@WomensResearch Wellness Exchange – Mobilizing Results 

On October 6, 2022, the WHRI hosted a bi-annual public event, the @WomensResearch Wellness Exchange. The topic, Cancer Prevention and Screening, showcased members addressing topics regarding Vaccination and Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer (Dr. Lily Proctor and Dr. Anna Gottschlich), the Importance of Breast Cancer Screening (Dr. Paula Gordon), and Opportunistic Salpingectomy and Ovarian Cancer Prevention (Dr. Gillian Hanley). The event was emceed by friend and collaborator Shirley Weir, founder and moderator of the online community Menopause Chicks

The event garnered almost one hundred attendees, a full question & answer session, and achieved pan-Canadian representation from the following areas:

  • British Columbia | Burnaby, Coquitlam, Harrison Hot Springs, Kelowna, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, Nanaimo
  • Alberta | Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, St. Albert
  • Ontario | Mississauga, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Toronto
  • New Brunswick | Fredericton

As an organization, the WHRI supports the use of plain language, accessible knowledge, and use of evidence-based information. It was reassuring to see these concepts reinforced by key findings from the event evaluation survey (N=50): 

  • 91% of survey respondents watched or attended the entire event 
  • 76% felt the content presented was informative and 90.5% agreed the information was easy to understand 
  • 73.8% agreed or strongly agreed the information presented would affect where and how they access health information 

Thank You & Next Steps

Thank you to the event speakers, Emcee, attendees, and partners for promoting this event and making it a success.

The full event recording can be found on the WHRI Facebook page; please note the updated evidence in the caption. 

Is your research ready for a public audience? If so, please connect at whri.communications@cw.bc.ca.