What we can learn about children’s health through data linkage

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2014/11/13 15:52


The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts! Large amounts of data are collected about children’s health and well-being, but often this information is “siloed”, providing only partial pictures of children’s outcomes. The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) has decades of experience bringing these separate pieces of information together using what’s known as “record linkage”. This webinar will describe the types of data held in the Data Repository at MCHP, and how these can be brought together to study child health and well-being. The power of this type of research is exemplified in the PATHS Equity for Children, an ongoing program of research at MCHP.  In PATHS, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers is evaluating multiple health and social programs that have been implemented in Manitoba over the past decade to determine not only whether they improved child health and development, but also whether they resulted in reducing socioeconomic inequities in childhood outcomes. Want to know whether home visiting programs have an impact on child maltreatment? What difference $81 per month during pregnancy has on birth outcomes for low income women? Whether the location of social housing matters for kids’ outcomes? Some of our key findings to date will be discussed.


Manitoba Centre for Health Policy



Marni Brownell

Marni is a Senior Research Scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and for the last several years has worked in the area of population and public health research. She is the recipient of the MCHP Endowed Population-Based Child Health Research Fund, which, along with several national grants, supports her research program.  Dr. Brownell uses administrative health and social service databases, survey and registry data, as well as clinical datasets to examine child health and well-being, with a particular focus on the social determinants of health. Her research program includes projects focusing on vulnerable children, including children with autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and mental disorders, as well as children living in poverty and children in the care of child welfare services.  

Contact Dr. Brownell here