Trainee Hub

Trainee hub

The Trainee Hub is a new initiative for graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows, and clinical trainees who are members of the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children. Trainees will learn from community partners and researchers about the foundations, ethical dimensions, and planning for community-engaged research.

The Trainee Hub provides mentorship in the planning and implementation of community-engaged research by offering monthly in-person meetings. These workshops are being held as hybrid events on Microsoft Teams until further notice.

The Trainee Hub workshops are only open to the graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows, and clinical trainees who are members of the Centre. These members are invited to sign-up below to receive updates about the Trainee Hub events. 

The Trainee Hub is moderated by Priscilla Medeiros, PhD

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

Archived Sessions


Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | Trainee Hub Special Event: “Your Work Has Impact—So Should You! How to Tell an Engaging Story”

This Trainee Hib event is a collaboration between the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children Trainee Hub and Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children.

This workshop reviews the basics of storytelling as a research method and outlines the ingredients of a compelling story.

Renira Narrandes is a storyteller, spoken word artist and knowledge translation specialist. She has a background in journalism, occupational therapy, and public health and has trained hundreds of clinicians, researchers, people living with conditions and others on how to tell stories. Renira is the Knowledge Translation Program Manager with the Learning Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Trainee Hub Special Event: “From Engaging to Empowering Community: Best Practices  for Community-Engaged Research Co-Design”

This Trainee Hub event is a collaboration between the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children Trainee Hub and The Hospital for Sick Children Research Training Centre.

This workshop provides an overview of the importance of pre-engagement planning in the research question design, different types of engagement, and best practices for working with community partners.

Daphne Korczak, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC, is the SickKids’ Chair in Child and Youth Medical Psychiatry, Director of the Children’s Integrated Mood and Body Depression Program, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Victor Do, MD, MSc, is a PGY-4 paediatrics and co-chief resident at the University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children. His research interests are in child health equity, specifically, working with marginalized patient populations through community based participatory research to address differences in health outcomes.

Francine Buchanan, PhD, MLIS, is the Senior Manager, Patient, Family & Community Engagement at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Ontario Child Health Support Unit.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | Trainee Hub Event: “What is the ‘F-words for Child Development’? Use and Impact on Child/Family Health Research”

This workshop provides examples and tools to support use of the F-words in practice and research, and encourages group reflection on how the F-words may be used in child/family health research work. 

Dr. Vanessa Tomas is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University, CanChild, and working with two child/family health organizations: Children's Treatment Network and Rehabilitation Centre for Children. At CanChild, she works with the ‘F-words for Child Development’ Team. Her postdoctoral fellowship research focuses on exploring the cultural relevance and safety of strengths-based approaches to child/family health services like the F-words, and its equitable implementation.

Lynda Moore is a parent partner at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University for F-Words for Childhood Development and Family Engagement in Research. Her focus in on engagement through personal story with sensitivity, protection and purpose.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | Trainee Hub Event: “Enhancing Our Research with Parent Partnerships – How We Developed a Parent Advisory”

This workshop provides an overview of the TARGet Kids! research network, and highlights best practices for planning and implementing a parent advisory group.

Danielle D’Annunzio is the Research Program Manager of The Applied Research Group for Kids (TARGet Kids! []). She has worked at The Hospital for Sick Children for over 14 years, and brings a wealth of experience from the roles she held across various research, operation and clinical teams. 

The Parent and Clinician Team (PACT) are parents with children participating in the TARGet Kids! study who partner with our researchers. The goal of the PACT is to foster patient and family-oriented research in TARGet Kids! by actively engaging patients and families throughout the research process. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: “Engaging the Community in Co-Design of Drug Policy and Substance Use Research”

This workshop provides an overview of the work at the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation and its connection to creating impact through community-led co-design. This presentation is an introspective look at meaningful community engagement and best practices.

Jolene Eeuwes is the Lead of Cohort Studies and Community Engagement at the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, St. Michael’s Hospital.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: “Advancing a Vision for Equity-Based Co-Creation”

This workshop provides an overview of equity-based co-creation, and shares visual prototypes that illustrate key features of this approach to service design and evaluation.

Dr. Michelle Phoenix is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, CanChild Scientist, and co-lead of the McMaster Co-Design Hub. She leads research on the accessibility of children's rehabilitation services. This includes consideration of the social determinants of health, parent mental health, equity and critical evaluation of service design and delivery. She has worked directly with children and families as a speech-language pathologist.

Recording is forthcoming!

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: “Planning for Impactful Engagement: Developing an Engagement Plan for Partnerships in Child Health Research”

This workshop focuses on how to co-design an engagement plan when collaborating with patients, families, and community members in the conduct of clinical research.

Dr. Francine Buchanan is the Program Manager for Patient & Family Engagement in Research at SickKids and the Ontario Child Health Support Unit. She brings a diverse background of skills and experience to the role including as a co-investigator on a number of CIHR-funded studies and as a research family advisor sharing her lived experience caring for her son with medical complexity.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: "Engaging the Community in Research: Insights from Youth Partners”

This workshop focuses on strategies for engaging youth partners in the research process.

Stacie Smith is the Executive Director of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health. She is also the founder of the Mental Health Student Support Network, Groundbreaker with Frayme, and co-lead of the Mental Health International Youth Advisory Committee.

Raissa Amany is the Co-Executive Director the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Raissa is also a youth advisory council member with the Knowledge Institute for Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions and Kids Help Phone, a research partner with CAMH, and a Groundbreaker with Frayme. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: "Community-Based Research Axiology and Qualitative Health Research Methodology: An Introduction to Value-Adding Research”

This workshop focuses on the fundamental elements of qualitative research design.

Dr. Naomi Thulien is a nurse practitioner and staff scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: "Community-Based Research: Preparing Your Study for REB Submission"

This workshop focuses on the ethical issues unique to community-engaged research.

Maria Isabel Suarez is a Research Ethics Coordinator for the Research Ethics and Regulatory Compliance Office at The Hospital for Sick Children.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: "Creating Equitable Spaces in Family Engagement in Research" 

This workshop focuses on the importance of building authentic and meaningful relationships between families and researchers. 

Rae Martens is a Knowledge Broker with Kids Brain Health Network, CanChild and the University of Calgary. She oversees the Community of Practice for the Family Engagement in Research (FER) Training Program. 

Gunjan Seth is a family leader, family mentor, and Family Advisory Committee Co-Chair at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Sam Micsinszki is a registered nurse and currently a postdoctoral fellow at CanChild and the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | Trainee Hub Event: "Community-Engaged Research and Learning"

This workshop focuses on the principles and theories related to both community-engaged learning and community-engaged research.

Shannon Black is the Lead Coordinator of Academic Initiatives with the Centre for Community Partnerships at the University of Toronto. 

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