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January 2014



CAHSPR Newsletter: January 2014

Message from the Executive Director

2014 promises to be an exciting year for CAHSPR with, not one, but two conferences planned. On February 14 in Montreal CAHSPR will host its second annual, invitation-only policy conference. Open participation will be possible for all via Webinar.

This conference, co-sponsored with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet), addresses the role of leadership in achieving the IHI’s Triple Aim Objectives. Featured speakers include Mary Jo Haddad, Leslee Thompson, Terry Sullivan and Jean Louis Denis. The intent of the conference is to produce a charter for healthcare leadership in Canada.

The theme for this year’s conference was suggested in the closing session of last year’s CAHSPR policy conference, “the Romanow Report Ten Years Later.” In that session, Roy Romanow was asked what he saw as the greatest challenge facing Canada’s healthcare system. Romanow’s response was one word “leadership.” When asked, in a follow up question, where he saw that leadership coming from, Romanow replied, enigmatically, “I don’t know.”

This year’s policy conference, accordingly will explore questions about what appropriate leadership would consist of, how leadership can move us past institutional boundaries, what young and emerging leaders value, and how leadership can achieve the goals of the Triple Aim.

Of course, CAHSPR is also planning its annual scientific conference, to be held this year from May 13 to 15 in Toronto at the downtown Hilton Toronto.  With a nod to baby boomers, this year’s conference is entitled “Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence – Bridge Over Troubled Water .” The conference will feature a keynote session by Dr. Tim Evans, Director, Health Nutrition & Population, Human Development Network, the World Bank. Special sessions will discuss recent work of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and of the Health Care Innovation Working Group.

Please join us in these exciting events as we work to make CAHSPR the builder of strong healthcare research and policy communities. 

Best wishes
Frank Markel, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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CAHSPR News
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2014 CAHSPR Membership Fees
Effective January 1, 2014, as per the decision of the board of directors and subsequent approval of the members at the 2012 Annual General Meeting, the CAHSPR membership rates will be increased slightly to:

  • $75 +tax for a student CAHSPR membership
  • $175 +tax for a standard CAHSPR membership

New support for students attending CAHSPR!: Student Registration Waivers and Travel Bursaries
Thanks to the support of conference sponsors, CAHSPR is able to offer registration waivers and travel bursaries for selected students to attend the 2014 CAHSPR Conference. Available financial support will be allocated on the basis of financial need and ranking in the abstract peer review process. Students applying for this financial support must have submitted an abstract of their own research to be presented at the 2014 CAHSPR Conference. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2014. Students should not miss out on the 2014 CAHSPR Conference: apply for travel support today!

CAHSPR Goes Social – Introducing CAHSPR’s Twitter Maven!
CAHSPR welcomes Meghan Rossiter as our official Twitter Maven. An active tweeter in both her personal life and with CFHI, Meghan joins CAHSPR as the organization’s first Twitter Maven, aiming to increase presence on the social media scene spreading the works of CAHSPR and its stakeholders. You can follow CAHSPR on the official twitter account @CAHSPR.

Join the conversation! CAHSPR recognized that for many of our members, social media is a key part of today’s networking strategies. By pursuing our own online presence through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, CAHSPR expects to further engage and reach members of the CAHSPR community. Stay tuned for exciting announcements and opportunities as our social media campaign unfolds. Most importantly join the conversation; we would love to hear from you! Learn more!

The NSHRF is Pleased to Announce Krista Connell Has Been Named a Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner
The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) is pleased to announce that today Krista Connell, NSHRF CEO, was revealed as a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these Awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is under growing pressure to promote more female leaders into senior management and corporate director roles. Learn more!

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CAHSPR Theme Groups

Are you interested in becoming more involved with CAHSPR? If so, you may be interested in joining one of our theme groups. Theme groups are special interest areas within CAHSPR, created by members for members. They allow researchers and practitioners – whether system decision-makers, clinicians or policy-makers – to have a forum for in-depth discussions within specific focus areas. Theme groups are also a great way to network, build linkages and exchange ideas.

Want to Learn More?
Click on any of the theme groups to learn more about each one, or contact the theme group directly if you have specific questions.

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Upcoming Events

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Awards and Funding Opportunities
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Travel Awards - Institute Community Support
These awards enable students, postdoctoral fellows, and new investigators to present their research at national and international meetings and/or conferences that are related to IHSPR's priority research areas. There will also be awards available for research and conferences related to the priority areas of the Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Initiative Application deadline: January 27, 2014. Learn more!

MacNaught-Taillon Leadership Award

The M&T award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to Canadian health care through emerging and exemplary leadership and mentorship in the advancement of the values of Justice Emmett Hall and evidence-informed health policies and programs across Canada. Application deadline: January 31, 2014. Learn more!

Team Grant: Pathways Implementation Research Teams

The Pathways Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) Funding Opportunity supports the overall goal of Pathways to develop a better understanding of how to design, implement and scale-up interventions that will improve Aboriginal health in at least one of the following four exemplars: Suicide, Diabetes/Obesity, Tuberculosis, and Oral Health. The focus of research supported through this funding opportunity will be on population health interventions, defined as: policies, programs and resource distribution approaches that have the potential to impact health and health equity at a population level. Application deadline: February 4, 2014. Learn more!

CIHR - IHSPR Article of The Year
Presented by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) to recognize published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. Nomination deadline: February 14, 2014. Learn more!

Doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships at Université de Montréal
The Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM) offers excellence scholarships at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. The student’s project must be related to one of the research domains of IRSPUM and the deadline for submitting an application is February 14th 2014. The doctoral scholarships (20,000$ for one year) aim at recruiting students and helping them in their first doctoral year whereas the postdoctoral fellowships(30,000$ a year, for two years) will help young researchers develop a research project in the field of public health. Application deadline: February 14, 2014. Learn more!

IHSPR Rising Star Award 2013-2014
The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows and to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of these emerging health services and policy researchers at an early stage in their career. Application deadline: February 14, 2014. Learn more!

Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support

CIHR's mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system. CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of 13 virtual Institutes. The Institutes are networks of researchers and stakeholders brought together to focus on important health problems, with each Institute dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals. One of the mechanisms for the Institutes to achieve their mandates is by offering Planning and/or Dissemination grants within the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program. Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes, Initiatives, or the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Community Outreach Fund. Application deadline: February 18, 2014. Learn more!

Team Grant : Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

This funding opportunity on Implementation Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) is the second joint research program of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).  With the burden of this chronic non-communicable disease ever-increasing, the GACD partnership has agreed to launch a call for proposals on the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes, the focus will be on implementation and intervention research in low- and middle-income countries and Aboriginal communities within Canada and Australia. The emphasis of this initiative is on existing approaches to the primary prevention and control of Type 2 diabetes rather than the development of new treatments. Application Deadline: February 19, 2014. Learn more!

Knowledge Translation Prize
The CIHR Knowledge Translation Prize honours and supports exemplary knowledge translation efforts and activities of an exceptional individual, team, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing the application of research findings, improving the health of individuals, improving health services and products, or strengthening the health-care system. Nominated individuals, teams or organizations will be assessed on achievements in knowledge translation activities relevant to any area of health research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health), including commercialization and global health. Application Deadline: March 3, 2014. Learn more!

New support for students attending CAHSPR!: Student Registration Waivers and Travel Bursaries
Thanks to the support of conference sponsors, CAHSPR is able to offer registration waivers and travel bursaries for selected students to attend the 2014 CAHSPR Conference. Available financial support will be allocated on the basis of financial need and ranking in the abstract peer review process. Students applying for this financial support must have submitted an abstract of their own research to be presented at the 2014 CAHSPR Conference. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2014. Students should not miss out on the 2014 CAHSPR Conference: apply for travel support today!

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation Student Essay Competition

In 2008, the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation launched its annual student essay competition. The intent is to foster Canadian health economics and health policy research among undergraduate and graduate students. The competition was publicized in French and English through undergraduate and graduate programs in economics, health policy, health administration, community and public health and applied health research programs (including CIHR/CHRSF funded regional training centres) across Canada, CAHSPR, and other local applied health research networks. Over 150 essays have been submitted since the launch of this competition across 3 categories. Essays were reviewed and scored independently by two of the three member panel of judges to avoid potential conflicts of interest – so that double blind protocols were maintained as much as possible. Application deadline: March 31, 2014. Learn more!

RESEARCH COMPETITION: SMALL SCALE PILOT STUDY FOR PATIENT SAFETY INNOVATION
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Home Care Association are pleased to announce their joint call for proposals for a small-scale pilot study seeking to answer the following question: What can we learn from the patient/ client experience at the primary care/ home care interface that will help us improve safety? Funding is open to researchers in disciplines both from within and outside of health sciences disciplines, and who have a demonstrated interest in patient safety. These researchers must hold a PhD in any field, an MD or a Masters in a health science field, and be associated with a university or not-for-profit organization that can accept and administer research funds on their behalf. Learn more!

Knowledge Synthesis Grant : Spring 2014 Competition
CIHR's mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system. The purpose of this funding opportunity is 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. Application Deadline: April 1, 2014. Learn more!

CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research
This prize is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery. Application deadline: May 1, 2014. Learn more!

CAHSPR Student Poster Prize
Each year at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference IHSPR sponsors the Student Poster Competition. This competition is designed to encourage graduate students to attend and showcase their work at CAHSPR, Canada's pre-eminent health services and policy research conference, and to recognize the outstanding research efforts of up-and-coming health services and policy researchers. Prizes are awarded to the three top-ranked posters in the amounts of $1,200, $800 and $600 for first, second and third prize, respectively. Posters are reviewed by a team of expert reviewers who each devote the better portion of the day to conducting their reviews. All students who display a poster featuring their student work at the CAHSPR conference are automatically entered into the competition and the winners are announced at the end of the conference. Application deadline: May 15, 2014. Learn more!

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