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Post-Doctoral Fellowships, The ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: February 1, 2011

2011-2013 Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Call for Applications
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2011

The ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions

A Canadian Institutes for Health Research
Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research
at the
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON INNER CITY HEALTH
(Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michaels Hospital)
Toronto, Canada

ACHIEVE 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:
Population Health and Health Services Interventions Research
Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Knowledge Translation

Information & Eligibility:
PhD and/or health professional degree completion. For health professional applicants, additional completion of Masters level degree 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 health professional applicants, practical experience with marginalized populations will be strongly considered.
Term: September, 2011 - August, 2013.
Stipend: Based on CIHR guidelines for qualified candidates
Fellows are required to complete all training program components within the two years.
4-6 Fellows may be accepted for the 2011-2013 session

Important Dates:
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2011; Decision announcements: May, 2011

For More Information about Eligibility & To Apply, go to  http://www.crich.ca/education.php

The ACHIEVE Research Partnership
Brief 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. Population Health and Health Services Intervention Research: Often, population health research focuses on measuring the extent of health inequities, rather than generating and testing effective interventions to reduce them. This program will emphasize interventions-focused research aimed to illuminate solutions to complex problems and facilitate sustainability.
2. Community Engagement & Partnerships: 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 work closely with a mentor(s) who provides guidance for the duration of the program.

Agency Partnerships
A 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. Agencies will benefit from access to expertly trained researchers, access to research materials and evidence, and the opportunity to shape the research agenda.

Required Curricular Elements
1. Mentorship in Developing an Independent Program of Inner City Health Research
2. Collaborative Team Research Project for Inner City Health
3. Learning Modules in Research Methods, Knowledge Translation and Research Ethics
4. St. Michaels Hospital Research Community Participation

Approach: We are motivated by the CIHRs goal to produce the next generation of creative agents for change, and by the Institute of Population and Public Healths 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.

The Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) is part of the Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaels Hospital. CRICH receives infrastructure funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Government of Ontario).

For More Information about Eligibility & To Apply, go to http://www.crich.ca/education.php