BRIC NS launches patient partner orientation guide

In collaboration with our Patient Engagement Working Group, BRIC NS has developed a Quick Guide for people who are interested in getting involved in research.  This is the first of a series that will eventually make up four booklets.

Information we include has been adapted,with permissions, from others who have created similar type booklets such as INVOLVE in the United Kingdom. Support and advice for changes to reflect our Canadian environment were provided by patient partners who worked with us to ensure we cover the kinds of information people need when first becoming engaged in research.

You can download the Quick Guide here and find it under the Resources section of our website.

BRIC NS member Juanna Ricketts receives Canada 150 Medal

Juanna Ricketts - Canada 150 Award
Juanna Ricketts (centre) receives her award from Senator Colin Deacon and Sara Napier, CEO United Way Halifax

Congratulations to Juanna Ricketts, member of the BRIC NS Advisory Council and Patient Partner for receiving the Canada 150 Medal from the Senate of Canada for her volunteer work with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halifax-Dartmouth.  The award was given out on June 12 at the CMHA Annual Meeting.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.  Everyone is welcome! For more information: bricns@dal.ca

When:    July 10, 2019 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Where:   Room 140, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax
Remote attendance is available through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/870649277

This seminar will cover two topics.  Keisha Jefferies will present “A Critical Examination of Leadership Experiences Among African Nova Scotian Nurses in Healthcare Practice.”   Alysia Robinson will present “The Effect of Community of Discharge on Length of Stay for Unplanned Hospitalizations: An indicator of Community Care Integration?”

About the speakers

Keisha Jefferies is a registered nurse and PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. Her research uses Black Feminist Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis to unapologetically interrogate systems of oppression through discourse, social and cognitive interactions. By situating the social constructs of race, class and gender as central to the analysis, she aims to uncover how leadership is perceived and experienced amongst African Nova Scotian nurses in health care practice. As an emerging Black Feminist scholar, Keisha uses a combination of theory and praxis to challenge health inequity and social injustice against Black people in Canada. Keisha has clinical experience in neonatal nursing and breastfeeding as well as international health policy and research experience. Her research is funded and supported by Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Killam Trust, Research Nova Scotia, Johnson Scholarship Foundation, BRIC NS and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and School of Nursing at Dalhousie.

Alysia Robinson has recently defended her Master’s thesis in in the department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She also holds an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences, French Immersion, from the University of Ottawa. Her interests are in health services research and primary health care. Her thesis is part of a larger program of research assessing community variation in negative health system outcomes, with her thesis looking at community variation in long lengths of stay in hospital across Nova Scotia

Congratulations to Ryley Urban, winner of the 2019 BRIC NS Student Poster Award

PHCRD 2019 - Student Poster Award final
Beverley Lawson, Director of BRIC NS, presents the 2019 Student Poster Award to Ryley Urban.

Congratulations to Ryley Urban, currently pursuing her Master’s in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University!  Ryley is the winner of the third annual BRIC NS Student Poster Award for her poster “Panel reallocation model for providers in Rural Nova Scotia.”  The prize is presented at Primary Health Care Research Day.

Eighteen posters were up for consideration, presented by undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students, representing three universities.  Thank you to all of our applicants and judges.

BRIC NS is pleased to offer an award for best student poster given at Primary Health Care Research Day. To be eligible, the abstract must be accepted by the Primary Health Care Research Day Program Committee. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at a Nova Scotia university or community college.  Applicants must be first author on posters and must present their own work and not that of an advisor.  Reviewers assess the overall quality of the poster’s content and the presenter’s ability to successfully and succinctly present the subject matter.

BRIC NS featured in the Chronicle Herald

 

BRIC NS Science Lead, Dr. Fred Burge, was interviewed by the Chronicle Herald in advance of Primary Health Care Research Day.

“How do we take emerging evidence and move it into clinical care or into policy and practice design?” said Dr. Fred Burge, the director of the primary care research unit at Dalhousie University.

Read the full story here.

LEARN Series: Reducing Employee Stress using the RIGHT Way of Leadership

Please join us on April 17th for a co-presented lecture with the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Saint Mary’s University.  BRIC NS Student Research Award recipient Duygu Biricik Gulseren will present her research on leadership and employee stress.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about BRIC NS.

LEARN-Duygu Biricik Gulseren April 17 2019

Details:

Reducing Employee Stress using the RIGHT Way of Leadership
Duygu Biricik Gulseren
Wednesday, April 17th | 2:00 – 3:15 pm
4th Floor, Sobey School of Business

All welcome, please RSVP to cncohs@smu.ca 

Health Integration Summit

Health Integration Summit - Poster

May 9 & 10, Saskatoon SK

The SPOR PIHCI Health System Integration Summit is happening in Saskatoon on May 9 and 10. Learn about the status of health system integration in primary health care across the country, the successes so far and the challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years.

Summit Goals

SPOR PIHCI Health System Integration Summit aims to:

  • Build a common understanding of integrated primary health care delivery models used in Canada.
  • Explore issues in primary health care delivery, linking research to practice and including successes and challenges; and
  • Strengthen the community of patient and professional health care leaders, researchers and policy analysts in the area of integrated primary care.

Registration is free but your spot must be reserved by April 18.

More details here: https://www.healthsystemintegrationsummit.ca/ 

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.  Everyone is welcome!

When: April 3, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Where: Room 315, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax

For remote attendance options please email bricns@dal.ca.

Logan Lawrence will present “Developing a tool for assessing policy capacity: A case study of nurse practitioners in primary care in Nova Scotia.”

Rachel Ollivier will present “Exploring Postpartum Sexual Health in Nova Scotia Using Feminist Poststructuralism.”

About the speakers

Logan Lawrence is a PhD candidate in Dalhousie’s PhD Health program. His doctoral research involves testing and adapting a framework for studying policy capacity in Nova Scotia’s health system. He has received financial support for his studies from the Killam Trust, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Maritime SPOR Support Unit, and Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship. He also currently holds a Health Systems Impact Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, which enables him to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and learn the craft of health policy-making. Logan’s enjoyment of understanding different facets of ideas extends outside of academia: reading and writing, cooking and eating, playing and listening to music, being active and making quiet. He holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie, and originally hails from Alberta.

Rachel Ollivier is a first-year PhD in Nursing student at Dalhousie University. She completed her BScN degree in 2016 at UBC Okanagan and has clinical experience in acute medicine and surgery, with a current position as a Registered Nurse on the Adult Surgical Unit (Women’s Health) at the IWK Health Centre. Rachel’s areas of research interest include global health, women’s health, and maternal health. She has previously completed nursing and research placements in Zambia and Tanzania.

 

Congratulations to Mike Reid for acceptance in TUTOR-PHC

Congratulations to BRIC NS member Mike Reid, who has been accepted into the TUTOR-PHC program,  a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.  BRIC NS provides financial support to one graduate student member for participation in the program.  You can read about his research below:

Mike Reid
Mike Reid

“There is a growing body of research in Nova Scotia highlighting high levels of community variation in health outcomes like unplanned repeat hospitalizations and long lengths of stay across the province. This research has also shown that this variation persists despite adjustment for a wide variety of factors (age, sex, disease, multimorbidity, etc.). These findings have led us to believe that there must be something about how the formal and informal support systems in specific communities interact with each other that is having a profound effect on the health outcomes of Nova Scotians. We refer to these interactions as “community systems of health”. My master’s work, along with a number of other studies have given us a good idea of where these variations in community systems of health are occurring. Through the TUTOR-PHC program as well as my doctoral work I will explore the question of how and why Nova Scotia’s community systems of health are resulting in different health outcomes across the province.”

BRIC NS Student Research Award

Applications for the 2019 BRIC NS Student Research Award are closed.

In partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the BRIC NS Student Research Award is offered as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  A minimum of two awards of $1500 will be given to Master’s/PhD students working on a research project in primary and integrated health care.

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