Mobilizing Minds KM in the AM

York University's Knowledge Mobilization Unit partnered with the Mobilizing Minds project team to deliver a KM in the AM event on March 4, 2015.  The project team were interested in meeting diverse stakeholders to share the results of their project, a KT project in support of youth mental health. L’Unité de

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Social Media as a Tool to Disseminate ASD Mental Health Research / Les médias sociaux comme outils pour diffuser la recherche en santé mentale sur les troubles du spectre de l’autisme

Jonathan Weiss, Faculty of Health and CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research, York University Michael Johnny, RIR York A commitment to social media can help support important messages in research being shared to diverse audiences.  L’emploi des médias sociaux peut favoriser la diffusion à des publics divers d’importants messages

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A New Development in the World of ResearchSnapshots / Un nouveau développement dans le monde des faits saillants de recherche

Jason Guriel, Evidence Exchange Network ResearchImpact’s ResearchSnapshot database makes research on climate change, homelessness, and other important topics accessible to a wide range of audiences. But the latest additions to the library – created by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) – bring an enhanced focus on mental health and addictions research, especially

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Why Knowledge Mobilization? / Pourquoi la mobilisation des connaissances ?

By David Phipps - RIR (York) Why is knowledge mobilization emerging as an institutional paradigm for community university collaboration? Limited resources and increasing public accountability require that university researchers and their non-academic partners collaborate to accomplish more with less. Pourquoi la mobilisation des connaissances émerge-t-elle en tant que paradigme institutionnel pour la

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Mental Health for York and York / La santé mentale à York et York

By David Phipps, RIR-York

On Friday October 7, 2011, York University’s Faculty of Health and Faculty of Education invited researchers and educators to meet with representatives of York Region’s community mental health agencies. It was intended to be a day of priority setting for York U and York Region.  It was a day of knowledge mobilization and ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR)-York was there.

Le 7 octobre 2011, la Faculté de la Santé ainsi que la Faculté d’Éducation de l’Université York ont invité chercheurs et éducateurs à rencontrer les représentants des agences de santé mentale de la région de York. La rencontre se voulait une occasion d’établir les priorités pour l’Université de York et la région de York (York x York = York2). C’était une journée de mobilisation des connaissances et RéseauImpactRecherche-York y était.

There were about 40 of us in the room at the Markham Convergence Centre, slightly more community than university folks.  The university members were almost all faculty with a couple of project staff and knowledge brokers thrown in.  The community members came from across the mental health support spectrum and from across York Region. The goal was to start a conversation about mental health in people 0-25 years old. We started from the position that York University is part of York Region.  Not only do many York U staff, faculty and students live in York Region but many high school students with mental health experiences will move from the school system to York University creating an opportunity to provide a continuum of mental health supports and services.

Pat Bradshaw (Schulich School of Business) was retained to guide the group from introductions to decisions. She started us out in assigned roundtable discussions of 4-8 people per table discussing trends, gaps and opportunities for mental health services in York Region. She then used a nominal group technique to move quickly through group report back allowing each group to build on comments previously provided and avoid duplication. The group then used a dotmocracy technique to prioritize opportunities. The fun continued with two “open spaces” (=unconference) where individuals identified issues they felt relevant to the prioritized opportunities and agreed to host and report back on the outcomes of their sessions.

While the notes are still in development what happened was classic knowledge exchange, a component of knowledge mobilization.  Groups of mental health stakeholders came together to share information, develop trust and create relationships that may lead to campus-community collaborations around research, teaching and the student experience.

The facilitated approach was also reminiscent of a Harvard Business Review blog titled, “Hold Conversations, Not Meetings” posted on February 15, 2011.  This blog made the following recommendations to engage in information exchange, not just passive information transfer that more frequently occurs in meetings.

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Meet a Mobilizer – Monica Nunes / Faites la connaissance d’un agent de mobilisation – Monica Nunnes

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche would like to extend a big KMb welcome to one of our newest knowledge brokers - Monica Nunes. Monica is working out of York University's knowledge mobilization unit and is supporting researchers, young adults and community partners in Ontario and Manitoba. ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche aimerait souhaiter la plus cordiale des bienvenues à

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Using Your WITS: KMb in Action at UVic / Le programme « WITS » : la Mobilisation des connaissances (MdC) en action à l’Université de Victoria

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced a $2.6 million grant supporting children’s mental health through a program designed by University of Victoria psychologist Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, which teaches children conflict resolution strategies. L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a récemment annoncé une subvention de 2,6 millions de dollars

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Mobilizing Minds Community Partnership Forum

What happens when community groups learn about young adult engagement and about research and knowledge mobilization? Mobilizing Minds: pathways to young adult mental health engaged community partners to bring community agencies and advocates into the Mobilizing Minds project and inform them about engaging youth in their own organizations.

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Mobilizing Minds meets Mind your Mind

Apart from each having a cat, Jenn McPhee (Program Coordinator, Mobilizing Minds) and I have nothing in common. Discovering all the things two people have in common in 60 seconds was the first exercise at the annual Face to Face meeting of Mobilizing Minds, the $1.5M CIHR funded knowledge

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Youth and Mental Health: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination through Community-Informed Curriculum

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for KM pilot projects at York University and University of Victoria, the two institutions developed a competitive, adjudicated process for Faculty Incentive Grants for teams of researchers and their partners to address research issues with relevant public

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Meet a Mobilizer- Jennifer McPhee

My name is Jennifer McPhee. I am the project coordinator of a national KT project that focuses on young adult mental health (Mobilizing Minds: Pathways to Young Adult Mental Health; The project is linked to the KM Unit at York University and includes a large team of researchers, health

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Mobilizing Minds at the ‘The International Conference on the Use of the Internet in Mental Health’ May 14-16, 2009 in Montreal, Canada

York's KM Unit is pleased to support the Mobilizing Minds: Pathways to Young Adult Mental Health research group. ResearchImpact's own David Phipps is a co-applicant on this project and is supporting the group by working to identify lead community and practitioner champions, as well as to develop a strategy for

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ResearchImpact helps to launch Mobilizing Minds: Pathways to Young Adult Mental Health

David Phipps, ResearchImpact/York University Tara Syed, Mobilizing Minds/Trent University Mobilizing Minds is a $1.5M CIHR funded 5 year KM project which is a partnership between young adults and academic researchers (jointly lead by York and UManitoba). The project will develop tools to inform young adults’ decisions about mental health and will

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