FHS Seminar Series - Population Health Intervention Research: Creating Evidence to Support Healthy Cities

by Dr. Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

March 15, 2018

Event Type

Seminar Series

Date

March 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location

Blusson Hall, Room 9920

Abstract 

Population health intervention research aims to produce knowledge about policy, programs and events that have the potential to impact health at the population level (Hawe, 2012). Such interventions often happen outside of the health sector. For example, governments are making substantial investments in public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure to alleviate the pressures of traffic congestion. These changes to urban form represent population health interventions with potential co-benefits for health through increased physical activity and reduced environmental harm. However, these ambitious endeavors are costly and require a strong and collective political will. It comes as no surprise that stakeholders are calling for more rigorous evidence to identify interventions that have the greatest impact, and to identify differential impacts across populations (‘how much’, and ‘for whom’).

Urban form changes are ‘natural experiments’ that offer timely opportunities to meaningfully and pragmatically assess the impact of population health interventions, while strengthening collaborations between researchers and stakeholders. This seminar will highlight the approaches, methods, and results from natural experiment studies underway within with Dr. Winters’ Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Research (CHATR) Lab. It will deliver fable and foibles of conducting research in this domain.

Biography

Meghan Winters is a population health researcher leading a research program on the linkages between health, transportation, and city design. She works in close collaboration with cities and stakeholders to conduct research and create tools that address real-world challenges. Dr. Winters is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and leads the Cities, Health and Active Transportation Research (CHATR) lab.Meghan Winters is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a core investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and a Principal Investigator of the CIHR-funded INTErventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT). Her research focuses on ways that cities and their infrastructure can play a role in promoting healthy and safe mobility, for people of all ages and abilities. She is happiest when working in close collaboration with cities and stakeholders to conduct research and create tools that address real-world challenges. Meghan has a PhD from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.

 

* This Seminar Series is open to the SFU Research Community.  

* This seminar will be available by webast and will be recorded . For webcast view here.

*  A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  

* The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.