Plenary Panel: Science and public health communication in response to COVID-19.

Building on the successful online taster event that we organised in September 2021, this panel will explore further lessons in science and public health communication in response to the COVID-19. The pandemic has presented unprecedented global challenges, which will impact on the future of knowledge exchange in public health. A panel of international experts will looked at what we have learned about knowledge exchange, and how we can use this knowledge to improve research and practices in the future.

You can see more on our panel here. 

Translating research during COVID-19: impact on training/technical assistance efforts for adolescent health providers


Dr Jane Powers

Jane is a Project Director for Assets Coming Together (ACT) at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Jane has a wealth of experience and expertise in working with partners to apply research knowledge to practice to improve the lives of children, youth and families.




Mandy Purington

Mandy is Director of Evaluation and Research, ACT for Youth, at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Mandy is passionate about using research and evaluation to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, and is interested in the rich connections between practice and research.

Jane and Mandy will use their in-depth knowledge to discuss the impact of training efforts on adolescent health providers along with their practice partner, Heather Wynkoop Beach.


Heather Wynkoop Beach

Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Heather spent 20 years doing front-line work with young people and communities. Since transitioning to the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University, Heather has found an unexpected enthusiasm in bridging the connection between practitioners and research.


Conducting rapid reviews for health policy makers during the pandemic in an evolving evidence ecosystem: new synthesis methods and dissemination plans


Professor Maureen Dobbins

Scientific Director at the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools in Canada, and Director of Health Evidence. Maureen has extensive expertise in understanding knowledge translation and exchange, and leading on evidence-informed decision making in partnership with Public Health policy makers in Canada. She will reflect on conducting rapid reviews and knowledge exchange with policy makers during the evolving environment of the pandemic along with Dr Leanne Idezerda.



Dr Leanne Idzerda

Leanne Idzerda is a senior research scientist with the Evidence Synthesis and Knowledge Translation Unit in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Branch at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is currently working on systematic reviews of priority topics relevant to the long-term effects of COVID-19 on public health.


Plenary Panel: The importance of setbacks in knowledge exchange in public health.

Exchanging evidence between academics, practitioners, policy makers and members of the publics is dependent on sharing the right knowledge in the right format at the right time with the right people. Setbacks in knowledge exchange occur when the opposite happens: knowledge is not shared in the right format, or at the wrong time, with the wrong people. This panel will discuss what knowledge is fit for exchange, at what time and in what format, for which people. Members will also explore the role of conversation spaces and managing different types of knowledge across various conversation spaces.

You can see more about our panel members here.