In 2015, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, McGill University, Université de Montréal and the Fondation du Dr Julien created two chairs in community social pediatrics. For the first time in Canada, the research community will be conducting a long-term study on community social pediatrics.


In a radical departure from many other academic chairs, research will be done in the setting itself, at the heart of Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district. Research will then expand to other communities where social pediatrics centres have been set up so that CSP practice can be improved throughout Québec.

The chairs’ objectives include

  • Support community social pediatrics practice through cutting-edge scientific knowledge.
  • Corroborate and pinpoint which interventions are potentially beneficial in the short, medium and long term for the development and well-being of disadvantaged children, families and communities.
  • Increase understanding and strengthen abilities of community social pediatrics practitioners to work across disciplines and sectors so they may better meet the needs of children living in disadvantaged communities.
  • Foster a culture of innovation that brings together scientific research and expertise from a range of disciplines in the field.

In conjunction with the creation of these two chairs, a joint committee will also be created to identify and coordinate projects and actions undertaken by the two universities. This consultative committee will act as an independent body and will be responsible for developing an overall vision as well as ensuring that the two teams’ research activities are complementary and that knowledge is shared among all those involved, in keeping with the research study’s goals.

Community social pediatrics interventions are complex and require constant innovation, involving a range of professional disciplines.

Given this context, Université de Montréal’s Dr Julien/Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation Chair in Community Social Pediatrics will seek to understand how community social pediatrics is set up and works at the grassroots level, in order to develop appropriate evaluation tools to assess the practice’s effectiveness and efficacy in helping children at risk.

Its objectives are

Describe CSP’s distinguishing features

  • Identify the key elements that make the community social pediatrics approach suited to children and families at risk.
  • Identify the elements that are new and innovative when dealing with children and families at risk.

Develop measurement tools adapted to children and families at risk 

  • Develop quantitative and qualitative tools to improve evaluation and measure the effectiveness of complex interventions.

Determine the model’s level of effectiveness and efficacy 

  • Measure the impacts of interventions that are part of the community social pediatrics clinical process.
  • Determine which interventions have the greatest impact on the children’s development, their families and the broader community.
  • Do a cost-benefit analysis of the CSP model.


Patricia Conrod

Christine Doucet, research associate

For more information

Andréane Melançon, Research coordinator, Fondation du Dr Julien


Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu

It is generally acknowledged that social determinants have a major influence on people’s and communities’ health. When children face adversity at a young age, this has long term repercussions for themselves and the community. It can lead to the development of chronic illnesses when they grow up, which can limit their productivity and personal achievements. This situation is especially true for children and youth at risk: interventions focusing exclusively on medical aspects don’t improve their health to the greatest possible extent.

McGill University’s Nicolas Steinmetz – Gilles Julien Chair in Community Social Pediatrics — held jointly with the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation — will focus mainly on the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and the social factors that affect their health and well-being, as well as protection of children’s rights and drafting social policy.

In this context, the Chair’s objectives are:

  • Expand visibility for social pediatrics and increase academic rigour both in practice and at the research level.
  • Provide objective data to inform best practices and policies, and drive change.
  • Improve the health and well-being of children at risk, their families and society at large through changes to practice and policy.
  • Provide a training site for professionals interested in social pediatrics.


Delphine Collin-Vézina

Marie-Eve Turcotte, coordinator

For more information

Andréane Melançon, Research coordinator, Fondation du Dr Julien