Past CARRFS Training

One of CARRFS goals is to provide a variety of training opportunities for its members using multiple strategies such as bi-monthly e-learning sessions, bi-annual regional workshops and national events. Both the selection of content topics and the preferred delivery methods have been identified through a members’ needs assessment. A benefit to the training sessions is the ability to share content with all other members of CARRFS through discussion and the posting of proceedings and other resource materials.

Provided below is a list of CARRFS training workshops and bi-monthly e-learning sessions that have taken place thus far. Copies of e-learning session or workshop presentations or recordings are available to CARRFS members only in the Members’ Community portion of the website. Presentations and recordings are in English only. Translation of presentations can be completed upon request. For general inquiries, contact Mary Lou Decou.


  • Eastern Regional Workshop – Small Area Analysis Using R, Moncton, NB, March 11-12, 2013
  • CARRFS/APHEO Joint Workshop – Use of EpiData in Public Health, Toronto, ON, Feb 16-17, 2011
  • Prairies Regional Workshop – How to Use GIS (ArcView 9.2), Winnipeg, MB, Sept 21-22, 2010
  • Western Regional Workshop – Identifying Socioeconomic Inequities in Health Using Health Surveillance Data, Vancouver, BC, June 1-2, 2010
  • Atlantic Regional Workshop – How to Use GIS (ArcView 9.2), Halifax, NS, Feb 18-19, 2010

e-Learning Sessions

  • Overview of the Canadian Marginalization Index. Presented by Dr. Flora Matheson. April 26, 2013
  • An Introduction to R. Presented by Dr. M. Nawal Lutfiyya. January 25, 2013
  • Handling Missing Data. Presented by Ms. Karen Johnson. November 30, 2012
  • Data Management Basics in Research and Survey – Real Life. Presented by Mr. Badal Dhar. September 28, 2012.
  • New Directions in TB Epidemiology: Using Social Network Analysis and Whole-Genome Sequencing to Understand Outbreaks of Tuberculosis. Presented by Dr. James Johnston and Dr. Jennifer Gardy. March 30, 2012
  • Developing Inuit Research Capacity and Access to Statistics for Health Planning and Community Action. Presented by Mr. Martin Lougheed. January 27, 2012
  • Building an Evidence Base for Health-related Built Environment Surveillance. Presented by Mr. Colin Steensma and Ms. Michelle Warr. October 28, 2011
  • Evidence, Action, Equity. Presented by Dr. Jennifer Cushon and Mr. Josh Marko. May 27, 2011
  • How BRFSS Has Been Used for Risk Factor Surveillance. Presented by Dr. Chaoyang Li. April 29, 2011
  • Rural Chronic Disease Surveillance & Small Area Analysis. Presented by Dr. M. Nawal Lutfiyya. March 25, 2011
  • An Introduction to Using CCHS Microdata. Presented by Mr. Sylvain Tremblay and Mr. Steven Thomas. November 27, 2010
  • EpiData – The Relevance for Local/Regional Risk Factor Surveillance. Presented by Ms. Brenda Guarda. September 24, 2010
  • Chronic Disease Dissemination Tools. Presented by Mr. Peter Walsh. May 28, 2010
  • Perspectives on public health surveillance in the 21st century. Presented by Dr. Bernard Choi. March 26, 2010
  • GIS and Regional Risk Factor Surveillance – Why It Should Used. Presented by Dr. M. Nawal Lutfiyya. January 29, 2010