Returned and Energized from the CRDCN Conference!

It was a pleasure for Geo-SDH Group members Clara Kaufmann, Andrew Stevenson and Thomas Herrmann to travel to Halifax for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRCDN) conference and meet with several fellow users of RDC data. Canada’s rich investment in administrative datasets is a key resource that enables our group to better understand the link between human health and built environment exposures across neighbourhoods and communities . We were delighted to share some of our insights and learn from others studying a range of topics that affect the health and well-being of Canadians.

Clara Kaufmann presented her poster “Neighbourhood Fast Food Access and Fast Food Consumption Across the Social Gradient in Canada” and highlighted both socio-demographic differences in fast food consumption and also the difficulties in characterizing geographic access to fast food across urban and rural environments.

Andrew Stevenson presented on “The Development of New Food Environment Measures in Canada and Their Association with Food Insecurity in Canada”, discussing our group’s efforts of overcome methodological difficulties surrounding measurement of food environments through use of a ‘gold standard’ dataset.
Thomas Herrmann delivered a presentation on “Meeting Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity ‘Automatically’ in Active Living Environments”, offering insights on the health status of Canadians according to the active living friendliness of neighbourhoods.