Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Knowledge Transfer & Publications

Knowledge Transfer

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines Knowledge Transfer (KT) as "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system."

The Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) aims to transfer research findings to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).

ACHRU KT events focus on four areas:

  • Sharing evidence generated by the research program
  • Sharing results of the responses to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Applied Health Research Questions
  • Policy perspectives on the evidence and current context of community healthcare
  • Capacity building opportunities

These events target key stakeholders, including knowledge users and policy makers, health system decision-makers and collaborators, patient and caregiver representatives, researchers and trainees. Knowledge exchange events also occur through the use of a combination of effective methods of dissemination throughout the research program (e.g., research briefs, interactive small group meetings or teleconferences, policy forums, invited presentations at relevant networking groups).

With knowledge users and partner networks, the program uses existing newsletters and websites to disseminate the findings. Implementation toolkits have also been developed, outlining how to plan and implement the models across Ontario.

Advisory Committees

The ACHRU Scientific Advisory Committee’s purpose is to ensure the research studies are integrated, to share preliminary findings and raise awareness of what is happening in each study, and to guide KT and capacity building activities. Meetings are held via teleconference and/or web conference. The committee is comprised of the Scientific Directors, Study Co-Leads, KT Co-Leads, Research Coordinators, Program Trainees, and a KT Specialist.

The ACHRU’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee works collaboratively with the Scientific Advisory Committee to support study implementation, interpret and contextualize study findings, and facilitate dissemination and uptake of results and scaling-up of interventions. The committee shares information and resources, e.g., reports and news briefs, with the team on a regular basis to promote understanding of contextual changes that occur at a systems level. It also identifies policy-relevant questions and shapes practice and policy-relevant recommendations. Face-to-face and web-based Stakeholder Advisory committee meetings are held two times per year (every six months). It is comprised of decision-makers/knowledge users, providers and community partners/collaborators, older adults, family caregivers, ACHRU Scientific Directors, Project Co-Leads, Co-Investigators, Trainees, Research Coordinators/Assistants, Students and Staff. 

  • Rebecca Ganann Rebecca Ganann
    Assistant Professor School of Nursing, Co-Investigator ACHRU
    McMaster University
  • Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy
    Administrator
    Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging webinar series: Pivoting a large-scale aging research initiative due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Drs. Brenda Vrkljan and Marla Beauchamp present the first MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging webinar on Friday February 26, 2021, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

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Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19

Former ACHRU trainee Anna Garnett and ACHRU co-investigator Melissa Northwood have authored the article in the Conversation along with Ruheena Sangrar of the University of Manitoba.

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Partnering principles and strategies: A guidance document for researchers, patients and caregivers

A step-by-step guide to plan for and involve patient, caregiver, and public research partners is now available online at miracollaborative.ca under ‘Resources’.

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