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Alyson Mahar, who recently completed her PhD in the department of Public Health Sciences, has won an award recognizing her ICES work describing military veteran health and mental health. Details are here: https://vanierinstitute.ca/dr-alyson-mahar-receives-colonel-russell-mann-military-family-health-research-award/

During her PhD, and working closely with Alice Aiken, Alyson initiated access to the Ontario MOH information allowing identification of veterans and members of military families in the health administrative datasets held at ICES. She skillfully shepherded the process through to an impressive body of work describing access to care issues for these populations. This was a “side project” to her main thesis project, which was on cancer care in people with serious mental health problems.

At the award ceremony, Colonel Dan Harris, Director of Military Family Services, spoke in support of this research program and about the impact it has had on creating policy and programming to help military families in Canada. The award comes with some money that Alyson will use to attend the Atlantic Military Family Leadership Circle in October, as well as meetings in Ottawa with Commodore Cantelone and his team at Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, to discuss this work and other projects supporting military families.

Alyson is currently advocating for the establishment of an ICES Military and Veterans Research Program and will be moving to Manitoba in January to take a tenure-track faculty position at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the University of Manitoba where, among other things, she will continue to conduct research in this area.

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