An investigative team including 4 HEAL members awarded CIHR Project Grant

We are thrilled to congratulate the success of Dr. Laura Struik (University of British Columbia), Dr. Stephanie Coen (University of Nottingham; HEAL), Dr. Gina Martin (Athabasca University; HEAL), and researchers from Western (Dr. Jason Gilliland, Dr. Kendra Nelson Ferguson; HEAL), University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary, along with collaborators from BC Lung Foundation, Interior Health Authority, London District Catholic School Board, London Health Science Centre, McCreary Centre Society, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health, and Westbank First Nation’s in receiving a 4-year CIHR Project Grant entitled “E-Prevention and Vaping (EPAV): Mobilizing youth-generated evidence to co-produce a digital e-cigarette intervention”.

This project aims to mobilize youth-generated evidence about vaping to co-produce scalable vaping prevention resources with youth. Specifically, the objectives are to: 1) develop a tailored, youth-driven, equity-centered vaping prevention intervention for dissemination on digital platforms; and 2) assess the effectiveness of this intervention among diverse youth. This participatory project leverages evidence-generated and pre-existing collaboration with 5 youth co-researchers from our Youth Advisory Council (HEALYAC) who were fully trained in their roles on the “Teens Talk Vaping” (Co-PI’s Coen & Gilliland [HEAL]) project and 2 Indigenous youth researchers from the “Y-VAPE” (PI Struik) project that sought to understand vaping in the contexts of teens’ everyday lives. Therefore, these collaborative foundations with youth will support the development of a youth-driven digital vaping prevention intervention for this project.

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