This April 29 (12:00-1:00 p.m.), the last lecture of the series will be given by Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran. The presentation is entitled “COVID-19 and pregnancy: Canadian data”. Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran is an obstetrician-gynecologist at CHU Sainte-Justine and a member of the Infectious Diseases Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and particularly as it continues today, the mental health of our youth is particularly challenged and interventions that can realistically be implemented are needed. This oral communication has two objectives. The first objective is to describe the results of studies conducted in the province of Quebec, namely the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, suicide surveillance data from the Institut National en Santé Publique du Québec, as well as data from emergency room visits from the CHU Sainte-Justine and systematic reviews and meta-analyses. These studies assess changes in youth mental health before and during the pandemic, such as symptoms of mental disorders and their levels of severity, as well as use of mental health services (including emergency room visits). The second objective is to describe ‘Open Skies School’, a nature-based outdoor education intervention aimed at alleviating mental health problems (e.g., depression and anxiety) in pre-teens. For 12 weeks, students will go to a park near the school to learn math, science, and French, as well as wellness and nature connection strategies such as mindfulness, philosophy, and the arts. The effectiveness of Open Skies School will be tested through a cluster randomized controlled trial in 2023.
During this webconference, the results of the CIRANO study (David Boisclair, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Vincent Boucher, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Pierre-Carl Michaud and Ingrid Peignier) on the evolution of COVID-19 cases in Quebec during the 5th wave were presented.
Tutoring is currently being considered by the Quebec government as one of the pivotal measures to prevent and correct the learning delays experienced by children following the Covid-19 pandemic. Although this is an attractive support measure that complements the preventive action of educators, teachers and parents, its implementation in the school setting presents several challenges. In this conference, we will define tutoring and explain, based on research evidence, the conditions for “efficient” tutoring in schools and the mechanisms that explain its effects on children’s learning, success and school retention.
Although COVID-19 affected children less severely directly than adults, a number of children still required hospitalization for either acute illness or multisystemic childhood inflammatory syndrome. Our pan-Canadian research group conducted a prospective study to identify the risk factors associated with the need for hospitalization and the outcomes of these patients. At the same time, pediatric hospitals have undergone dramatic changes in patient volume, including mental health and non-infectious diseases, that warrant attention.
Dr. Bérard will present the initial results of the CONCEPTION study. The CONCEPTION study aims to quantify the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress in pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify predictors of child and maternal health problems; CONCEPTION is also collecting information on COVID-19 vaccination and its impact on children. This sample includes n = 4445 pregnant women and children. Recruitment began on June 26, 2020, and is still ongoing at this time. In Canada, this period corresponds to the first three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study obtained individual consent and collected data online using SurveyMonkey®, a secure platform.
Understanding the extent to which children have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 provides important information for decisions about school closures and other interventions, including vaccination. In this presentation, Dr. Zinser will describe the Children and COVID-19: Seroprevalence Study (EnCORE), which aims to estimate the seroprevalence and seroconversion of SARS-CoV-2 in children and youth in schools and daycare centers. In addition, the study examines associations between seroprevalence and sociodemographic characteristics and vaccine hesitancy, and investigates changes in health, lifestyle, and well-being outcomes. Dr. Zinszer will present the results of the study as well as the challenges associated with its implementation.