Health System Impact Fellows

Congratulations to BRIC NS member Mike Reid, chosen as one of the 2021 CIHR Health System Impact Fellows. His work will explore how people accessing the health care system have a differing experience with primary health care as their health care needs become more complex and he will be working with Nova Scotia Health. Read more here.

Dr. Fred Burge featured on Doctors Nova Scotia Website

BRIC NS Science Lead Dr. Fred Burge is featured on Doctors Nova Scotia’s “Your Doctors,” highlighting primary palliative care and the importance of the relationship between family doctors and patients.

“The shared experiences of illness between patients and family physicians over the years set them up for ideal primary palliative care when life’s end is approaching” – Dr. Fred Burge

Read the whole story here.

Recent funding – ACTing Collectively project

BRIC NS members recently received $99,308 in funding through the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund Competition. The ACTing Collectively research team is led by Principal Investigators Grace Warner and Tanya Packer. The ACTing Collectively research project will work collaboratively with health system and community partners to identify and work with two communities in Nova Scotia to identify how to sustainably implement community-level data collection and sharing to improve our understanding of common concerns and frequently used resources of aging adults and associated gaps in resources in community settings.

Using the evidence-based innovation Age Care Technology (ACTTM), the project will collect individual and community-level data about the needs of, and available resources for, aging adults living in community. Individual Action Plans will be provided to members of two participating municipality units to facilitate their ability to stay at home and live in place as long as they wish or are able to. Aggregated data will inform communities and municipalities of the needs and priorities of aging adults in their communities and form recommendations for policy and program initiatives.

BRIC NS is proud to support this work and its team of interdisciplinary researchers, knowledge users, community and patient partners.


Title: ACTing collectively to map and address the needs of community-living older adults in Nova Scotia
Principal Investigators: Grace Warner and Tanya Packer
Amount: $99,308
Funding Source: Nova Scotia Health Research Fund Competition

PIHCI Network Learning Series – End-of-Life in Primary Care

BRIC NS is pleased to co-host the next presentation of the PIHCI Network Learning Series.  This series is organized by the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Coordinating Office.

This seminar on the topic of end-of-life care in primary care features the work of three BRIC NS members:

  • Dr. Grace Warner discussing “Barriers and Facilitators to Initiating End-of-Life Conversations, Assessing Patients and Caregiver Needs, and Patient/Family Centered Planning in Primary Care Practices”
  • Dr. Alexandra Carter discussing “Paramedics as Part of an Integrated, Patient and Family Centered Approach to End-of-Life Care”
  • Dr. Robin Urquhart discussing “Innovative Programs to Help Individuals and Families Affected by Life-Limiting Chronic Illnesses Navigate End-of-Life”

Register here

March 23, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 pm EST/1:00 -2:30 pm AST

Congratulations to the recipients of the New Health Investigator Grants

BRIC NS would like to extend congratulations to the recipients of the New Health Investigator Grants. The New Health Investigator Grant, funded by Research Nova Scotia, supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities.

In particular, BRIC NS would like to recognize BRIC NS members Drs. Elaine Moody, Parisa Ghanouni, and Britney Benoit who were all successful in the 2020 competition.

Read about all the recipients here:

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:

Schedule: Download PDF Schedule

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 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