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Tuesday, July 14th, 2020  | 1:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County


The University of Windsor in partnership with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are inviting Windsor and Essex County residents aged 15 and over to participate in a Canadian study to share their thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and the impact it has had on their daily lives. People can join the study by visiting www.cohesionstudy.ca and will be invited to fill online surveys on a regular basis. Those who wish to participate can also choose to download the research app that collects information on mobility, physical activity levels, and social contacts. There is a raffle to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards for anyone who fills in a weekly survey.

The COHESION study is a long-term study being conducted across Canada and is led by a team of epidemiologists, public health researchers, mental health experts from the University of Montreal (Yan Kestens, Gregory Moullec, Kate Zinszer), as well as by academic partners and various public health authorities from across the country. The success of this study relies on study participants.

“We want to ensure our study will provide relevant information to inform public health response efforts and also to guide interventions for communities, households, and individuals that need support,” says Dr. Kate Zinszer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive & Social Medicine in the School of Public Health at the Université de Montréal.

The goal of the COHESION study is to capture a representative sample of the diversity of the Canadian population in terms of sociodemographics, household composition, and setting. With the data provided, it will help to understand how daily activities, social interactions, and the mental health of Canadians are being affected throughout, and following, the pandemic.

“As we are dealing with completely altered living conditions during the pandemic, it is essential to understand how we are mentally, socially, and physically coping, today and in the coming months,” says Dr. Kevin Milne, Associate Dean – Academic Programs of the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor and local COHESION study contact.

“The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is excited to partner and collaborate in this Canadian study with the Universities of Montreal and Windsor. We all want to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on the lives of Canadians and how we can better align public health programs and services to address those needs in our local communities. I encourage all eligible Windsor and Essex County residents to take part in the study,” says Theresa Marentette, CEO and Chief Nursing Officer at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

For more information on the study and how to sign up visit www.cohesionstudy.ca.

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