CO-Away: a digital tool to help northern communities address COVID-19

Co-created with Indigenous communities in northern Saskatchewan, the project leverages locally crowd-sourced data to make informed decisions Author: Monique Rodrigues; MitacsCommunications Specialist, Vancouver July, 2020 When the second wave of the Spanish flu hit Canada over 100 years ago, the effect was even more devastating than that of its first wave. In fact, 90 percent … Continue reading CO-Away: a digital tool to help northern communities address COVID-19

DEPth Lab founder receives “One to Watch” Award from ISBNPA

Dr. Tarun Katapally, the founder of the Digital Epidemiology Population Health (DEPtH) Laboratory, at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is the latest recipient of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) “One to Watch” award. The news was officially announced on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the University of Regina’s … Continue reading DEPth Lab founder receives “One to Watch” Award from ISBNPA

Sitting on Our Hands with Big Data in Our Pockets

Photo credit: Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash When our society has faced existential crises in the past, we have banded together to overcome them. The COVID-19 pandemic is one such a threat that requires cohesive effort, as well as enormous trust, to follow public health guidelines, maintain social distance, and share basic necessities. Are democratic societies … Continue reading Sitting on Our Hands with Big Data in Our Pockets

Dr. Katapally: How Smartphones Can Encourage Active Living!

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death globally and has reached the status of a global pandemic — a definition that is usually associated with infectious diseases like influenza. Even those of us who are physically active every day can be quite sedentary. Working out every day, yet spending the rest of the day sitting in a chair … Continue reading Dr. Katapally: How Smartphones Can Encourage Active Living!

Addressing Our Data Crisis

 A recent news article in the Globe and Mail highlighted Canada’s data crisis and identified at least 28 critical gaps. These gaps intersect multiple sectors, ranging from health and education to environment, justice and Indigenous issues — a dearth that leaves researchers and policy makers in the dark. The article implicated governmental malaise for the inability to tackle this … Continue reading Addressing Our Data Crisis