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Past Summer Institutes
In 2006, the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health held their first Summer Institute in Toronto, Ontario. This gathering, and the 2007 Summer Institute in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, were held to enable the six newly-established National Collaborating Centres to meet during the summer to network and to learn from one other as we established ourselves within the Canadian public health landscape.

Based on the success of the first two Summer Institutes and due to interest from the larger community, the 2008 Summer Institute in Kelowna, British Columbia, was opened to more participants to broaden the circle of learning and expertise in knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE).

This year, we anticipate that a wide range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and others will participate in, and lead, workshops. While the National Collaborating Centres are still hosts and organizers of the Summer Institute, its subject and its aims go beyond the NCCs.

More and more, the research community supports the need for disseminating knowledge that stems from their research in a way that is relevant, and tailored to meet the needs of a broader community of users. Knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE) can provide approaches and tools necessary for bridging the knowledge gap between primary health research and the work of front line practitioners as well as policy makers as they provide strategic public health directions.

2006 Summer Institute—Toronto, Ontario

2007 Summer Institute—Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Theme: Making sense of it all
Participants: 82

2008 Summer Institute—Kelowna, British Columbia
Theme: KSTE in Action
Participants: 200
2008 Summer Institute website