Back row (left to right): Élaine Brière, Danielle Bérubé, Monia Rekik, Sylvie-Marianne Rhugenda, Nadia Tabiou, Danièle Remy, Jaime Borja, Joyce Dogba, Catherine Bach, André Gaudreau

Front row (left to right): Amédé Gogovor, Lahssen Abbassi, Lise Poisblaud, Annie Barbeau, Olivia Drescher, Daniel Guay

The Francophone and Immigrant Patient Circle invited researchers of the Knowledge Translation Research Program to an interactive work session during its last meeting on February 2nd in Québec city.  The afternoon was spent providing feedback on the following projects underway:

  • Diabetes Action Canada Network analysis and impact of Patient Partners engagement
  • Depression and management of diabetes care (current study led by Dr. France Légaré)
  • Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Community Partnerships Program (ACRU-CPP) scaling in Quebec

The ACHRU-CPP under the leadership of Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid, Ruta Valaitis, and Jenny Ploeg – co-Leads for Diabetes Action Canada Aging, Community and Population Health Program will be scaling its successful intervention focused on promoting optimal aging at home by improving diabetes management in older adults with multiple chronic conditions. With additional funding secured from a CIHR SPOR PIHCI Network Programmatic Grant, this intervention will be spread to additional sites in three provinces – Ontario, PEI and Quebec. Members of our Francophone and Immigrant Patients Circle were invited to consult on the proposed program delivery methods and provided feedback on customization for the Quebec sites participating in this study.


The workshop was very useful for all involved and provided enlightening observations to enrich the approach to these projects.  We encourage our research programs to continue to engage our Francophone and New Immigrant Patient Circle, as they are very interested in sharing their unique perspectives and knowledge.

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