. Doi: 10.1017/S146343619000483.
  • Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R., Cleghorn, L., Yous, M., Gaber, J., Agarwal, G., Kastner, M., Mangin, D., Oliver, D., Parascandalo, F., Risdon, C., Dolovich, L. Perceptions of older adults on the implementation and impact of a primary care programme, Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality (Health TAPESTRY). BMJ Open, 9:e026257. Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026257
  • Ploeg, J., Canesi, M., Fraser, K., McAiney, C., Kaasalainen, S., Markle-Reid, M., Dufour, S., Garland Baird, L., Chambers, T. (2019). Experiences of community-dwelling older adults living with multiple chronic conditions: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 9:e023345. Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023345
  • Ploeg, J., Northwood, M., Duggleby, W., McAiney, C., Chambers, T., Peacock, S., Fisher, K., Ghosh, S., Markle-Reid, M., Swindle, J., Williams, A., & Triscott, JAC. (2019). Caregivers of older adults with dementia and multiple chronic conditions: Exploring their experiences with significant changes. Dementia, p 1-20, early online publication. Doi:10.1177/1471301219834423
  • Ploeg, J., Ali, M.U., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., Bartholomew, A., Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D., McAiney, C., Sherifali, D. (2018). Caregiver-focused, web-based interventions: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Part 2. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(10), e11247. Doi: 10.2196/11247
  • Ploeg, J., Ireland, S., Cziraki, K., Northwood, M., Zecevic, A., Davies, B., Murray, M.A., Higuchi, K. (2018). A sustainability oriented and mentored approach to implementing a fall prevention guideline in acute care over 2 years. Sage Open Nursing, 4, 1-17. Doi: 10.1177/2377960818775433
  • Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Duggleby, W., Chambers, T., Lam, A., Peacock, S., Fisher, K., Forbes, D.A., Ghosh, S., Markle-Reid, M., Triscott, J., & Williams, A. (2018). A Web-based intervention to help caregivers of older adults with dementia and multiple chronic conditions: Qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research – Aging, 1, e2, 1-13. doi: 10.2196/aging.8475
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Fisher, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Chambers, T., Kennedy, L., Morsy, M., Dufour, S. (2017). An exploration of experts' perceptions on the use of interprofessional education to support collaborative practice in the care of community-living older adults. Journal of Interprofessional Care,
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., McAiney, C., Duggleby, W., Bartholomew, A., Sherifali, D. (2017). Web-based interventions to improve mental health, general caregiving outcomes, and general health for informal caregivers of adults with chronic conditions living in the community. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(7), e263. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7564
  • Ploeg, J., Matthew-Maich, N., Fraser, K., Dufour, S., McAiney, C., Kaasalainen, S., Markle-Reid, M., Upshur, R., Cleghorn, L., Emili, A. (2017). Managing multiple chronic conditions in the community: A Canadian qualitative study of the experiences of older adults, family caregivers and healthcare providers. BMC Geriatrics, 17, 40. doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0431-6.
  •  Ploeg, J., Denton, M., Hutchison, B., McAiney, C., Moore, A., Brazil, K., Tindale, J., Lam, A. (2017). Primary care physicians' perspectives on facilitating older patients' access to community support services: Qualitative case study. Canadian Family Physician, 63(1), e31-e43. PMC5257237

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2018 Canadian Association on Gerontology Recognition Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring: In Honour of Evelyn Shapiro

2017 Honorary Lifetime Member Hamilton Council on Aging

2015 Hamilton Council on Aging, 2015 Volunteer of the Year award

2015 McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Supervision Award

2014 Distinguished Fellow Adjunct Professor, Mohawk College, Convocation Speaker

2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faulty of Nursing, University of Toronto



Raina, P., Markle-Reid, M. (Co-PIs), Abelson, J., Costa, A., Ganann, R., Ploeg, J., Vrkljan, B. (Co-Leads), Bassim, C., Beauchamp, M., Boyko, J., Dolovich, L., Duong, M., Fisher, K., Griffith, L, Guindon, E, Lavis J, Ma J, Mangin, D, Papaioannou A, Salerno J, Seow H, Tarride JE, Verschoor C, Wilson M (Co-Is), Irwin T, Scott T, Vanderbent S (Knowledge Users). 2019-2020 Ontario SPOR Support Unit Centre on Aging. April 2019-March 2020. $300,000.

Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R. (Co-PIs), Principal Applicants: Dicerni, P., Fisher, K., Ganann, R., Graham, P., Gruneir, A., Johnson, B., Légaré, F., Mansell, L., Montelpare, W., Reid, P., Tang, F., Upshur, R.; Co-Applicants: Ben Charif, A., Blais, J., Eurich, D., Gafni, A., Lewis, G., MacCallum, L., MacIntyre, J., Paquette, J-S., Poitrois, M-E., Pritchard, J., Riveroll, A., Sadowski, C., Sherifali, D., Thabane, L., & Williamson, T. The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults - Canada. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) - Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network: Programmatic Grants. Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2021; $1,846,062; Matching in-kind: $654,563

Ploeg, J., (NPA), M. Markle-Reid (PI), D. Bournes, C. Anderson, M. Farrell, S. Paetkau, N. Akhtar-Danesh, S. Baptiste, D. Bender, W. Duggleby, A. Emili, S. Feldman, D. Forbes, K. Fraser, A. Gafni, R. Ganaan, A. Garnett, S. Ghosh, M. Gibson, L. Griffith, A. Gruneir, S. Hirst, S. Kaasalainen, J. Keefe, N. Matthew-Maich, C. McAiney, C. Patterson, S. Peacock, C. Rojas-Fernandez, C. Sadowski, J. Triscott, R. Upshur, R. Valaitis, A. Williams. Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Promote Optimal Aging for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers. CIHR, Community-Based Primary Healthcare Team Grant (April 2013-April 2020; $2,500,000) 

Markle-Reid, M. and Ploeg, J. (PIs), Bender, D., Forbes, D., Fraser, K., Gafni, A., Ganann, R., Griffith, L., Gruneir, A., Kaasalainen, S., Matthew-Maich, N., McAiney, C., Patterson, C., Rojas-Fernandez, C., Taberner, C., Thabane, L., Triscott, J., Upshur, R., Valaitis, R., A., Williams, A. Centre for Research in Community Interventions to Promote Optimal Aging at Home.  Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Awards (April 2013-April 2016, $3,265,903)



Dr. Ploeg’s primary research interests include evaluation of community health services for older adults and their caregivers; best practice guideline implementation, sustainability and spread; and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. She has led numerous studies involving the design, evaluation and translation of innovative health promotion programs. In 2013, Dr. Ploeg, Dr. Markle-Reid and an interdisciplinary research team of investigators, clinicians, trainees and collaborators from across Canada, were awarded a combined $5.8 million to fund the new Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU). The research program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Signature Initiative in Community Based Primary Health Care ($2.5 million over 5 years) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop and evaluate innovative, community-based primary health care interventions to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and to support their family caregivers. Seven interrelated studies set in Ontario and Alberta are using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs to target older adults with multiple chronic conditions who have dementia, Type 2 diabetes and/or vascular conditions. The research unit offers an exceptional capacity building strategy for trainees. An integrated knowledge translation strategy, with regular knowledge exchange events, is being used to share study results with key stakeholders and implement successful programs more widely.


Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching

Dr. Ploeg’s teaching contributions are in both graduate and undergraduate studies. She supervises students in the School of Nursing Graduate Program and is Course Planner and Tutor in NUR 701 Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice.

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