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2010-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellowships, ACHIEVE Research Partnership

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 1, 2010

The ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions--A Canadian Institutes for Health Research Strategic Training Program

The ACHIEVE Research Partnership is aimed to equip new researchers with the competencies necessary for closing the gap between measuring health inequities and reducing them. The program has two main foci:

  • Solutions-Oriented Research Methods
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships

Four to six fellows may be accepted for the 2010-2012 session.

Information & Eligibility:

  • PhD and/or MD completion. For MD applicants, additional completion of Masters level is preferred, to ensure the candidate has advanced research skills. However, ACHIEVE also aims to build capacity related to interventions research for marginalized populations. In the absence of advanced research training among MD applicants, practical experience with marginalized populations will be strongly considered.
  • Term: September, 2010 - August, 2012.
  • Stipend: Minimum $40,000 (based on CIHR guidelines for qualified candidates).
  • Based at Centre for Research on Inner City Health (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital), and Agency Partner Locations.
  • Fellows are required to complete all training program components within the two years.
  • The Training Program must be notified of all other awards that are held or obtained during the fellowship period. Top-ups will be allowed up to the maximum stipulated by CIHR.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to apply: February 1, 2010
  • Decision announcements: April, 2010

For more information about the program & how to apply go to our website: http://www.crich.ca (please check the site regularly for updates).

Brief Program Overview:

ACHIEVE is designed to equip new researchers with competencies that are typically unavailable through traditional graduate training, yet are necessary for closing the gap between measuring urban health inequities and reducing them.

We have two primary foci:

  1. Interventions Research Methods: Often, population health research focuses on measuring the extent of health disparities, rather than generating and testing effective interventions. This program will emphasize the need for interventions research aimed to illuminate solutions to complex problems and facilitate sustainability;
  2. Community Engagement & Partnership: ACHIEVE will prepare researchers for careers both within and outside the academy. The program will prioritize experiences to work effectively with, and to be relevant to inner city health service providers, policy-makers, and advocates.

 Note: Fellows will work closely with a mentor who will provide guidance for the duration of the program.

Agency Partnerships:

The hallmark of ACHIEVE is engaged partnership building among Fellows and community agencies, health care providers, policy-makers, and advocacy organizations in order to advance the use of research evidence. Agency Partners' involvement will expose Fellows directly to real pressures facing inner city programs and policy-making environments and will support Fellows in developing approaches for conducting research and supporting the utilization of research findings that are responsive to the practical conditions of inner city health work.

Required Curricular Elements:

  1. Mentorship in Inner City Health Research
  2. Emerging Methods Modules
  3. Collaborative Team Research Project for Inner City Health
  4. Bi-weekly ACHIEVE Seminar
  5. St. Michael's Hospital Research Community Participation

Approach: We are motivated by the CIHR's goal to produce the next generation of 'creative agents for change,' and by the Institute of Population and Public Health's call for interventions research, defined as "the use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health at the population level."