#811: Dr. Julia Brassolotto: Translational Health Chair Investigates Rural Health

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It’s a lot harder to deliver health services in rural areas than in cities.

So what are the issues and what can be done to improve the situation?

Those are questions Dr. Julia Brassolotto from the University of Lethbridge will be investigating.

She has just been appointed the new Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Translational Health Research Chair in Rural Health and Well Being.

:  There are a host of them, everything from looking at transient health care workers, so challenges with recruiting and retaining health professionals.  So nurses, and physicians and, specialists.  Transportation for patients to health care services.  Things like weather that maybe you get noticed often, but if you have inclement weather and long distances to travel, that can be prohibitive.   Other issues to do with the social determinants of health, having to do with access to education, sustainable employment, things like that.

Dr. Julia Brassolotto says her research will focus first n seniors and the delivery of long term care in rural Alberta.  That includes looking at caregivers who deliver paid and unpaid labour.

Thanks today to Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.




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Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded Corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance our well-being through research and innovation. 

The Alberta Innovates system has roots stretching back almost 90 years

In March, 2016 the consolidation of Alberta Innovates was announced and on November 1, a single, integrated innovation powerhouse, Alberta Innovates, was formed. Two applied research subsidiaries – Innotech Alberta and C-Fer Technologies –  serve public and private sector interests.

The Alberta Innovates system was first created in January 2010, as part of an overall innovation framework developed within the Alberta Research and Innovation Act. At that time, four corporations were established:

  • Bio Solutions
  • Energy and Environment Solutions
  • Health Solutions
  • Technology Futures.

The Alberta Innovates system has a 90-year legacy. Our expertise is built on the successes of:

  • Alberta Institute for Agriculture
  • Forestry and the Environment
  • Alberta Agricultural Research Institute
  • Alberta Forestry Research Institute
  • Alberta Life Sciences Institute
  • Alberta Ingenuity
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
  • Alberta Research Council
  • iCORE
  • nanoAlberta
  • Alberta Water Research Institute (AWRI)
  • Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI)
  • Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA).


Program Date: 2016-10-04