Note to web visitors... The Research Partnership Program has resulted in in-depth work by industry and academic teams to develop wellness initiatives. The program has completed its year of work and our visitors can learn much more about our work at the HWHP Wellness Conference scheduled for October 13, 2017.
The Research Partnership Program (RPP) was designed to give agency leaders in human services a process to develop and grow health and wellness initiatives that will have a strong possibility of creating real change. The purposes of the program are: to stimulate wellness initiatives, to work collaboratively using a participatory approach, and to develop models of change.
Agencies participating in the RPP will actively involved in assessment, planning initiatives, implementation of their program, creating communication and policy materials, and program evaluation. Representatives from these agencies will participate in the Alberta-wide Health and Wellness Conference in 2017, to share success stories and lessons learned from their agency’s program. Read more...
Current Partners The Research Partnership Program is currently working with four agencies: The Ronald McDonald House, the Central Alberta Women’s and Emergency Shelter, Heritage Family Services, and Terra Centre. Each agency works with an academic partner from the University of Alberta.
These four agencies partnered with the Healthy Workplaces Research Partnership Program in order to identify their current workplace health issues and develop wellness initiatives that address the wellness needs of employees. Data on employee health and wellness needs was gathered from both the self-administered survey as well as discussions between agencies’ health and wellness committee members and other leadership, and University of Alberta’s academic partners during March- April 2016. Working together, agency staff members, leaders, and research partners developed these health initiatives by: 1) creating and analyzing baseline data for each agency; and 2) adapting health and wellness theories/models to each agency's specific needs.