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Rebecca Ganann

Bio

Dr. Ganann first joined the School of Nursing at McMaster in 2006 as a part-time faculty member and became a full-time Assistant Professor in 2017. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. After completing her PhD, Dr. Ganann completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit to study the impact of patient, caregiver, and community engagement in research teams under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, Ruta Valaitis, and Carrie McAiney. Dr. Ganann is an early career researcher with the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. 

Select Publications

  • Ganann, R.,Peacock, S., Garnett, A., Northwood, M., Hyde, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R. (2019). Capacity development among academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Experience. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20, E139. doi:10.1017/S1463423619000732

  • Ganann, R., Weeres, A., Lam, A., Chung, H., & Valaitis, R., (2019) Optimizing the home health nursing workforce in Canada: A scoping review. Health & Social Care in the Community. 00:1-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12797
  •  Ganann, R., McAiney, C., & Johnson, W. (2018). Engaging older adults as partners in transitional care research. CMAJ 190 (Suppl 1):S40-S41. Doi: 10.1503/cmaj.180396   

  •  Ganann, R., Peacock, S., Garnett, A., Northwood, M., Hyde, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R. Capacity development amongst academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Experience. Accepted June 22, 2019 to Primary Health Care Research and Development. Manuscript ID: PHC-D-19-00008.

  •  Ganann, R., Sword, W., Newbold, B., Thabane, L., Black, M., Armour, L., & Kint, B. (2019). Provider perspectives on facilitators and barriers to accessible service provision for immigrant women with postpartum depression: A qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 51(3). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0844562119852868

  • Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R., Duggleby, W., Fisher, K., Fraser, K., Ganann, R., Griffith, L., Grunier, A., Matthew-Maich, N., McAiney, C., Williams, A., and the Aging, Communty and Health Research Unit team. (2018). Protocol for a Program of Research from the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit: Promoting Optimal Aging at Home for Older Adults with Multimorbidity. Journal of Comorbidity, 8: 1-16. doi.org/10.1177/2235042X18789508
  • Ganann, R., Sword, W., Thabane, L., Newbold, B., & Black, M. (2016) Predictors of postpartum depression among immigrant women in the year after childbirth. Journal of Women’s Health, 25(2):155-65. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5292. Epub 2015 Oct. 8.
  • Yost, J., Ganann, R., Thompson, D., Aloweni, F., Newman, K., Hazzan, A., McKibbon, A., Dobbins, M., & Ciliska, D. (2015). The effectiveness of knowledge translation interventions for promoting evidence-informed decision making among nurses in tertiary care: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Implementation Science, 10:98. DOI: 10.1186/s13012-015-0286-1.
  • Ganann, R., Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D., Ciliska, D., Peirson, L., Warren, R., Fieldhouse, P., Delgado Noguera, M.F., Tort, S., Hams, S.P., Martinez-Zapata, M.J., & Wolfenden, L. (2014). Enhancing nutritional environments through access to fruit and vegetables in schools and homes among children and youth: a systematic review. BMC Research Notes, 7:422. (DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-422).
  • Ganann, R. (2012). Opportunities and challenges associated with engaging immigrant women in participatory action research. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(2): 341-349. (DOI: 10.1007/s10903-011-9477-2).
  • Ganann, R., Sword, W., Black, M., & Carpio, B. (2012). Influence of Maternal birthplace on Postpartum Health and Health Service Use. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14(2): 223-9.
  • Ganann, R., Ciliska, D., & Thomas, H. (2010). Expediting systematic reviews: Methods and implications of rapid reviews. Implementation Science, 5: 55.

Honours

  • Postdoctoral Leadership Award, Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary, McMaster University, 2017
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Thesis Award, Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary, McMaster University, 2016
  • TUTOR-PHC Fellowship, CIHR, 2014-2015 ($50,000)
  • PHIRN Ontario Doctoral Student in Population Health Award, Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), 2012 ($4,000)
  • CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2010-2013 ($150,000)

 

Grants

  •  Ganann, R., Phillips, S., Kennedy, C., Newbold, B., Alvarez, L., Neil-Sztramko, S., Valaitis, R., Kuspinar, A., (Co-PIs) and the Nutrition, Exercise, and Mobility Team (incl. Leong, D., Sherifali, D., Gillett, J., Beauchamp, M., Abelson, J., Ionnidis, G. Flynn, T., Santaguida, P., Verschoor, C., Agarwal, G., Mulvale, G., Markle-Reid, M., Griffin, M., Bassim, C., Raina, P., Thabane, L., Keller, H., Fisher, K. Enhancing physical and social MoBility, sOcial participation, and system navigation in oLDEr adults with health inequities using commuNity co-design: the EMBOLDEN trial. Labarge Centre for Mobility on Aging: Targeted Call for Proposals on Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism: 2019 – 2023 $1,000,000. https://mira.mcmaster.ca/research/research-projects/the-embolden-trial
  • Markle-Reid, M. (NPI); Hayes, A. (PA); Co-Applicants: Bayley, M., Beauchamp, M., Cameron, J., Fisher, K., Fleck, R., Gafni, A., Ganann, R., Nelson, M,, Pinto, M., Ploeg, J., Salerno, J., Thabane, L., Whitmore, C. Optimizing hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with stroke and multimorbidity: A pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial of an integrated care intervention. CIHR Project Grant: Spring 2019, 2019 – 2022       $474,300.

  •  Beauchamp, M., Vrkjlan, B., Kuspinar, A., Fang, Q., Newbold, B., Zargoush, M., Richardson, J., Ganann, R., and the MIRA Technology, Environment, and Mobility Working Group. McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. Approaches for advancing the assessment of early mobility limitation in older Canadians. Labarge Centre for Mobility on Aging: Targeted Call for Proposals on Technology, Environment, and Mobility. 2019 – 2023 $1,000,000.

  • Raina, P. and Markle-Reid, M. (Co-PIs), Abelson, J., Costa, A., Ganann, R., Ploeg, J., Vrkljan, B. (Co-Leads), Bassim, C., Beauchamp, M., Boyko, J., Carroll, S., Dolovich, L., Duong, M., Fisher, K., Griffith, L., Guindon, E., Heald-Taylor, G., Irwin, T., Kaasalainen, S., Lavis, J., Ma, J., Mangin, D., McAiney, C., McGillion, M., Papaioannou, A., Petrie, P., Ploeg, J., Seow, H., Sherifali, D., Tarride, J.E., Verschoor, C., Wilson, M. (Co-Is). (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020). McMaster Institute for Research in Aging | Collaborative for Health & Aging. Ontario SPOR Support Unit. 2019 – 2020 $300,000.

  • Martin-Misener, R. (NPA), Ganann, R., Warner, G., (Co-Principal Applicants), Macdonald, M., Goodwin, S., Campbell, A., Swan, R., Moody, E., Weeks, L., McKibbon, S., Ploeg, J., Shaw, L. The Costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People. CIHR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grant (2018). (May 2018 – May 2019; $25,000; Matching in-kind: $34,000).
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid., M., Valaitis, R. (Co-PIs).  Co-Principal Applicants: Dicerni, P., Fisher, K., Ganann, R., Graham, P., Grunier, A., Johnson, B., Légaré, F., Mansell, L., Montelpare, W.J., Reid, P., Tang, F., Upshur, R., Co-Applicants: Ben Charif, A., Blais, J., Eurich, D., Gafni., A., Lewis, G., MacCallum, L., Paquette, J-S., Pritchard, J., Sadowski, C.A., Sherifali, D., Thabane, L., Whiteside, C., & Williamson, T. (2017).  ACHRU Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults: Canada. CIHR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network – Programmatic Grant (2017). (January 2018 – Dec. 2021; $1,846,062; Matching in-kind: $654,563).

  • Markle-Reid., M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R., Ganann, R. Review of Home Care in Canada and Internationally: Best practices, trends, gaps and priorities. Veterans Affairs Canada - Government of Canada.(2016-2017; $20,000)

  • Iorio, A., Ganann, R., Gentles, S. (co-PIs), Valaitis, R., & Lokker, C. Co-design and production of a user-optimized communication toolbox for delivering research evidence to older adults. Labarge Foundation Award (2017-2018; $65,000)
  • R. Valaitis, M. Markle-Reid, J. Ploeg, C. McAiney, R. Ganann. Patient/caregiver engagement in community-based research on older adults. Labarge Foundation Award (2016-2017; $75,000)
  • R. Ganann, R. Valaitis, M. Markle-Reid, J. Ploeg, L. Kennedy, A. Kothari, K. Fraser, J. Yost, M. Dobbins, K. Fisher, M. Hillmer. Successful knowledge translation from the perspective of diverse knowledge users: An exploratory study. Niemeier Award, School of Nursing, McMaster University (2015-2016; $2000)
  • J. Ploeg, M. Markle-Reid (PIs), 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. Ganann, 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 (2013-2018; $2,500,000)

Research

Dr. Ganann’s research interests include: health services and policy research, primary health care, mental health, patient-oriented research, knowledge translation and implementation science, health equity, healthy aging, and evidence-informed decision making. In her research, she partners with patients, caregivers, communities, providers, and decision makers.

Courses

Graduate Teaching

2017: NUR 712

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr. Ganann has taught in all levels of the undergraduate program. Dr. Ganann contributes to community health nursing courses in the undergraduate curriculum. She supervises fourth year students in community-based professional practice and research placements.

Presentations

These presentations showcase a number of current projects which have not yet been published:

  • Ganann, R., Valaitis, R., Kothari, A., Terry, A., Agarwal, G., Murray, N., Vasilev, I., Rogers, A. Building a safe, healthy, and socially-connected social housing environment with primary care, public health and residents. 47th North American Primary Care Research Group Conference, November 16-20, 2019. Toronto, ON, Canada. [Oral presentation]. 
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., Fisher, K., Ganann, R., Grunier, A., Legare, F., Mansell, L., Montelpare, W., Tang, F., Ben Charif, A. Diabetes self-management community partnership program for older adults: Multisite randomized controlled trial. 47th North American Primary Care Research Group Conference, November 16-20, 2019. Toronto, ON, Canada. [Poster presentation]. 
  • Scurr, T., Ganann, R., Kothari, A., Terry, A., Agarwal, G., Murray, N., Vasilev, I., Rogers, A. Building a safe, healthy, and socially-connected social housing environment with primary care, public health and residents. 47th North American Primary Care Research Group Conference, November 16-20, 2019. Toronto, ON, Canada. [Poster presentation]. 
  • Ganann, R., Peacock, S., Garnett, A., Northwood, M., Hyde, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R. Capacity development amongst academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: Aging, Community and Health. 47th North American Primary Care Research Group Conference, November 16-20, 2019. Toronto, ON, Canada. [Poster presentation]. 
  • Markle-Reid, M., McAiney, C., Ganann, R., Fisher, K., Bartholomew, A., McElhaney, J., Gauthier, A., Gafni, A., Heald-Taylor, G., Ogden, L., Ploeg, J., Reid, P., Urajnik, D., Valaitis, R., Vedel, I., Whitmore, C., Williams, C., Wilson, P., Price, D., Lavis, J.  An Integrated Transitional Care Model for Older Adults with Depressive Symptoms and Multimorbidity.  Gerontological Society of America.  November 13-17, 2019. Austin, Texas, USA. (Poster presentation) 
  • Markle-Reid, M., Ganann, R., Valaitis, R., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Salerno, J., Vine, M.M., Heald-Taylor, G., Smith, B. Lessons learned from engaging older adults and their caregivers as partners in a patient-oriented research program aimed at promoting optimal aging at home for older adults with multimorbidity. Canadian Association on Gerontology, 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, October 24-26, 2019. (Poster presentation) 
  • Moody, E., Ganann, R., Martin-Misener, R., Jefferies, K. R., Orr, E., Macdonald, M., Weeks, L., Ploeg, J., Warner, G., Shaw, L., McKibbon, S., MacDonald, MJ, Campbell, A., Swan, R., Goodwin, S. Out-of-Pocket Expenses to Support Older People with Frailty to Remain in the Community: A Citizen Engaged Scoping Review. Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Moncton, N.B. October 24-26, 2019. (Oral presentation)

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