Dr. Lucie Lévesque, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Principal Investigator of the Community-Engaged Health Research Lab, is a Co-Principal Applicant on a newly-funded CIHR Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) grant led by a team from McGill University and the Kahnawake School Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP). Other Queen’s University Team members include Graduate Student Trainees: Colin Baillie, Brittany McBeath & Olivia Franks. The $3.5 million, 5-year grant will help to establish a NEIHR over the next five years in the province of Quebec and has evolved from the long-standing community-academic partnership between McGill & Queen’s Universities and the KSDPP in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.
The Network ‘Tahatikonhsontóntie’ – ‘the faces that are coming ’– Community Mobilization for Indigenous Health Research Capacity is led by Dr. Treena Wasontí:io Delormier of McGill University’s School of Human Nutrition.
Congratulations to the Kahnawake School’s Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) team on winning the 2019 Organization Achievement Award from Health Promotion Canada.
The award recognizes creative, bold, and passionate organizations that embody the core values, beliefs, and ideals of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. These organizations have made significant contributions to addressing issues of health equity in Canadian communities.
Established in 1994, the KSDPP is a ground-breaking, national and internationally recognized and respected partner and leader in conducting ethical and community-driven health promotion activities, and research. More than a health promotion organization, the KSDPP represents a type of social movement that has the potential to empower other Indigenous communities to reclaim and reframe western notions of health and well-being for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.
From left: Alex M. McComber, Judi Jacobs, and Treena Delormier
Graduate students Olivia Franks and Brittany McBeath were both selected by the Institute of Indigenous People’s Health (CIHR) to attend the 2019 Tripartite International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, in December. The selection process was highly competitive, with only 14 out of 214 applicants accepted. In addition to this honour, the students received CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Awards to assist with their travel costs. Congratulations!
4th Year Undergraduate student, Sarah Phillips, shared her Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) work at the USSRF Celebration & Poster Event November 1st.
Lucie Lévesque, along with colleagues Heather Foulds (University of Saskatchewan) and Denise Lecoy (Syilx/Okanagan Nation – Snpinktn), presented the symposium Supporting Physical Activity for Indigenous Peoples at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Annual Meeting. The event was chaired by Braden Te Hiwi (University of British Columbia).
The Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research Lab welcomes Master’s students Julia Lapeña and Olivia Franks, as well as 4th Year Undergraduate Sarah Phillips. Olivia and Sarah worked as research assistants here over the summertime, helping the KSDPP CMT Project team with the annual team meeting, regional community-engagement meetings as well as the Pathways 3 CIHR grant application. Julia has worked with the Kingston Gets Active initiative for over 2 years. Welcome Julia, Olivia, and Sarah!
Danielle Walwyn and Andrea Ianni successfully defended their Master’s Degrees this summer.
Congratulations to Brittany McBeath who was recently awarded a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from the CIHR in support of her Doctoral studies – Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Through a Youth-Led Vision of Community Wellness.
Two think tank meetings facilitated by MSc Student Danielle Walwyn in Antigua were featured in the Healthy Caribbean Coalition news roundup. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a not-for-profit organization based in Barbados. The organization works closely with regional and international leaders in non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control to leverage the power of civil society by strengthening and supporting its membership in the implementation of programs aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with NCDs. The visit was supported through a CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant (CIHR PCS-161810 – PI: Lucie Lévesque) .
Dr. Lévesque and colleagues received an Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Their proposal – Indigenous Science: Gathering a Community of Practice – will bring together Indigenous Elders, knowledge-holders, researchers and research trainees from across Turtle Island to participate in gatherings to engage in dialogue about emerging issues related to the rigorous application of Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies within Indigenous research. Their work will contribute to a position paper under the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) that will help guide a strategic plan to identify new ways for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community.
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School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
Principal Investigator: Lucie Lévesque
Research Coordinator: Donna Ivimey
Tel: 613-533-6000 x 79130