BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

Recipients and supervisors
Recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Research Award and their supervisors

You are invited to a special presentation about primary and integrated health care research being conducted by the recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Student Research Award.

When:  June 13, 2018 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where:  Room 311, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax
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This seminar will cover two topics.  Sydney Breneol will present “Children with Medical Complexity in the Canadian Maritimes: A Mixed Methods Study Protocol.”  Holly Mathias will present “Accessing Mental Health Supports and Services in Rural NS – A Youth Perspective.”

About the speakers

Sydney Breneol is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2016. She has experience working with the paediatric population both in Prince Edward Island and Kenya. She is currently enrolled in Dalhousie’s PhD in Nursing program under the supervision of Dr. Janet Curran and Dr. Marilyn Macdonald. Her work seeks to describe the population of children with medical complexity in the Maritime provinces. Sydney is supported by a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, NSHFR Scotia Scholar Award, and BRIC NS Student Research Award.

Holly Mathias is a Masters of Arts Health Promotion candidate in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. She is also enrolled in the Certificate of Teaching and Learning through Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching. Her research focuses on how youth in rural NS perceive and experience access to mental health supports and services. Originally from Westville, Nova Scotia, Holly also holds a BA (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. Outside of research, she enjoys reading, running, traveling and trying new foods.

All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.
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BRIC NS Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Brianna Richardson of Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing! Brianna was the winner of the BRIC NS Student Poster Award at Primary Health Care Research Day 2018 for her poster, “Evaluation of eHealth Resources for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review.”

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CIHR SPOR PIHCI Programmatic Grants Success

We are extremely happy to report that BRIC NS researchers and knowledge users were partnered in three of the four successful applications to the CIHR SPOR PICHI Programmatic Grants competition.

In total, 12 pan-Canadian teams (at least four provinces partnered in each)  submitted final applications for $1 million CIHR funding (plus $1 million matching contributions) over four years. Nova Scotia was the lead for one of these projects and a partner in four. CIHR funded four projects (33.3% success rate).

Nova Scotia’s full partnerships in each of the three listed funded projects is monumental. All three involve working collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, patients, clinicians, and community primary healthcare practices to improve care for patients with complex needs.

  1. Case management in primary care for frequent users of healthcare services. Led by QC (C Hudon) with SK, NS & NL. NS investigators include L. Edwards, T. Sampalli, R. Gibson, F Burge.
  2. Screening for Poverty And Related social determinants and intervening to improve Knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK) Study. Led by ON (A Pinto) with SK, MB, NS & NL. NS investigators include L Jackson, F Burge, E. Marshall, R. Gibson, L Edwards, T Sampalli.
  3. SPIDER-NET, A Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research-Network: An approach to support primary care practices in optimizing the management of patients with complex needs. Led by ON (M Griever) with QC, NS, MB & AB. NS investigators include M Grandy, F. Burge.

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to those offering matching funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions. These include:

  • Dalhousie Family Medicine
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Health (Schools of Nursing, and Occupational Therapy)
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
  • Dalhousie Vice President’s Research Office (VPR)
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • NSHA Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation Office
  • NSHA Primary Health Care, Family Practice and Chronic Disease Management
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU)

Funding Opportunities: Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have announced two funding opportunities for BRIC NS and other Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations networks across the country.

The Knowledge Synthesis grants are available for projects of up to 1 year, must include at least 2 participating provinces, and have a maximum of $25,000 available from CIHR in total per funded project (with 1:1 matching funds required).

The Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grants are available for projects of up to 2 years, must include at least 2 participating provinces, and have a maximum of $125,000 available from CIHR in total per funded project (with 1:1 matching funds required).

These competitions include an internal Network-level Common LOI. The purpose of the Common LOI process is to formally identify to the PIHCI Networks  the projects that intend to apply to the CIHR opportunities so that we can ensure relevance to provincial priorities, facilitate any other cross-provincial collaborations required, and provide adequate support to obtaining letters of support etc.

Application timeline:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Common LOI submission deadline

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feedback sent to teams about LOI submissions

  • Will indicate if support can be given. Teams may be given an opportunity to make revisions and re-submit.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Draft proposal to PIHCI Networks deadline

  • To address any feedback from the LOI stage
  • To guide Networks Letter of Support writing
  • To inform our policy partners and any matching funders

Friday, February 23, 2018

Letters of Support provided to teams

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CIHR Submission Deadline

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, please get in touch with BRIC NS as soon as possible for support with your application.