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New research works with older adults to co-design community programs

Feb 21, 2020

Rebecca Ganann

Above: Dr. Rebecca Ganann

How do we design community programs aimed at keeping older adults healthy? What’s the best way to build programs that will really meet the needs of seniors? This is the goal of much of Dr. Rebecca Ganann’s recent research.

New funding will help support some of this work. Ganann is a co-principal investigator on a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Catalyst: Patient-Oriented Research program of the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).

“A key feature of the EMBOLDEN study is the collaborative approach to co-designing the program. Our study will build on existing best practices and local supports to promote health and mobility through physical activity, healthy eating, social support, and strengthening connections with existing service supports. The new funding from CIHR will allow us to strengthen citizen and community research partnerships to help identify strategies that address unmet needs of older adults facing engagement barriers.”

Grant details:

Ganann, R., Richardson, E., Petrie, P., Phillips, S. (Co-PIs), Abelson, J., Agarwal, G., Alvarez, E., Bassim, C., Fisher, K., Flynn, T., Gillett, J., Griffin, M., Kennedy, C., Kuspinar, A., Markle-Reid, M., Neil-Sztramko, S., Newbold, B., Raina, P., Thabane, L. The EMBOLDEN study: Enhancing physical and community MoBility in OLDEr adults with health inequities using commuNity co-design. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Patient-Oriented Research. March 1, 2020 – Feb 28, 2021. $100,000. 

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