Opportunities - Improving Access to Child Health Information for Newcomer Somali Parents in Alberta

Cultural Adaptation of Knowledge Translation (KT) Tools for Parents of Children with Acute Illnesses

ARCHE, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta



The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) and Evidence in Child Health to enhance Outcomes (ECHO) research programs at the University of Alberta strive to improve health outcomes for children through the application of the best available evidence. A key activity of these research units is the development and dissemination of a variety of user-friendly, evidence informed knowledge translation (KT) tools.

KT tools are available online in a variety of formats, such as ebooks, videos and interactive infographics; and cover various child health topics (available at trekk.ca/parentsandfamilies). These tools have been reviewed by a national network of emergency healthcare providers and our pediatric parent advisory group; tested for usability; and released online for the English-speaking general population.

The aim of this project is to explore how KT tools (health research evidence) can be culturally adapted for newcomer parents and caregivers in the Somali community. We hope to receive feedback from Somali parents on the value of existing KT tools, in order to develop appropriate adaption strategies. Understanding how Somali parents access child health information will help to identify how to best communicate and share KT tools or resources with the community.

Participants must be the newcomer parent or caregiver of a child under 18 years of age, be able to read and write in Somali and have access to a Facebook account or be willing to create one.


Roles and Responsibilities

This project will be carried out entirely on a private Facebook group. Participants are expected to review different KT tools and rate their usability through a secure and anonymous online survey, as well as engage in discussions with other participants about the different KT tools and how they access child health information.


Time Commitment

Starting mid-July 2020,  the project will run for up to 5 weeks and participants can expect to commit up to 2 hours per week.



This is an online activity. To thank participants for their involvement and contributions, we will be giving out $50 gift cards.


Project Team Contact Information

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply, please reach out to:

Muna Mohamed                                            Sarah Elliott

Muna4@ualberta.ca                                       se2@ualberta.ca