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:
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.