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Research Publications, Reports, and Presentations

Providing the best start for our youngest generation is a growing social and economic priority in communities across Canada, and especially in Nova Scotia. Over the past few decades, the needs of families have become more diverse and challenging, particularly for those experiencing socioeconomic inequity. Check out the resources below to find details on how the ECCRC is seeking to address these concerns.

McIsaac JLD, Warner G, Lawrence L, Warner G, Urquhart R, Price S, Gahagan J, McNally M, Jackson L. The application of implementation science theories for population health: A critical interpretive synthesis. 2018 March, AIMS Public Health, 5(1): 13-30. 

McIsaac JLD, Read K, Williams PL, Raine KD, Veugelers PJ, Kirk SFL. Reproducing or Reducing Inequity? Considerations for School Food Programs. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 2018 March; 79(1):8-22. 

Penney TL, McIsaac JLD, Kontak J, Ata N, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. A translational approach to characterization and measurement of health-promoting school ethos. Health Promotion International. 2017 Aug 9. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax039 

McIsaac JLD, Jarvis S, Spencer R, Kirk SFL. “A tough sell”: findings from a qualitative analysis on the provision of healthy foods in recreation and sports settings. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 2018 Jan; 38(1). 

Spencer R, McIsaac JLD, Kirk SFL. Food for thought: Youth experiences with school food. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 2017 Sept; 7(3): 53-63. 

McIsaac JLD, Read K, Veugelers PV, Kirk SFL. Culture matters: A case of school health promotion in Canada. Health Promotion International. 2017; 32 (2): 207-217. 

McIsaac JLD, Penney TL, Ata N, Munro-Sigfridson L, Cunningham J, Veugelers PJ, Storey K, Ohinmaa A, Kirk SFL, Kuhle S. Evaluation of a health promoting schools program in a school board in Nova Scotia, Canada. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2017 Jan 25; 5: 279-284. 

Kontak JCH, McIsaac JLD, Penney TL, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. The picture of health: Examining school-based health environments through photographs. Health Promotion International. 2017 Apr 1;32(2):322-330.

McIsaac, JLD, Turner, J., McLean. C., Harkins, MJ., Richard, B., Smith,M. Addressing the achievement gap through Pre-Primary: Exploring families’ experiences and future workforce expectations to support future implementation. 2019.

Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre. Mobilizing Connections to Build Early Childhood Partnerships in Nova Scotia. 2019.

Evaluation of the Nova Scotia Early Years Centre. Years 1, 2 and 3. Available at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. https://www.ednet.ns.ca/earlyyears/earlyyears_centres.shtml

Kelly E, McIsaac JLD, Rossiter M. Movement and physical a promotion in regulated child care centres: An assessment of existing environments and practices within Nova Scotia. Submitted to the Department of Health and Wellness, December 2015

McIsaac JLD, Melanson S. How Demonstration Projects Inform Policy and Practice. Early Years Centres and the Pre-primary Program. The 15th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development, June 2018, Toronto ON. 

McIsaac JLD, Spencer R, Stewart M, Brushett S, Kirk SFL. Applying a complex systems lens to school food environments in Nova Scotia. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, May 2018, Montreal QC.  

McIsaac JLD, Munroe E, Hughes J. Redressing the Achievement Gap through Early Social Emotional Learning: Building a Foundation with Early Childhood Educators in a Professional Learning Community. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, May 2018, Montreal QC.  

Munroe E, Hughes J, McIsaac JLD. Redressing the Achievement Gap through Early Social Emotional Learning: Building a Foundation with Early Childhood Educators in a Professional Learning Community. Inter-University Research Network Symposium, May 2018, Truro NS.  

Kirk SFL, McIsaac JLD, McCuaig K, Poon B, Bertrand J. Learning as we grow: Comparing approaches to creating and implementing integrated children’s centres across Canada. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, June 2017, Halifax NS.  

Warner G, McIsaac JLD, Urquhart R, Lawrence L, Meisner B, Burns R. Applying Implementation Science Frameworks to Public Health Research. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, June 2017, Halifax NS.  

McIsaac JLD, Penney TL, Storey K, Sigfridson L, Cunningham J, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL Examining ‘Integrated Knowledge Translation’ in a school-based population health intervention research project. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, June 2017, Halifax NS.  

McIsaac JLD, Heath S, Turner, J, Kelly E, Melanson S, Kirk SFL. Learning as we grow: Supporting children and families during the early years in Nova Scotia. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, June 2016, Toronto ON.  

Turner J, Melanson S, Heath S, McIsaac JLM, Kirk SFL. Nova Scotia Early Years Centre Model.Mental Health in the Early Years Conference: Social Emotion Wellness from the Start. October 2015, Halifax NS.