ANPR - School Health Unit

Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research (ANPR)


ANPR was a CIHR-funded pan-Atlantic initiative focused on increasing capacity for illness and injury prevention research in the region. The CSHR Group at UPEI is one of four university-based research centres involved.  Each centre represented a network aimed at health promotion research in a specific environment:

  • School Health (CSHR-UPEI)
  • Community Health (AHPRC, Dalhousie University)
  • Workplace Health (Safety Net, Memorial University)
  • Data Development and Training (CRISP, UNB)

ANPR was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2004-2009) and had two primary objectives:
  • To enhance capacity for research in illness and injury prevention and health promotion in Atlantic Canada.
  • To better understand and address the health impacts of social and physical environments through research development, knowledge translation, training and mentoring.


ANPR Activities:

The ANPR School Health Network developed through a number of research and capacity-building activities:

Networking Building
~ Development of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and others interested in school health from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario and Alberta.

Workshops and Other Events
~ Hosted a pre-conference workshop on the role of coordinated school health databases at the ANPR Forum (October 2005).

~ Collaborated with the other ANPR research centres to host the 2nd ANPR Conference, "Assessment and Action for Healthy Settings (Schools, Communities, Public Health Organizations and More)" in St. John's, NL (July 4-7, 2007).

~ Hosted a workshop addressing the application of Geographic Information Systems technology in public health research (July 2007).

~ Hosted a workshop on applying the Better Practices Model to school health (December 2004). Workshop information is available here.

~ Organized meetings in Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia to discuss the status of school health research in each province.

Data Collection
~ Collected data from school boards in Atlantic Canada on school health initiatives in their districts. A summary report is available upon request. Further information on the inventory of policies and programs can be found here

Reports and Publications
~ An article about the School Health Network was published in the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health newsletter (February 2005).

~ The Better Practices Model resource manual was developed. A link to the manual can be found on our Publications page.