MicroResearch team studies cultural traditions, food choices in Preston Township

In early July, a small but mighty group of novice researchers met for the first time to decide what community-based research question they wanted to pursue in relation to the health of the Preston Township. 

Although they were small in number, the group bonded extremely quickly and easily narrowed down their work to the following idea: “Cultural traditions and food choices: how does Preston Township shape up?”

The team’s objective is to learn about how the culture of African Nova Scotians in the Preston Township influences their family food choices. 

Over the course of nine days, the five team members created a formal research proposal overview and shared it with a panel of judges (including the NSHA’s own Cora Lee Joudrey). 

The judges were thrilled with the work of the team, and encouraged them to continue preparing their research proposal. 

As soon as the team has submitted their proposal for funding, they can begin carrying out this unique and interesting work. 

One participant said of the workshop, “I will use what I’ve learned within my job to better engage with the community.” 

If learning to do community-based research is interesting to you, MicroResearch has several workshops coming up, including one in Cape Breton this September and one in Halifax next January. 

MicroResearch NS is a partnership between the IWK, NSHA and Dalhousie University. 

For more information, please contact MR Coordinator Heather Rushton by phone at 902-470-3890 or via email at MicroResearchNS@dal.ca.