In 2006, the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health held their first Summer Institute in Toronto, Ontario. This gathering, and the 2007 Summer Institute in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, were held to enable the six newly-established National Collaborating Centres to meet during the summer to network and to learn from one other as we established ourselves within the Canadian public health landscape.
Based on the success of the first two Summer Institutes and due to interest from the larger community, the 2008 Summer Institute in Kelowna, British Columbia, was opened to more participants to broaden the circle of learning and expertise in knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE).
The 2009 Summer Institute took place in Mont Ste-Anne, Québec, under the theme Knowledge for a Change. This theme reflected the NCCs' aim at providing a forum to share knowledge, so that together we could discover practical means to inspire change and improve public health. With 214 participants, this edition had the highest attendance figures yet.
More and more, the research community supports the need for disseminating knowledge that stems from their research in a way that is relevant, and tailored to meet the needs of a broader community of users. Knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE) can provide approaches and tools necessary for bridging the knowledge gap between primary health research and the work of front line practitioners as well as policy makers as they provide strategic public health directions.
2006 Summer Institute—Toronto, Ontario
2007 Summer Institute—Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Theme: Making sense of it all
2008 Summer Institute—Kelowna, British Columbia
Theme: KSTE in Action
2009 Summer Institute—Mont Ste-Anne, Québec
Theme: Knowledge for a Change
The Summer Institute 2009 Report is now available online, click here to access this document.