Rural and Northern Youth Sexual Health Team: Building Interdisciplinary Research Capacity to Reduce Health and Social Disparities

(April 2006 – March 2011; CIHR)

Principal Investigator(s): Jean Shoveller
Co-Investigator(s): Neil Hanlon; Theresa Healy; Joy Johnson; Mary-Ellen Kelm; Mieke Koehoorn; Gina Ogilvie; Aleck Ostry; Heather Peters; Ken Prkachin; Mark Rosenberg; Elizabeth Saewyc; Judith Soon; Audrey Steenbeek

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Team Grant), this study investigated the mechanisms through which gender, culture and place affect two broad domains of youth sexual health: (a) prevention, treatment and health services utilization; and (b) youth’s interactions with health care, educational and social service systems. We also developed participatory research capacity to launch intervention research related to STIs and early-age pregnancies. We will now use these new research models to inform innovative knowledge translation strategies to reduce the resultant health and social inequalities experienced by rural and northern youth.

Total: $820,000