The ultimate goal of Gateway is to improve the health status of rural residents.
This will require the collaboration between community health centres, rural health professionals, academic teaching and research institutions and the community at large. Thus, a primary goal of Gateway is to provide a community-based “point of access” where stakeholders meet to develop and implement research strategies designed to improve the health status of rural residents in Southwestern Ontario.
How Gateway research will change your life!
Gateway health research studies focus on real people in real environments. These studies provide structure, support, monitoring and feedback on particular health issues.
Gateway health studies truly help rural community members understand their health conditions and establish healthier lifestyle Gateway research studies can include:
daily walking or other exercise
diet and nutrition guides
home blood pressure monitoring
home blood sugar monitoring
tech tools for tracking/sending information and monitoring progress
As a community-based research organization, Gateway:
Supports rural health professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc) to conduct research relevant to their rural practices. Gateway aims to be “the research institute of the rural health professional.”
Offers a community-based research infrastructure to academic investigators for the implementation of knowledge translation research
Encourages collaboration and networking activities between rural health professionals
Promotes development of partnerships between community health centres and academic institutions for teaching and research in rural health
Attracts young physicians and other health professionals with an interest in research to rural areas
Attracts research resources to rural Southwestern Ontario
Provides opportunities for mentoring students in health research while addressing health issues in real life clinical scenarios
As a community-driven research organization, Gateway:
Allows community participation in the development of research initiatives and interpretation of results (participatory research)
Enables community members to take ownership of health issues and act upon them
Corrects for a ‘missing link’ in traditional health research: partnership between community health centres and the communities they serve
Facilitates bottom-up, strategic approach to healthcare solutions