Mission and Objectives
The Pole of expertise and research on men's health and well-being's mission is primarily in line with the third referral of the Ministry Action Plan on Men's Health and Well-Being 2017-2022 (PAMSBEH) to "improve understanding of male dynamics and practices to address men's needs". The objectives of the Pole are as follows:
Develop a better understanding of changing masculine and paternal realities.
In Quebec, as elsewhere in the world, gender relationships and associated practices are changing. The adaptation of services requires a more detailed understanding of these various realities in their respective dynamics. The work focus in particular on the differences and convergences between sub-groups of men found in the material that emerges from the results of the studies to identify anchor points that can guide the interventions to be implemented. The areas of investigation take into account departmental priorities, particularly men and fathers who find themselves in vulnerable situations.
Develop new intervention strategies and evaluate existing practices with male clienteles (including fathers) in order to better respond to the needs and difficulties encountered by these clienteles.
This objective refers to interventions with male clienteles, both individually and collectively, as well as to the organizational contexts in which they are carried out, taking into account the transformations that are taking place. The goal here is to support the emergence, improvement and consolidation of best practices for male clienteles, including fathers, and the services offered to them. New intervention strategies are being implemented in different practice settings and for a variety of male clienteles. Researchers from the Pole support their implementation in various ways, either through coaching, training activities or evaluations of intervention strategies.
Provide structured dissemination and knowledge transfer within the Capitale-Nationale's Integrated University Health and Social Services Centres (CIUSSS) and the Université Laval's integrated university health network (RUIS-UL), but also within the health and social services network as well as trans-sectoral partners.
The research on men's health and well-being has developed considerably in Quebec and around the world, especially in the last two decades. However, it is clear that this field is still emerging and the evidence is still little known in practice settings. The issue here is to ensure that the stakeholders concerned, particularly the front-line network, are properly reached by various means (e.g., workshops to ensure that practitioners take ownership of this knowledge, website available to practitioners, newsletter, etc.).