Call for posters

Primary Health Care Research Day – Virtual Poster Session

Like most other in-person events, Primary Health Care Research Day (originally scheduled for June 23, 2020) was cancelled to combat the spread of Covid-19.  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 a virtual poster session to promote knowledge translation.

Date: October 29, 2020*

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am ADT

(*depending on the volume of posters received, a second session may be scheduled)

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their posters, with 3 minutes for questions.  Posters may be about completed or in-progress research or quality assurance projects.  We invite posters from patients, community members, students, medical residents, health care providers, researchers, and knowledge users.  Existing posters may be reused, with the condition that a statement(s) of how the work addresses primary health care is added.


Full abstracts are not required but the following information must be submitted:

  • a description of your topic (max. 300 words)
  • your topic’s relevance to primary health care (max. 50 words)
  • if applicable, how patient engagement was included in the work (max 50 words). 

The information above should be sent to no later than 11:59 pm ADT on September 30. These submissions will be reviewed to ensure relevance to the primary health care research community.

Questions may be sent to

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

Meet the winners of the 2020 BRIC NS Student Research Award

BRIC NS is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Research Award.  The award provides financial support to graduate students undertaking a health-related research project that addresses BRIC NS priorities.  Winning applications demonstrate their relevance to, and potential impact on, primary health care.  Reviewers also assess patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, feasibility, and overall quality.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony. Winners will present during the 2020-21 Student Seminar Series.

Student Research Award winners for 2020 are:


Cassidy Bradley (Master of Science, Epidemiology and Applied Health Research)

Evaluation of the Association Between Social Well Being and Physical Function in a Population Based Sample of Prostate Cancer Survivors

Emma Cameron (Master of Arts, Health Promotion)

Understanding Access to Postnatal Healthcare for Syrian Refugee Women in Nova Scotia: Barriers, Facilitators, and a Need for Services

Justine Dol (PhD, Health)

Essential Coaching for Every Mother during COVID-19: A remote text message based postnatal education program for first time mothers

Julia Kontak (PhD, Health)

Opportunities with a capital ‘O’: Understanding the impact of the school environment on children’s health behaviours

Note: Funding deferred until September 2021

Anders Lenskjold (Master of Health Informatics)

Tracing the Patterns of Potentially Inappropriate Clinical Actions in Primary Care

The BRIC NS Student Research Award is just one of the ways that BRIC NS is working to build capacity in primary and integrated health care research.  Other capacity building activities include:

  • Yearly financial support for one graduate student to participate in TUTOR-PHC, a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.
  • The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series, an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research. These popular seminars are attended by researchers, members of the public, decision-makers and others.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.
  • Encouraging learners to attend our Project Incubators, an opportunity to create new, collaborative research teams with the goal of creating a research question related to BRIC NS priorities and applying for research funding. 
  • Connecting learners with other BRIC NS members working in their area of interest.

Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our winners!

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.