Past Research Initiatives 

Sustainable Online Support for Children and Adolescents affected by Asthma and Allergies (2012). The Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta, in partnership with the Asthma Society of Canada and Anaphylaxis Canada is working to help children and youth manage asthma and severe allergies. In the fall of 2012, we successfully launched a pilot online peer-mentoring project with 30 children, 7-12, from across Canada with asthma and severe allergies at risk of anaphylaxis. Click Here for more information.

Asthma Education on Triggers, Environmental Control and Asthma Management: Two Tools Designed by and for First Nations Communities (2012). Developed a new culturally relevant “Asthma Triggers” workbook for First Nations. and adapt, develop and test the “Roaring Adventures of Puff” in as a new version titled Legend of Tahnee, the Wolf: My Asthma Journey. Read the Report.

The Respiratory Health Awareness Community Outreach and Engagement Model in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities: Pilot Intervention (2012) Building on our Phase I project with the National Lung Health Framework, developed and piloted a new Respiratory Health Awareness Model and Tool-Kit of resources in 7 First Nation, Innuit and Métis communities across Canada. Read the Summary Report.

Air Quality Health Index awareness and promotion to Canadians with chronic respiratory disease (2011 and 2012) Developed resources for individuals with chronic respiratory conditions, particularly asthma and/or associated allergies, to provide them with information about the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Read the Final Report.

Air Quality Heath Index and the 20/20 Way to Clean Air Campaign for Urban First Nations and for Participants in Marathons, Runs and Walks in the City of Toronto (Two projects – Summer/Fall 2012) In partnership with Toronto Public Health working to raise awareness about air pollution and respiratory health in First Nations people and among athletes participating in Toronto organized runs and walks. Read the First Nations Final Report and read the Organized Race Events Final Report.

Air Quality Heath Index and the 20/20 Way to Clean Air Campaign for First Nations people and Chinese community members with asthma and associated allergies residing in GTA (June 2011) In partnership with Toronto Public Health worked to raise awareness about air pollution and respiratory health in First Nations people and Chinese community members. Read the Final Report.

An Exploration of First Nations and Inuit Perspectives on Community Respiratory Health Initiatives (National Lung Health Framework project) (2010) Lead organization performing a baseline needs assessment on the kind and type of resources and materials for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Click here for the Executive Summary
Click here for the Project Fact Sheet
Click here for the Final Report

A Shared Voice (June 2010) Collected background information about existing asthma education resources for First Nations and Inuit community members, and identified how to make them culturally appropriate. Read the Summary Report.

Moving Asthma Issues Forward (2010) 2010 patient survey of NAPA members, their concerns and priorities for advocacy. View the survey results.

The Partnership in Lung Age Testing and Education (PLATE) Programme (2010) A one year project to determine effectiveness of a population-based approach to the management of asthma, associated allergies and COPD. Read the Final Report.