Primary Healthcare Research Day

Registration is now open for Primary Healthcare Research Day 2017!

Primary Healthcare Research Day, now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for learners, decision-makers, citizens, and researchers from a variety of disciplines to come together and celebrate primary healthcare research happening across the province.  Research Day is presented by Collaborative Research in Primary Health Care (CoR-PHC).  The day is focused on the role that research has in improving primary healthcare service and delivery.

BRIC NS is pleased to offer and award for best student poster given at Primary Healthcare Research Day.

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Upcoming funding opportunities

The following funding opportunities will be launched by CIHR in 2017. These opportunities are specifically available to members of Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Networks across the country.  Each project must involve at least one other PIHCI Network and must have 1:1 matching funds.

Funding Opportunity Description Total Budget Funding Opportunity Launch Deadline
Knowledge Synthesis Grants

View 2016 Funding Opportunity

To support teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses and scoping reviews that will contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in decision-making and practice. $50,000 for 1 year Anticipated Spring 2017 Anticipated Early Fall 2017
Comparative Program and Policy Grants

View 2016 Funding Opportunity

To support teams who wish to engage in evidence-based policy-making by analyzing and comparing various provincial policies to produce relevant, compelling research that can be used to influence policy decisions. $125,000/ year for 2 years Anticipated Spring 2017 Anticipated Early Fall 2017
Multi-year Large Grants

Open now

To support larger cross-jurisdictional research projects based on the medium and long term priorities identified by the member networks. $500,000/year for 4 years Winter 2017 Network LOI: August 11, 2017

CIHR LOI: September 26, 2017

Full application: November 28, 2017

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: March 17, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm ADT
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1ha_v8CdToKr17ris0iLJQ
After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Shauna Hachey will present: Integrating Oral Health and Primary Healthcare: Exploring Knowledge and Practice
  • Emma Cameron will present: Access to postnatal health services and supports: The experiences of resettled Syrian refugee women in Nova Scotia

About the Speakers:

Shauna Hachey, Assistant Professor, School of Dental Hygiene, is a co-lead of the Dalhousie Healthy Populations Institute’s Putting “Oral Health is Health” into action Flagship Project, which is committed to improving the oral and overall health status of Nova Scotians by enhancing oral health care strategies and accessibility through interdisciplinary research. She is also currently a trainee in the TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care) program at Western University. With the aim of improving the oral health of priority populations, her research interests surround interdisciplinary approaches to oral health, and oral health policy and programming. Her current work focuses on 1) oral health curriculum in nursing, physician and SLP educational programs across Canada and 2) oral health care within Nova Scotia’s primary healthcare system.  

Emma Cameron is a second-year Master of Arts student in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. She completed her BSc (honours) at Dalhousie University in Psychology. Her master’s thesis focuses on access to postnatal care for resettled Syrian refugee women in Nova Scotia. Emma has additional research interests in sexual and reproductive healthcare for refugee, asylum-seeking, and migrant women, and the experiences of discrimination among refugee youth in Canada. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia and is the co-founder of the Women’s Health Interest Group at Dalhousie.

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: Feb. 17, 2021 from 12:30 – 1:45 pm AST

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BRQKAWxkSw68neRWre4pMw Information about joining the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration.

This webinar will consist of two presentations:

  • Mathew Grandy will present: Utilizing EMR Data for primary care research: Insights and challenges in making data accessible for research and QI at a practice level
  • Virginia McIntyre and Karly Stefko will present: A promising intervention: the successful implementation of a 10-week exercise program for individuals with chronic pain

About the presenters:

Dr. Mathew Grandy’s research interests lie in utilizing EMR data to better understand chronic disease, medication prescribing and complex patients in the primary care setting.  As network director for the Maritime Research Network of Family Practice (MaRNet-FP), he has the opportunity to work with and involve an enthusiastic network of community-based physicians for research projects and quality improvement. MaRNet-FP is the Nova Scotia network involved in a larger cross country research project which utilizes EMR data for chronic disease surveillance. This study, named the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), has been ongoing in Nova Scotia since 2009.  Currently, Dr. Grandy is involved in a number of projects. He is leading a study on identifying and describing chronic opioid prescribing utilizing EMR data, as well as collaborative projects such as; identifying frailty utilizing machine learning and combining EMR data on polypharmacy in the elderly with training on quality improvement within the practice setting.

Virginia McIntyre is on the board of the People In Pain Network (PIPN) and the Maritimes PIPN Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Diploma in Radiological as well as in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and has completed professional development courses in Communications and Leadership development. She uses her educational background and lived experience to lead pain related initiatives and participate as a lived experience advisor on, research teams and on conference and the Atlantic Mentorship Network: Pain and Addictions advisory committee. She has extensive experience locally and nationally advocating for those living with pain to have access to the tools they need to live well.

Karly Stefko is a recent graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours and is certified with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP). She currently works as a Kinesiologist with Acadia University where she is responsible for leading community exercise programs around Kings County. Karly also operates her own business where she provides one-on-one in-home and virtual exercise training to those 50+ and is involved as a CEP with iTreatment, a virtual platform that promotes a holistic approach to addiction recovery. Karly primarily works with older adults, both healthy and those with chronic conditions, such as Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, and Arthritis.

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: February 10, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm AST
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Iedab7Z3TDqqil0rzWtnFw
After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Justine Dol will present Essential Coaching for Every Mother during COVID-19: Findings from a feasibility, pre-post intervention study of a remote, text message based postnatal educational program for first time mothers
  • Melanie Santhikumar will present Pilot Study: Computer Based Auditory Training for Auditory Processing Disorders from mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

About the speakers:

Justine Dol is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo. She is a recipient of the 2017 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award to Honor Nelson Mandela; the 2018 Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship; and one of five 2019 Dalhousie University Board of Governors awardees. Her research focuses on the postpartum transition for mothers and using mHealth technology to improve maternal and newborn outcomes, both in Canada and internationally. She developed a text message program for first time mothers in Nova Scotia called Essential Coaching for Every Mother which has the goal of improving mothers’ confidence and social support and reducing postpartum anxiety and depression. She recently completed a pre-post intervention study to evaluate the program during COVID-19 on the feasibility of remote recruitment and to explore preliminary effectiveness (funded by BRIC NS award). A randomized controlled trial launched January 2021.

Melanie Santhikumar is completing her final year in the Masters of Audiology program at Dalhousie University.Prior to this degree, Melanie completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Toronto in 2015, double majoring in Human Biology and Psychology with a minor in French.  After living abroad and then returning to work as a play-based therapist, Melanie discovered her passion for the field of audiology and the importance of the auditory system in quality of life. Upon completion of this degree, Melanie hopes to integrate clinical research practices into her role as an audiologist.

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: https://researchns.ca/new-health-investigator-grant-recipients/.

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.

Call for posters

Update Oct. 1, 2020: Submissions have now closed. Due to the volume of posters received, there will be two sessions.

Register for Oct. 29 from 9:00 – 11:30 am here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xyqxElfiSzKs4BSCJC_RSA

Register for Dec. 2 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WSa3-g7BTDiU_thPNbl74A

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.

Submission

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 phcrd@dal.ca 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 phcrd@dal.ca.