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NB-IRDT Wins Grant to Undertake New Study on Workplace Mental Health

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: April 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Team News , Media , Health



It is our great pleasure to announce that NB-IRDT has been awarded one of two New Brunswick Mental Health Impact grants for the 2021-2022 year. Awarded by Mental Health Research Canada in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, these grants are intended to support research addressing the mental health needs of New Brunswick communities. To meet this mandate, NB-IRDT is undertaking a new project that focuses on the impact of psychological health problems in the...

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New NB-IRDT Student Research Stream Receives Support from Mitacs and NBHRF

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: April 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Training , Team News , Media



Student training initiatives like Pathways to Professions (P2P) provide valuable inroads for students looking to stay and work in New Brunswick, and these programs couldn’t exist without the generous support of our partners and funding agencies across Canada. NB-IRDT is proud to be the recipient of a 2022 Mitacs Accelerate grant, which is providing funding from both Mitacs and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation to support four UNB students as they undertake a new P2P research...

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You’re Never Too Young to Get Involved in Policy Development

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: March 28, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Youth , Training , Media , Education



You’re never too young to get involved in policy development! The high schoolers who took part in ExperienceGNB this past March Break proved just that. From March 7-11, the Government of New Brunswick joined forces with NB-IRDT to offer Pathways to Professions: ExperienceGNB, a policy boot camp for high school students in the Fredericton area. Over the course of the week, a group of keen and brilliant NB students from École Sainte-Anne, Fredericton High, and Leo Hayes gave up their...

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How Vulnerable are New Brunswickers and Their Health to Climate Change?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: March 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Health , Media



Climate change impacts our weather systems, our food supply, our natural resources, and more – but how could it impact the health of our communities? And how can plans to adapt to climate change modify these impacts? In partnership with the Climate Change Innovation Bureau of Health Canada and the Government of New Brunswick, researchers at NB-IRDT are contributing to the province’s HealthADAPT project by tracking changes in health-related vulnerabilities to help New...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the ExperienceNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 17, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Training



In the 2010 film Inception, audiences were introduced to the concept of a dream within a dream. In 2021, NB-IRDT’s Pathways to Professions (P2P) program introduced something similar: the concept of experiential learning evaluation within an experiential learning program. The result was ExperienceNB: one of five P2P research streams in 2021. Experiential learning – a theory of education combining work experience, reflection, and analysis – is a key component of UNB’s...

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Lumbar Spine Imaging in New Brunswick: The ‘Back Story’

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Health



Back pain can be a fairly prevalent, debilitating, and painful problem – especially as we get older! But how often does it warrant an x-ray, or other type of imaging? In 2014, Choosing Wisely Canada was launched to help reduce unnecessary tests and treatments in  many areas of healthcare. When it comes to lower back pain, Choosing Wisely only recommends imaging if “red flags” are present. These conditions that warrant diagnostic imaging can include metastatic cancer,...

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Manufacturing Employment in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Labour Markets , Population Research , Economics



There is a narrative in New Brunswick that our province is falling further and further behind the rest of Canada in terms of economic and population growth, and “catching up” is a nearly impossible task to accomplish. Fortunately, this narrative is not entirely true. To promote progress and prosperity in the province, it is important to not only examine our weaknesses but also to better understand our strengths. The more we know about NB’s successes, the more likely we are...

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NB-IRDT Partners with Under One Sky to study the impact of the Aboriginal Head Start Program

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: January 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Population Research , Media



Under One Sky is a registered non-profit organization and one of over 100 Friendship Centres in Canada. Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Under One Sky is a vibrant and caring community hub that aims to empower a healthy and proud Indigenous community through the programs and services it offers. The Under One Sky Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) program is the focus of the centre’s new partnership with NB-IRDT. This partnership is being facilitated by Dr. Jason Hickey in UNB’s...

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NB-IRDT’s 2021 Training Report is Now Available

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: January 10, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Training , Media , Team News



2021 was a busy year at NB-IRDT, especially for our training team! Read our 2021 Training Report for a highlight of last year’s initiatives – including our data literacy training for public servants, experiential learning for students, and continuing education for professionals. We look forward to spearheading even bigger and better things in 2022 and can’t wait to see what this year has in store. If you have any questions about past, current, or upcoming training...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the ConnectNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: January 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Pathways to Professions , Media



ConnectNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT – and a part of NB-IRDT’s Data Connect project. Through Data Connect (funded by a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant with the Government of New Brunswick), NB-IRDT is working towards creating an inventory of policy-relevant project ideas connecting students across NB with GNB to undertake research at NB-IRDT. This summer, ConnectNB involved three undergraduate...

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NB-IRDT Joins Saint John’s Early Childhood Hub Project

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: January 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Education , Media , Youth



Breaking the cycle of poverty is not an easy task. Ending generational poverty requires large-scale commitments to improve education, health, employment, and more. Part of this commitment involves the installment of Early Childhood Hubs in two low-income neighborhoods, in Saint John, New Brunswick.  The two Early Childhood Hubs serve families with children under age 5, collaborating with service providers to provide high-quality learning environments and prepare young children...

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NB-IRDT Releases First Report in New Population Snapshot Series

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: December 13, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Population Research



Since its establishment, the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has been focusing on different aspects of the province’s changing population. From projects on immigration, graduation, employment, retention, and more, we have examined implications and potential solutions to a rapidly aging and migrating population. Now, in a new report series, our researchers are providing bi-annual population snapshots that capture changes and movements in the New Brunswick...

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Introducing ExperienceGNB: A Policy Bootcamp for High School Students

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: December 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Partners , Media , Training , Youth



Calling all high school students in the Fredericton area! The Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training have partnered to host a one-week policy bootcamp for high school students, taking place this March Break. This experiential learning opportunity, called ExperienceGNB, offers students a chance to use research to solve relevant problems facing them and their peers, and to see how government works in their province. From March 7-11, 2022,...

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Regional Health Authorities Dedicate Resources for the Coordination of Data Transfers to NB-IRDT

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: December 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Health , Media



Since its establishment, NB-IRDT has had a close relationship with both Regional Health Authorities in New Brunswick. Thanks to the Master Data Sharing Agreements in place, NB-IRDT holds various data sets from both the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks on its secure platform, with more on the way. Recently, both Health Networks have partnered with NB-IRDT on the creation of a Data Coordinator position where dedicated RHA staff perform administrative data extractions and oversee data...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the BoostNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: November 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Economics



BoostNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2018 by Dr. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair of Regional Economics, BoostNB serves as a dashboard of economic indicators that aims to provide straightforward, fact-based about New Brunswick and its economy. This summer, BoostNB was comprised of four undergraduate students from Saint Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick. Under the leadership of Dr....

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Retention and Labour Market Outcomes of Registered Apprentices in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: November 1, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Media , Economics



Apprenticeships are a long-standing and valuable part of the training and education system in New Brunswick). Over the last decade, interests in apprenticeship programs have risen, driven chiefly by concerns over current and future shortages of tradespersons. Efforts to encourage young Canadians, especially those not university-bound, to become skilled tradespersons have increased in hopes of remedying shortages within skilled trades. In a recently released report, the New Brunswick Institute...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the VitalSignsNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: October 12, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Media , Training , Health



NB-IRDT’s recent VitalSignsNB project on vaccination delivery in New Brunswick has sparked a great deal of public interest – leading to radio interviews, newspaper articles, and conference proceedings on the results. VitalSignsNB is an important project at NB-IRDT, not only because of its timely and relevant focus but also because it allowed us to partner with the upcoming generation of NB researchers. As part of NB-IRDT’s 2021 Pathways to Professions experiential research...

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VitalSignsNB: The Results Are In

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: October 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Media , Health



Vaccines have been dominating news outlets this year, with COVID-19 vaccination rates a topic of great interest and even greater concern. In New Brunswick, COVID vaccines are provided free of charge at pharmacies, joining the yearly flu shot as the only other vaccine pharmacists can provide to New Brunswickers at no personal cost to the recipients.   Pharmacist-administered COVID vaccines are being subsidized to promote and speed up vaccination among New Brunswickers – but what...

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2021 Pathways to Professions Program in Review

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: September 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Team News , Media



As Summer 2021 comes to a close, so too does the 2021 Pathways to Professions. This year, NB-IRDT is proud to have hosted 20 students from the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University – all of whom completed NB-relevant research projects and participated in our full curriculum of research and professionalism workshops. 2021 students, we wish you all the best as you return to school or embark on new careers! What is Pathways to Professions (P2P)? Pathways to Professions (or,...

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Apply here for a summer job

Mara Mallory

Posted: February 12, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Team News , Media , Partners



The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training at UNB has joined forces with the Atlantic Institute for Policy Research and FutureReadyNB to host the very first Pathways to Professions. Pathways to Professions is a 13-week (May 18 - Aug. 14, 2020) paid summer program for undergraduate students at UNB interested in research, communi- cations, and more. Successful applicants will work on research projects for not-for-profit and municipal employers while being paid wages supported...

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NB poised to be research leader

Mara Mallory

Posted: June 7, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Datasets , Media , Team News



With the passage of Bill 29 during the most recent sitting of the Legislature, New Brunswick is now positioned to be one of the leading jurisdictions for health and population research in the country, says one of Canada’s leading data researchers. Dr. Ted McDonald, the founder of the New Brunswick Institute for Data, Research and Training (NB-IRDT) and the Atlantic Canada StatsCan Research Data Centre, says Bill 29 expands the 2017 Act Respecting Research to include a wider range of...

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