The Public Health Agency of Canada./Canadian Public Health Association Health Human Resources Award for innovation in public health practice recognizes the efforts of one individual to translate research or knowledge into a new product, practice, or strategy for public health workforce development or program delivery, including the preparation of individuals for practice. The School of Nursing congratulates Dr. Maureen Dobbins, the 2007 recipient of this prestigious award.
Maureen has concentrated her research efforts on understanding knowledge transfer and uptake and evidence-based decision making among public health decision makers in Canada. Her program of research has sought to: identify barriers to research utilization among public health decision makers; identify factors facilitating the use of the results of systematic reviews for program decision making; understand the information needs of public health decision makers at the local, provincial and federal level; evaluate the use of systematic reviews in the development of new provincial guidelines for public health practice; understand the program planning decision-making process of public health organizations to determine where research evidence fits into the process; evaluate knowledge transfer strategies through the use of a randomized controlled trial; and explore the knowledge broker role as it is naturally occurring in public health units in Ontario.
The most significant product from her research has been the development and launch of the web site Health Evidence. This registry houses all reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health and promotion interventions published since 1985. The value of this registry is that it meets the need for a single source of high-quality effectiveness evidence in public health/health promotion—a need clearly articulated by Canadian public health decision makers.
In addition to this achievement, Maureen also received the 2007 Medical Library Association Research Section Research Award, which is presented annually to recognize quality research-oriented contributed papers and posters. Maureen Dobbins won the 1st Place Award for her paper titled: Tailored messaging for action: Preliminary findings from Canada’s first knowledge brokering trial.