Congratulations Dr. Meghan Winters - 2016 MSFHR Scholar Award Recipient

Congratulations Dr. Meghan Winters - 2016 MSFHR Scholar Award Recipient

Dr. Meghan Winters is the recipient of a 2016 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (MSFHR) Award. The foundation recognized Dr. Winters for her research investigating how changes to 'urban form,' e.g. new policy or infrastructure, affect mobility outcomes for everyone. Ultimately, she aims to ignite action to create urban form that promotes health and mobility for people of all ages and abilities.  

MSFHR Scholar Awards are catalysts for health research innovation. With a maximum term of five years, they help BC attract top research talent and retain our province’s best and brightest. Dr. Winters, CHHM Core member and on faculty Simon Fraser University, said, "The projects within my applied research program have been developed with, by, and for my stakeholder partners across health, transportation, and planning sectors. With this Scholar award, I'll be able to respond to their urgent needs and timely opportunities."

Dr. Winters' research, "Transforming Urban Form For Mobility: Interventions To Improve Population Health," is timely. Governments are making major investments in transit, cycling and walking infrastructure to alleviate the pressures of congestion, emissions, and population growth. These changes may have lasting impacts on our health. However, these endeavours are costly and require strong political will. There is a need to rigorously study these ‘natural experiments’ to identify interventions most likely to impact on health behaviours and differential impacts (‘how much’ and ‘for whom’).    

Dr. Winters' goal is to generate new evidence on the impact of these population health interventions, specifically those related to urban form, on health and health equity.  She will lead natural experiments studies of urban form (cycling facilities) and programmatic interventions (travel planning, education), using emerging technologies and novel data to advance the quality of research. Her work will generate new, locally-relevant evidence, as called for by national organizations in planning and health, to understand how to enhance health and mobility in mid-size cities and suburbs.  This award recognizes Dr. Winter's decade of experince, and invests in her ongoing work.