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KT Connects – Overcoming five anxieties in population health knowledge translation (KT) literature
Speaker – Dr. Paul Kershaw, director, UBC Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program; associate professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH); and founder, Generation Squeeze.

Join Dr. Paul Kershaw to explore challenges and opportunities related to knowledge mobilization initiatives designed to influence the social determinants of health. Dr. Kershaw is a HELP faculty member, director of the UBC MPH Program, associate professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and founder of Generation Squeeze — an award-winning, policy-influencing, massive open online KT initiative for social determinants of health research related to the generations raising young children.

During the session, Dr. Kershaw will introduce participants to five anxieties commonly found in literature about KT in population health. He will feature interdisciplinary insights about KT needed to enact change in complex systems that draw from thinking about power, thinking like a movement, and thinking like a marketer. Learnings from the sessions will draw on real world examples from the KT activities of Generation Squeeze and HELP, which aim to create the optimal conditions for families raising young children and reduce inequalities in early child development in BC.

Learning objectives:
1. Describe the five anxieties of KT in population health literature.
2. Clarify the importance of addressing values, power and motivation in KT.
3. Apply these concepts to the challenges and successes of current knowledge mobilization activities in British Columbia.

Jun 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Vancouver

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Dr. Paul Kershaw
Dr. Paul Kershaw is a tenured professor at UBC, public speaker, regular media contributor and Founder of Generation Squeeze. Dr. Kershaw is one of Canada’s leading thinkers about generational equity. He was awarded the Academic of the Year (2016) from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC. He was also honoured twice by the Canadian Political Science Association with national prizes for his gender and politics research. The Government of Canada awarded Dr. Kershaw its inaugural prize for excellence in moving “Knowledge to Action” on housing in 2018. Most recently, he successfully led the Intergenerational Climate Coalition to intervene in Saskatchewan and Ontario courts to defend the constitutionality of pricing pollution on the grounds it is needed to promote population health and prevent discrimination against younger Canadians. Dr. Kershaw is a policy professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and HELP, and Director of the UBC MPH program.