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Research Publications, Reports, Presentations, and Graphics

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.

Exploring school food environments through youth photo voice. Spencer R, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Stewart M, Penney TP, Bruschett S, Kirk SFL. 2019. 

The association between school nutrition resources, policy adherence and food served. 
Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Penney TP, Masse L, Kirk SFL. 2019

Understanding System-Level Intervention Points to Support School Food and Nutrition Policy Implementation in Nova Scotia, Canada. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Spencer R, Stewart M, Penney TP, Brushett S, Kirk SFL. Int. J. Environ. 2019

Voluntary nutrition guidelines to support healthy eating in recreation and sports settings are ineffective: findings from a prospective study. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Jarvis S, Olstad DL, Naylor PJ, Rehman L, Kirk SFL. 2019.

Describing food availability in schools using different healthy eating guidelines: Moving forward with simpler nutrition recommendations. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Ata N, Kirk SFL.  Canadian Journal for Dietetic Practice and Research. 2019.

Factors Influencing Implementation of Nutrition Policies in Schools. A Scoping Review. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Spencer R, Meisner K, Kontak, Kirk SFL. 2018.

Integrated knowledge translation in school-based population health intervention research. 
Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Penney TL, Storey K, Sigfridson L, Cunningham J, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. 2018.

Moving from policy to practice: A report of school nutrition policy adherence in Nova Scotia. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kontak J, Kirk SFL. 2018.

Use of Resources for Health Promoting Schools in Rural Nova Scotia. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Sigfridson C, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers PJ, Munro-Sigfridson L, Kirk SFL, Kuhle K. 2018.

The application of implementation science theories for population health: A critical interpretive synthesis. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Warner G, Lawrence L, Warner G, Urquhart R, Price S, Gahagan J, McNally M, Jackson L. 2018.

Reproducing or Reducing Inequity? Considerations for School Food Programs. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Read K, Williams PL, Raine KD, Veugelers PJ, Kirk SFL. 2018.

“A tough sell”: findings from a qualitative analysis on the provision of healthy foods in recreation and sports settings. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Jarvis S, Spencer R, Kirk SFL. 2018.

A translational approach to characterization and measurement of health-promoting school ethos. Penney TL, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kontak J, Ata N, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. Health Promotion International. 2017.

Food for thought: Youth experiences with school food. Spencer R, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kirk SFL. 2017

The picture of health: Examining school-based health environments through photographs. Kontak JCH, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Penney TL, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. 2017.

Evaluation of a health promoting schools program in a school board in Nova Scotia, Canada. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Penney TL, Ata N, Munro-Sigfridson L, Cunningham J, Veugelers PJ, Storey K, Ohinmaa A, Kirk SFL, Kuhle S, 2017.

Interventions to support system-level implementation of Health Promoting Schools: A Scoping Review. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Hernandez K, Curran J, Kirk SFL. 2016.

Validation of the "Quality of Life in School" instrument in Canadian elementary school students. Ghotra S, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kirk SFL, Kuhle S. 2016.

The association between health behaviors and academic performance in Canadian elementary school students: a cross-sectional study. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kirk SFL, Kuhle S. 2015.

Providing context to the implementation of Health Promoting Schools: A Case Study. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Mumtaz Z, Veugelers PJ, Kirk SFL. 2015.

Moving forward with school nutrition policies: A case study of policy adherence in Nova Scotia. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Shearer CL, Veugelers PJ, Kirk SFL. 2015

The impact of school policies and practices on students' diets, physical activity levels and body weights: A province-wide practice-based evaluation. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Chu YL, Blanchard B, Rossiter M, Williams P, Raine K, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ. 2015.

Breast, formula and combination feeding in relation to childhood obesity in Nova Scotia, Canada. Rossiter M, Colapinto C, Khan K, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Williams P, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ. 

Food security status among grade 5 students in Nova Scotia, Canada and its association with health outcomes. Kirk SFL, Kuhle S, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Wiliams PL, Rossiter M, Ohimaa A, Veugelers PJ. 2015.

Applying theoretical components to the implementation of health promoting schools. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Storey K, Veugelers PJ, Kirk SFL. 2014.

Modifying the food environment for childhood obesity prevention: Challenges and opportunities. Penney TL, Almiron-Roig E, Shearer C, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kirk SFL. 2014.

Culture matters: A case of school health promotion in Canada. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Read K, Veugelers PV, Kirk SFL. 2013.

The impact of a population-level school food and nutrition policy on dietary intake and body weights of Canadian children. Fung C, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ. 2013.

School health promotion policy in Nova Scotia: A case study. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Sim SM, Penney TL, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ.  2012.

Costs of Implementing and Maintaining Comprehensive School Health: The Case of the Annapolis Valley Health Promoting Schools Program. Ohinmaa A, Jessie-Lee Langille (McIsaac), Whitby C, Jamieson S, Veugelers PJ. 2011.

Strength of messaging in changing attitudes in a workplace wellness program. Jessie-Lee Langille (McIsaac), Berry TR, Reade IL, Witcher C, Loitz CC, Rodgers WM. 2011.

Developing an educational tool to support planning and tracking of Health Promoting Schools. Jessie-Lee Langille (McIsaac), Raine K, Carmichael S, Whitby C, Veugelers PJ. 2010.

Exploring the influence of a social ecological model on school-based physical activity. Jessie-Lee Langille (McIsaac), Rodgers WM. 2010.

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

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

Learning as we Grow: Evaluation of the Nova Scotia Early Years Centre. Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. Available at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Movement and physical a promotion in regulated child care centres: An assessment of existing environments and practices within Nova Scotia. Kelly E, Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Rossiter M. 2015.

McIsaac JLDBuilding policy-relevant research to support child well-being in Nova Scotia Bridging the Gap: Between Knowledge and Practice to Support Children, Youth and Families. Mount Saint Vincent University Research Day. May 2019.

McIsaac JLD, Brenna Richard, MACYS(c). Process of building and nurturing collaborative networks to support evidence-based early childhood policies, programs, and practices. Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre. March, 2019, Halifax, NS.

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. 

Responsive Feeding Environments in the Early Years

This video is a recording of the June 2019 seminar hosted by the ECCRC. Guest hosts Misty Rossiter and Linda Mann talk about the importance of healthy feeding environments in the early years.

Supporting Social & Emotional Development: Responsive Relationships & High-Quality Environments

This video is a recording of the September 23, 2019 seminar hosted by the ECCRC. Guest host Julia Dadds and storyteller Anne Briscombe give a presentation on the importance of responsive relationships and high quality environments.

Early Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This video is a recording of the October 2019 seminar hosted by the ECCRC. Guest host Isabel Smith and storyteller Kelly Arnold give a presentation about some of the challenges and solutions when dealing with intervention for preschoolers with ASD.

Play Persuasion: Convincing the Unconvinced

This video is a recording of the November 2019 seminar hosted by the ECCRC. Guest hosts Christine McLean and Matt Sampson explain the benefits of play for children, as well as how to explain these benefits to the skeptical.