This summer, our writing team at York University has started working on brand new clear language summaries. Look for new, upcoming ResearchSnapshots to be developed around the topic of Poverty Eradication. Cet été, l’équipe de rédaction de l’Université York a déjà commencé à travailler sur de tout nouveaux résumés de rechercheRead More
The following was first published by United Way York Region on June 4, 2012 and is reposted here with permission. As a concept, Knowledge Mobilization was introduced in Canada in 2001-2002 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) and can be defined as putting available the knowledgeRead More
Janice Chu (United Way of York Region), Jeremy Laurin (ventureLAB), David Phipps (RIR-York) York University, United Way of York Region and ventureLAB are collaborating to support social innovation and social enterprises in York Region. On May 15 they will speak about the assets they bring to bear to help address persistentRead More
Michael Johnny, RIR-York Staff within York’s KMb Unit are not the only people talking about KMb at York. Based on our recent experience, there are many faculty and students who are engaged in KMb activity. Les employés de l’unité de Mobilisation des Connaissances (MdC) de York ne sont pas les seuls àRead More
The following blog story was first published in the United Way of York Region's blog on November 29, 2011. It is reposted here with permission. Meet Jane Wedlock – a Knowledge Mobilization Officer who was hired to work for us as part of our partnership with York University to develop research initiatives thatRead More
The following blog story was first published on the United Way York Region blog on November 22, 2011. It is reposted here with permission. In a recent bulletin from York University, David Phipps, who is the director of York University’s Research Services and Knowledge Exchange, was named the most influential knowledgeRead More
We are excited to share the following opening for the position of Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Knowledge Brokering for Health and Wellness with the United Way of York Region and York University. Here is a summary of the position:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
Closing Date for Applications
July 29, 2011
Based in the United Way of York Region (UWYR) head office in Markham and working in partnership with York University’s Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit, the Knowledge Mobilization Officer will be responsible for the development and delivery of community-based KMb services in York Region to maximize the impact of university research on public policy and professional practice, specifically in the area of social determinants of health. The Knowledge Mobilization Officer will have active liaison with York Region human service agencies and municipalities, community leaders, social entrepreneurs, York University (York U) faculty, students and staff within York U’s KMb Unit. The position will be guided by the successful Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant – “Community-Based Knowledge Brokering to Affect Social Determinants of Health in York Region”.
Knowledge Mobilization Officer will report to the Director, Community Investment, UWYR and involve regular communication and interface with the Director, Research Services and Knowledge Exchange, York U, Co-Lead of this York U and UWYR partnership as well as with the Manager, Knowledge Mobilization for York University.Read More
By David Phipps (ResearchImpact, York) An inspiring speech by United Way of York Region calls on all knowledge brokers and social innovators in York Region to stand up for change. Join York University and stand up for knowledge mobilization and social innovation at your university and local communities. Un discours inspirant duRead More
Small steps towards a big problem: Addressing the social determinants of health at the community level
David Phipps (ResearchImpact, York) wrote the following guest blog post for “Health Policies” about a new initiative with UWYR that is focused on community solutions for community health challenges arising from the social determinants of health.
Health isn’t a problem. Not being healthy is a wicked problem. Wicked problems are persistent social problems characterized (among other things) by:
- Lack of clarity on all stakeholders associated with the problem
- Lack of clarity on the causes of the problems
- Lack of clarity on end points and outcomes
- Interventions change the nature of the wicked problem challenging evaluation
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are wicked problems.
There is an increasing amount of attention paid to SDOH at the international, national and local levels:
- International: The World Health Organization recently released the technical paper for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health to be held in Rio de Janeiro in October 2011.
- National: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is one of six NCCs funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). In 2010 it released an environmental scan of the role of public health agencies in supporting policy responses to social determinants of health in Canada.
- Local: On June 22 York Region’s Human Services Planning Board release their report, Making Ends Meet which identifies poverty and income insecurity as the single human service priority for York Region. Health indicators and outcomes are included in the planning.
But how do you tackle such large, wicked problems. According to WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, all you need to do is:
- Improve living conditions
- Tackle inequitable distribution of power, money and resources
- Measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action.
I’ll get right on that. I’ll also get right on solving the upstream political issues underlying SDOH that were pointed out in a previous Healthy Policies blog.
NOT (and therein lies the problem – where do you start with a wicked problem like SDOH?)Read More
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a video worth? Recent videos show that this format is useful for telling our stories and beginning discussions. David Phipps of ResearchImpact-York has been featured in a number of video presentations recently. These videos each illustrate different issuesRead More
ResearchImpact-York is pleased to be part of Change Inc., a social innovation incubator. Change Inc. is a partnership between the United Way of York Region and York University that will build capacity for social innovators, remove policy barriers, incubate new ideas and mentor new social entrepreneurs so that theRead More
Mobilize This! readers, below is the text of a speech made by Daniele Zanotti, CEO, United Way of York Region, at their 34th Annual General Meeting held June 24, 2010 at Oakview Terrace in Richmond Hill (York Region). You can also find this speech on the UWYR website. DanieleRead More
I have been very fortunate to work in York’s KMb Unit since February 2006. While we had worked hard over the first four years to build a credible service unit at York, and support the infrastructure for a national knowledge mobilization network, it is the past two months thatRead More
On April 26 and 27 the United Way of York Region (UWYR) and York University hosted their counterparts from St. John’s, Montreal (UQAM), Guelph, Saskatoon and Victoria. This represented the first time the ResearchImpact universities met and was an ideal opportunity to invite our UW partners. Some ofRead More
We are happy to share the following job posting for a United Way of York Region-York University Graduate Student Intern position for the summer of 2010. United Way – York University Interns Job Description General Purpose: The United Way-York University Interns will work with United Way of York Region (UWYR) Community EngagementRead More