“Poverty and other social determinants have enormous negative impacts on the health of young children and their families, which have been worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the long-term trusting relationships primary care providers develop with families, they are in a unique position to address social determinants of children’s health. The PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship will allow me to study primary care-embedded interventions addressing poverty, as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary preventive care and health outcomes for young children.” – Dr. Imaan Bayoumi
Dr. Imaan Bayoumi Awarded: 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship
PSI Foundation is delighted to announce Dr. Imaan Bayoumi of Queen’s University as the 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellow.
This Fellowship will allow Dr. Bayoumi to generate and disseminate evidence about impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary preventive care and health outcomes for young children and of primary care embedded
interventions (e.g. social service navigation) on parent and child health.
Poverty and other social determinants have a profound negative impact on the health of parents, children and families, contributing to substantial health disparities in parenting stress, mental health, and children’s general and social-emotional development. Primary preventive care in early childhood is fundamental to early detection and prevention of future health problems. As the first contact with the health system for most families, primary care providers are in a unique position to develop long-term trusting relationships, and to intervene to address social determinants of children’s health in clinical settings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, families have experienced increased stress with social isolation, increased food insecurity, disruptions to work, daycare and schools, and worsening parent mental health, all factors which are associated with poor child health and which create barriers to accessing preventive care.
About Dr. Imaan Bayoumi
Dr. Imaan Bayoumi is a Family Physician and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. She completed her MD at Queen’s University, Family Medicine training at McMaster University, and a Masters of Science in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. She is an investigator with the TARGet Kids! primary care practice based research network for children ( https://www.targetkids.ca/) and a fellow at ICES. She is a member of the executive team of the Rourke Baby Record, the evidence-informed guide to preventive primary care for young children in Canada. She also co-leads Innovations for Community Resilience Equity and Advocacy (I-CREAte, https://www.queensu.ca/i-create/), a community based participatory action research initiative aimed at conducting action-oriented research to improve health and wellbeing of children and families. She is committed to collaborating with parents, community partners, professional bodies and policy makers to carry out equity oriented, meaningful research.
About the PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship
Knowledge translation research aims at transitioning research discoveries to the real world to improve health outcomes. This prestigious fellowship – valued at $300,000 for over three years – helps protect a promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research.