CIHR: A Grant for Mélanie Levasseur

Researcher Mélanie Levasseur will be receiving a total of $250,000 over two years to better identify which Age-Friendly components - more specifically the policies, structures, and services related to the physical and social environments of communities - best promote health, equal access to health services, and social participation among Canada's aging population.

The Age-Friendly Municipalities Program (AFM) aims to promote active aging among seniors within their communities. Promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), developed by Dr. Suzanne Garon's team, and supported since 2008 by the Secrétariat aux aînés du Gouvernement du Québec, the AFM is active in more than 700 municipalities and MRCs throughout Québec. More than 800 Canadian municipalities have an Age-Friendly initiative.

Dr. Mélanie Lévasseur's grant was made possible thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's (CIHR) Population Health Intervention Research Initiative for Canada (PHIRIC). Ten other professors and investigators from Québec, Manitoba, Ontario, and France will be involved in this project as co-researchers, including Sherbrooke's very own Marie-France Dubois, Mélissa Généreux, Mathieu Roy, Mario Paris, and Yves Couturier.

Dr. Levasseur will notably be using data gathered by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging from 50,000 Canadians to determine which Age-Friendly components have a greater impact on health, equal access to health services, and social participation among aging populations.

An association professor at the faculty of medicine and health science's school of rehabilitation at the Université de Sherbrooke, Prof. Lévasseur develops research projects which concern social participation, health promotion, and the empowerment of seniors.


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