Women’s Xchange is a women’s health knowledge translation and exchange centre, based at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto designed to promote the development of women’s health research across the province. By working together to advance health research for women, our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Ontario and beyond.
Health is not only the responsibility of the health care sector. By looking at health broadly and considering factors outside the traditional health care setting we can better identify, understand, and improve women’s health. Better health questions and answers come from working collectively across all sectors.
Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health System Research Fund the centre is advancing the latest knowledge about the health of women to care providers, scientists, policy makers and community leaders. The centre supports women’s health research, in both academic and community settings, and the dissemination of research findings across Ontario. In addition to supporting the research itself, Women’s Xchange also supports women’s health researchers and trainees across the province by providing opportunities for capacity building.
As we learn new and better ways to advance the health of women, the new knowledge must be quickly and effectively shared so it can be applied to real programs that benefit people in the community. By engaging communities we will hear from them directly about what they need to best serve their populations. Working closely with individuals at a local level will also help us work together to translate findings into meaningful information that has a positive impact on all Ontarians.
Paula Rochon, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Dr. Paula Rochon is a geriatrician and Vice President of Research at Women’s College Hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. She is a senior scientist at Women's College Research Institute, a University of Toronto professor (Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation) and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Rochon is also the Lead of Women’s Xchange. She received her medical degree from McMaster University and obtained her Master in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Rochon studies vulnerable older adults, particularly women. Her expertise as a leading Canadian health-services researcher in aging is rooted in her clinical work as a geriatrician. Her research explores how medical therapies impact the health of vulnerable older adults with multiple conditions, and has contributed to three areas that impact patients and systems: the lack of evidence to inform prescribing to older adults, the development of strategies to optimize prescribing and reduce adverse drug events, and the impact of widespread antipsychotic use in older people.
Robin Mason, PhD
Dr. Robin Mason is the Scientific Lead for Women’s Xchange, a Scientist in the Women’s College Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a cross-appointment to the Department of Psychiatry. As Scientific Lead she provides researchers and community-based applicants with support in developing their proposals while incorporating a sex and gender lens to achieve desired outcomes. With a view to increase research capacity across all sectors of society, she is also committed to engaging with students, community members, and established researchers in activities designed to enhance understanding of and a commitment to women’s health research.
Dr. Mason has also been working in the field of intimate partner violence and medical education for more than a decade and in addition to grants, contracts and publications on the topic, has contributed to the development of relevant policies at the local, provincial and national level. In all this work she has focused on improving the systems’ response to women who experience violence by educating health and social service providers, developing policies and guidelines to reduce barriers and improve practices, and giving voice to diverse women’s needs and preferences.
Dr. Suzanne Day
Dr. Suzanne Day is a postdoctoral fellow with Women's Xchange. She is a sociologist specializing in the study of gender, health and long-term care. Her work has focused on examining care both as labour and as a social relationship, articulating the social, political, economic, and historical contexts within which health and long-term care are situated and addressing health care inequalities through an intersectional analysis. Suzanne brings her expertise in qualitative research methodology to the Women's Xchange team.
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