About The Team

We are a team that brings together the University of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, local Community Health & Resource Centres, Ottawa Public Health, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, The Champlain Local Health Integration Network, and other community-based partners. Our goal is to better understand the neighbourhoods in which we live, work and play in order to offer evidence about the dimensions that are important for community health and well-being. We also provide the City of Ottawa, health service providers, social service agencies, community organizations and residents with information on neighbourhoods in Ottawa in order to help them to identify what is working well, and where community development is needed.

This project models ways that university, city, and community can collaborate effectively. Our multidisciplinary, multisectoral Steering Committee enables and supports the networking and knowledge exchange needed in this project. The ONS is composed of the following:

 

ONS Team

The internal group running ONS behind the scenes

ONS Team

Andrea Huerta Galicia

ONS Research Assistant

Vanier South

Andrea Huerta Galicia is a third-year student of International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. From a very young age, she has been passionate in social inequities and has expressed her ideas through painting and writing, some of her work has even been exposed and published. She believes in taking action to make change happen and has been a volunteer at Amnesty International, FairTrade and OXFAM Canada. In the summer of 2018, she started working with ONS team, doing community research and translations. Andrea is currently interested in community research, social inequities and economics. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, read historical fiction and travel.

David Hole

Knowledge Broker, Community Liaison

Riverside South – Leitrim

David Hole is the community liaison and knowledge broker for the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study. He has been involved with ONS since shortly after its inception in 2005, initially as a representative of the Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres but more recently as a consultant. A social worker by profession, throughout his career David has been committed to social change through community development. His interest is finding ways and means for research to be both relevant and empowering to local residents committed to improving their quality of life and the health of their community. David is a graduate of the University of Southampton UK (Politics/Sociology) and Carleton University (Social Work) and worked in England and Jamaica before coming to Canada. He has experience in child welfare, family counselling, services for children with special needs, and within the education sector. After 24 years as Executive Director of South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre he “retired” in 2008 to work as a consultant, play with the grandkids, and travel (mostly in that order).

Elizabeth Kristjansson

Lead Investigator

Glen Cairn – Kanata South Business Park

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Kristjansson is a full Professor in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a health measurement expert whose place-based research focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health. Her primary research interest is in systematic reviews on nutrition and food security interventions. Dr. Kristjansson is passionate about working, and sharing the results of her research, with others so that the knowledge can be applied to make a difference in the community. Dr. Kristjansson leads the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS), a strong intersectoral partnership that has produced one of the world’s largest datasets on contextual and compositional determinants of health, health behaviour, and health outcomes. She is also the lead university investigator on Food for All, a productive community-university research partnership with a focus on Community Food Security. Elizabeth is dedicated to her family. She is also a passionate cyclist, cross-country skier, and nature-lover.

Kaitlyn Carr

ONS Coordinator & Data Manager

Morgan’s Grant

Coordinator & Data Manager for the ONS since 2012. Graduate of University of Ottawa (Honours BA, spec. Psychology). Manages ONS projects, working groups and meeting. Facilitates the use of ONS data to community partners and stakeholders. Analyzes neighbourhood level data and publishes to the ONS dynamic maps and profile pages. Manages website development and social media relations. Delivers presentations and workshops in the community on data literacy and the use of ONS data as a tool for neighbourhood needs assessments. Interested in: data, health equity, mental health, evidence based planning, kindness, nature, mindfulness. Contact

Michael Sawada

Principal Investigator

Orleans, North West

Michael Sawada is a full Professor in the Department of Geography and directs the Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGIS) at the University of Ottawa (www.geomatics.uottawa.ca). In 2005 he received the Julian M. Sciecz award from the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of early career accomplishments and the Young Researcher of the Year in 2007 from the Faculty of Arts. Prof. Sawada is a recognized expert in geomatics applications. His research encompasses spatial analysis and GIS applications and has over 15 years of research experience using GIS and optical remote sensing applied to a wide variety of urban, geomorphologic and agricultural questions. He also has considerable experience in development of GIS and spatial statistical software and mobile location-based services. Professor Sawada is member of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management Research Center of the University of Ottawa and his transdisciplinary work has led to the development of new spatial analytical methods that address pressing social and environmental policy issues such as soil erosion and contaminant modeling and transport, disaster mitigation technologies, air quality and population health.

Yulun Wu

ONS Research Assistant

Old Ottawa East

Yulun Wu is a fourth-year Environmental Science student at the University of Ottawa. He joined the ONS team in summer 2018 as a research student. Yulun is experienced in processing and visualizing data. He also conducts GIS spatial analysis to transform various data source into ONS standard. His passion lies at the interface between environmental science and wildlife/human health. At leisure he likes basketball and science fiction.

Steering Committee

Representatives of ONS stakeholders, directing and supporting the project

Steering Committee

Alex Mayer, MPA, PMP

Centretown Community Health Centre

Centretown

Alex Mayer is the Health Analyst for the Centretown Community Health Centre, where he leads Centre-wide planning activities, informs healthcare quality improvement initiatives, and builds capacity for the collection, analysis, and use of community data to ensure that our Centre is ever responsive to the community’s needs. His background includes teaching Canadian Health Policy at Queen’s University and working in public health to promote ‘active travel to school’ strategies in Northeastern Ontario. He is an active volunteer who has served as Board Member for the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing (LIPI), and who currently serves as a staff rep on Centretown CHC’s board. What inspires him: OPO’s harm reduction work, 8-80 cities, truth & reconciliation, vegan entrepreneurship, and helping mission-driven organizations use data and technology for the public good.

Allison Lampi

Champlain LHIN

Chelsea

Allison Lampi is the Senior Performance Specialist at the Champlain LHIN. She is the co-Chair of the Champlain Decision Support Network. Allison’s professional interests include the determinants of health, health equity, community health, program evaluation, quality improvement and anything related to using data for planning and driving performance. Allison has a bachelors’ degree in Health Studies and a Masters in Health Administration. Allison worked for many years in one of Ottawa’s Community Health Centres, and has lived in Sandy Hill and Old Ottawa East. A bicycle advocate and former bike racer, she now lives in Chelsea but still frequently rides her bike to work.

Ben Dick

City of Ottawa – Recreation, Culture, and Facility Services – Cultural Development and Initiatives

Centretown

Ben Dick is the Cultural Mapping and Research Officer for the City of Ottawa. He is the Founder and Project Manager of the Ottawa Culture Research Group, and a member of the Culture Statistics Strategy Consortium. Ben has been involved with ONS since 2013. Some of Ben’s past projects include: coordinating the development of a municipal cultural plan for the City of Peterborough; determining the net impact of tax incentives for heritage preservation; and creating the City of Ottawa’s cultural mapping web service. Ben and his family got rid of their car in 2011 and enjoy exploring the city on foot.

Brian Schnarch

Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Orleans, Chapel Hill

Brian Schnarch is Senior Epidemiologist at the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). He transforms data into information to support health services planning and decision making. Brian works from a population health perspective and sees data as a tool to help us achieve more intelligent and equitable health care. His recent projects include surgical services planning and the Champlain Decision Support Network. Before joining the LHIN, Brian specialized in Aboriginal health. From 1993-2000, he coordinated community health research for the 14 Inuit communities in Northern Quebec. Between 2000 and 2007, he focused on First Nations data capacity and a groundbreaking national health survey. Brian’s role on the ONS Steering Committee is to represent the Champlain LHIN and to bring a health service planning and epidemiology perspective to the table. On his spare time, Brian enjoys playing racquetball.

Cameron Hopgood

Ottawa Police Service

Hintonburg – Mechanicsville

Cameron Hopgood is business performance and analytics manager with the Ottawa Police Service. He is the Ottawa Police representative on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Police Information and Statistics Committee (POLIS). Cameron has participated in the Ottawa Neighbourhood study since 2006 in the areas of crime and social disorder. Professionally his interests include supporting community based problem solving with evidence based research. Cameron is a fitness enthusiast and loves spending time outdoors with his family. Cameron holds a graduate degree in Spatial Analysis from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and professional certifications in Project Management (PMP) and Change Management (CMP).

Cameron McDermaid

Ottawa Public Health

Carlingwood West – Glabar Park – McKellar Heights

Cameron McDermaid is an epidemiologist with Ottawa Public Health. Professionally his interests include health-related behaviours, social determinants of health, built environment and environmental health and surveillance systems. He is co-chair of the Social Determinants of Health indicator working group of the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). Cameron has participated in the Ottawa Neighbourhood study since 2009 in the area of measures of population health. Cameron and his wife Susan live a car-free, conserver lifestyle and enjoy Ottawa’s art, culture, and outdoor offerings.

Catherine Millar

Parent Resource Centre

Catherine Millar is a Data Analysis Coordinator (DAC) at the Parent Resource Centre (PRC). As a member of the DAC team, Catherine provides support for evidence-informed program planning and evaluation and facilitates knowledge transfer on child health and development in our communities. An expert in statistics and mapping, she works with a large variety of social and health databases, leads professional training sessions, coordinates the implementation of the Early Development Instrument in Ottawa, presents at conferences and symposia across Ontario, and prepares numerous products for community stakeholders and the public (e.g. maps, reports, infographics). In her spare time, Catherine can be found hiking nature trails with her daughter and introducing local college students to the amazing world of amphibians and reptiles.

Chayanika Lutes

Ottawa Insights – Ottawa Community Foundation

Beacon Hill South – Cardinal Heights

Chayanika Lutes is an economist and Senior Associate, Strategic Initiatives at the Ottawa Community Foundation. Her research and analysis background is applied to many aspects of the Foundation’s work from evaluation to communications. Her primary role is data analysis and management of Ottawa Insights, the Foundations online knowledge and action centre. Chayanika graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and International Business from the University of Manitoba and continued her studies with a Master’s in Development Economics from Dalhousie University. Her areas of interest are related to social inequities with a specific interest in health economics. With a passion for social development both nationally and globally, Chayanika has worked for the public, private and non-profit sectors across Canada and has lived in Canada, the UK and China. She enjoys volunteering for OrKidstra – a social development charity that uses music education and mentorship to create social change, and loves to travel the world and learn about different cultures through food.

David Hole

Knowledge Broker, Community Liaison

Riverside South – Leitrim

David Hole is the community liaison and knowledge broker for the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study. He has been involved with ONS since shortly after its inception in 2005, initially as a representative of the Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres but more recently as a consultant. A social worker by profession, throughout his career David has been committed to social change through community development. His interest is finding ways and means for research to be both relevant and empowering to local residents committed to improving their quality of life and the health of their community. David is a graduate of the University of Southampton UK (Politics/Sociology) and Carleton University (Social Work) and worked in England and Jamaica before coming to Canada. He has experience in child welfare, family counselling, services for children with special needs, and within the education sector. After 24 years as Executive Director of South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre he “retired” in 2008 to work as a consultant, play with the grandkids, and travel (mostly in that order).

Elizabeth Kristjansson

Lead Investigator

Glen Cairn – Kanata South Business Park

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Kristjansson is a full Professor in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a health measurement expert whose place-based research focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health. Her primary research interest is in systematic reviews on nutrition and food security interventions. Dr. Kristjansson is passionate about working, and sharing the results of her research, with others so that the knowledge can be applied to make a difference in the community. Dr. Kristjansson leads the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS), a strong intersectoral partnership that has produced one of the world’s largest datasets on contextual and compositional determinants of health, health behaviour, and health outcomes. She is also the lead university investigator on Food for All, a productive community-university research partnership with a focus on Community Food Security. Elizabeth is dedicated to her family. She is also a passionate cyclist, cross-country skier, and nature-lover.

Kaitlyn Carr

ONS Coordinator & Data Manager

Morgan’s Grant

Coordinator & Data Manager for the ONS since 2012. Graduate of University of Ottawa (Honours BA, spec. Psychology). Manages ONS projects, working groups and meeting. Facilitates the use of ONS data to community partners and stakeholders. Analyzes neighbourhood level data and publishes to the ONS dynamic maps and profile pages. Manages website development and social media relations. Delivers presentations and workshops in the community on data literacy and the use of ONS data as a tool for neighbourhood needs assessments. Interested in: data, health equity, mental health, evidence based planning, kindness, nature, mindfulness. Contact

Katherine Russell

Centrepointe

Katherine Russell is an epidemiologist at Ottawa Public Health with a focus on chronic disease and injuries, behavioural risk factors, reproductive health and the social determinants of health. Katherine’s role with the ONS is to analyze health data, interpret and transfer knowledge, and promote the application of the neighbourhood profiles for public health policy and program development. Her personal interests/hobbies include cooking, athletics and spending time with family.

Michael Sawada

Principal Investigator

Orleans, North West

Michael Sawada is a full Professor in the Department of Geography and directs the Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGIS) at the University of Ottawa (www.geomatics.uottawa.ca). In 2005 he received the Julian M. Sciecz award from the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of early career accomplishments and the Young Researcher of the Year in 2007 from the Faculty of Arts. Prof. Sawada is a recognized expert in geomatics applications. His research encompasses spatial analysis and GIS applications and has over 15 years of research experience using GIS and optical remote sensing applied to a wide variety of urban, geomorphologic and agricultural questions. He also has considerable experience in development of GIS and spatial statistical software and mobile location-based services. Professor Sawada is member of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management Research Center of the University of Ottawa and his transdisciplinary work has led to the development of new spatial analytical methods that address pressing social and environmental policy issues such as soil erosion and contaminant modeling and transport, disaster mitigation technologies, air quality and population health.

Nathalie Lafrenière

Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa

Orléans Avalon-Notting Gate-Fallingbrook-Gardenway South

Nathalie Lafrenière is the Executive Director of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre. As a member of the Coalition of Community and Health Centres of Ottawa (CHRC), she represents this Coalition at the ONS Steering Committee. She has been working in the community resource sector for the past 17 years more prevalently in the areas of gender based violence and community supports to seniors and people with a physical disability. As a new member of the ONS Steering Committee, she has a particular interest in the social determinants of health and health equity in an effort that will help better understand local priorities and mobilize resources that will make a difference in the wellbeing of individuals and neighbourhoods.

Paul Steeves

United Way Ottawa

Wellington West

Paul Steeves is currently the Senior Manager of Evaluation and Analytics for United Way Ottawa. His career has been centered on public health, technology and community research. Prior to joining United Way, he worked for the Canadian Health Network in Toronto, the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Success By 6 Ottawa. He has a degree in Community Health Sciences from Brock University.

Rebecca Aird

Ottawa Insights – Ottawa Community Foundation

Rebecca Aird is the Ottawa Community Foundation’s Director of Grants and Community Knowledge. Rebecca manages the Foundation’s community grantmaking program and the New Leaf Community Challenge, as well as other community initiatives. She was the director responsible for the development of Ottawa Insights (the Foundation’s online community knowledge centre), and has an ongoing role in working with other players to strengthen the data ecosystem for Ottawa’s social profit sector. Prior to joining the Foundation in February 2015, Rebecca’s career was focused on advancing environmental sustainability. She has worked across the private, public and social-profit sectors, and at local, national and international levels on policy development and analysis, project management and evaluation, performance auditing, facilitation, and communications. As a volunteer, she has played a founding role in numerous organizations and projects, establishing partnerships and attracting funding to implement tangible projects to advance community sustainability.

Roland Dorsay

Federation of Citizens’ Associations

Roland Dorsay is a board member of the Federation of Citizens’ Association of Ottawa and the Champlain Park Community Association. As a former federal civil servant, private sector CEO and industry lobbyist and current community volunteer advocate he has extensive experience in executive leadership, community relations, corporate governance, strategic planning, economic and regulatory policy development, international negotiations, issue advocacy, and government affairs

Data Working Group

Group of data experts ensuring the quality and relevance of ONS data

Data Working Group

Brian Schnarch

Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Orleans, Chapel Hill

Brian Schnarch is Senior Epidemiologist at the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). He transforms data into information to support health services planning and decision making. Brian works from a population health perspective and sees data as a tool to help us achieve more intelligent and equitable health care. His recent projects include surgical services planning and the Champlain Decision Support Network. Before joining the LHIN, Brian specialized in Aboriginal health. From 1993-2000, he coordinated community health research for the 14 Inuit communities in Northern Quebec. Between 2000 and 2007, he focused on First Nations data capacity and a groundbreaking national health survey. Brian’s role on the ONS Steering Committee is to represent the Champlain LHIN and to bring a health service planning and epidemiology perspective to the table. On his spare time, Brian enjoys playing racquetball.

Cameron McDermaid

Ottawa Public Health

Carlingwood West – Glabar Park – McKellar Heights

Cameron McDermaid is an epidemiologist with Ottawa Public Health. Professionally his interests include health-related behaviours, social determinants of health, built environment and environmental health and surveillance systems. He is co-chair of the Social Determinants of Health indicator working group of the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). Cameron has participated in the Ottawa Neighbourhood study since 2009 in the area of measures of population health. Cameron and his wife Susan live a car-free, conserver lifestyle and enjoy Ottawa’s art, culture, and outdoor offerings.

Catherine Millar

Parent Resource Centre

Catherine Millar is a Data Analysis Coordinator (DAC) at the Parent Resource Centre (PRC). As a member of the DAC team, Catherine provides support for evidence-informed program planning and evaluation and facilitates knowledge transfer on child health and development in our communities. An expert in statistics and mapping, she works with a large variety of social and health databases, leads professional training sessions, coordinates the implementation of the Early Development Instrument in Ottawa, presents at conferences and symposia across Ontario, and prepares numerous products for community stakeholders and the public (e.g. maps, reports, infographics). In her spare time, Catherine can be found hiking nature trails with her daughter and introducing local college students to the amazing world of amphibians and reptiles.

David Hole

Knowledge Broker, Community Liaison

Riverside South – Leitrim

David Hole is the community liaison and knowledge broker for the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study. He has been involved with ONS since shortly after its inception in 2005, initially as a representative of the Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres but more recently as a consultant. A social worker by profession, throughout his career David has been committed to social change through community development. His interest is finding ways and means for research to be both relevant and empowering to local residents committed to improving their quality of life and the health of their community. David is a graduate of the University of Southampton UK (Politics/Sociology) and Carleton University (Social Work) and worked in England and Jamaica before coming to Canada. He has experience in child welfare, family counselling, services for children with special needs, and within the education sector. After 24 years as Executive Director of South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre he “retired” in 2008 to work as a consultant, play with the grandkids, and travel (mostly in that order).

Elizabeth Kristjansson

Lead Investigator

Glen Cairn – Kanata South Business Park

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Kristjansson is a full Professor in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a health measurement expert whose place-based research focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health. Her primary research interest is in systematic reviews on nutrition and food security interventions. Dr. Kristjansson is passionate about working, and sharing the results of her research, with others so that the knowledge can be applied to make a difference in the community. Dr. Kristjansson leads the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS), a strong intersectoral partnership that has produced one of the world’s largest datasets on contextual and compositional determinants of health, health behaviour, and health outcomes. She is also the lead university investigator on Food for All, a productive community-university research partnership with a focus on Community Food Security. Elizabeth is dedicated to her family. She is also a passionate cyclist, cross-country skier, and nature-lover.

Kaitlyn Carr

ONS Coordinator & Data Manager

Morgan’s Grant

Coordinator & Data Manager for the ONS since 2012. Graduate of University of Ottawa (Honours BA, spec. Psychology). Manages ONS projects, working groups and meeting. Facilitates the use of ONS data to community partners and stakeholders. Analyzes neighbourhood level data and publishes to the ONS dynamic maps and profile pages. Manages website development and social media relations. Delivers presentations and workshops in the community on data literacy and the use of ONS data as a tool for neighbourhood needs assessments. Interested in: data, health equity, mental health, evidence based planning, kindness, nature, mindfulness. Contact

Katherine Russell

Centrepointe

Katherine Russell is an epidemiologist at Ottawa Public Health with a focus on chronic disease and injuries, behavioural risk factors, reproductive health and the social determinants of health. Katherine’s role with the ONS is to analyze health data, interpret and transfer knowledge, and promote the application of the neighbourhood profiles for public health policy and program development. Her personal interests/hobbies include cooking, athletics and spending time with family.

Michael Sawada

Principal Investigator

Orleans, North West

Michael Sawada is a full Professor in the Department of Geography and directs the Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGIS) at the University of Ottawa (www.geomatics.uottawa.ca). In 2005 he received the Julian M. Sciecz award from the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of early career accomplishments and the Young Researcher of the Year in 2007 from the Faculty of Arts. Prof. Sawada is a recognized expert in geomatics applications. His research encompasses spatial analysis and GIS applications and has over 15 years of research experience using GIS and optical remote sensing applied to a wide variety of urban, geomorphologic and agricultural questions. He also has considerable experience in development of GIS and spatial statistical software and mobile location-based services. Professor Sawada is member of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management Research Center of the University of Ottawa and his transdisciplinary work has led to the development of new spatial analytical methods that address pressing social and environmental policy issues such as soil erosion and contaminant modeling and transport, disaster mitigation technologies, air quality and population health.

Paul Steeves

United Way Ottawa

Wellington West

Paul Steeves is currently the Senior Manager of Evaluation and Analytics for United Way Ottawa. His career has been centered on public health, technology and community research. Prior to joining United Way, he worked for the Canadian Health Network in Toronto, the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Success By 6 Ottawa. He has a degree in Community Health Sciences from Brock University.

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