In our work, we use linkable health and social data from the whole population of Manitoba, Canada. These data are housed at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and allow us to comprehensively examine relationships between health and social outcomes. We collaborate with researchers across disciplines, and work directly with community partners to maximize the meaningfulness of our studies, and enhances their real-world impact.
The Health and Social Data Lab is based in the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) and the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Manitoba. MCHP is one of the premier research units within CHS. Its mission is to provide accurate and timely information to healthcare decision–makers, analysts, and providers so that they can offer services that are effective and efficient in maintaining and improving the health of Manitobans. MCHP researchers rely upon the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository to describe and explain patterns of care and profiles of health and illness. The Repository is unique in the world in terms of its comprehensiveness, degree of integration, and orientation around an anonymized population registry. CHS comprises internationally renowned scientists in the fields of population health and health services. The environment of CHS is multi- and trans-disciplinary, with faculty members and students from diverse backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, basic sciences, population health, epidemiology, biostatistics, mathematics, economics, geography, anthropology, and other social sciences.
Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, PhD, is the Principle Investigator of the Health and Social Data Lab. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, a Research Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and a Canada Research Chair in Population Data Analytics and Data Curation. Her research interests include population health, maternal and child health, mental health, and the social determinants of health. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications in areas including epidemiology, child welfare, and pregnancy using data from Canada, Sweden, and the United States.