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Learning together: Bridging research and community networks in 2021


As we press forward into the second year of pandemic response, researchers are vital in helping us learn in real-time. We are building a network of researchers interested in co-producing knowledge translation experiences for community organizations & decision makers, connect with us using this form 

2020 was an unprecedented year for public health. The learning curve has been steep, and we saw leaders rise to the occasion. Practitioners embraced virtual care on the frontlines, public health professionals launched social media accounts tackling the infodemic online, and scientists around the world collaborated to develop and deliver a vaccine. All in less than 12 months. 

As we press forward into the second year of pandemic response, we must also prioritize pausing to reflect and bring evidence into practice in real-time. In the last year, many government agencies and community health services have had to catch up with 10+ years of transformation in digital communications, knowledge translation, and citizen engagement. Countries around the world have also embraced a suite of new technologies and strategies to tackle different challenges in pandemic response, as illustrated in the infographic below.  

This won’t be our last pandemic. What we learn, document and share now will work towards saving lives now and for generations to come. Our team at the Lab for Knowledge Translation in Health wants to help researchers bridge this gap. We want to connect with researchers studying these tools and strategies in two ways:

  1. We are coordinating a special issue on Public Health & Digital Technologies during a Pandemic in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We are compiling empirical articles, review articles, and digital methodological innovations used to respond to COVID-19 in the last year. Topic areas are further detailed in this call for papers. The submission deadline is June 15, 2021.
  2. We are connecting with researchers across Canada to identify opportunities for co-producing knowledge mobilization experiences for these research topics that serve the needs of grassroots communities, and public health decision-makers. Connect with us to learn more here.
We want to better integrate research findings into community practice as we enter our second year of pandemic response. Questions we are asking include:

Building a public health learning network

Public health shouldn’t feel like a solo sport, yet professionals that attended our COVID Comms Network office hours last year reported feeling siloed and overwhelmed.

We must invest in building networks where public health professionals and researchers can discuss emerging challenges and build trusted relationships to navigate this evolving landscape. 

Organizations and public health leaders can connect with our growing community network using this form

Join us and let’s enter this next year of the pandemic as a stronger and more connected network of professionals and researchers.