Updates - September 2019

New Projects

October 2018, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit received a 5-year grant (2018-23) of almost $1 M from the Public Health Agency of Canada to deliver a Youth Violence Prevention Project for students in Grades 7 through 9. CRaNHR, which partnered in the project proposal, is responsible for evaluation.

February 2019, CRaNHR was commissioned by Nishnawbe Aski Nation to conduct a 14-month evaluation of the Choose Life initiative (2019-20). Funded by Indigenous Services Canada, the evaluation will document the development and outcomes of youth wellness projects in 60 First Nations and Indigenous organizations across Northern Ontario.

March 2019, CRaNHR was awarded a 5-year contract to conduct an independent evaluation of the City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Strategy Youth Inclusion Program, which received $5.6 M funding from Public Safety Canada. CRaNHR is responsible for evaluating development processes and outcomes for this 12-component program.

March 2019, CRaNHR was commissioned by the Thunderbird Foundation to conduct a 3-year (2020-23) systematic literature review and Indigenous knowledge exchange engagement on the health impacts of cannabis, effects of legalization and best public health approaches for minimizing risks for vulnerable populations.

April 2019, CRaNHR was awarded a 3-year contract (2020-23) to evaluate the development of the NOSM Remote First Nations Family Medicine Residency Stream, which trains physicians for work in remote First Nations. The evaluation is being conducted in partnership with Matawa First Nations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Ongoing Projects 

Drs. Jumah and Mushquash continue to work on the MOHLTC HSRF integrated research and knowledge translation program (Opioid Dependence in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities). This 3.5 year program (2017-20) was awarded $1.9 M to develop and evaluate two community-based projects to improve Indigenous reproductive health choices. Although the province terminated all MOHLTC HSRF grants effective October 2019, evaluation of the Maternal-Infant Support Worker Program component will continue with support from Dr. Jumah's CIHR Career Scientist Award.