About the Seniors Health Knowledge Network [SHKN]
The Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN, originally the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network or SHRTN) is a network of networks that mobilizes evidence, shares knowledge and brokers relationships across disciplines and sectors among: practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers, and older adults. It initially received provincial funding between 2005-2014 but continues now through sponsorship and support of its key stakeholders.
Over the course of its existence the Network has developed:
- A broad variety of tools and resources supportive of effective knowledge translation and exchange such as webinars, social media, newsletters, websites, and related web-based technologies which are hosted and supported by the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care.
- Processes to support access to knowledge brokers
- Support to Communities of Practice that engage care providers, researchers, policy makers and others interested in a topic related to the health and care of older adults in conversations and knowledge exchange.
- A broad cross-sectoral, cross-disciplinary and geographically dispersed membership
Recent and ongoing activities include:
- Partnership in Ontario’s AFC Outreach Program and the development of a Provincial Falls Prevention Strategy
- Support to Researchers and research groups by acting as Knowledge User in several Peer-funded grant applications
- Webinars to disseminate and increase awareness
- Providing a monthly eNewsletter to over 4500 individuals and groups
- Communities of Practice (current and past)