Congratulations to Ryley Urban, winner of the 2019 BRIC NS Student Poster Award

PHCRD 2019 - Student Poster Award final
Beverley Lawson, Director of BRIC NS, presents the 2019 Student Poster Award to Ryley Urban.

Congratulations to Ryley Urban, currently pursuing her Master’s in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University!  Ryley is the winner of the third annual BRIC NS Student Poster Award for her poster “Panel reallocation model for providers in Rural Nova Scotia.”  The prize is presented at Primary Health Care Research Day.

Eighteen posters were up for consideration, presented by undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students, representing three universities.  Thank you to all of our applicants and judges.

BRIC NS is pleased to offer an award for best student poster given at Primary Health Care Research Day. To be eligible, the abstract must be accepted by the Primary Health Care Research Day Program Committee. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at a Nova Scotia university or community college.  Applicants must be first author on posters and must present their own work and not that of an advisor.  Reviewers assess the overall quality of the poster’s content and the presenter’s ability to successfully and succinctly present the subject matter.

BRIC NS featured in the Chronicle Herald

 

BRIC NS Science Lead, Dr. Fred Burge, was interviewed by the Chronicle Herald in advance of Primary Health Care Research Day.

“How do we take emerging evidence and move it into clinical care or into policy and practice design?” said Dr. Fred Burge, the director of the primary care research unit at Dalhousie University.

Read the full story here.

LEARN Series: Reducing Employee Stress using the RIGHT Way of Leadership

Please join us on April 17th for a co-presented lecture with the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Saint Mary’s University.  BRIC NS Student Research Award recipient Duygu Biricik Gulseren will present her research on leadership and employee stress.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about BRIC NS.

LEARN-Duygu Biricik Gulseren April 17 2019

Details:

Reducing Employee Stress using the RIGHT Way of Leadership
Duygu Biricik Gulseren
Wednesday, April 17th | 2:00 – 3:15 pm
4th Floor, Sobey School of Business

All welcome, please RSVP to cncohs@smu.ca 

Health Integration Summit

Health Integration Summit - Poster

May 9 & 10, Saskatoon SK

The SPOR PIHCI Health System Integration Summit is happening in Saskatoon on May 9 and 10. Learn about the status of health system integration in primary health care across the country, the successes so far and the challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years.

Summit Goals

SPOR PIHCI Health System Integration Summit aims to:

  • Build a common understanding of integrated primary health care delivery models used in Canada.
  • Explore issues in primary health care delivery, linking research to practice and including successes and challenges; and
  • Strengthen the community of patient and professional health care leaders, researchers and policy analysts in the area of integrated primary care.

Registration is free but your spot must be reserved by April 18.

More details here: https://www.healthsystemintegrationsummit.ca/ 

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

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!

When: April 3, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Where: Room 315, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax

For remote attendance options please email bricns@dal.ca.

Logan Lawrence will present “Developing a tool for assessing policy capacity: A case study of nurse practitioners in primary care in Nova Scotia.”

Rachel Ollivier will present “Exploring Postpartum Sexual Health in Nova Scotia Using Feminist Poststructuralism.”

About the speakers

Logan Lawrence is a PhD candidate in Dalhousie’s PhD Health program. His doctoral research involves testing and adapting a framework for studying policy capacity in Nova Scotia’s health system. He has received financial support for his studies from the Killam Trust, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Maritime SPOR Support Unit, and Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship. He also currently holds a Health Systems Impact Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, which enables him to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and learn the craft of health policy-making. Logan’s enjoyment of understanding different facets of ideas extends outside of academia: reading and writing, cooking and eating, playing and listening to music, being active and making quiet. He holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie, and originally hails from Alberta.

Rachel Ollivier is a first-year PhD in Nursing student at Dalhousie University. She completed her BScN degree in 2016 at UBC Okanagan and has clinical experience in acute medicine and surgery, with a current position as a Registered Nurse on the Adult Surgical Unit (Women’s Health) at the IWK Health Centre. Rachel’s areas of research interest include global health, women’s health, and maternal health. She has previously completed nursing and research placements in Zambia and Tanzania.

 

Congratulations to Mike Reid for acceptance in TUTOR-PHC

Congratulations to BRIC NS member Mike Reid, who has been accepted into the TUTOR-PHC program,  a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.  BRIC NS provides financial support to one graduate student member for participation in the program.  You can read about his research below:

Mike Reid
Mike Reid

“There is a growing body of research in Nova Scotia highlighting high levels of community variation in health outcomes like unplanned repeat hospitalizations and long lengths of stay across the province. This research has also shown that this variation persists despite adjustment for a wide variety of factors (age, sex, disease, multimorbidity, etc.). These findings have led us to believe that there must be something about how the formal and informal support systems in specific communities interact with each other that is having a profound effect on the health outcomes of Nova Scotians. We refer to these interactions as “community systems of health”. My master’s work, along with a number of other studies have given us a good idea of where these variations in community systems of health are occurring. Through the TUTOR-PHC program as well as my doctoral work I will explore the question of how and why Nova Scotia’s community systems of health are resulting in different health outcomes across the province.”

BRIC NS Student Research Award

Applications for the 2019 BRIC NS Student Research Award are closed.

In partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the BRIC NS Student Research Award is offered as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  A minimum of two awards of $1500 will be given to Master’s/PhD students working on a research project in primary and integrated health care.

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Network Coordinating Office appoints new Executive Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Gillian Bartlett will be the new Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Coordinating Office Executive Director.  The Network Coordinating Office supports BRIC NS and the other PIHCI Networks at a pan-Canadian level. Dr. Bartlett is a full professor at McGill University in Montreal as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. She will start March 1, 2019.

dr. gilliam bartlettBiography

Dr. Gillian Bartlett is a tenured Professor as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001 and her MSc in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision for McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Educational Excellence. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care.

 

SPOR PIHCI Knowledge Synthesis & Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants

BRIC NS is pleased to share the results of the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis 2018 competitions. Three successful grants are being led by BRIC NS members:

1. The costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People (Knowledge Synthesis) is being led by BRIC NS members and is partnered with the Ontario PIHCI Network. The BRIC NS Team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Elaine Moody and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, patients and decision makers.

“Older people often prefer to stay at home as they age. However, this often comes with out-of-pocket expenses for things like assistive devices and home modifications that allow people to go about their daily activities. Understanding the type of expenses people are incurring is the first step to developing better supports for people who want to stay at home as they age.” -Dr. Elaine Moody

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2. An Inter-provincial comparison of innovative programs that help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the ON, PEI and BC PIHCI Networks. The team is led by Robin Urquhart and Grace Warner and is made up of interdisciplinary researchers, decision makers and patients.

“End of life care is a critical part of the health care system. It’s important to understand what programs are available to people at the end of life and to understand how patients and their families are using these programs. By looking at community-based navigation programs and whether they’re helping people achieve their end-of life goals we will be able to recommend how other programs can be designed to be most effective for patients and their families.” -Dr. Robin Urquhart

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3. A Cross-Provincial Comparison of Program and Service Innovations for Patients with Multimorbidity in Interprofessional Primary Healthcare Teams (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador PIHCI Networks. The BRIC NS team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Tara Sampalli and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, decision makers and patients.

“Receiving care from interdisciplinary primary care teams has the potential to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions. In this research, we will use recent study results from Quebec and Ontario to explore the approaches currently offered by primary care teams in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and ask participating patients about their experiences. This will allow us to share knowledge and build tools that could lead to improvements in care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.” – Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener and Dr. Tara Sampalli

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BRIC NS members are also partners on the Knowledge Synthesis grant Interventions to Support Transitions in Care for Children and Families with Complex Health Care Needs in the Community.

Congratulations to all the BRIC NS members involved in successful grants in 2018!