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

Recipients and supervisors
Recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Research Award and their supervisors

You are invited to a special presentation about primary and integrated health care research being conducted by the recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Student Research Award.

When:  July 4, 2018 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Where:  Room 264, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax
Remote attendance will be available through Zoom.  Contact bricns@dal.ca for details.

This seminar will cover two topics.  Jad Sinno will present “Mental Health in the HRM: Treatment preferences and experiences of adults living with anxiety, depression, or psychological distress in the Halifax Regional Municipality.” Alysia Robinson will present “Community Variation in Hospital Length of Stay: An Indicator of Community Care Integration.”

About the speakers

Jad Sinno is a Lebanese-Canadian, who was born in Kuwait and immigrated to Halifax in 2004. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 with a BSc Combined Honours in Neuroscience and Statistics with a Minor in Philosophy. Jad is currently a Master’s of Psychiatry Research Candidate with a focus in trans-cultural psychiatry under the supervision of Dr. Amy Bombay. He is hoping to explore the treatment preferences and experiences of various ethno-racial groups in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Jad has deferred offers to attend Law School at the University of Toronto where he hopes to pursue a career in legal academia. In his spare time, Jad enjoys swimming and biking, as well as traveling whenever an opportunity presents itself.

Alysia Robinson is a second year Master’s student in the department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She also holds an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences, French Immersion, from the University of Ottawa. Her interests are in health services research and primary health care. These interests align with her thesis project that is being supervised by Dr. George Kephart and Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell. Outside of research, Alysia enjoys playing soccer, reading, and hiking.

All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.
For more information: bricns@dal.ca

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

Recipients and supervisors
Recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Research Award and their supervisors

You are invited to a special presentation about primary and integrated health care research being conducted by the recipients of the 2017 BRIC NS Student Research Award.

When:  June 13, 2018 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where:  Room 311, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax
For remote attendance options please contact bricns@dal.ca

This seminar will cover two topics.  Sydney Breneol will present “Children with Medical Complexity in the Canadian Maritimes: A Mixed Methods Study Protocol.”  Holly Mathias will present “Accessing Mental Health Supports and Services in Rural NS – A Youth Perspective.”

About the speakers

Sydney Breneol is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2016. She has experience working with the paediatric population both in Prince Edward Island and Kenya. She is currently enrolled in Dalhousie’s PhD in Nursing program under the supervision of Dr. Janet Curran and Dr. Marilyn Macdonald. Her work seeks to describe the population of children with medical complexity in the Maritime provinces. Sydney is supported by a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, NSHFR Scotia Scholar Award, and BRIC NS Student Research Award.

Holly Mathias is a Masters of Arts Health Promotion candidate in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. She is also enrolled in the Certificate of Teaching and Learning through Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching. Her research focuses on how youth in rural NS perceive and experience access to mental health supports and services. Originally from Westville, Nova Scotia, Holly also holds a BA (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. Outside of research, she enjoys reading, running, traveling and trying new foods.

All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.
For more information: bricns@dal.ca

BRIC NS Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Brianna Richardson of Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing! Brianna was the winner of the BRIC NS Student Poster Award at Primary Health Care Research Day 2018 for her poster, “Evaluation of eHealth Resources for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review.”

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CIHR SPOR PIHCI Programmatic Grants Success

We are extremely happy to report that BRIC NS researchers and knowledge users were partnered in three of the four successful applications to the CIHR SPOR PICHI Programmatic Grants competition.

In total, 12 pan-Canadian teams (at least four provinces partnered in each)  submitted final applications for $1 million CIHR funding (plus $1 million matching contributions) over four years. Nova Scotia was the lead for one of these projects and a partner in four. CIHR funded four projects (33.3% success rate).

Nova Scotia’s full partnerships in each of the three listed funded projects is monumental. All three involve working collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, patients, clinicians, and community primary healthcare practices to improve care for patients with complex needs.

  1. Case management in primary care for frequent users of healthcare services. Led by QC (C Hudon) with SK, NS & NL. NS investigators include L. Edwards, T. Sampalli, R. Gibson, F Burge.
  2. Screening for Poverty And Related social determinants and intervening to improve Knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK) Study. Led by ON (A Pinto) with SK, MB, NS & NL. NS investigators include L Jackson, F Burge, E. Marshall, R. Gibson, L Edwards, T Sampalli.
  3. SPIDER-NET, A Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research-Network: An approach to support primary care practices in optimizing the management of patients with complex needs. Led by ON (M Griever) with QC, NS, MB & AB. NS investigators include M Grandy, F. Burge.

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to those offering matching funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions. These include:

  • Dalhousie Family Medicine
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Health (Schools of Nursing, and Occupational Therapy)
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
  • Dalhousie Vice President’s Research Office (VPR)
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • NSHA Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation Office
  • NSHA Primary Health Care, Family Practice and Chronic Disease Management
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU)