CCHSA and Ergolab members present research at a national Statistics Canada conference

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network National Conference (CRDCN) was recently held on October 31st -November 1 in Saskatoon, SK.

CCHSA faculty Dr. Brenna Bath and PhD student Adriana Angarita Fonseca at the CRDCN conference
CCHSA faculty, Dr. Brenna Bath, Ph.D. student, Adriana Angarita Fonseca, and postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tayyab Shah presented the following at the conference:
BB oral presentation

Bath B, Ma D,Lawson J, Trask C. Uncovering inequities in access to health care services among adult Canadians with chronic back disorders. (Podium presentation) 

Shah T, Bath B, Milosavljevic S,Trask C. Spatial distribution of physiotherapy use across Canadian health regions in relation to the distribution of physiotherapists. (Podium presentation)  

Fonseca AA,Trask C,Bath B. Physical activity and chronic back disorders in Canadian adults. (Poster presentation)

CRDCN National Conference: a Trainee's perspective​ by Adriana Angarita Fonseca

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) National Conference 2016 “Health, Wealth, and Happiness in Canada”, was hosted by the Saskatchewan Research Data Center (SKY RDC) October 31 until November 1 in the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, Saskatoon, SK. Health, Social Sciences and Humanities researchers were meeting to share ideas and to learn about new methods.

Dr. Brenna Bath and postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tayyab Shah, presented two conference papers in the session 'Health and Health Care Services'. It is worth mentioning that Population health and health care utilization has been identified as high priority on both the research and public policy agendas for the CRDCN’s collaborative policy-relevant research programs. Ph.D. student Adriana Angarita also presented a poster related to her thesis.

Attending to the CRDCN National Conference allowed me to learn about statistical methods that I have never used, such as random intercept logistic multi-level, which is useful for taking into account characteristics of the household and health region as level 1 and 2, respectively, as well as taking into account co-variables that change over time. Also, I saw different ways of presenting results. It was interesting to note that the more images you use in your presentation, the more engagement from the audience. 

Another aspect that caught my attention was that there were few research studies related to work and rural/agricultural population. Furthermore, the Collaborative Programs of Policy-Relevant research proposed by CRDCN do not include Occupational Safety and Health. Because not everything is about science, we went to the Western Development Museum, where I learned about the history of Saskatchewan and I could share in the dinner table with Dr. S. Martin Taylor, Executive Director of CRDCN and Dr. John F. Helliwell, a keynote speaker. Overall, it was an important experience for my personal and professional growth.

All information regarding the program and abstract can be found on the CRDCN website