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Research, Practice, and Policy Partnerships in Pan-Canadian Coalitions for Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention

Manafò, Elizabeth MHSc; Petermann, Lisa PhD; Lobb, Rebecca ScD; Keen, Deb MPA; Kerner, Jon PhD

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: November/December 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p E1–E11
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318215a4ae
Original Articles

Objective: To describe the development stages of the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to support research, practice, and policy coalitions focused on cancer and chronic disease prevention in Canada.

Design: Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention was implemented in 3 stages. This article describes Stage 1 that consisted of an online concept-mapping consultation process, 3 topic specific networking and consultation workshops, and 3 context-specific networking, coalition development, and planning meetings. These were all completed using a participatory engagement approach to encourage knowledge exchange across jurisdictions and sectors in Canada.

Setting: Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Montreal, Québec; and Ottawa, Ontario.

Participants: More than 500 researchers, practitioners, and policy specialists were invited to take part in the first stage activities.

Main Outcome Measures: (1) Participant-identified high-priority opportunities for strategic collaboration; (2) Cross-jurisdictional and cross-sector representation; and (3) Participant feedback on the CLASP processes and activities.

Results: Participants from Stage 1 activities were distributed across all provinces/territories; 3 jurisdictional levels; and research, practice, and policy sectors. Ninety priority opportunities for strategic collaboration were identified across all 3 workshops. Participants provided detailed feedback about transparency of the RFP (Request for Proposals) application process, support needed to level the playing field for potential applicants, and valuable suggestions for the adjudication process.

Conclusions: Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention engaged hundreds of research, practice, and policy experts across Canada focusing social-behavioral, clinical, and environmental and occupational opportunities for cancer and chronic disease prevention. Given the extent of expert and jurisdictional engagement, the substantial Partnership investment in a participatory engagement approach to RFP development and potential applicant response suggests that efforts to link cancer and chronic disease prevention efforts across jurisdictions and through research, practice, and policy collaboration may require this type of a priori investment in networking, communication, coordination, and collaboration.

The objective of this study was to describe the development stages of the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to support research, practice, and policy coalitions focused on cancer and chronic disease prevention in Canada.

School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario (Ms Manafò); Mental Health Commission of Canada, Calgary, Alberta (Dr Petermann); Washington University School of Medicine, Missouri (Dr Lobb), Primary Prevention Portfolio & Cancer Control Division, Toronto, Ontario (Ms Keen); and Primary Prevention Advisory Group, Cancer Control and Knowledge Management Division, Toronto, Ontario (Dr Kerner), Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Correspondence: Jon F. Kerner, PhD, Senior Scientific Advisor, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, One University Ave, Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M5J 2P1 (jon.kerner@partnershipagainstcancer.ca).

Production of this research paper has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Dr Lobb thanks the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for their support.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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