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Five years of accomplishments in community research

Published: February 28, 2006

Over the past five years research has been done in the Hamilton area community on retention of volunteers, risk factors for elder abuse, evaluation of a homeless intervention program and, separately, on a grocery shopping bus program.

These projects have been some of the studies done by the University Community Care Research Centre (CCRC), a partnership of public and voluntary community care agencies in Hamilton. Although the centre has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as part of the Community Alliances for Health Research Program, funding is ending in March.

The Centre involved an interdisciplinary group of McMaster University researchers from health, social and management sciences, who conducted research projects in a collaborative partnership with community agencies including VON Hamilton, St. Matthew’s House, Catholic Family Services of Hamilton, the Hamilton CCAC and Hamilton's Community Services Department. The McMaster researchers also provided consultation to these partner agencies, and trained agency staff through a mentorship program.

Jane Soldera, chairperson of the CCRC Steering Committee, stresses that the work of building research and evaluation capacity in the community support services sector should be continued and new avenues of support need to be found.

"It has provided community partners with a great opportunity to learn, to participate in research, to look at some meaningful and important issues, and to bring these issues forward for study," she said. "It is important that this kind of collaborative learning continue as we move into planning local system integration with the new Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Integrated Health Network."

The CCRC will host a drop-in reception called Sharing the Learning at Liuna Station on March 2, 2006 from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate five years of accomplishments and mark the end of the program. Posters will be displayed on the following collaborative research topics, many of which dealt with system integration issues:

  • Lessons Learned from the CCRC Mentorship Program
  • Volunteer Retention
  • Flexibility, Job Insecurity, and Stress Among Home Care Workers
  • Evaluation of a Grocery Shopping Bus Program
  • Risk Factors for Elder Abuse
  • Evaluation of the Research Essentials for Community Care Managers Program
  • Where Have all the Home Care Workers Gone?
  • Mental Health of Refugee Women
  • Are Older Adults Aware of Community Support Services?
  • Development of an Instrument to Assess Older Adults' Awareness of Community Support Services
  • Work-related Injuries Among Home Care Workers
  • Recruiting Older Adults for Community-based Research
  • Preventive Primary Care for Frail Older Adults - Literature Review
  • Factors Affecting the Job Satisfaction of Home Care Workers
  • Evaluation of a Homelessness Intervention Program for Older Adults
  • Neighbourhood Characteristics and Home Care Utilization
  • Development of a CCAC Falls Prevention Intervention
  • A Study of Organizational Values about Community Care in Hamilton
  • Transforming End of Life Experiences for Patients and Families
  • Evaluation of the Community Care Research Centre
  • Preventive Primary Care for Frail Older Adults – Nursing Intervention
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