Health Research Services

DPRA has conducted health and health-related research with clients representing Territorial / Provincial / Federal Governments, Municipalities, Health Councils / Networks, Aboriginal Organizations, and Communities.

We provide a wide range of health policy and research services:

  • Development of health policy and guidelines
  • Reviews and evaluations of health and social programs
  • Reviews of organizations that delivery health and well-being services
  • Public consultation on health programs and issues that affect public health
  • Environmental impacts of activities (e.g., contaminants) that may affect peoples’ health
  • Socio-economic impact assessments (including traditional knowledge components)
  • Strategic planning of health-related services
  • Emergency preparedness planning and response

DPRA takes a population health approach to investigating the well-being of individuals, groups and communities. This approach recognizes that health is influenced by a complex set of interrelated determinants including: culture, physical environment, socio-economic status, education and literacy, age, gender and biology. When conducting Aboriginal health research, DPRA also takes into consideration the influence of social, historic and political factors such as poverty, colonialism and self-determination.

Adopting a holistic framework for examining health issues enables us to successfully present evidence-based findings, conclusions and recommendations which clients can then use for the development of future programs, policies and interventions aimed at promoting health and preventing disease.

Using this framework, DPRA consultants have conducted research on health topics such as chronic (diabetes, heart disease) and infectious (TB, influenza, HPV) diseases, mental health and addictions, healing, nutrition, pollutants and early childhood development. We have specifically examined the health and well-being of populations including northerners, Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), urban and rural residents, women, and disadvantaged / vulnerable populations.

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