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Current projects

CentrÉS: Revitalisation urbaine et santé chez les jeunes Sherbrookois

In the wake of urban revitalization projects in Sherbrooke, particularly downtown, the main objective of the CENTRe-ville Équitable et en Santé (CentrÉS) study is to better understand how the physical and social environment of Sherbrooke neighbourhoods  influences the sense of neighbourhood belonging, social connections and well-being among young adults. The project also aims to determine whether these associations differ between social groups.


The primary goal of the CapaCITY/É team is to catalyze the implementation of sustainable transportation interventions, including cycling networks for all ages and abilities (AAA) and speed reduction interventions. Our Canadian and Australian team will expand cross-sectoral partnerships, build the capacity of municipalities and other key players, and develop tools to advance the science of healthy city implementation through the following objectives :

  1. Documenting the implementation process and results of two types of sustainable transportation interventions; 

  2. Examine the equity, health and mobility impacts of these sustainable transport interventions, both within and between cities; 

  3. Advancing the science of implementation by developing an evidence-based, equity-focused sustainable transportation implementation framework 

  4. Facilitate scaling up and scale-up of sustainable transport interventions by developing tools for stakeholders and building capacity. 


The INTERACT team evaluates various interventions in the urban environment of Canadian cities (Montreal, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Victoria) for their impact on physical activity, social participation and well-being, as well as on social inequalities in these health conditions. Interventions include, for example, a walking and cycling corridor in Vancouver, the cycle path plan in Victoria, the implementation of a rapid bus service in Saskatoon, and the sustainable development plan for the city of Montreal. Longitudinal data are collected from adults using questionnaires, GPS, accelerometer and a smartphone application (ecological momentary assessor). Qualitative sub-projects are also carried out on different themes depending on the cities under study.

Community resilience in the face of COVID-19

We are carrying out a study in partnership with the Observatoire Estrien du  développement des Communautés (OEDC) to analyze the COVID-19 response among the 9 regions of the Eastern Townships, highlight community resilience factors and establish best practices to better anticipate and respond to future social, economic and health crises.

Neighbourhood environment and social inequalities in health among young people: better understanding mechanisms of action

We analyze data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to (1) describe social inequalities in health in different health behaviours and outcomes (e.g., heavy drinking) among young adults; (2) assess the contribution of the neighbourhood environment  to these social inequalities in health; and (3) explore the mechanisms by which inequalities in the neighbourhood environment contribute to social inequalities in health. "Go-along"and photo-elicited interviews will complement the statistical analyses.

Research-action in social development in the Marie-Reine district of Sherbrooke


Information to come.

Evaluation of the Exit Doors Here program

We are conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Exit Doors Here, a program which aims to help women exit the sex work industry through capacity building and action on the social determinants of health such as housing, employment and access to health care. This study is being conducted in partnership with Elizabeth Fry Toronto and the MAP Center for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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