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The CHILD Study – ongoing

The CHILD Study is a prospective longitudinal birth cohort study. This means that CHILD researchers are actively following the Study participants over time as they grow and develop—from mid-pregnancy into childhood and adolescence. CHILD is designed this way so it can collect information at time points that are considered to be especially critical to the health and development of children.

By following the children prospectively as they grow, as opposed to retrospectively (looking back), CHILD researchers are able to more accurately learn about how different early-life exposures relate to health and disease outcomes.

CHILD Study findings will influence medical practice, parenting choices, consumer product regulation and policy development—from building codes and household purchasing behaviours to decisions about childbirth and delivery, diet , breastfeeding, cleaning products used in homes, owning a family pet and dealing with stress.

CHILD is the largest multidisciplinary, longitudinal, population-based birth cohort study in Canada and is designed to be one of the most informative studies of its kind in the world.

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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  Asthma 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, as well as the adaption and development of The Roaring Adventures of Puff as a new version titled Legend of Tahnee, the Wolf: My Asthma Journey


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 Health 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 Health 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.


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.