Community Engagement Series

The Community Engagement Series brings together researchers, trainees, and community members to discuss innovative community-engaged research projects and methods.

These virtual 1-hour sessions discuss best practices for community engagement, and foster opportunities for sharing community-engaged experiences and ideas. These sessions are held virtually until further notice. Registration is required to access the virtual event links.

Hosted by: Dr. Priscilla Medeiros, PhD

Knowledge Mobilization and Community Engagement Specialist, Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children, University of Toronto

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Past events


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | “The Family and Child Health Initiative: Building Trusting Relationships and Working in Partnership with Diverse Communities in Peel Region”

This webinar presentation focuses on practical ways that researchers and clinicians can engage with diverse community organizations, influencers and members in a meaningful way to address health priorities.

Dr. Ian Zenlea is a paediatric endocrinologist and Division Head & Medical Director of Children’s Health at Trillium Health Partners and a Clinician Scientist and Lead of the Family and Child Health Initiative at the Institute for Better Health.  

Dianne Fierheller is the co-Lead of the Family and Child Health Initiative and has worked for many years with children, youth and families as an anti-oppressive paediatric healthcare Social Worker at SickKids Hospital and Trillium Health Partners.

Sara Abdullah is a Research Associate within the Family and Child Health Initiative at the Institute for Better Health and is involved in a number of community-based participatory research projects. She has a master’s in Global Health.

Serena Hong is a Peer Research Assistant with the Family and Child Health Initiative, supporting the Family Violence project. Serena has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.

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Friday, May 19, 2023 | “Lessons Learned: Cultivating Community Partnerships for Equity and Access in Children’s Health”

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas, Developmental Paediatrician with the Women’s and Children’s Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, discusses the importance of embedding equity and inclusion in research design.

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Friday, April 21, 2023 | "Equitably Engaging Patient and Community Partners in Our Research: Where Do I Begin?”

Dr. Patricia O’Campo, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at Unity Health Toronto and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Health Intervention Research, discusses various strategies for engaging patients and communities in health research.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | "Advancing Engagement Using Arts-Based Approaches"

Dr. Roberta Woodgate, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Child and Family Engagement in Health Research and Healthcare, discusses the importance and use of arts-based approaches to involving children and youth in the research process. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2022 | “Meaningful Community Engagement: An Introduction to Best Practices”

Dr. Naomi Thulien, a nurse practitioner and scientist with the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, discusses best practices for responsible community engagement. 

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Friday, September 30, 2022 | “Let’s Talk: Putting Community in Community-Engaged Research”

Dr. Catherine Birken, Leong Chair in Child Health Intervention and co-lead of TARGet Kids!, speaks to defining ‘community’ in community-engaged research. 

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