In a qualitative study we examined the sometimes-contentious arena of policy-making for children with autism. We explored the perspectives of policy-makers, researchers and parents of children with autism to learn how programs and services for these and other vulnerable children may be improved.
We completed interviews with people from all three groups, across the country, and presented our findings at the May 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) held in Toronto. Research participants will be sent a report and given the chance to provide feedback.
Findings are now being prepared for publication.
Our project on the indicators for monitoring BC children’s mental health in the population is now complete. This project explored how we may use existing public data to develop indicators for monitoring Children’s mental health outcomes in British Columbia. Our findings are now being shared with policy-makers. As well, a paper has been accepted for peer-reviewed publication and a link will be published on this website as soon as it is available.
British Columbia will become the first province in Canada to implement and evaluate the landmark Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, BC Health Minister Michael de Jong announced on June 7, 2011. The Children’s Health Policy Centre will lead a scientific evaluation of the program in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University.
This 4-minute video explains the program.