The Government of Canada has announced new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients. This award is Canada’s most prestigious award for postdoctoral fellows, exemplifying world-class research capacity at an internationally competitive level of funding.
The Banting program is funded through the three federal research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Inter-Organisational Collaboration for Scale-up of Intervention and Policy Programming in an Indigenous Community
Jon Salsberg was founding Associate Director of Participatory Research at McGill University. He has over fifteen years of experience working in community and academic participatory research and integrated knowledge translation. Jon’s research has focused on understanding the theory and practice of participatory health research, an approach where researchers work in equitable partnerships with those affected by the issues being studied, or those who must ultimately use its results. Participatory research increases the relevance of research, the speed of evidence uptake and its impact on health, practice and policy. However, our understanding of this impact and the mechanisms that lead to it are still unfolding. Jon has focused on using social network analysis to demonstrate how participatory strategies shift research control from academic to knowledge-user partners, such as patients, practitioners or community members.
The majority of his work has taken place with Indigenous communities, such as with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, winner of CHIR’s 2010 Partnership Award for outstanding academic-knowledge user research partnership. Jon’s postdoctoral work continues the use of social network analysis to look at the way community organisations collaborate to design and implement health policy and interventions within Indigenous communities, with a particular focus on how these impact more marginal or hard to reach community sectors.
It is with great pride that we congratulate the recipients of this year's Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.