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Brief description

Established during the creation of QPHRN (RRSPQ) in 2002, the mandate of this strategic priority (Axis) is to develop knowledge sharing between researchers, public policy makers, central and regional managers, as well as local stakeholders in order to increase the use of knowledge exchange from research on population health. Its activities act at two different levels: a transversal role of support to the other strategic priorities (axis) of the Network; and a developmental role to initiate new projects to increase the use and knowledge exchange of population health in Quebec.

Objectives of the Axis

  1. Increase the capacity of researchers, managers and practitioners to share and use knowledge

  2. To encourage and facilitate interaction and networking between different actors

  3. Increase access to health knowledge of people and promote widespread dissemination

  4. To stimulate research on the use and sharing of knowledge

Team Members


Pierre Bergeron
190, boulevard Crémazie Est, Montréal,(Québec), H2P 1E2
Bureau : 2.22
Tel.: (514) 864-1600 poste 3600
Fax: (514) 864-5180

Conceptual approach

The Axis' objectives and programming refer to a contextual approach, in which several models for the sharing and use of knowledge are valid, depending on the context, the type of research, objectives and target users. Given the diversity of scientific traditions (basic research, applied, in partnership), and interdisciplinarity that characterizes the field of population health, the Axis focuses on strategies that matches the most appropriate KE approach which characteristics of the research query and its context. It fosters the use of a combination of practices to reach potential users at various levels and in different ways.

Overview of activities and projects

1. Increase the capacity of researchers, managers and practitioners to share and use knowledge

Review of supply and demand in KE
  • Portrait of provided training in Canada on KE
  • Consulting with people working in public health (students, researchers and managers at local, regional and central levels) to assess their needs and expectations of training on KE

Organization of training activities
  • Animation of a methodology workshop on KE at the Journées annuelles de santé publiques (JASP) 2009 conference

2. Encourage and facilitate interaction and networking among the various actors
  • Knowledge Translation Conference Participation 2010: Improving Health Care and Health Systems with Knowledge Translation in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Organization of activities in conferences like the Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP) and the Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)
  • International collaboration and partnership development on the theme of KE with France
    • Fall 2009, Montreal: First joint seminar with the Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES)
    • Spring 2010, Paris: INPES' Journée de la prévention
    • Fall 2010, Quebec: JASP Satellite Activity on KE

3. Increase access to health knowledge of people and promote widespread dissemination
  • Animation of the PopHealth Newsletter

    PopHealth is an electronic newsletter which aims to facilitate access to research in population health from a perspective of knowledge sharing. Published twice a month, PopHealth monitor events, recent publications and other information of interest to researchers and actors in the field by searching through more than 1,000 sources of information. It reaches nearly 2,000 people.
  • Production of PopHealth Notes
    Published periodically, the PopHealth Notes present the most cutting-edge research and scientific events in the population health field. Each issue explores a different theme related to the social inequalities of health, world health, first-line care, knowledge sharing, etc., and combines research results with comments by relevant players. Some issues feature colloquia reports and provide a privileged forum for decision-makers and stakeholders. As an ongoing part of QPHRN’s activities, the PopHealth Notes promote existing knowledge and open the door to new perspectives for consolidating population health research.

4. Stimulate research on the use and sharing of knowledge
  • Collaboration with the axis Exchange and Use of Knowledge (EVC) of the Institute for Public Health Research, University of Montreal (IRSPUM)
  • Collaborative Development Team on the development and transfer of knowledge (VTC) in the social field (Dagenais et al.)
  • Support contest on the theme of KE addressed to researchers (fellowships protocol development)

Lien internet pour visionner une vidéo promouvant la formation en ligne sur le transfert de connaissances organisée par l'Axe PUC et l'INSPQ:

Dr. Bergeron félicite encore une fois Préscilla Labelle et Karine Souffez qui ont produit la formation en ligne et piloté la production de la vidéo.


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