About Us: This is REAL

How to Engage with REAL

Help us.
Voice your concerns. Whether you are a healthcare provider, a business manager or a private citizen, chances are that COVID is sparking new health and care related choices.

Help you.
Cut through fear and bias to make best-for-now decisions on how you live, work and lead. Fueled by your questions, our REAL NOTES curate reliable research sources to summarize just the facts.

Help others.
Challenge COVID with the power of knowledge. Share. Public health is our health. Tell others & keep it REAL.

How We Work

To launch REAL we’ve created an agile, evolving environment leveraging the skills of students from the Master of Public Health, System Leadership and Innovation as well as Master of Health Informatics programs.

REAL Notes are high-level summaries of different levels of evidence, such as jurisdictional scans, grey literature, traditional and social media. With a shared vision to create a product that is equitable and accessible, patients and providers alike can benefit from credible information produced in real-time. It is sometimes uncomfortable to bring different levels and stages of knowledge together for rapid presentation, however trust, transparency and reliability are core values of the REAL Notes Editorial Board, which is composed of industry experts that review and approve evidence distilled for translation.

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Our Work

The following initiatives are powered by the REAL Platform:

Evidence Synthesis Network

  • A collaborative COVID-19 response initiative by Ontario’s research and knowledge production community, we collectively offer relevant and timely synthesized research evidence to inform decision-makers as the pandemic continues.

Science Table

  • The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is a group of scientific experts and health system leaders who evaluate and report on emerging evidence relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, to inform Ontario’s response. Our mandate is to provide weekly summaries of relevant scientific evidence for the COVID-19 Health Command Table of the Province of Ontario, integrating information from existing scientific tables, Ontario’s universities and agencies, and the best global evidence. The Science Table summarizes its findings for the Health Command Table and for the public in Science Briefs.

REAL is a proud supporter of CanCOVID

  • CanCOVID is an expert network of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to expedite communication and collaboration between the scientific, healthcare and policy communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Who We Are

Like all good COVID-19 work, this project is moving forward because of the dedication and compassion of REAL people. Our team works daily alongside public and private sector health system leaders. We are proud of our exceptional REAL Team.

Leadership & Advisory

  • Julia Zarb

    Asst Professor, Program Director, Master of Health Informatics, IHPME, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto REAL Project Lead

  • Karim Keshavjee

    Asst. Professor at IHPME, University of Toronto Technology and Process Design

  • Melinda Hamil

    MHI Continuity Project Lead, IHPME, University of Toronto Project Coordinator

  • Susan Law

    Scientist and Director of Research at Trillium Health Partners Advisory Support

Team

  • Haris Lutvica

    Master of Health Informatics (C) University of Toronto Co-Lead, Technology and Process Design

  • Sanjana Sundaram

    Master of Health Informatics (C) University of Toronto Co-lead, Technology and Process Design

  • Michelle Khuu

    Master of Health Informatics (C) University of Toronto Co-Lead, Communications and Product Design

  • Sam Koirala

    Master of Health Informatics (C), University of Toronto Co-Lead, Communications and Product Design

  • Mairead Mulroy

    Master of Health Informatics Alumni, University of Toronto Volunteer Coordinator

  • Irfan Hakim

    Master of Health Informatics (C), University of Toronto Research Lead, Review and Evaluation

  • Zakia Alhothali

    Master of Health Informatics (C), University of Toronto Social Media

  • Nadisha Xavier

    Master of Health Informatics Alumni, University of Toronto Partner Relations

  • Hajany Jeyakumar

    Master of Health Informatics (C), University of Toronto Technology and Process Design

  • Kaitlin James

    Master of Health Informatics (C), University of Toronto Technology and Process Design

  • Rebecca Plouffe

    Master of Public Health (C) University of Toronto Research Lead, Research and Evaluation

  • Aileen Mulroy

    Bachelor of Kinesiology (C), University of Guelph Humber Research Assistant

  • Seamus Mulroy

    Master's in Business Administration (C) at McMaster University Research Assistant

  • Christina Ricci

    Master of Public Health (C), University of Toronto Research Assistant

  • Abhinav Thakral

    Master of Public Health (C), University of Toronto Research Assistant

  • Sierra Ching Lein Cheng

    Master of Public Health (C), University of Toronto Research Assistant

  • Nadine Eltayeb

    Master of Public Health (C), University of Toronto Research Assistant

  • Kudro Araz

    Medical Sciences (C), University of Western Ontario Research Assistant

Contributors

Nicole Bodnar – Communications Lead at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Solange Rivard – Creative Director,  SOCO Creative

Premise: – Website Design & Development

Abi Sriharan – Program Director of the System Leadership and Innovation program and Asst. Professor at the University of Toronto

Matthew Yau – MD (C) and Master of Science in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto