Dr. Meghan Azad, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Children and families are facing major challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic related to social distancing measures and school closures. We are leveraging the ongoing CHILD Cohort Study, which has been following 3,500 families across 4 Canadian provinces for the past decade, to investigate these challenges, including a focus on mental health and well-being. By comparing new questionnaire data to pre-pandemic CHILD data, we can identify children and parents experiencing a decline in mental health and socioeconomic status, and investigate factors that may predict risk for, or resilience against, these negative impacts. This research will provide critical real-time data to support forecasting models and inform policy-making in an equitable and resource-effective manner.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its management on CHILD cohort study children;
  • Identify factors that predict risk for, or resilience against, the psychosocial impacts of the pandemic; and
  • Recognize the critical role of longitudinal cohort studies in studying the psychosocial impact of the pandemic.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed:
Communicator, Health Advocate, Leader, Medical Expert, Scholar