BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide-variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated health care. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: July 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm AST
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4RR3_i9fRj-AAIgCIxdfkA

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Brannon Senger will present: Pathways to care, perceptions of services and clinical outcomes in a first episode psychosis setting.
Chiara Gottheil will present: Understanding diagnostic pathways for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer: A mixed-methods study.

About the speakers:

Brannon Senger is completing his first year in clinical psychology. With a Master’s in Public Health, his interests are in improving mental healthcare by making services more accessible and fostering coordination between primary care and specialized psychiatric services. Brannon strongly believes in the scientist-practitioner model and hopes to conduct research that improves outcomes for those with mental illness and have this research inform his future clinical work.

Chiara Gottheil is finishing the first year of her Master’s in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Chiara works under the supervision of Dr. Robin Urquhart. Previously, Chiara completed an honours BSc at Queen’s University in Life Science. Her research will examine barriers to diagnosing ovarian cancer in Nova Scotia. Ovarian cancer is typically diagnosed at a late stage, so this research will help determine why that is and how we can diagnose it in a more timely manner. Chiara is looking forward to speaking about her project!

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide-variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated health care. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm AST
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RwU9QET6Tniui-z1Oanzzw

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Julia Kontak will present: The role of Youth Engagement in Health Promoting Schools

Rachel Erskine will present: Thyroid testing: Are we choosing wisely?

About the speakers:

Julia Kontak is a PhD in Health student at Dalhousie University. Julia’s research interests include healthy school communities, youth engagement and knowledge translation. Julia’s PhD work is embedded within UpLift, a School-Community-Partnership co-led by her supervisor, Dr. Sara Kirk, that aims to catalyze and support Health Promoting Schools efforts across Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Julia completed her MA in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University and worked at two leading health research organizations in Nova Scotia. Most recently, Julia held the position of the Knowledge Translation Coordinator at the Maritime SPOR Support Unit for four years.

Rachel Erskine is a fourth year medical student at Dalhousie University, planning to pursue a career in Family Medicine. Her research interests include quality improvement and medical education. This talk will provide an update on current thyroid screening guidelines. A chart review at a Dalhousie Family medicine clinic was done to assess how well we are adhering to the Choosing Wisely guidelines when it comes to TSH testing. We also compare our performance prior to pandemic restrictions to during restrictions and hope to spark discussion on how COVID restrictions have impacted clinical decision making. 

Primary Health Care Learning Series

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

Date: February 9, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm AST

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://bit.ly/3gaeQ4m. If you need help registering please contact bricns@dal.ca. Information about joining the webinar will be sent after registration.

This seminar will consist of two presentations:

Talking ’bout my generation: Practice patterns among early-career family physicians and implications for primary care policy and workforce planning

About the speaker:

Dr. Ruth Lavergne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Primary care. Dr. Lavergne’s program of research aims to address disparities in access and build evidence to ensure primary care organization, delivery, and workforce meet the needs of Canadians now and in the future. She leads the Early Career Primary Care (ECPC) study, which is exploring changing practice patterns among family physicians, as well as practice intentions and choices among family medicine residents and early career physicians.

The kids are alright: Influences on the intentions for obstetric practice among family physicians and residents in Canada

About the speaker:

Dr. Emily Gard Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Unit, cross appointed with Community Health and Epidemiology, and Psychiatry, as well as a Nova Scotia Health Affiliated Scientist. Her mixed methods research examines primary healthcare from patient, provider, and system perspectives to address the quadruple aim: promoting population health, optimizing costs, enhancing patient experience, and supporting care team well-being. Foci include access, continuity, and comprehensiveness to improve equity and optimize outcomes across the life course, involving population data and equity-deserving populations. She leads multiple pan-Canadian studies including the CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Response funded PUPPY-Study. Dr. Marshall is the 2020 recipient of the NAPCRG Mid-Career Researcher Award.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: January 12, 2022
Time:12:15-1:30 pm AST
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jjP7uw2fRWOOy-TqdzP_Qw

After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering contact bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Kaylee Jabbour will present: Exclusive breastfeeding prevalence in an urban Nova Scotia primary care setting at six months of age

Hailey Burns will present: Attention bias and social skills in youth with anxiety disorders

About the speakers:

Kaylee Jabbour is currently a 3rd year Dalhousie medical student. She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2017. Her supervisor is Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis. Her primary clinical and research interests include maternal health, women’s health and sexual health. 

Hailey Burns is a first year Master’s student in the Masters of Psychiatry Research Program at Dalhousie University under the co-supervision of Dr. Sandra Meier and Dr. Raymond Klein. Her research focuses on the relationship between negative attentional biases in anxious and healthy youth in various social situations. This innovative project blends the study of cognitive behaviours and emotional well-being with modern eye-tracking software to potentially identify new targets, such as altering one’s attention bias, to help guide the development of new therapeutic techniques for those living with anxiety. Outside of academia, Hailey has taken up many hobbies due to the ongoing pandemic, including embroidering, painting, hiking with her dog Hudson, watching all of the marvel movies in chronological order, and has now moved on to a new hobby to try: knitting.

Primary Health Care Learning Series

Innovation and Integration in Practice at Nova Scotia Health: An integrated care model for patients experiencing persistent post-COVID symptoms and the role of embedded research, improvement, and patient engagement

Date: December 8, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm AST

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MgDGlq9tRzG92AcaYrXATA

Information about joining the Zoom Webinar will be sent after registering. If you need assistance registering, please contact bricns@dal.ca.

Presentation 1: Integrated Post-COVID Care Delivery

About the speakers:

Ashley Harnish is a Health Services Manager in Primary Health Care at Nova Scotia Health. In her portfolio, Ashley supports a range of programs and services within primary health care and is most excited to speak to you today about the Integrated Chronic Care Service.

Krista Blaikie Hughes is a Patient Family Advisor with the Post-Covid Care steering committee. Krista brings her perspective and lived-experience to the committee’s activities having tested positive for COVID-19 during Nova Scotia’s third wave. She spent 19 days in hospital on the Covid Unit and in ICU. She is currently in the Long Covid phase of her recovery. A graduate of Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University, Krista is office manager for a Dartmouth-based marine engineering consulting firm, ABL Canada, responsible for finance and HR, HSEQ and marketing. Prior to joining ABL, Krista worked in communication management roles in a variety of industry sectors including law enforcement, wholesale food distribution, economic development, residential construction and electrical utility. 

Presentation 2: The Role of Embedded Research, Innovation and Discovery

About the speakers:

Dr. Tara Sampalli is the Senior Scientific Director in the Research, Innovation and Discovery portfolio at Nova Scotia Health.  Dr. Sampalli obtained her engineering degree from Bangalore University, followed by Masters of Applied Science from Dalhousie University. She obtained her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Health Informatics from Dalhousie University. Tara is the lead for the Implementation Science Team in Research, Innovation & Discovery. Working with key partners in Nova Scotia Health and the province, she is also involved in leading the development of a learning health system strategy. Tara and the implementation team routinely engage in supporting key policy, planning and practice improvement decisions through rapid reviews, implementation science initiatives and rapid evaluation. Her research interests include chronic disease management and multimorbidities, patient engagement, integrated models of care, and knowledge management.

Dr. Caroline King is a biostatistics consultant with the Research Methods Unit at Nova Scotia Health. The Research Methods Unit provides expert advice on all stages of the research process including study design and protocol development, statistical analyses and interpretation of results. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University where she specialized in health policy impact evaluation. Her primary interests is in using real world data and causal inference methods to rigorously assess the impact of health system changes on patient-centered outcomes. She particularly enjoys collaborating with large teams and helping them combine quantitative methods from epidemiology, economics and machine learning to achieve their research goals.

Swarnima Gambhir and Robert Laureijs are project coordinators working closely with Dr. Sampalli as part of the Implementation Science Team in Research, Innovation and Discovery, Nova Scotia Health.

Implementation findings from the PriCARE Program: A nurse-led case management approach in Primary Health Clinics in Nova Scotia

BRIC NS and the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research (CTHNR) are pleased to present a co-sponsored session of the Wednesdays @ Noon seminar series. Join us to learn about the PriCARE Program and real-world examples of patient partnership in action! All welcome.

Details:

November 17, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82912951088?pwd=dzltQy9PSlZkUkMvZ2FEQ2VsZ2V3Zz09
Zoom Meeting ID: 829 1295 1088 Passcode : 755506

Presenters:

DR. FRED BURGE, Principal Investigator (Nova Scotia)
DR. MARILYN MACDONALD, co-Investigator
ALANNAH DELAHUNTY-PIKE, Research Associate
JUDY PORTER, Patient Partner
DONNA RUBENSTEIN, Patient Partner

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: November 10, 2021
Time:12:00-1:15 pm AST
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qKTLTdvNT3aZ6QAA-nsHdw

After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Cassidy Bradley will present: Treatment regret, mental and physical health indicators of psychosocial well-being among prostate cancer survivors

Rachel Ollivier will present: Exploring Postpartum Sexual Health in Nova Scotia Using Feminist Poststructuralism

About the speakers:

Cassidy Bradley is a 2nd year MSc student at Dalhousie, studying Epidemiology and Applied Health Research. Her supervisor is Dr. Gabriela Ilie. Cassidy’s primary research interests include chronic disease management, quality of life, health equity and mental health. For her thesis she is studying the role of treatment regret, mental and physical health, as well as prostate cancer physical side effects to the quality of life (emotional, social, functional, and spiritual well-being) of survivors.

Rachel Ollivier is a PhD Candidate and Vanier Scholar at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing. She is also a practicing Registered Nurse at the IWK Health Centre. Her areas of research interest include maternal health, women’s health, and global health. Within nursing, Rachel’s experience spans education, teaching, research, and clinical practice.

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: August 18, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm ADT

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://bit.ly/3fwVHd1

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

Primary Health Care Access, Attachment & Innovations in Nova Scotia Before & During the Pandemic

About the speakers:

Emily Gard Marshall

Dr. Emily Gard Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Unit. Her mixed methods research examines primary healthcare from patient, provider, and system perspectives to address the quadruple aim. Foci include access, continuity, and comprehensiveness to improve equity and optimize outcomes across the life course, involving population data and vulnerable populations. She was the 2020 recipient of the NAPCRG Mid-Career Researcher Award, and leads multiple pan-Canadian research studies including the CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Response-funded PUPPY-Study.

Mackenzie Cook

Mackenzie Cook is a medical student completing her Research in Medicine (RIM) project in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. With the support of Dr. Emily Gard Marshall and her research team, Mackenzie is examining the perspectives of Nova Scotian primary care providers and policymakers on the use of incentives for providers to take on unattached patients from a centralized waiting list. She is eager to share the perspectives of stakeholders and use the knowledge they share to help improve primary health care. 

Helping Parents with Anxiety and Depression Symptoms During COVID-19: An iCBT Longitudinal Study

About the Speaker:

Teba Hamodat is a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Dalhousie University researching refugee parents with neurodevelopmental disorders’ access to healthcare. She is passionate about equitable access to health services for individuals who need it. She currently is completing a comprehensive project with Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Alissa Pencer on a project assessing depression and anxiety symptom change for parents using Tranquility Online, an online CBT platform during COVID-19. Parents can go through the program completely self-directed or with minimal or full coaching. The research team is interested in examining the differential impact of guidance level on parents’ symptomology.

The overall project is funded by CIHR and the NB Health Research Foundation.

Team members: Co-PIs: Dr. Janine Olthuis (UNB) & Dr. Alissa Pencer (Dalhousie University & Tranquility)
Principal Knowledge User: Dr. Lori Wozney (NSHA)
Co-Investigators: Dr. Amanda Hudson (Health PEI), Dr. Sam Stewart (Dalhousie University), & Dr. Jennifer Richards (IWK)

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:
Date: July 21, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm ADT
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vJoVa2-pSm2ukq_Dqc4Qrg
After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Anders Lenskjold will present: Overtesting Behaviour in Primary Care in Nova Scotia Based on Data Mining
  • Jake Domm will present: Application of a community-based intervention to reduce impairment-related motor vehicle collisions: strategy and ethical considerations

About the Speakers:

Anders Lenskjold is a Danish trained physician with clinical experience in primary care, orthopedic surgery, trauma, and rural medicine in Denmark and Norway. Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Copenhagen and Master in Health Informatics (in progress) from Dalhousie University. Research associate at the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. Ph.D. student in Radiology and AI bridging the workflow between primary care and radiology with planned official enrolment at the University of Copenhagen later this summer.

Jake Domm is a Dalhousie medical student, born and raised in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. He completed his MSc. at University of Guelph in gene therapy and is an avid podcast host for CanadiEM. His research interests have morphed over time, from gene-editing solutions for rare diseases, to community-based interventions for preventative medicine. Otherwise, Jake enjoys crossfitting with his wife and hiking with their dog.

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: June 16, 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_8MmH5K6LQGOcWTXwSsRx8Q
Information about joining the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration.

Topic: Innovative navigation programs to help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life: a realist evaluation

About the presenters:

Dr. Robin Urquhart is an Associate Professor and the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) Endowed Chair in Population Cancer Research in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Senior Scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and an Affiliate Scientist at Nova Scotia Health. Her research interests include access to and quality of care, improving patient and family outcomes and experiences, and how we can more effectively move research evidence into clinical practice and healthcare policy.

Cynthia Kendall is a Project Coordinator at the Cancer Outcomes Research Program in the Department of Surgery at Nova Scotia Health. In this role, she supports research in a number of areas, including: cancer care, frailty, end-of-life care, and implementation science. Cynthia is also a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at Dalhousie University. Her thesis research is focused on examining the factors affecting access to administrative health data for research in Canada.