Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research


December 2020:

Brittany McBeath presented the CMT Team video posterBuilding Local Capacity Through Strengths-Based and Community-Based Participatory Research at the Indigenous Health Conference, hosted online by the University of Toronto in early December.

November 2020:

PhD Candidate, El Zahraa Majed, recently participated in the Public Policy & the Data Revolution at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference organized in   partnership with Statistics Canada. 


Zahraa competed and placed first in the 3-Minute Thesis competition.  Check out her presentation here:

Yay Zahraa!!!

August 2020:

Brittany McBeath and Olivia Franks presented their work at the National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Program.  You can watch their presentations at the links below:

Franks O, Lévesque L. (August 2020). Building a foundation for respectful relations. National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, Canada.

McBeath B. (August 2020).  Participatory Analysis Using Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation with Three First Nations Communities. National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Programs, Canada.

May 2020:

Congratulations to Brittany McBeath on the successful defence of her Master’s thesis, “Conceptualization of Community Wellness in Three First Nations Communities”.  She is continuing her graduate studies within the diverse field of Indigenous Health Promotion with Dr. Lévesque in the Community-Engaged Health Research Lab.  Brittany is a Kanyénkehá:ka (Mohawk) graduate student who holds a doctoral scholarship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

April 2020:

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.

December 2019:

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.

Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

From left: Alex M. McComber, Judi Jacobs, and Treena Delormier

For more about KSDPP please visit:  For more about Health Promotion Canada please visit –

November 2019:

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. 

SKHS Rules of Engagement

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).

September 2019:

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!

Summer 2019:

Danielle Walwyn and Andrea Ianni successfully defended their Master’s Degrees this summer.  

May 2019:

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.

June 2019:

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) .

November 2018:

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.

Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research

28 Division Street

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Queen’s University

Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

Principal Investigator:  Lucie Lévesque 


Research Coordinator:  Donna Ivimey


Tel:  613-533-6000 x 79130