Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) Board of Directors member Carrie Bourassa has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Achievement Award.
This award was presented on Dec. 3 at the SHRF’s annual Santé Awards, an annual event that celebrates health research in Saskatchewan. The Achievement Award honors an individual in Saskatchewan’s health research community and celebrates health research success in the province by recognizing someone who has demonstrated significant contributions to the health of the province.
Bourassa’s involvement in local, federal COVID-19 initiatives
Earlier this year, Bourassa was named the Indigenous Engagement Lead for the federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, whose aim is to set priorities and oversee the coordination of a series of Canada-wide blood test surveys. Information gathered by this task force will help provide reliable estimates of potential immunity and vulnerabilities of Canadian population.
Bourassa has also been involved in Saskatchewan-based initiatives in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
In partnership with Morning Star Lodge, an Indigenous community-based health research lab in Regina, Bourassa helped launched a strategy to provide Indigenous communities with up-to-date information on COVID-19.
Along with her role on HQC’s Board of Directors, Bourassa is a professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as the scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health.
Through her work at CIHR, Bourassa is striving to put Indigenous Peoples and communities at the forefront when it comes to research about Indigenous Peoples and communities. Bourassa and her colleagues at CIHR are working towards changing policies so Indigenous communities are better able to hold and administer their own research funds, and move towards data sovereignty when it comes to Indigenous health research.
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