Yukon SPOR Health Summit

photoThe inaugural Yukon SPOR SUPPORT Unit Health Summit was held in November 2022. The Summit was made available for both in-person and online participants, with the main venue hosted at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (KDCC) in Whitehorse and smaller viewing hubs stationed in the communities of Old Crow and Dawson City.

Wanted to come to our 2022 Health Summit in November, but couldn’t make it? Videos of select presentations that took place in the KDCC Longhouse are now available.

Event summary

SPOR Health Summit poster
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The primary purpose of the Summit is to exhibit the work the unit is doing and supporting in the Territory that helps advance the unit’s mission and goals of increasing patient-orientated health research in the Yukon;  however, since the unit is still in its infancy, the Summit was used as an opportunity to showcase a diverse scope of patient-oriented work and research that has been conducted by other SPOR SUPPORT Units from across Canada. The intent was to create visions of projects and work that could be implemented locally with the support of the Yukon SPOR SUPPORT Unit in the future.

The Summit is also an opportunity to listen to the needs of communities in the Yukon. Panel discussions were led by People with Lived Experience and Elders.

The summit hosted 43 speakers over the course of two days of which 22 were local to the Territory and 21 were regional.

Cross Canada SPOR SUPPORT Units who gave presentations and/or participated in panels include Hotıì ts'eeda, SCPOR, MSSU, BC SUPPORT and NL SUPPORT. In addition, presentations from other non-SPOR entities were given by SPOR Evidence Alliance, Canadian Frailty network, CRISM, along with several local and regional individual researchers who brought forward research studies founded in patient-oriented approaches.

Information was collected from Summit participants about what they felt should be health priorities, and their feedback solicited to inform future Summit planning.

Funders and partners

Yukon government Department of Health and Social Services and Department of Education
Canadian Institute of Health Research

Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Unit