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November 28, 2016

Dr. Heidi Cramm receives Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Heidi Cramm, recipient of the 2016 Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award!

Each year, the Vanier Institute of the Family recognizes high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health with the Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award, delivered annually at Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum events.

Dr. Cramm was recognized at Forum 2016 as the lead author of the study Navigating Healthcare Systems for Military-connected Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study of Military Families Experiencing Mandatory Relocation. Dr. Cramm and her research team conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with military families and found that they experience challenges and burdens when tasked with system navigation for children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study recommends enhanced coordination of services and communication across interjurisdictional providers, along with health care system literacy and advocacy strategies for families.


Published on November 28, 2016