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Learning as We Go in Canada: Facilitating Knowledge to Action in Population Health

Starts: 5 June 2014

Thursday 5th June, 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University

Seminar by Steve Manske 
Senior Scientist, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and Research Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada


Steve has led the development and implementation of SHAPES, the School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System in Canada. SHAPES is an innovative programme that collects health- and education-related information from students and school policy/program information from school staff to create computer-generated, custom school health profiles for participating schools. Data from SHAPES can also be aggregated regionally, provincially or nationally to identify trends and evaluate initiatives. To date, provinces, health regions, school boards and evaluators have all made use of SHAPES to guide program planning and generate timely evidence.


Steve also heads Youth Excel, an initiative that links leaders from research, policy and practice across Canada to advance healthy school communities. Part of this initiative has involved developing the Healthy School Planner (HSP), a free, on-line tool that allows schools to assess the health of their school. The HSP incorporates validated measures at individual- and school-levels for youth tobacco control, physical activity and healthy eating (Core Indicators and Measures).

In this seminar Steve will talk about his research, particularly his experiences with SHAPES and health improvement with young people in the school setting. He’ll also discuss the challenges, successes and lessons learned when bringing research, policy and practice together to facilitate the transfer of knowledge into action.

Spaces are limited, so please book onto this seminar by emailing SHRN@cardiff.ac.uk  

Steve Manske, EdD, leads the Propel Centre’s Youth Healthy Living program of research. Its goal is to foster development of environments that result in optimal levels of physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living among Canadian youth aged ten to nineteen, with a special focus on healthy school communities. Youth Healthy Living generates and facilitates use of evidence to improve youth health policies and programs. 

Steve is also a co-investigator on the School Health Research Network, a new initiative led by DECIPHer at Cardiff University to facilitate school-based health improvement research in Wales.

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