Who We Are
TARGet Kids! is a primary care practice based research network. It is a collaboration between:
Child health researchers
Children’s primary care doctors (paediatricians and family physicians)
Public health professionals
The overall aim of this collaborative research study is to improve the health of Canadian children. We promote research that really matters, to create solutions to some of today’s biggest health concerns.
At TARGet Kids!, families, researchers, clinicians, and students work together to improve the quality of primary care, practices, and knowledge, to enable better health outcomes for children.
What We Do
Surprisingly little is known about the health of Canadian children and the consequences of early health issues later in their lives.
TARGet Kids! wants to learn about the long-term health of Canadian children as they grow and develop, and how to improve the quality of primary health care for these children through research. We follow children from birth to adolescence to gather data on their health over a long period of time.
We are leveraging Canada's extensive primary care practice model to study children, to discover the factors which may be interfering with their health, growth and development.
How we work together
We focus on patient-oriented research. This means our research is conducted with our families and not just for our families. We put children and their families first.
Parents partner with us and are involved in all phases of our research. With this approach, we intend to promote better health outcomes through active partnerships among parents, children, teachers, researchers and health professionals.
Our research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's (CIHR) Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).