Jennifer L. Yessis

Contact via University of Waterloo

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Recent Research Projects

COVID-19 Effects on Mental Health and Service Provision Effects on Children and Families: The MY LIFE Experience

2020/21 • $165,000 • PI,CO,Other
Children with co-occurring physical and mental illness, or multimorbidity, have poorer quality of life and use more health services. The parents of children with multimorbidity also experience poor mental health. These burdens are likely amplified by the COVID-19 and subsequent countermeasures...

Refining a Scaling Up Strategy for Bringing Local Healthy Food to School through Learning Circles in First Nations and Métis Communities

2015/16-2018/19 • $673,261 • PI,CO,Other
First Nations (FN) communities are concerned that obesity and type 2 diabetes are becoming common among their youth: "In my community I saw kids taking insulin. We want healthy kids. We don't want to raise kids to that." K. Lewis, Ministikwan FN, SK. Obesity and diabetes are connected to complex...

Refining a Scaling up Strategy for Local Sustainable Nourishment in Indigenous School Communities

2014/15 • $9,535 • PI,CO,Other
Our vision is that working together we ensure First Nations and Metis students in rural and remote school communities in Canada enjoy healthy, local, sustainable food five times a week, to reduce obesity and diabetes in these vulnerable populations. We will achieve our vision by applying a...

Dissemination Plan to Increase Use of the Healthy School Planner Across Canada.

2011/12 • $21,952 • PI,CO
Child and youth health is a priority in Canada, with a particular focus on obesity prevention by creating environments that support healthy eating and physical activity. Strategic oversight and leadership for health promotion in schools in Canada is provided by the Joint Consortium for School...