BRIC NS Student Seminar Series – November 2020

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, contact: bricns@dal.ca

This month’s seminar is Why Family Medicine? , investigating the reasons why medical students pursue a career in Family Medicine. Second-year Dalhousie University medical student Bright Huo will present this research on behalf of the research team.

When: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 12:30-1:45pm AST
Where: N/A – This session will take place remotely only
Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3eTCtwH

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About the researchers:

Bright Huo is a second-year medical student at Dalhousie University and acts as the Vice-President of Medical Education for the Dalhousie Medical Student Society. As such, he is involved in various local and national meetings and working groups surrounding medical education. He is also a student representative on the Board of Directors of Doctors Nova Scotia and on Council for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia. His research interests include the intersection between primary care and surgery as well as medical education.

Wyatt MacNevin is currently a 3rd year medical student at Dalhousie Medical School. Prior to medical school, Wyatt received his BScE in Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island where he had research interests in biomedical engineering and process improvement. His current research interests include medical student career planning and medical education.

Primary Health Care Learning Series

Join us to learn about research and quality assurance projects being conducted by the primary and integrated health care community

Date: Dec. 10, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:45 pm AST

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://bit.ly/3nbbwYp

Information about joining the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration.

This webinar will consist of two presentations:

Presentation 1 – Invisible Women: Carceral facilities for women and girls across Canada and proximity to maternal health care

Presentation 2 – Reproductive health outcomes among incarcerated women in Canada: A scoping review

About the presenters:

Clare Heggie is a recent graduate of the MA Health Promotion program at Dalhousie University, where her research focused on the experience of survivors of sexualized violence in rural NS. She is currently a school health promoter at the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education, and continues to engage in health research as a research assistant at the Dalhousie School of Nursing and on the Atlantic COAST Study.

Martha Paynter, RN, is a registered nurse practicing in abortion and postpartum care in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a PhD Candidate in Nursing at Dalhousie University where her research is situated at the intersection of criminalization and reproductive health. Martha’s doctoral research is supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, CIHR Banting-Best Canadian Doctoral Scholarship, the Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre.
In 2012, she founded Wellness Within, a non-profit organization for health and justice for people experiencing criminalization. WW provides doula support to people experiencing incarceration and education to health professionals and the public about criminalization as a structural determinant of health. WW is a national leader in advocacy for prison abolition, reproductive justice and health equity.

Primary Health Care Research Day – Virtual Poster Session

Since 2014, Primary Health Care Research Day has provided an important opportunity for knowledge sharing within the primary health care community in Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada.  BRIC NS remains committed to supporting primary and integrated health care research across Nova Scotia and is excited to announce that we will be hosting two virtual poster sessions to promote knowledge translation.

This virtual event is free and open to anyone with an interest in primary health care research. Advance registration is required, please see the links below.

Session 1

Date: October 29, 2020

View the recording.

Session 2

Date: December 2, 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm AST

Register Here: https://bit.ly/34b5wqI

Schedule: Download PDF Schedule

Primary Health Care Learning Series

Join us to learn about research and quality assurance projects being conducted by the primary and integrated health care community

Date: Oct. 21, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:45 pm ADT

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7TgyosfnSV2D8y5sC9Ms-Q

Information about joining the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration.

This webinar will consist of two presentations:

Dr. George Kephart will present “Measuring the Complexity Case-Mix of Patient Needs to Inform the Design and Deployment of Collaborative Family Practice Teams”

Dr. George Kephart is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University. His research interests include health policy evaluation, equity and access to health services, chronic disease surveillance, and chronic disease management. His current research projects focus on the development of new patient reported measures of chronic disease self-management that can be used for clinical assessment and research, and using small area rate variation methods to measure differences in primary health care system performance between communities. He will be presenting some of the results from a rapid review of primary health care teams in Nova Scotia, with a focus on understanding how the attributes of collaborative family practice teams align with the needs of their patients.

Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener will present “Facilitators and Barriers to Addressing Patient Care Priorities in Collaborative Care Models in Nova Scotia:  Focus Group and Interview Findings from a Rapid Review

Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener is a Professor and the Director of the School of Nursing and Assistant Dean, Research, Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. She is an Affiliate Scientist with Nova Scotia Health and the Maritime SPOR Support Unit and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. The focus of her research is evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the nurse practitioner role and innovative interprofessional team-based models in primary and long-term care.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series – September 2020

The recorded session is available here: https://bricns.com/resources/.

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, contact: bricns@dal.ca

This month’s seminar features speakers from the Grant Lab at Mount Saint Vincent University and is a special presentation on Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment in Pregnant Women: Examples of Dietetic Research at the IWK.

When: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 12:30-1:45pm ADT
Where: N/A – This session will take place remotely only
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HCW-FIW-QUacKvpLRNSpNg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


The seminar will cover two topics:

Julianne Leblanc will present “The Effect of a Home-Based Glycaemic Index Education intervention on Dietary Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Control in Nova Scotian Women living with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Intervention Evaluation from the Patients’ Perspective”


Amy Mireault 
will present “Examining the Implementation of the Institute of Medicine Weight Gain Guidelines in Women Living with Obesity”

About the Speakers:

Julianne Leblanc is a second year MSc candidate at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Applied Human Nutrition department. She is a French Canadian with a background working on the floor as a dietetic technician and administrative work in Health Records. She developed a keen interest in the area of perinatal care and diabetes from her work in the Grant lab with her supervisor, Dr. Shannan Grant. Her thesis research is with the Maternal Newborn Program at the IWK Health Centre. She is using integrative knowledge translation in home-based education to evaluate Glycaemic Index utility in Gestational Diabetes. This work is part of a continuum to larger initiative integrated knowledge translation strategy aimed at improving and increasing Glycaemic Index utility in Medical Nutrition Therapy among clinicians across Canada. Julianne will begin her dietetic internship when this project nears completion and she aspires to become a dietitian and work with the dynamic clinical dietetic research in healthcare.

Amy Mireault received her BAS in Psychology and Nutrition from the University of Guelph in Ontario and her BScAHN in Dietetics from Mount Saint Vincent University, completing the IEP program. She is a current second year MSc Student at MSVU, Dietetic Candidate and research assistant through MSVU and Dalhousie University. She is also a trainee member of Translating evidence to enhance maternal newborn outcomes – obesity; a CIHR funded community of practice based at IWK. Her general research interests include health psychology, chronic disease care including obesity, women health and knowledge synthesis. Amy’s future aspirations include continuing in research and contributing to the improvement of current care practices and advocating for more person-centered care.

Primary Health Care Learning Series

Call for presenters! 

BRIC NS is excited to announce the Primary Health Care Learning Series.  The seminar series is intended to provide the primary and integrated health care community the opportunity to present completed or in-progress research and quality assurance projects.  It is open to presenters from any background, including clinicians, researchers, patient partners, and decision/policy makers.

Each seminar will consist of two 20-minute presentations, with a question period at the end.  The series will run every other month, from October 2020 to August 2021.  Presentations may be grouped thematically; if you would like to present during the same session as someone else indicate this when notifying BRIC NS of your interest.  All seminars will be virtual.

If you are interested, please email bricns@dal.ca with a short description of your topic, its relevance to primary health care, and (if applicable) how patient engagement was included in the work.

Please note the tentative dates for these presentations. Information about individual presentations will be sent when presenters are confirmed. All presentations are scheduled for 12:30-1:45 AT

  • October 21, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
  • February 17, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • June 16, 2021
  • August 18, 2021