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 -  December 5, 2018 -
Provincial Hub Update | We want to hear from you! Fill out a survey to help evaluate the Unit's activities
 
Fill out our short survey today! In September 2018, we posted a request for proposals for a third-party evaluation of the Unit’s activities so far. After an assessment of all responses by an expert review panel, the Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) was selected to conduct this evaluation, beginning in mid-November.
 
The goal of this evaluation is to assess the Unit's activities since it's launch and find out how to improve its design and performance. As part of this work, SRDC wants to gather feedback from stakeholders like you to help develop the evaluation plan.
 
Here’s how you can get involved: please fill out a short survey by clicking the button below. Your responses will help to identify key questions for the evaluation plan. If you have any questions, you can email SRDC directly.
 
We’ll be sharing the results with you in the Bulletin the end of March 2019.

Thanks in advance for your help - we welcome your feedback!
Take the survey now
Regional Centre Update | Northern Centre engages community at a summit encouraging physical activity

On October 26th, 2018, more than 80 enthusiastic people from across Northern BC attended the 2018 Physical Activity Summit – Move the North, held in Prince George. Sponsored by the BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre and hosted in partnership with UNBC, WINBC, and Northern Health, the summit was an opportunity for community partners, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and physical activity service providers to share strategies and programs to get people more physically active. 
 
Attendees looked at physical activity strategies, collaboration opportunities, how they can be implemented in Northern BC, and any supports, expertise, or resources required to ensure successful implementation. The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre funded 8 patient partners from around the region to attend.
 
The results from the 2018 Physical Activity Summit will be used to build a physical activity research framework for Northern BC, which will determine next steps for the development of physical activity promotions.

The research team developing the framework, led by Dr. Chelsea Pelletier, was one of the inaugural winners of the BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre's Developing Northern Collaborations Award, which provides the opportunity for researchers, health care providers, decision makers, and patient partners to develop collaborations for person, family, and community-centred research.
 
 
Learn more about northern funding opportunities
BC AHSN News | Network's inaugural action plan released to all stakeholders
 
The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), our parent organization, has released its first overall action plan. The Unit is a part of the BC AHSN organization, along with Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC.

This action plan, titled Learning Health Systems in British Columbia: Focus & Finish – An Action Plan and authored by a collaborative team headed by Tom Noseworthy, BC AHSN CEO, outlines the nature and purpose of our parent organization. At the same time, the plan describes the overall goals of the entire Network. This document is not able to recognize all of the work already underway by many individuals and organizations but looks ahead in time to discuss our shared initiatives and purpose.
Read the Action Plan
Regional Centre Update | Northern Centre award winners engage stakeholders at 2018 Northern BC Research and Quality Conference
 
The 2018 edition of the Northern BC Research and Quality Conference was held in Prince George on November 6-8, 2018. The conference was hosted in collaboration between Northern Health, UNBC, BC Cancer Centre for the NorthPhysician Quality Improvement (a Specialist Services Committee Initiative) and the Innovation and Development Commons, and was attended by nearly 200 people including researchers, physicians, health authority staff, students, and patient partners.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear about local research and quality improvement work during the different concurrent sessions, and poster/storyboard presentations.

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre's Developing Northern Research Collaboration award winners had the opportunity to share information on their projects in concurrent sessions and poster presentations. BC AHSN and Northern Centre staff members also shared information with attendees at a dedicated exhibit table.
Learn more about the Unit's Northern Centre
Funding Opportunity | MSFHR seeks nominations for 2019 researcher prize

Do you know a scientist who is making a difference in BC? Nominations are now open for the 2019 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize, awarded annually by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) to a BC-based clinician scientist whose research and impact is internationally recognized.
 
We'd like to encourage eligible patient-oriented researchers to be nominated for this opportunity. You can nominate a BC-based clinician scientist who:
  • Is actively engaged in clinical or health services and policy research.
  • Is internationally recognized for their research and its translation to improve health and the health system.
  • Goes above and beyond to mentor more junior investigators.
Nominations can be submitted online until 5:00pm Pacific Time on January 4th, 2019.
Learn more
Methods Clusters Corner | Updates from the Methods Clusters
  • Patient Engagement (PE) Cluster - The PE Methods Cluster is excited to announce the release of the PE Methods Cluster Report on Stakeholder Consultations for Methods Cluster Development. This report describes PE Methods Cluster consultations in detail and provides an overview of the projects, which are being developed.
     
  • Patient-Centred Measurement (PCM) Cluster - The PCM Methods Cluster has been hosting patient and caregiver focus groups and stakeholder workshops with research and knowledge user communities across BC. A report on the province-wide consultation will be shared early in 2019, with the opportunity for further feedback. Pictured above are participants of the stakeholder group that met in Prince George last month.
     
  • Special Congratulations to two of the Unit’s family for receiving Arthritis Alliance of Canada Research Awards. Cheryl Koehn, who has been actively engaged with two of the Unit’s Methods Clusters (KT/IS and PE), won The Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research Award and HESM Methods Cluster Co-Lead Dr. Nick Bansback won The Knowledge Translation Research Award. The Arthritis Alliance of Canada was formed in 2002 with the goal of uniting the arthritis community to work on common goals to improve the lives of over 6 million Canadians living with arthritis. 
Learn more about the Methods Clusters
Upcoming Training Opportunities 
Online Training Opportunities

POINTERS (BC SUPPORT Unit Webinar Series):
 
Other Webinars and Online Courses
In-Person Conferences,Training, and Events Know of other training opportunities? Please let us know
Funding Opportunities Know of other funding opportunities? Please let us know
Correction Notice 
In an article from the November 24, 2018 edition about the Fraser Centre's recent activities, we mentioned that Rableen Nagra had entered and won third place in a poster competition at the SPOR National Summit. The third place win was in reference to the poster contest at the Fraser Health’s Patient Experience Conference.

We apologize to our readers for any confusion this error may have caused.
BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit:
Part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and a unit of the
BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).
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