You will find here summaries of current reasearch in community sociale pediatrics.


 

The MAVAN Project, led by Professor Michael Meaney of Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, has been evaluating the impact of the environment on child development for 10 years. This longitudinal study is examining the interplay between genes and the environment, and looking at how this influences children’s cognitive and emotional development as well as their susceptibility to contract diseases throughout their lives.

The Fondation du Dr Julien began collaborating with Dr. Meaney’s team in the fall of 2014 with the aim of adapting the MAVAN Project to community social pediatrics practice. The project’s goal is to determine how this approach benefits children in Montreal who use the community social pediatrics centres (CSPCs) in Côte-des-Neiges and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, in terms of their development and well-being.

More specifically, this collaboration will examine:

  • How community social pediatrics practice contributes to reducing sources of toxic stress for children.
  • How care and services help children develop their full potential by guiding their lifecourse trajectories.
  • The effects of this approach on children’s and mothers’ well-being.

This pilot project will document changes seen between 2015 and 2020 in children who are receiving social pediatrics care and services. It is hoped that this study will be repeated in other CSPCs in Québec.

For more information

On Dr Meaney’s work and collaboration with Dr Julien (in French)

Publications:

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Team:

Michael Meaney, Scientific Director, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montreal

Hélène Gaudreau, Project Coordinator, Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre / Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montreal

Marie-Hélène Pennestri, psychologist, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montreal

Length:

2014 to 2020

To contact the team:

Hélène Gaudreau, Research Coordinator, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health

Diego Mena, Knowledge Transfer Director, Fondation du Dr Julien

In 2015, the Fondation du Dr Julien and the CSSS Lucille-Teasdale (now the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal) were awarded a grant from the Fondation de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec to set up a project to include nurse clinicians in community social pediatrics practice in Québec.

The first phase of this project is designed to train nurse clinicians in the interdisciplinary practice of community social pediatrics (CSP) and provide ways for them to gain the knowledge and skills needed to work in disadvantaged communities. The second phase of this project will integrate nurses in community social pediatrics teams. A pilot project will run and will then be extended to social pediatrics centres in other communities.

This project will provide a picture of how nursing fits in with community social pediatrics, set up a training program tailored to nurses, educate roughly one hundred nurses on the CSP approach and train 50 nurses in CSP practice.

Ultimately, the hope is that by including nurses in community social pediatrics teams, coherent services will be more readily available to children at risk.

An evaluation team was formed to support the group in charge of this project.

For more information

Evaluation team:

Christian Dagenais, Ph. D., RENARD team, Université de Montréal

Anne Guichard, School of Nursing, Université Laval

Lina Vachon, nurse, external consultant

Isabelle Têtu, nurse, Faculty of Nursing, Université Laval

Judith Lynam (collaborator), School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Length:

April 2014 to April 2017

Funder

The Fondation de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)

To contact the team:

  • Maude Julien, Nurse, Director, Levis Community Social Pediatrics Centre.
  • Diego Mena, Knowledge Transfer Director, Fondation du Dr Julien