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Students from Indian Way School, Kahnawake Mohawk
Territory participate in physical activities as part of school-based interventions.
The Kahnawake School Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP), a longstanding participatory research initiative based in this Mohawk community southwest of Montréal, brings together community members and researchers at McGill in an effort to fight type 2 diabetes. A McGill Reporter article describes how this flagship project has shaped participatory health research at McGill (PRAM).
In 2010, KSDPP was the recipient of the CIHR Partnership Award in recognition of its 16 years of community-academic collaboration, and leadership in developing ethical guidelines for researchers working in partnerships with Aboriginal communities.
Also in 2010, KSDPP and PRAM successfully competed for a $200,000 CIHR Knowledge-To-Action grant to design, implement and evaluate a new physical activity policy in Kahnawake’s elementary schools. This project began baseline data collection in September 2011. As of spring 2012, community stakeholders had successfully created and implemented a pilot policy that will be evaluated in the coming year.
Currently, KSDPP has undertaken a major initiative for the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (Health Canada) to evaluate diabetes prevention and education interventions in the community.
In November 2009, PRAM and KSDPP hosted in
Kahnawake a pre-conference workshop as part of the 37th Meetings of the North
American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) entitled, “Processes,
Relationships and Evaluation in Participatory Research and Indigenous Health
Research”. This workshop brought together 13 community-based participatory
research teams from across North America to share their experiences and add
evidence to the NAPCRG Policy Statement on Participatory Research. Finding from
the workshop were presented at the 38th Meetings of NAPCRG in Seattle in
November 2010. Results from this study will be incorporated into the NAPCRG
policy statement on research. Video and slides from the November 2009 workshop
are available from PRAM.
For more information and publications, visit our page on diabetes prevention research.