2020 Health System Impact Fellowships (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows)
Host Partner Organization Linkage Tool

Overview

The Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) program is founded on partnerships with health system and related organizations (e.g., public, not-for-profit, private for-profit organizations) that are committed to the program objectives, including providing enriching, stimulating and impact-oriented experiential learning opportunities for PhD trainees and/or post-doctoral fellows that accelerate their professional growth and career readiness and advance the organization’s impact goals regarding health system improvement.

Brief profiles of the organizations that have expressed interest in hosting an HSI Fellow (PhD trainee and/or post-doctoral fellow) are provided below.

Applicants are invited to review these profiles and submit expressions of interest (EOI) to organizations. Note: applicants may pursue experiential learning opportunities with profiled organizations and/or organizations that are not profiled but that meet the definition of "health system and related organization" as defined in the funding opportunity.

Organizations that are interested in hosting a fellow are invited to complete a short survey (i.e., profile). Once complete, your information will be added to the table below to facilitate collaborations with interested applicants. Notes: (1) profiles are posted unedited and in the language submitted; (2) the information is provided on a voluntary basis and in no way confers any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications; and (3) the table will be updated weekly, until two weeks before the application deadline.

Instructions for applicants

  1. Step 1: Explore potential host partner organizations and submit expressions of interest: Interested applicants are encouraged to review the host partner organization profiles and submit an EOI to organizations of interest. Multiple EOIs are permitted, however applicants must ultimately confirm one host partner organization and submit a CIHR application with that organization. Tip: Do this early. Do not leave it to the last minute. It takes time to build a meaningful partnership and to then co-develop a CIHR application. Host partner organizations will accept EOIs and make commitments on an ongoing basis, so reach out early on.
  2. Step 2: Expression of interest requirements: The EOI must be sent by email (see the contact details in the host partner organization’s profile) and must include, in addition to a general introduction and purpose statement, the applicant’s CV (professional CV, not Common CV) and half page “Relevant Accomplishments and Abilities” component of the HSIF application. Organizations will use these documents for initial screening. Organizations may request additional information from the applicant (e.g., Common CV, writing sample). Tip: Tailor your EOIs to each organization. Clearly specify why you are interested in a particular organization and the added value you believe you can bring to the organization’s impact goals.
  3. Step 3: Meet with organizations: Organizations will respond to all EOIs received and invite the candidate(s) of potential interest for a meeting (or multiple meetings) to discuss interests and ideas and explore fit (i.e., by phone, web or in-person). Organizations will conduct an internal assessment and selection process. Candidates, similarly, may meet with multiple organizations and conduct their own assessment and selection of the optimal host partner organization for their personal career goals and interests.
  4. Step 4: Confirm partnership and develop application: When a mutual fit is confirmed between a candidate and an organization, an email between the two will officially verify the partnership. The candidate and host partner organization will, at this stage, co-develop the CIHR application. Tip: Review the funding opportunity Evaluation Criteria and How to Apply sections in detail. The funding opportunity is the official resources for application details and requirements.

Host partner organizations: Profiles

Contact Information
Name
Email
Phone
Province/Territory
Name of organization
Organization’s Impact Goal Organization’s Priority Areas for Fellowship Type of work Expression of interest eligibility: PhD trainee, post-doctoral fellow, both
Vancouver Coastal Health: Legacy for Airway Health
Dr. Phalgun Joshi, Director of Operations
604-875-4111 x23137
The Legacy for Airway Health (within Vancouver Coastal Health) will engage with key stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, physicians, specialists, respiratory therapists, the Ministry of Health and provincial health authorities to identify gaps in care and set provincial priorities for improved care and self-management for people living with COPD and asthma in BC. This initiative will cross all levels of care (e.g., primary, emergency, rehabilitation) for improved quality of life and patient outcomes, which will include priority setting and consensus-building through a patient-oriented research approach. The proposed effort addresses one of the key priorities for the Legacy of Airway Health, namely: to create a framework to improve the care and quality of life of people living with COPD and asthma in British Columbia. Activities within this priority area include: patient journey mapping, big data analyses, asset mapping, and creating models of care that are scalable and provide impact. The fellow will undertake significant stakeholder engagement, patient-oriented research, environmental scanning, literature reviews, and strategic planning. Either/both
Vancouver Coastal Health: Legacy for Airway Health and BC Lung Association
British Columbia
Dr. Chris Carlsten, Scientific Director
604-875-4729
Through a collaborative approach, Legacy for Airway Health (within Vancouver Coastal Health) will engage with key stakeholders, including health authorities, policy makers, clinicians, researchers, government officials (both municipal and provincial), industry, and patients to identify gaps in policy, regulations, recommendations, and guidelines surrounding environmental health, air quality and related-health impacts to set provincial priorities for addressing poor indoor and outdoor air quality in BC. This fellow will work closely with the BC Lung Association on this initiative as a partner in Air Quality and Health in BC. The proposed project will be creating a network and provincial strategy on indoor and outdoor air quality health research and knowledge translation. The proposed effort addresses one of the key priorities for the Legacy of Airway Health, namely: to create an evidence-based strategy for prevention of COPD and asthma for British Columbia. The fellow will undertake significant stakeholder engagement, environmental scanning, literature reviews, and exploration of avenues for increased knowledge translation in the field of air quality and health within health systems. Either/both
Alberta Health Services, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Alberta
Kirsten Fiest
403-944-0747
The Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM), Alberta Health Services is committed to providing exceptional patient-and-family centered critical care. Our definition of critical care excellence is: best clinical outcomes, exceptional patient and family experience and patient and staff safety.The Health System Impact Fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team including patient partners, trainees, researchers, healthcare providers and decision-makers to move this mission forward. One of our major goals is to improve patients and families experiences and outcomes as they transition from the intensive care unit to hospital or home. Depending on the interest and skills of the Health System Impact Fellow, our research program has a number of potential priority areas including: -Patient-and-family centered care: Advancing the engagement of patients and families in care. As recognized leaders in the field, we are well positioned to make further advancements. -Transitions in Care: Improving patients and families experiences and outcomes during and after transitions in care. Improving the quality and safety of care provided by healthcare practitioners during and after transitions in care. -Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence: Merging the fields of big data and critical care medicine through machine learning and artificial intelligence. Alberta in particular has rich data sources that are accessible by our team. The Health System Impact Fellow will: -Develop and refine innovative research questions -Lead a program of research using qualitative and quantitative research methods (eg. lead systematic reviews, work with large data sets, conduct focus groups or interviews) -Mentor trainees including summer students and graduate students The Health System Impact Fellow's research outcomes will: -Be disseminated to academic and lay audiences -Inform local and provincial policies, procedures and decision making Post-doctoral fellows only
Victoria Hospice
British Columbia
Dr Helena Daudt
250-370-8719
Victoria Hospice has provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment since 1980 in Greater Victoria, BC. Our mission is to enhance quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy. Victoria Hospice is a charity affiliated with Island Health, one of five regional health authorities in BC. We are committed to improving outcomes by providing services to people where they live, and to ensuring the best value through collaboration and innovation. The overall goal of the future research project is to improve care for patients who prefer to die at home by better supporting caregivers. Transformation through innovation is the priority area for the fellowship. We are currently developing a navigation program to support caregivers who care for a family member or friend at home and are interested in engaging a post-doctoral fellow in this project. This training opportunity will focus on patient-oriented, community-based and/or participatory action research approaches. The fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary team, including patients/families and community team members. Potential activities include environmental scanning and literature reviews; stakeholder engagement and consultation; project design, management and evaluation; data analysis and dissemination (i.e. briefing notes, peer-reviewed publications, quality improvement recommendations). Post-doctoral fellows only
Region of Peel, Health Services, Strategic Policy & Performance
Brian Laundry, Director of Strategic Policy & Performance
905-791-7800 #2514
Ontario
The Region of Peel is implementing a dementia care approach called the Butterfly Household Model of Care™ in its Long Term Care (LTC) homes. The Butterfly Model is an emotions-focused model of care that draws on the emotional intelligence of staff to create an enriching, engaging and more home-like environment for people living with dementia. While the model emphasizes transforming care for people living with dementia, it is also changing the workplace culture for staff by moving away from traditional task-oriented care. The Region of Peel’s LTC strategic plan has two related priority areas: cultivating an engaged workplace culture and fostering workforce enablement. The goal of the doctoral trainee will be to assess the impact of an emotions-focused model of care on LTC workplace culture and workforce enablement.

It is anticipated that the following priority areas will be investigated in relation to the effects of the Butterfly Household Model of Care:

  • Culture change
  • Diffusion of innovation theory
  • Supports for LTC middle management
  • LTC Staff engagement
  • Workplace wellness
  • Union-management relationships

The doctoral trainee will have a range of opportunities to lead the following:

  • Project management including creating a project charter and scope of work
  • Literature reviews
  • Impact assessment of changes on staff well-being and satisfaction
  • Quantitative or qualitative analysis
  • Strategy development including options for enabling staff engagement and recommending policy/program shifts
  • Knowledge translation and exchange with the workforce development committee, other LTC homes and the Ministry of LTC
  • Publishing results The Region of Peel also provides a wide range of learning and development opportunities, cross-departmental collaborations, and Regional government experience.
Doctoral trainees only
St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team
Tara Kiran
416-978-3793
Ontario
The St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team (SMHAFHT) seeks to develop and test new and innovative ways to improve quality in primary care. The team is a national leader in primary care quality improvement and has achieved success in multiple domains including improving timely access, reducing harm from opioids, curing hepatitis C, and changing how physicians learn from data. Our goal is to further refine our quality improvement interventions and spread and scale them to primary care practices throughout Ontario. We are interested in spread and scale of the following initiatives:
  • curing hepatitis C for patients with known infection
  • reducing high-risk opioid prescribing
  • supporting physicians to use data for learning through an innovative CPD program

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with senior administrators in the Quality Business Unit at Ontario Health (formerly Health Quality Ontario) as part of the process of spreading and scaling initiatives.

strategy development; stakeholder consultation; environmental scanning; quantitative and qualitative study design; data collection, and analysis; engagement with primary care practitioners, patients and policy makers; knowledge translation Either / both
Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Wayne Miller
709-730-0864
Ontario
CPSI is an active and respected pan-Canadian organization and recognized as a pre-eminent global leader in providing evidence-informed information and resources to advance patient safety and quality. Since its inception in 2003, CPSI has worked in collaboration with partners and stakeholders across the health system to promote and accelerate healthcare improvement in Canada. Our activities have included knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation; patient safety and quality improvement capability-building for health providers and leaders; cultivation and strengthening of coalitions and networks across the health system; and championing meaningful participation of patients and families in healthcare improvement at all system levels. Fellows working with CPSI will have the opportunity to directly contribute to improving the quality and safety of healthcare in a pan Canadian setting. With a new strategic plan and bold new directions, CPSI aims to work with partners to foster safer health systems, inspiring no less than a social movement for patient safety. CPSI will do this through targeted initiatives to influence and support policy, practice, and public empowerment for transformational patient safety improvement. CPSI is a unique and outstanding organization for Fellows interested in significantly contributing to the field of patient safety by advancing the knowledge base and capacity for evidence-informed policy, strategy and practice in the following priority areas: In our efforts to foster a more positive patient safety culture throughout Canada, CPSI has the moral imperative to contribute knowledge for legislation, policy, regulation, accreditation and education changes related to patient safety. We will be more deliberate in engaging and supporting system level capability with leaders, policy makers and educators. There is no overarching framework through which to understand the state of patient safety and the magnitude of preventable harm in Canada. We believe we can become an international leader in our thinking and approach to measuring and monitoring patient safety at all system levels. CPSI has begun to shift its approach to helping providers and leaders to identify, make sense of and use data and information for improvement while applying successful strategies from the field of implementation science. CPSI has been a pioneer in Canada in advocating for and supporting patient and family involvement in healthcare improvement. For more than 10 years, CPSI has been meaningfully partnering with patients in our programs, resource development and our own internal foundational documents and structure. Evaluating the impact of engaging and empowering patients and the public on patient safety awareness and outcomes is very challenging but considered by many essential to fundamentally shifting the attention to drive “patient safety right now” forward. CPSI has contributed to growing the patient safety evidence base, helping healthcare organizations build the business case for patient safety. We could significantly further contribute through greater emphasis on evaluation of our own programs and interventions. The successful Fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: environmental scanning and strategy development for a range of programs and initiatives; developing background materials and briefings to inform CPSI senior leadership and governance; conducting comprehensive literature reviews and developing evidence briefs; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis and economic analysis; participating in/leading stakeholder consultations; developing technical and web-ready reports; delivering internal and external presentations; representing CPSI on pan-Canadian committees and working groups; participating in/leading a range of collaborative activities and meetings with partners and stakeholders; facilitating and nurturing partnerships with governments, health organizations, patient and client advocacy groups and other key stakeholders in patient safety. Either / both
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
Anne Simard, Chief Mission and Research Officer
647-943-3161
Ontario
Heart & Stroke is a national, non-profit organization that leads the fight against heart disease, stroke and related conditions. Our mission is to promote health, save lives and enhance recovery among people in Canada. Our work spans research, advocacy and policy, systems change, patient engagement and support, and public awareness and education. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to significantly contribute to two important streams of work to implement and advance the new directions and priority areas of Heart & Stroke’s new strategic plan From Knowledge to Actions: Driving Focus and Impact – Strategic Directions 2018-2015. Driven by collaboration – with our volunteers and donors, researchers, people with lived experience, healthcare professionals and governments – we aim to:
  1. Improve the health of people in Canada by decreasing risk factors for heart disease and stroke
  2. Reduce the death rate from heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) of people in Canada.
  1. Measure and support the recovery and quality of life of people living with heart disease and stroke. Heart & Stroke strives to enhance the recovery of people in Canada living with heart conditions, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment by placing the people it serves at the centre of its work and embracing a digital first approach. One major and innovative initiative is the development of a digital platform and community to engage people impacted by heart disease and stroke, build their self-efficacy and resilience and provide them with personalized tools, resources and peer support community to facilitate their journey to optimal health and recovery. Fundamental to the creation of this platform is to evaluate its impact on users and gain insights from the users on what works and matters most to them to maximize their experience and overall support. This program of work comprises three dimensions: (1) developing a population-level measure for our “Enhance recovery” impact goal; (2) developing and implementing a program evaluation strategy for our digital engagement and support (i.e., program evaluation of our digital platform and community); and (3) reviewing and keeping abreast of the evidence on patient activation and support to inform our content and engagement strategy.
  2. Monitor the quality and availability of heart-related resources and services across Canada –Recognized as the leading authority on stroke care in Canada, Heart & Stroke leads the development, publication, and update of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR), in collaboration with more than 100 volunteers with stroke expertise or affected by stroke from across Canada and internationally. Based on the CSBPR, we play a key role in monitoring the availability and quality of stroke care and services in Canada. Approximately every five years, Heart & Stroke conducts an inventory of stroke resources and services provided in hospitals, centers and institutions in each province, covering different phases of the continuum of care for stroke prevention, acute care and rehabilitation. Together, these inventories provide Heart & Stroke and health system leaders with a portrait of the current availability of services as well as gaps and challenges in delivering evidence-based stroke care. It is used to support system planning, coordination and improvement in outcomes for people affected by stroke. On the heart side, a cross-Canada inventory of cardiac services and resources (similar to the stroke inventory) is planned for 2020/2021, with a priority focus on heart failure. Some data collection will also cover congenital heart disease, vascular cognitive impairment and atrial fibrillation. For the research fellow, the program of work may include 1) contributing to the “publication” of cardiac resource and services inventory through data synthesis, theme and gap analysis, and data visualization strategies; 2) identifying opportunities for quality improvement initiatives for cardiac care emerging from the inventory; and 3) leading the implementation of one quality improvement initiative in collaboration with the systems change team.
Based on their field of study, experience and learning goals, fellows may express interest in one or more of the following Heart & Stroke priority areas, which sit within the Mission team, a team of 70 employees across the country. As part of this learning and development opportunity, fellows will be integrated into Heart & Stroke’s Mission team, daily work and operations and collaborate with colleagues and partners from across the country. The nature of their work will involve a wide range of activities, including: participating in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation, conducting systematic reviews and environmental scans, writing evidence briefs, developing program evaluation frameworks, collecting resource inventory data, performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis, developing technical and digital reports; delivering internal and external presentations; and participating in a range of partner and stakeholder activities aimed at sharing information, coordinating activities and informing ongoing planning and implementation. Fellows will be supervised by doctoral-trained Heart & Stroke leaders. Either / both
Cancer Research and Analytics, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Linda Watson
403-470-7146
Alberta
The aging population is contributing to increases in cancer incidence in Alberta, however, the evidence base to guide the management of older adults with cancer remains extremely limited. CancerControl Alberta is redesigning of our ambulatory models of care and would like to integrate best practices in geriatric oncology. Within the Applied Research and Patient Experience portfolio, the fellow would work to generate and apply real world evidence through pragmatic implementation studies which aim to build capacity for tailored cancer care delivery, symptom management, and collaborative care for older Albertans with cancer regardless of geographic location or disease stage. The fellow could anticipate engaging in strategy development, stakeholder consultation, environmental scanning, literature reviews, proposal writing, pragmatic program implementation and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and knowledge dissemination activities including developing communication plans, delivering provincial and national presentations, submitting peer reviewed publications, university lectures and participating on national committees. Post-doctoral fellows only
Public Health Agency of Canada, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Risk Sciences Division
Nick Ogden
450-773-8521 #8643
Ontario
Our overarching impact goal is highly skilled support for key NML and PHAC activities that bring science to public health policy and program, which include:
  • Assessing risks, and efficacy and impacts of interventions, to inform the development of national public health programs and policies.
  • Undertaking Federal leadership research that underpins development of prevention and control interventions.
  • Undertaking Federal leadership in development, implementation and evaluation of public health methods, practices and programs via engagement of national partners and stakeholders
Predictive modelling of:
  1. Occurrence and current and future public health impact of emerging diseases (including impacts of climatic, other environmental and socioeconomic changes and vulnerabilities
  2. Effects and effectiveness of public health interventions to prevent and control disease; to drive development and design of public health policies and programs.
These activities include the use of statistical, mathematical modelling and geomatics methods, obtaining parameter estimates using knowledge synthesis methods of scoping and systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) endemic (Lyme, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, California serogroup) and exotic (Zika, chikungunya, dengue) vector-borne diseases, zoonoses including hantavirus and Arctic Fox rabies, and antimicrobial resistance. Understanding impacts of climate change and other environmental changes is a priority for our work. Either / both
British Columbia Ministry of Health
Nicolette McGuire
250-952-1627
British Columbia
The Ministry of Health’s goals are to help government achieve the following three commitments to British Columbians: The first commitment is to make life more affordable. British Columbians are counting on government to make their lives easier by containing costs and services fees. The second commitment is to deliver the services that people count on. Government services touch the lives of British Columbians every day, and there is so much more that we can – and must – do to provide these services where and when people need them. The third commitment is to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone. Integrating with these priorities is government’s commitment to true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations in British Columbia. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake projects related to these goal areas over the fellowship period. In alignment with the overarching mission and impact goals, the following priority areas have been designated as options for this fellowship competition:
  1. Primary and Community Care Research- supporting the implementation of Primary Care Networks in BC
  2. Surgical Research Collaboration program- evaluation and models for reducing wait time and improving the patient experience
  3. Seniors Care Quality Improvement Research
  4. Preventive Care and Policy Research- vaccination, maternity, physical activity and healthy eating, prevention of harms from alcohol/ tobacco/ cannabis
  5. Mental Health, Substance Use and Addictions Research
  6. Pharmaceutical Services- impacts of clinical and community pharmacists
  7. Big data, IMIT and health technology research
The successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to focus on health system innovations within one of the priority areas listed above and on-going Ministry initiatives that require planning, strategy development, policy analysis, stakeholder consultations, jurisdictional reviews/environmental scanning, program/service evaluation and data analysis (qualitative and quantitative). Either / both
Choosing Wisely Canada
Karen Born
416-864-6060 #77517
Ontario
Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign focused on reducing overuse of unnecessary tests and treatments. The campaign is focused on supporting efforts across Canada to reduce overuse and to measure the impact. The fellow would participate in research to evaluate major Canadian initiatives including efforts to reduce unnecessary blood transfusions. Choosing Wisely Canada works in partnership with a diverse group of national clinician and patient organizations. The fellowship will offer an opportunity to grow and develop leadership skills as well as research and analytical skills related to implementation science, evaluation and health services research. The fellow will engage in evaluation research of a multi-jurisdictional implementation initiative, type of work includes:
  • stakeholder consultation
  • environmental scanning
  • literature reviews
  • mixed methods research with clinical and administrative data analysis (in partnership with CIHI)
  • qualitative research and analysis, such as key informant interviews
Post-doctoral fellows only
Public Health Agency of Canada
Jennette Toews
613-355-1658
Ontario
The Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research (CSAR) provides timely and relevant information on the health of the Canadian population through producing and disseminating evidence from surveillance and research. The impact goal of this experiential learning opportunity is to forecast chronic disease burden to inform effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention interventions. Projections are being increasingly used to support related policy development and healthcare planning. The priority area of this experiential learning opportunity is to provide evidence on future chronic disease burden in Canada to inform public health action. The CIHR fellow can anticipate engaging with researchers to identify, develop, and test models to forecast chronic disease burden that will inform public health action. This will include testing models already developed for use with data from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System and comparison to other methods. Either / both
PolicyWise for Children & Families
Robyn Blackadar
780-944-8630
Alberta
PolicyWise generates and mobilizes evidence to inform, identify, and promote effective social policy and service delivery to improve the well-being of children, families, and communities. PolicyWise conducts their work in collaboration with community, academic and government stakeholders.
  • To conduct policy-relevant research and evidence reviews to evaluate and inform new policy responses to complex social and health issues facing children and families.
  • To provide data expertise to support policy and practice decision-making in government and non-profit sector.
Targeted hands-on learning and experience in:
  • Evidence-Informed Policy Development and Review
  • Knowledge Mobilization
  • Environmental scans, literature reviews
  • Quantitative, qualitative analysis
  • Program evaluation, impact assessment
  • Engagement with government and community stakeholders
  • Data linkage and improvement. The trainee will be better able to 1) understand policy-relevant research and its application to the policy development cycles, 2) engage with community organizations to provide meaningful applied research, and 3) explore career opportunities inside and outside of academia. Please contact us well before the fellowship application deadline to discuss how we could partner together on a meaningful project.
Either / both
Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNsTM)
Judy Seidel
403-560-2803
Alberta
The Primary Health Care Integration Network, a member of the Strategic Clinical Networks™, is an engine of innovation for Alberta’s health system. We focus on enhancing integration across the health care system, while supporting the testing, implementation, scale and spread of research and innovations to improve patient and system outcomes. Strategic priorities include the following four areas; 1) enhanced linkages and access to medical specialist services; 2) improved patient transitions in care between acute, primary and community settings; 3) provision of patient-focus enhanced care in the community, and; 4) enhancing integration across the health care system. Independent study opportunities within planned strategic priority projects such as implementation of patient focused transitions in care; evaluation of enhancing care in the community initiatives and; specialist access and referral initiatives. Study focus would be to improve patient and provider experiences, improve the health of populations and reduce system costs. Post-doctoral fellows only
BC Patient Safety and Quality Council
Christina Krause
250-490-6994
British Columbia
The British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council builds a foundation of quality, provides advice and makes recommendations to the Minister of Health on matters related to patient safety and quality of care in all health care sectors. The Council brings health system stakeholders together in partnership to promote and inform provincially coordinated, innovative, and patient- and family-centred approaches to patient safety and quality in British Columbia. Our strategic priorities include:
  • Bring system-wide leadership and coordination in advancing a culture of quality within the province;
  • Facilitate the building of capability and expertise for patient safety and quality in the BC health system;
  • Support health authorities and other health sector stakeholders in their continuing efforts to improve quality;
  • Improve health system transparency and accountability to patients and the public for the safety and quality of care provided in British Columbia; and
  • Identify and promote local, regional and provincial opportunities for engaging the patient perspective in health care transformation.
Depending upon the interest of the Fellow, the Council has a number of potential priority areas of interest for the fellowship including:
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures: Embedding and translating PROMs data into clinical practice change and improvement
  • Economic Impact and Evaluation: Assessing interventions and investments in health care improvement.
  • Appropriateness: Assessing and exploring opportunities for addressing appropriateness in advancing quality of care in British Columbia.
  • Value-based Health Care: Determining and assessing approaches to embedding value-based health care into health system planning and improvement.
  • Assessing macro level approaches to change management and improvement.
The successful fellow will develop new knowledge that can be used to support the Council’s and others efforts to improve quality of care. The specific nature of work will depend on the final project proposal. Work may include strategy development, stakeholder engagement, data analysis (including both qualitative and quantitative methods), program evaluation, impact assessment and/or measure development. Post-doctoral fellows only
Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) (in French only)
Marie-Helene Chastenay
514-873-2563 #29130
Quebec
INESSS is aware of the need to enhance leadership capacity to support the transformation of the health and social services system. In support of the INESSS mandates, the successful candidate will be able to provide a methodological background to participate with a senior mentor from the institute, in support of strengthened clinical governance, at one or more levels of the cycle of activities, under four main functions:
  • The identification of priorities, which aims to inform the choice of priorities towards the sectors of activity where the potential gains in optimizing practices are the highest
  • The development of knowledge products, at the heart of INESSS activities, leading to the production of assessments, recommendations and guides based on the best available knowledge
  • The implementation of recommendations, which is intended to equip the department, as well as clinicians and managers, to accelerate the implementation of recommendations
  • Measurement and evaluation, which aim to instrument the network's actors to monitor the implementation of the recommendations as well as to feed into the identification of priorities for the next cycle of activities
  1. Support the improvement of practices in a real world context
    • Better equip local integrated services in the continuous improvement of their practices
    • Support intervention adapted to people with complex needs
    • Support the Ministry’s clinical relevance projects
    • Characterize the use of care and services at the end of life
  2. Implement ethical and methodological standards arising from the INESSS institutional assessment framework
    • Methodological work on the integration of knowledge
    • Value assessment in a real world context
    • Methodological work on the care and services pathways of users
  3. Carry out mandates to evaluate technologies and methods of intervention deemed to be priorities in the fields of drugs, health services and social services
    1. Drug
      • Optimal use of the drug
      • National medical protocols and associated prescriptions
      • Evaluation of drugs for listing
    2. Social Services
      • Physical, intellectual and autism spectrum disorders
      • Youth and Families
      • Support for the autonomy of seniors
      • Addictions and homelessness
      • Mental health
      • General social services
    3. Health Services and Technology Assessment
      • Screening and preventive clinical practices
      • Medical Biology and Genomics
      • Relevance and diagnostic trajectory
      • Traumatology and Critical Care
      • Cardiology and neurovascular diseases
      • Oncology
      • Products of Quebec's blood systems
      • Technological innovations and medical devices
      • Cellular therapies
      • Health Intervention Methods
INESSS has a central place at the heart of Quebec’s health and social services network, and positions itself as a partner in the Canadian network and abroad. Practical learning opportunities within INESSS are plentiful and can take the form of many kinds of enriching projects, in terms of both career development for the fellow and organizational impact for INESSS. Depending on the profile of the successful applicant, here are some examples of project portfolios that are aligned with the strategic plan:
  • Quantitative Methodologies Profile:
    • Study of practice variation, analysis of trajectories and identification of areas with high potential for improvement by exploiting the potential of Megadata
    • Policy and Systems Analysis Profile:
      • implementation of the new institutional framework for technology assessment for public reimbursement o implementation of accelerated assessment modalities for innovative health technologies under POETIS (optimized process for evaluating health intervention technologies)
      • Mixed Methods Profile:
        • Study of the diverse perspectives of stakeholders involved in technology assessment o Evaluation of the impact of INESSS recommendations in a real world context
        • Studies of new partnership modalities in collaboration with the academic community and the technology assessment and intervention units in health and social services (UETMI) in order to strengthen network collaboration
Either / both
Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)
Marie-Hélène Chastenay
514-873-2563 #29130
Quebec
L’INESSS est consciente de l’impératif du rehaussement des capacités de leadership en appui à la transformation du système de santé et de services sociaux. En soutien à la réalisation des mandats de l’INESSS, le candidat retenu sera en mesure de fournir un bagage méthodologique pour participer avec un mentor senior de l’institut, au soutien en matière de gouvernance clinique renforcée, à l’un ou plusieurs niveaux du cycle d’activités sous quatre grandes fonctions :
  • L’identification de priorités, qui vise à éclairer les choix de priorités vers les secteurs d’activité où les gains potentiels d’optimisation des pratiques sont les plus élevés
  • L’élaboration de produits de connaissances, au cœur des activités de l’INESSS, qui mène à la production d’évaluations, d’avis et de guides reposant sur les meilleures connaissances disponibles
  • La mise en œuvre de recommandations, qui a pour but d’outiller le ministère, ainsi que les cliniciens et les gestionnaires, pour accélérer l’implantation des recommandations
  • La mesure et l’évaluation, qui visent à instrumenter les acteurs du réseau pour suivre la mise en œuvre des recommandations ainsi que pour alimenter l’identification des priorités du prochain cycle d’activités
  1. Soutenir l’amélioration des pratiques en contexte réel
    • Mieux outiller les services de proximité intégrés dans l’amélioration continue de leurs pratiques
    • Soutenir l’intervention adaptée aux personnes présentant des besoins complexes
    • Appuyer les chantiers ministériels de pertinence clinique
    • Caractériser le parcours d’utilisation des soins et services en fin de vie
  2. Implanter les normes éthiques et méthodologiques découlant du cadre institutionnel d'évaluation de l’INESSS
    • Chantier méthodologique d’intégration des savoirs
    • Chantier d’évaluation de la valeur en contexte réel
    • Chantier méthodologique sur les parcours de soins et services des usagers
  3. Réaliser les mandats d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention jugés prioritaires dans les domaines du médicament, des services de santé et des services sociaux
    1. Médicament
      • Usage optimal du médicament
      • Protocoles médicaux nationaux et ordonnances associées
      • Évaluation des médicaments aux fins d’inscription
    2. Services sociaux
      • Déficience physique, déficience intellectuelle et troubles du spectre de l’autisme
      • Jeunes et Familles
      • Soutien à l’autonomie des personnes âgées
      • Dépendance et itinérance
      • Santé mentale
      • Services sociaux généraux
    3. Services de santé et de l’évaluation des technologies
      • Dépistage et pratiques cliniques préventives
      • Biologie médicale et génomique
      • Pertinence et trajectoire diagnostique
      • Traumatologie et soins critiques
      • Cardiologie et maladies neurovasculaires
      • Cancérologie
      • Produits des systèmes de sang du Québec
      • Innovations technologiques et dispositifs médicaux
      • Thérapies cellulaires
      • Modes

L’INESSS détient une place privilégiée au cœur du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux au Québec et se positionne en partenaire au sein du réseau canadien et à l’international. Les occasions d’apprentissage pratique au sein de l’INESSS peuvent être multiples et revêtir plusieurs types de mandats enrichissants, en termes de développement de carrière pour le boursier et d’impact organisationnel pour l’INESSS. Selon le profil du candidat retenu, voici quelques exemples de portfolios de projets en congruence avec le plan stratégique :

  • Profil Méthodologies quantitatives :
    • Étude de variation de pratiques, analyse de trajectoires et identification des pistes à fort potentiel d’amélioration en exploitant le potentiel des Mégadonnées
  • Profil analyse des politiques et systèmes :
    • implantation du nouveau cadre institutionnel d’évaluation des technologies aux fins d’un remboursement public
    • Implantation de modalités d’évaluation accélérée des technologies innovantes en santé dans le cadre de POETIS (processus optimisé d’évaluation des technologies d’intervention en santé)
  • Profil Méthodes mixtes :
    • Étude des perspectives diversifiées des parties prenantes engagées dans l’évaluation des technologies
    • Évaluation de l’impact des recommandations de l’INESSS en contexte réel
    • Études de nouvelles modalités de partenariat en lien avec les milieux universitaires et les unités d’évaluation des technologies et modes d’intervention en santé et en services sociaux (UETMI) dans une perspective de renforcement de la collaboration en réseau
Either / both
Public Health Agency of Canada
Heather Orpana
613-878-5011
Ontario
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s mandate is to promote health, prevent diseases and injuries, and prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. This includes conducting public health surveillance to inform public health action, policies and programs. PHAC’s Substance Related Harms Division conducts public health surveillance and applied research on harms from opioids and other substances, contributing to a national evidence-based informing public health policies and programs The strategic priority for this fellowship is to address public health evidence needs in substance-related harms (including opioid and other drug overdoses), through the application of modelling techniques to a wide range of existing and linked data. This includes: understanding patterns of substance-related harms; describing social determinants of substance-related harms; and identifying trajectories leading to and resulting from substance-related harms. The successful fellow(s) will address key evidence gaps, working with scientists, epidemiologists, policy analysts and decision-makers in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of PHAC. Priority projects include: Developing a system dynamics model of opioid use, opioid overdose, and opioid-related to death. Applying Bayesian evidence synthesis or other methods of combining data and evidence to develop comprehensive estimates of overdoses and other harms from opioids and other drugs. Conducting modelling with linked data sources to describe populations at risk of substance-related harms, social determinants of substance-related harms, and trajectories leading to substance-related harms. Either / both
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Dr. Robin Urquhart
902-473-8245
Nova Scotia
Working with the NSHA Cancer Care Program, the post-doctoral fellow will use the best available information, including research evidence and data from the local context, to inform / guide program planning and service delivery in cancer care with the ultimate goal of improving patients’ experiences and outcomes during and after they complete cancer treatment.
  • Delivery of community-based cancer care, including optimizing the roles of primary care within a structured approach to community-based survivorship care
  • Coordination and integration between primary care, specialist care, and community-based support services to better meet patient/survivor needs
  • Enabling smooth transitions in care, particularly as patients transition from active treatment to follow-up care
Depending on the interests and skillset of the fellow, the nature of the work may relate to: environmental scanning, literature reviews, quantitative or qualitative data analysis, participating in or leading stakeholder dialogue and consultation, design of new services/models of care, implementation planning, and/or monitoring and evaluation (e.g., program evaluation, indicator development to monitor community-based cancer care). Post-doctoral fellows only
KITE - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network
Dr. Jennifer Campos
416-597-3422 #7958
Ontario
Research projects are focused within the areas of injury/illness prevention and rehabilitation aimed towards the tangible goals of optimizing practice (e.g. rehabilitation assessment/therapy tools and techniques), changing policy (e.g. building codes, accessibility guidelines), or creating products (e.g. brain-machine interfaces, mobility devices). The research mandates of KITE are focused on - injury/illness prevention (e.g. falls, vehicle collisions) - restoration of function (e.g. following stroke, spinal cord injury, cardiac event) - aging well (e.g. maintaining mobility, independence) mixed methods approaches, strategic use of technologies/techniques (e.g. simulators, virtual reality, BCI, AI), strategy development, stakeholder consultation (e.g. patients, clinicians, older adults in the community), literature reviews, performance-based measures, policy briefings Post-doctoral fellows only
Hotıì ts'eeda: NWT SPOR SUPPORT Unit
Lianne Mantla-Look
867-444-9859
Northwest Territories
Hotiì ts'eeda is a CIHR-funded research support unit in the Northwest Territories, hosted by the Tłı̨chǫ Government. Our impact goal is study of the Tłı̨chǫ Indigenous Health and Wellness Elders initiative, which provides cultural and official language services between Tłı̨chǫ clients and healthcare providers at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife and other community health facilities in the territory.
  • Ensures quality standards of patient care are met in accordance with the territorial Aboriginal Wellness Program in collaboration with the Stanton Elder Council
  • Contributes to and designs research to evaluate this initiative
  • Explore the question: How has this improved the experiences of Tłı̨chǫ citizens, especially elders, within the institution of the Canadian health care?
  • Stakeholder consultation and priority-setting
  • Strategy development
  • Cultural competency training and skill-building
  • Environmental scanning
  • Interviews, focus groups, and other data collection techniques
  • Literature review drawing out best practices from similar programs nationally and regionally
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Policy briefings
  • Program evaluation and impact assessment
  • Knowledge translation
Either / both
Yukon Government, Department of Health and Social Services
Karen Chan
867-667-8309
Yukon
The Yukon government, Department of Health of Social Services (HSS) is committed to the health and wellness of all Yukoners, supported by an accountable government. HSS is looking to strengthen its commitment to data-driven decision-making and build capacity for health and social services system transformation and integration of data into strategy development and performance measurement. Working closely with the Senior Management Team, the fellow will lead the design and implementation of a system-level data collection and performance measurement framework, and an analytics framework for the department. This work will help inform ongoing strategic planning, quality improvements activities, innovation in services delivery across the territory, and value-for-money accountability to Yukoners. This work will also identify the skills matrix requirement for a data analytics and performance measurement strategy for the department, and include the development of a policy framework and governance structure to address challenges associated with the custodianship and management of health/social data to ensure the appropriate use of health/social data, while maximizing its impact, utility and value.
  • Develop an understanding of the landscape and requirement of health/social data custodianship and management in Yukon
  • Align work with the Yukon Government, and Department of Health and Social Services’ strategic priorities, and recommendations from the current Comprehensive Review of Health and Social Services
  • Development of a performance measurement framework with associated data sources and indicators, including evidence-based measures and standards for northern and remote locations
  • Building models for effective learning health and social service systems through the application of data and analytics for priority areas
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Environmental scans
  • Literature reviews, information collecting and summarizing
  • Needs assessments
  • Presentations and report writing, including senior management briefings
  • Indicator development
  • Policy development
  • Knowledge translation
  • Evaluation
  • Strategic application of data to address health and social service system strategies
Either / both
CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre (CISSS-MC)
Jean-Sebastien Marchand
581-307-1670
Quebec
Le CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre souhaite améliorer ses pratiques réflexions à l’égard de l’exercice de sa gouvernance clinique et l’appréciation de sa performance organisationnelle et clinique. L’objectif est de soutenir l’amélioration du déploiement d’un système de gestion de la performance auprès de la haute direction, des urgences et du préhospitalier.
  • Haute direction;
  • Département des urgences de l’Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne (HCLM) et l’Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu (HHR);
  • Services préhospitaliers.
  • Développement un projet d’accompagnement et de recherche appliquée en regard d’un enjeu sur la performance organisationnelle et clinique du CISSS-MC
  • Analyse de données de natures qualitatives et quantitatives sur la performance organisationnelle;
  • Support de la haute direction dans la mise en place de mesure d’amélioration de la gouvernance et de la gestion de la performance.
Post-doctoral fellows only
Alberta Health, Continuing Care Branch
Carmen Grabusic
780-422-8209
Alberta
Examples of continuing care focused objectives in the Ministry business plan include: Enhancing access to self-managed care and supporting Albertans in accessing appropriate and timely palliative and end-of-life care. There are opportunities to better use data to support the planning and evaluation of the activities and initiatives associated with these two objectives. The trainee would be involved in developing comprehensive and integrated performance measurement frameworks. Modelling and Scenario Development – In support of the shift towards home and community based care, contribute to the development of an updated provincial continuing care service and capacity needs assessment model. This work would include the development of different options/scenarios for meeting needs into the future and new approaches to funding. Assessing the impact of government’s investment into palliative care – There is a need to establish a formalized system for monitoring and assessing the impact of the government’s $20 million investment into palliative care. This would include reporting on what results are expected to be achieved and whether we are achieving the planned objectives. The fellow would be involved in: measuring and monitoring the impact of transformative changes in home and community care and palliative care; options for measuring and improving quality of life, conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis; completing literature reviews and policy briefings; bringing forth evidence to recommend and support future policy/program shifts. Either / both
Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre
Karen Orser
403-428-5410
Alberta
Impact Goal: Strengthening Research and Evaluation. Key outcomes of our collaborative and integrated practice model here at the CCAC have been identified in our current strategic plan, and we would like to move towards being better able to measure and report on our identified outcomes. We would further develop a more robust evaluation framework including the implementation of a new database, and also strengthen our research partnerships, capacity, and expertise.
  • child abuse
  • integrated practice
  • community education and awareness
  • CAC practice frameworks/models/standards
  • database development and implementation
  • organizational engagement around the research and evaluation strategy
  • alignment and measurement of the organization's current strategic priorities and identified outcomes
  • community engagement and capacity building around research and evaluation (within our community and provincially)
  • strategic leadership of the organization's evaluation and research strategy
Post-doctoral fellows only
IWK Health Centre Child Safety Link
Sandra Newton
902-470-6492
Nova Scotia
Child Safety Link (CSL) is an injury prevention program at the IWK Health Centre dedicated to reducing the incidence and severity of unintentional injury to children and youth in the Maritimes. Topics: at home (poisoning), on the road (child passenger safety) and at play (risky play). Priority areas:
  • Evaluation of CSL as a program or our program/policy work specific to child passenger safety.
  • Report/research possibilities: Child Passenger Safety; Perceptions of safety; Child Death Review; Concussions in children and youth; First Nation Injury Prevention; Cost of injuries
Program evaluation: e.g. Develop/implement an evaluation framework for CSL; Conduct an evaluation of IWK Car Seat Education Policy Program Research [Qualitative or Qualitative data analysis] Report development: e.g. child death review Program Model Development: e.g structure of a center of excellence in child and youth injury prevention. Either / both
Clinical Practice Assessment Unit; Department of Medicine; McGill University Health Centre
Emily McDonald
514-934-1934 #76253
Quebec
About us: Mandate and strategic goals The Clinical Practice Assessment Unit (CPAU) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a hospital-based research unit that provides leadership, mentorship, and support to projects designed to promote quality improvement, patient safety, high-value healthcare and optimize patient care within the Department of Medicine. The CPAU was founded in 2015 and is composed of a scientific oversight committee partnered with 17 quality leads from each of the sub-specialty Divisions within the Department of Medicine. We provide infrastructure for high value healthcare research, facilitate access to the various data sources contained within the MUHC, provide a physical working space, and have the necessary administrative support for implementing and publishing quality improvement projects. The Unit works closely with other hospital research and quality committees such as the Technology Assessment Unit (a government of Quebec mandated unit that advises the hospital in resource allocation decisions), the Clinical Pertinence Coordinating Committee (a hospital centric committee that implements high-impact cross-hospital value-based interventions aimed at improving patient care with support from the Director General of the Hospital and the Director of Professional Services), the Medical Mission Quality Committee (which interfaces with nursing and other health providers’ initiatives), the information technology development team, and the hospital’s Data Warehouse. The CPAU organizes an annual High Value Healthcare Symposium where staff and trainees present their research in the field of high value healthcare and national and international invited speakers provide a more global context. HSIF impact goal Advance the science of providing safe, efficient, quality care to MUHC patients. Participate in mixed methods research to develop, pilot, refine, evaluate and implement strategies to provide high value healthcare to inpatients. The focus will be on the measurement and monitoring of safety, implementation of QI initiatives, and pragmatic trials.
  • Mentorship by senior hospital administration members
  • Analyze hospital data to promote change with a focus on quality and safety.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods for implementing QI interventions.
  • Leadership, management, strategy and policy development
  • Professional development
Post-doctoral fellows only
IWK Health Centre
Darlene Inglis
902-470-6717
Nova Scotia
Using best evidence in clinical practice improves patient outcomes and is a corner stone of high reliability organizations. Translating evidence into practice relies on selection of situational specific implementation strategies to target behavioral change. The applicant will support the interprofessional team’s growth regarding research implementation (PARIHS) and theoretical domains frameworks.
  • Design a domain specific maternal &/or infant early warning tool implementation strategy
  • Implement strategy across Childbirth Care Team
  • Evaluate strategy’s impact on behavioral change
  • Present impact of strategy on patient, family and health systems outcomes
  • Collaborate with team to generate new research on knowledge translation specific to implementation strategies
  • Literature reviews
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Collaborative Inter-professional Strategy development
  • Evaluation and outcome assessment & presentation
  • Publication of new knowledge translation evidence
Either / both
Women's College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care
Zahra Ismail
416-323-6400 #3842
Ontario
Working with stakeholders inside the health system and innovators from the private sector, WIHV identifies the ground-breaking approaches, in areas such as digital health technologies and virtual care, that address gaps in our healthcare system. Our work supports solutions that make care more convenient, more effective, and less costly to deliver. Our areas of work include:
  • Evaluating health technologies
  • Health system and policy innovation
  • Health system evaluation with big data
  • Internal evaluation and innovation at Women’s College Hospital
Fellows could be engaged in consultation with stakeholders from across Ontario and beyond, environmental scans on best practice, quantitative or qualitative data analysis related to the evaluation of digital health technologies, literature reviews on topical innovation policy areas, WCH internal program evaluation or impact assessment etc Either / both
Alberta Health Services
Dr Sanjay Beesoon
780-218-4786
Alberta
The Surgery SCN has a mandate to improve access to high quality and safe surgical care in Alberta. Massive amount of data are captured by the health system, either through regular delivery of health service or implementation of quality improvement programs. A Health Systems Impact Fellow will help the Surgery SCN to tap into the data repositories and generate valuable information to inform decision making. One major goal is to reduce surgical wait times to less than 4 months by 2023. The Surgery SCN Transformational Roadmap (2018), outlined 4 major strategic objectives, namely (1) To improve access to surgical care (2) To ensure safe and high quality surgical care (3) To make efficient use of data to drive decision making at all levels in the health care system (4) To build a strong surgical community Stakeholder engagement - Ministry of Health, the operational arm of AHS, Institute of Health Economics, The Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Canadian Institute of Health Information, and other academic partners. The Health Impact Fellow will contribute to helping develop and refine research questions and methods, and will have the opportunity to lead a multi-pronged program involving both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Research outcomes will inform policies, procedures and decision making to meet the four strategic objectives outlines in the Surgery SCN Transformational Roadmap Post-doctoral fellows only
Evidence Synthesis Unit, Research Analysis and Economic Evaluation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care
Andrea Proctor
647-285-0745
Ontario
The impact goal of the fellowship would be to work on literature reviews for clients from various areas in both Ministries on priority health system topics. The literature reviews and other evidence products produced by the Unit are used to support evidence-based policy and program decision-making.
  • Any emerging priority topics for the Ministries could be the focus of a review or product, as these change over time. Examples include:
    • Health system transformation
    • Integrated care
    • Mental health and addictions
    • Funding models
    • Indigenous health
    • Health equity
    • Patient engagement/partnership
    • Practitioner scope of practice
    • Emergency management (CBRNE)
  • Literature reviews
  • Synthesize and translate evidence into policy and program recommendations
  • Analyze and summarize existing evidence
  • Develop collaborative relationships with researchers
  • Build capacity and knowledge within government
  • Strategize and plan research events
  • Develop user-centric communications to disseminate information to different audiences (for policy briefings, engaging stakeholders)
Either / both
Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit, Research Analysis and Economic Evaluation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care
Emre Yurga
647-300-3895
Ontario
The main goals of the Fellow are to develop collaborations with academics and use advanced economics and/or evaluation techniques to create data driven insights that inform decision-making on priority initiatives for the health system. The Fellow should also share their expertise to build capacity and content knowledge on a health system-related topic within the ministry.
  • Economic modeling
  • Program evaluation
  • Performance measurement
  • Funding models
  • Health system transformation
  • Integrated care
  • Indigenous health
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Patient engagement/partnership
  • And more (priorities vary according to government direction)
  • Analyze and summarize existing evidence
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Undertake complex evaluation and/or economic projects (including costing, modeling, forecasting, program/policy evaluation, impact assessment)
  • Develop collaborative relationships with researchers
  • Build capacity and knowledge within government
  • Translate evidence into policy and program recommendations
  • Develop user-centric communications (including data visualization) to disseminate information to different audiences (for policy briefings, engaging stakeholders)
Either / both
IWK Health Centre
Stacy Burgess
902-470-3961
Nova Scotia
The Children’s Health Program at the IWK is eager to host a HSI fellow to help bridge the evidence-practice/policy gap, develop infrastructure to support evidence-based practice and research, and promote a culture of inquiry where innovation is expected and change is encouraged and embraced. The goals of the CIHR HSI Fellowship align with all 5 pillars of our organization’s strategic aspirations. Priority areas in the Children's Health Program at the IWK Health Centre:
  1. Mapping the evidence on pediatric ambulatory care models - gathering evidence on models of ambulatory care and inform future implementation research.
  2. Using Data to inform practice change
  3. Respite care for children -home and/or facility based
  4. Patient flow improvement from Emergency Department to admission
  5. Transition in care from pediatrics to adult
  6. Implementation of a complex care clinic
  7. Implementation of a Pediatric Sleep Program
Nature of work:
  1. Mapping the evidence on pediatric ambulatory care models - Systemic review, benchmark and high level grant submissions.
  2. Using Data to inform practice change - strategy development, quantitative data analysis, economic evaluation
  3. Respite care for children - focused interviews and maritime scan, policy briefings
  4. Patient flow improvement from Emergency Department - qualitative and quantitative data analysis, impact assessment, stakeholder consultation
  5. Transition in care from pediatrics to adult - strategy development, stakeholder consultation
  6. Implementation of a complex care clinic- literature review, stakeholder engagement, assessment of new models, strategy development.
  7. Implementation of a Pediatric Sleep Program - business proposal, planning and design with a proposed evaluation.
Either / both
IWK Health Centre
Alyson Lamb
902-470-6620
Nova Scotia
To provide a high quality, safe care through clinical standardization across the provinces in preparation for the implementation of a new clinical information system.
  • Development of best practice, evidence informed, provincially adjudicated clinical standards.
  • Develop a knowledge translation framework to measure the success of implementing the clinical standards.
  • Creation of a knowledge portal to facilitate the ongoing adoption of clinical standards.
  • Initial implementation of clinical standards across the province.
  • Translation of key benefit indicators into clinical practice metrics to evaluation to impact of clinical standardization.
The type of work will include environmental scans, facilitating sessions with key stakeholders, literature reviews and program evaluation to determine best practice including evaluation metrics associated with clinical standardization and the associated practice changes. Either / both
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Patrick Clifford
905-895-4521 #2387 - email preferred
Ontario
The Fellow will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to shape our newly emerging Southlake Community Ontario Health Team (SCOHT). The Impact Goal for this fellowship will be to advance the understanding and delivery of community health services through a forward-looking population health strategy and delivery framework that supports an interdisciplinary health team. The Fellow will be largely charged with the development of this strategy and framework. Southlake’s 2019-2013 Strategic Plan mandates: 1 Forging a new path to meet the changing needs of our growing communities: - Pursuing new partnerships to improve access, create capacity and reinvent care - Stewarding resources effectively to be prepared for increased demand 2 Championing a culture of exemplary care and deliver clinical excellence: - Being a leader in enhancing health outcomes with a focus on seniors - Setting the standard in using analytics to maximize quality, outcomes, and efficiency 3 Owning our Role to Improve the System: - With our partners, championing new networks of care - Adopting new ways of working across the continuum to better coordinate care - Igniting change by sharing innovation and expertise to enhance health system quality and efficiency Within this strategic context, Southlake is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities that enhance career prospects and that enable the successful Fellow to have a tangible impact on the health system in Ontario. Working with all SCOHT partners, the Fellow will design a population health framework that captures state-of-the-art models utilizing qualitative/quantitative data analytics to enhance decision-making by: - Conducting jurisdictional scans, assessing available frameworks - Working with stakeholders to identify relevant populations and data sources - Working with Southlake and stakeholders to identify relevant Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and mechanisms to map SDOH to the SCOHT population - Working with Southlake and stakeholders to develop relevant indicators, outcome metrics and cost/benefit metrics along with reporting and visualization strategies - Collaborating with stakeholders on an implementation strategy that enables rapid scaling to a broader population served by the SCOHT including new indicators of population health. - Utilizing superior project management and change management techniques, engaging in interdisciplinary work and networking across a broad array of partners, providing outstanding data analysis, evaluation competencies and critical thinking. Doctoral trainees only
Western Regional Health Authority
Kelli O'Brien
709-784-6540
Newfoundland and Labrador
Western Health provides a continuum of health services to 77,980 residents across a large geographical area. We are interested in partnering with a fellow to study the enablers and barriers to a home first approach and other initiatives designed to promote health aging in place within our rural context. A better understanding will support our strategic priority of enhancing programs and services for older adults. Focus on gathering evidence related to:
  • the enablers and barriers to implementing a home first philosophy across the continuum of care
  • practices to enhance programs and services for older adults
  • engaging patient and families in co-design of programs and services and policy
  • enhancing care transitions for older adults in rural areas
The fellow will engage in:
  • Stakeholder consultation and collaboration including clients, families, clinicians, health system leaders and community partners
  • Environmental scanning, jurisdictional reviews, and evidence reviews
  • Design and application health research, including both quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis
  • Support for planning for implementation/application and evaluation of improvement strategies
  • Dissemination of results: such as report writing, presentations, briefings
Either / both
BC Centre for Disease Control
Dr. Naveed Zafar Janjua
604-707-2514
British Columbia
BCCDC provides health promotion and prevention services, analytical and policy support to government and health authorities, and diagnostic and treatment services to reduce communicable & chronic disease, preventable injury and environmental health risks. Fellows can create impact through working with teams at BCCDC focusing on applied public health research using large integrated datasets that could inform health policy and design of health services to improve health of British Columbians; enhancing population health monitoring and evaluation; knowledge synthesis and application of evidence to inform policies and programs.
  • Big Data and machine learning: Areas of interests and priority in machine learning include big data and prediction modelling; and disease clustering and alerting for action.
  • Population health monitoring
  • Sexually Transmitted and Bloodborne infections including hepatitis, HIV and STIs (See: BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort)
  • Harm Reduction and overdose response
  • Tuberculosis
  • Communicable & Vaccine preventable diseases
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Environmental health
  • Chronic disease prevention, health promotion and surveillance / BC Observatory for Population & Public Health
  • Public health laboratory services. Please visit the Website to see the BCCDC’s comprehensive approaches to public health in British Columbia.
The type of work an awardee could expect to lead/contribute to include: integration and analysis of data; reviewing, assessing, and synthesizing complex research findings from scientific literature, and other lines of evidence, to create knowledge translation documents; research and respond to complex questions and issues related to public health concerns; perform statistical analysis, interpret data, identify significant results, draw conclusions and make recommendations; document findings and publish detailed research reports. Contributing to program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Either / both
Public Health Agency of Canada
Jay Onysko
613-889-8740
Ontario
The goal is to reduce the burden of rare and/or emerging diseases in children and their families by increasing the utility of the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program by finding efficiencies for the program’s data acquisition and client engagement processes.
  • Population and public health
  • Children / vulnerable populations
  • Chronic disease and injury prevention
  • Inter-departmental and inter-governmental collaboration
  • Development of agreements between federal departments, hospitals, as well as federal, provincial, and territorial governments to facilitate data collection and access
  • Development of processes that streamline the development of surveillance studies
  • Assess viable secure online data collection technology
  • Implementation of a plan to increase client engagement
Either / both
North York General Hospital
Romina Ponzielli
416-756-6000 #6340
Ontario
The North York General Hospital (NYGH) vision is to achieve excellence in Patient and Family-Centred Care through learning and innovation. This ideal environment offers fellows to advance their professional and leadership skills, and to engage in experiential learning facilitating successful outcomes. NYGH is part of North York Toronto Health Partners, one of the first Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) recently created, focusing on patient groups with complex and higher needs such as:
  • Frail seniors
  • Patients with mental health and addiction issues
  • End of life patients
Fellows will be part of the NYGH innovation team, which aims to achieve tangible outcomes such as:
  • Seniors primary care, and intensive clinical needs (heart failure, COPD, dementia)
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Virtual primary care, increased access to specialists and allied health and scaling up digital tools
Either / both
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Dr. Naveed Zafar Janjua
604-707-2514
British Columbia
BCCDC provides health promotion and prevention services, analytical and policy support to government and health authorities, and diagnostic and treatment services to reduce communicable & chronic disease, preventable injury and environmental health risks. HSIF Equitable AI Fellows can create impact through working with teams at BCCDC focusing on applied public health research using large integrated datasets that could inform health policy and design of health services to improve the health of British Columbians; enhancing population health monitoring and evaluation; knowledge synthesis and application of evidence to inform policies and programs. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details. The BCCDC programs areas and priorities include:
  • Big Data and machine learning: application of machine learning in public health including prediction modelling; disease clustering and alerting for public health action.
  • Population health monitoring
  • Sexually Transmitted and Bloodborne infections including hepatitis, HIV and STIs (See: BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort)
  • Harm Reduction and overdose response
  • Tuberculosis
  • Communicable & Vaccine preventable diseases
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Environmental health
  • Chronic disease prevention, health promotion and surveillance / BC Observatory for Population & Public Health
  • Public health laboratory services.

Please visit the Website to see the BCCDC’s comprehensive approaches to public health in British Columbia. The HSIF Equitable AI fellow hosted at BCCDC will apply AI methods to address public health challenges affecting populations in Canada. The fellow will collaborate alongside a cohort of Equitable AI fellows across federal and provincial public health agencies to build AI capacity in public health research and practice. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details.

The type of work an HSIF Equitable AI fellow could expect to lead/contribute to include: integration and analysis of data; reviewing, assessing, and synthesizing complex research findings from scientific literature, and other lines of evidence, to create knowledge translation documents; research and respond to complex questions and issues related to public health concerns; perform statistical analysis, interpret data, identify significant results, draw conclusions and make recommendations; document findings and publish detailed research reports. Contributing to program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details. Either / both
Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
Josiane Loiselle-Boudreau et Gilles Paradis
514-864-1600 #3756 (Josiane Loiselle-Boudreau) / 514-864-1600 #3622 (Gilles Paradis)
Quebec
L’Institut a pour mission de développer la connaissance et contribuer à la surveillance de l’état de santé de la population et de ses déterminants. Tel qu’annoncé dans son plan stratégique 2019-2022, l’Institut souhaite investir dans le secteur de l’intelligence artificielle qui offre de multiples possibilités applicables à la santé publique.
  • Toxicologie et santé environnementale
  • Aide à la décision pour le diagnostic d’infections en génomique clinique
  • Surveillance de la polypharmacie chez les aînés
  • Surveillance de l’usage des antibiotiques
  • Applications de l’IA à la santé publique
  • Trajectoires de soins et maladies chroniques
  • Méthodes de surveillance;
Le ou la titulaire d’une BAISS – volet IA équitable à l’Institut mettra en application les méthodes d’IA pour s’attaquer aux problèmes de santé publique touchant les diverses populations du Canada. La personne collaborera avec une cohorte de titulaires d’une BAISS – volet IA équitable œuvrant dans des organismes fédéraux et provinciaux de santé publique afin de développer les capacités en IA pour la recherche et la pratique dans le domaine de la santé publique. Voir le volet IA équitable des BAISS pour plus de détails.
  • Aptitudes d’apprentissage (Machine learning)
  • Aide à la décision
  • Analyse de données quantitatives ou qualitatives
  • Surveillance en santé (usage des médicaments)
  • Analyse du contexte
  • Élaboration de stratégies
  • etc.
Voir le volet IA équitable des BAISS pour plus de détails.
Either / both
Public Health Ontario
Nancy Ondrusek
647-260-7505
Ontario
Fellows can achieve impact working with PHO teams to provide scientific and technical advice and support to clients working in government, public health, and related health sectors to protect and promote health and contribute to reducing health inequities. There are opportunities for Fellows across PHO, plus one HSIF Equitable AI fellow will be supported to apply AI methods to address a public health challenge and help to build AI capacities in public health research and practice. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details. PHO will provide opportunities to work in the following priority areas: 1. Examining experience with the opioid crisis from the perspective of the three provincial public health agencies located in Ontario, BC and Quebec. 2. Building methodologies and data linkages to enable syndemics-based provincial surveillance and analysis of communicable diseases. 3. Using Natural Language Processing to enable use of the Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS) database for provincial level assessment of antimicrobial resistance and related outcomes. The HSIF Equitable AI fellow hosted at PHO will apply AI methods to address public health challenges affecting populations in Canada. The fellow will collaborate alongside a cohort of Equitable AI fellows across federal and provincial public health agencies to build AI capacity in public health research and practice. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details. PHO provides scientific evidence and expert guidance that informs policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. Fellow activities may include:
  • contributing to strategic development of priority areas;
  • quantitative or qualitative analysis;
  • predictive modelling;
  • evaluation and risk assessment;
  • interpreting results, knowledge synthesis and dissemination to a variety of audiences;
  • HSIF Equitable AI Fellows will employ advanced AI methods to address challenges associated with antimicrobial resistance.
See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details.
Post-doctoral fellows only
Public Health Risk Sciences Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada
Rita Finley
613-297-5987
Ontario
PHAC is creating and enhancing public health intelligence systems for health threats using advanced epidemiological analyses and geospatial modelling to synthesise lab, environmental, animal, and human population data, as well as Earth Observation (EO) imagery. HSIF Equitable AI fellows will work with multi-disciplinary teams to develop approaches detecting and assessing infectious disease threats. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details. Possible locations for the fellowship include: Saint-Hyacinthe or Montreal, QC; Winnipeg, MB; or Ottawa, ON
  • Enhancing event-based surveillance systems in collaboration with PHAC’s GPHIN and the WHO’s EIOS initiative;
  • Development of decision support tools for surveillance and management of infectious diseases threats at federal and provincial levels;
  • Investigate applications of machine learning (ML) and –omics for the study and control of infectious disease. The HSIF Equitable AI fellow hosted at PHAC will apply AI methods to address public health challenges affecting populations in Canada. The fellow will collaborate alongside a cohort of Equitable AI fellows across federal and provincial public health agencies to build AI capacity in public health research and practice. See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details.
  • Big data research for EO and health data (e.g. Natural Language Processing, ML);
  • Communication of model and system outputs to stakeholders (e.g. dashboards);
  • Automated risk assessments (e.g. synthesis of qualitative and quantitative data);
  • ML and data analytics for applications in CIDTs, AMR prediction, risk association, source attribution, and outbreak detection.

See HSIF Equitable AI Stream for more details.

Either / both
Canadian Red Cross
Dr. Salim Sohani
613-740-1807
Ontario
Enhance quality of health care delivered by Red Cross to the most vulnerable people in humanitarian context. Capacity building of program implementation team through generating quality scientific evidence. Population health, Sexual and reproductive health, Maternal, child and adolescent health, Health in emergencies, Epidemic/Pandemic preparedness and response, Health in fragile context Experiential, technical and analytical learning focused on delivering health interventions in acute emergencies and fragile context globally, Policy analysis, literature reviews, data analysis, documentation of the outcomes, economic evaluations Either / both
BlueDot
Alexander Watts
647-466-7739
Ontario
BlueDot is a world leader in epidemic risk analytics and communication. We design and develop software tools to empower individuals, governments, and organizations to make better decisions to reduce the risks of infectious diseases. We will need support for the evaluation and improvement of the Global Early Warning system as a means of identifying disease outbreaks of concern and predict the risk of spread around the globe in order to provide insight to clients and as input into products offered by BlueDot. The fellow's work will improve disease surveillance capabilities by developing models that automatically evaluate our internal predictions of local and global disease spread based on ongoing event-based surveillance data ingestion. - quantitative data analysis (statistical modeling, validation, calibration) - machine learning and AI - data engineering Post-doctoral fellows only
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Mari Teitelbaum
613-737-7600 x2662
Ontario
CHEO is a pediatric academic health sciences centre. As an organization committed to using data/machine learning/artificial intelligence to improve outcomes and efficiency, we are looking for health scientists to help us deliver on the investment we have made in Epic and Lean. Various initiatives at CHEO would benefit from expertise:
  • Integrated care delivery systems (OHTs)
  • Reducing wait times & improving patient flow
  • Case costing
  • top 10 opportunities to improve hospital efficiency or outcomes.
  • patient partnership
  • improved pathways for Mental Health & Addictions
  • Data governance
  • Data science/machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • integrated health system modelling
  • implementation science
  • program evaluation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • queueing theory
Either / both
Health Standards Organization
Kaye Phillips
613-793-5637
Ontario
Health Standards Organization (HSO) is a global non-for profit, that develops and delivers world-class, evidence-based standards, innovative assessment programs, and quality improvement solutions to enable health and social service providers in Canada and around the world to achieve quality health and social services for all. HSO places people, families and community members at the heart of our design and operations.
  • Safe & Reliable Care and Services
  • Person-centered Care
  • Integrated Health & Social Services
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Outcomes, Systems Learning & Data Insights
  • Stakeholder engagement & consultation
  • Environment scanning and policy briefs
  • Qualitative & quantitative data analysis and report writing
  • Program evaluation and assessment
Either / both
Ontario Hospital Association
Elizabeth Carlton
416-205-1385
Ontario
Through our thought leadership mandate in our 2018-21 Strategic Plan, the OHA is committed to becoming a leader in the health policy dialogue by generating and sharing ideas that will improve the system. This includes working with other system stakeholders to strengthen evidence-based decision making in topic areas such as, but not limited to, health system planning (e.g. integrated care), and health system performance. The HSIF leadership and research expertise would help support this mandate.
  • Integrated Care
  • Workplace Health
  • Upstream Health
  • Hospitals and Healthy Communities
  • Health System Performance
  • Health System Funding
  • Implementation of Quality Standards (Hospital and Community Settings)
  • Jurisdictional Scans and Literature Review
  • Policy Development, Analyses and Briefings
  • Statistical Analyses (qualitative and quantitative; includes health econometric analyses)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and semi-structured interviews with stakeholders
Either / both
Alberta Health Services
Tracy Wasylak
403-943-1256
Alberta
Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs) as, engines of innovation for our Alberta’s health system, focus on partnerships, engagement, research and working with patients, clinical experts, front-line workers, research teams, communities, and policy makers to achieve a high-performing health system. Our goal is to implement an Alberta Pain Strategy across the province exploring opportunities to integrate both research and educational strategies to improve outcomes for those with acute and chronic pain across the lifecycle. Pain is the priority area of focus for the fellowship (see type of work for additional details)
  • Validating the Alberta Pain Strategy with Health System Operations, Academic Partners, Community providers and patients and families
  • Creating a full business case for priority areas within the Acute, Chronic and Opioid Working groups focused on identified gaps and evidence informed solutions
  • Support research in the area of addictions and pain across the lifespan
  • Support systematic review of the role of cannabis in treatment of pain across the lifespan
  • Help create a white paper on the role of education for clinicians as a means of improving training within the academic centers in Alberta
Post-doctoral fellows only
Deloitte
Dr. Shanil Ebrahim
416-775-7128
Ontario
Fellows will have the opportunity to work within the healthcare AI practice in Omnia AI at Deloitte that specialize in healthcare AI, health strategy, and health data analytics & modernization to advance our strategic goal to assist players and partners in the healthcare system evolve in their mission. To advance the strategic goal, Deloitte seeks to:
  • Develop creative analytical and AI strategies to help clients mobilize on their AI journey
  • Implement AI and analytical assets to solve specific client-related business problems
  • Influence the transformation of the healthcare system. Deloitte has worked with the most eminent health systems, healthcare delivery, clinical research and academic health care organizations in Canada, the US, and globally. Fellows in the program will thus be offered a rich breadth and depth of opportunities which will provide tremendous benefits as fellows progress in their careers.
  • Strategic advisory (strategic planning, visioning, transition planning) for healthcare organizations
  • Generation of value from organization’s data and information
  • Development of AI and analytical assets to solve specific client problems
  • Assisting organizations in their challenges in realizing the full potential of communicating health system performance
  • Assessing the effectiveness of therapies, programs and practices across the health system
  • Evolving and integrating funding models
  • Thought leadership including external scans, research on leading health practices, innovative technological solutions and interactive stakeholder engagement
The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: AI strategy development; machine learning and AI-enabled solutions; environmental scanning of health systems; evaluation of programs, therapies or policies; analysis and modelling of healthcare data; economic analyses; development of reports for clients; and participating in meetings with internal and external clients. Post-doctoral fellows only
BC Academic Health Sciences Network (BCAHSN) and Canadian Health Services Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA)
Dr. Stirling Bryan,
President, BC AHSN
Dr. Diane Finegood,
Executive Director, CHSPRA
778-782-9101
British Columbia
To advance conceptual thinking around learning health systems in a Canadian context, and to support implementation of such systems in Canada, through evidence-informed improvement. Both the BC AHSN and CHSPRA are interested in advancing our understanding and implementation of learning health systems using a complex systems lens, in the province of British Columbia and across Canada. Early in 2020, BC AHSN will be launching a new operating unit in Learning Health Systems, with dedicated staff and budget, and this Fellow will be housed within the new BC AHSN Unit. In 2020 CHSPRA will be collaborating with CAHSPR on a new model to support learning health systems at the national level. By being positioned in both BC AHSN and CHSPRA, this Health System Impact Fellowship will have multiple opportunities to develop our understanding and support the implementation of learning health systems at different scales, between levels, and across organizations and sectors. BC AHSN and CHSPRA are relatively new organizations both working towards a sustainable future structure and governance. They work in the space between our largely separate health and learning systems. The Fellow will support development of new projects and contribute to current projects and partnerships that advance learning health systems in BC and in Canada more broadly. Examples of emerging BC AHSN-supported learning health systems in BC, to which the Fellow will make an important contribution, include the BC Emergency Medicine Network and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. CHSPRA has a focus on training modernization, impact assessment and a deeper understanding of learning health systems. The types of work the Fellow will take forward include:
  • Organizational development
  • Strategy development
  • Project management
  • Research, evaluation and quality improvement
Post-doctoral fellows only

Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA)
Dr Jonathan Lai
438-338-9442
Ontario

In Fall 2019, the federal government announced a commitment to develop a National Autism Strategy under the mandate of the Minster of Health and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. The impact goal for this fellowship would be to support CASDA's partnership with the federal Ministry of Health as this government develops a National Autism Strategy through policy development and analysis with stakeholders. CASDA's strategic plan (2020-2023) outlines efforts to engage our member organizations through building a collective impact structure, and influencing federal policy and pan-Canadian projects through working with our partners in government, policy consultants, and other civil society organizations. For example, see the five priority areas for policy development outlined in the Blueprint for a National ASD Strategy [ PDF (399 KB) - external link ] The HSI Fellow would primarily undertake the following: - policy review, analysis, and briefings - stakeholder consultation and qualitative methodologies with member organizations - environmental scanning and strategic planning. As CASDA is a small and agile organization that represents many organizations under its umbrella, the fellow may facilitate working groups of autism leaders across the country and have opportunities to develop and present reports to the Board of Directors. As a virtual organization, location is flexible (Toronto preferred). There will also be plenty of opportunities to develop the core competencies outlined in the HSIF Training Modernization Initiative working with Dr Jonathan Lai, Director of Strategy and Operations and a former HSI Fellow. Either / both

Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research, Maternal, Child and Youth Health Division
Jay Onysko
613-889-8740

The goal is to reduce the burden of childhood cancer in Canada by: linking existing surveillance and research databases to allow for the discovery of relationships between treatments and long-term outcomes/late effects; and, making linked data available to researchers seeking to improve the treatment and outcomes of children with cancer.
  • Population and public health
  • Children / vulnerable populations
  • Cancer control and prevention of late effects from disease and treatment
  • Inter-departmental and inter-governmental collaboration
  • Development of agreements between federal departments and federal, provincial, and territorial governments to facilitate data linkage
  • Support for the documentation of the data linkage process
  • Analyses of linked data to demonstrate their utility
  • Development of publications to promote the availability and future use of linked data
Either / both

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (Provincial Government)
Kimberley Guidoriagao
250-889-0987

In alignment with the overarching mission and impact goals, the following priority areas have been designated as options for this fellowship competition:
  • Overdose emergency response in BC
  • Policy and planning for mental health and addictions, including a focus on children and youth, Indigenous populations, early intervention and prevention
  • Mental health and addictions research, monitoring and policy evaluation
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Service Plan (2019/20-2021/22) supports the BC Government's goal to deliver the services people count on. To this end, the ministry's two goals are to: 1. Deliver an immediate, escalated response to the opioid overdose public health emergency that keeps people safe and improves the health and well-being of British Columbians; and 2. Create a seamless, accessible and culturally safe mental health and addictions system of care The successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to focus on health system innovations within one of the priority areas listed above and on-going ministry initiatives that require planning, strategy development, policy analysis, stakeholder consultations, jurisdictional reviews/environmental scanning, program/service evaluation and data analysis (qualitative and quantitative). Either / both
Ontario Medical Association
James Wright
416-340-2942
Ontario
The OMA is building its thought leadership mandate in the health policy dialogue by generating ideas and working with system stakeholders to inform health system policy on issues including (though not limited to) integrated care, provider burnout, quality improvement, primary care, among many other issues. The HSIF leadership and research expertise would help support this mandate.
  • New models of care (e.g. integrated care models, virtual care,governance & leadership)
  • Primary care
  • Provider burnout
  • Quality improvement
  • Regulatory reform
  • Mental health and addiction
  • Digital health
  • Physician engagement
  • Physician human resources
  • Comparative health system performance
  • Policy Development, analyses, and briefings
  • Health economic analyses
  • Surveys
  • Stakeholder consultation and collaboration
  • Literature and jurisdictional scans
  • Knowledge translation
  • Implementation
Either / both
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Dr. Sara Urowitz
416-619-5569
Ontario
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. Refreshed for 2019-2029, the Strategy is a 10-year roadmap to improve equity in the cancer system and to deliver world-class cancer care, while focusing on a sustainability. Research is a key enabler. Development of a framework for cancer-related health services research that will address gap areas that will, ultimately, help advance the current state of cancer care delivery in ways consistent with the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. Identification of relevant literature and initiatives/programs/projects/systems relevant to the cancer health services research context - Engagement of stakeholders, including health services researchers, cancer care service providers, and persons affected by cancer - Online surveys and/or key informant interviews as necessary Doctoral trainees only
Myant Inc.
Milad Alizadeh-Meghrazi
416-423-7906
Ontario
At Myant we are helping develop the future of IOT in the realm of connected wearables and textiles. Through our Textile Computing platform, we aim to deliver a continuous sensing and actuation modality for users. This platform can empower users to better manage their own health care needs, receive therapy outside of a health care center and ultimately prevent/reduce disease states or their potential impact. Across all engineering disciplines, electrical (hardware, firmware), mechanical (design, simulations, ergonomics), materials/chemical. (yarns and fibers developments), data science (signal processing, machine learning, big data). Physical sciences disciplines, physiotherapy, kinesiology, medical sciences, etc. Textile and form factor design disciplines, in fashion, product design, etc. Research and development in a variety of fields relating to biomedical engineering sensor development, assessment and verification. As well, translation of tried and tested therapeutic procedures to a textile medium. Either / both
Jack.org
Ellie Avishai
647-241-3659
Ontario
Jack.org is Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory. Through Do Something, Jack Talks, Jack Chapters, and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. And through ambitious innovations in youth mental health like Be There, we give people the mental health resources they need to educate themselves. We're working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A Canada without shame, where all those who need support get the help they deserve. Jack.org's programs are guided by youth feedback and delivered by 3000 young leaders and advocates who are working to improve youth mental health in their communities across every province and territory in Canada. As a growing organization, our impact strategy is central to how we design and develop our programs, as well as how we translate that learning on the national stage. Priority areas for this fellowship would include:
  • Effectiveness of youth-led education and advocacy work and its impact on both individuals and communities
  • Systems-level, youth-informed analysis of mental health services at post-secondary institutions across Canada
  • Developing innovative approaches to gather general population data related to youth mental health
Successful fellows will have opportunities to lead innovation through:
  • Developing and streamlining quantitative and qualitative data gathering strategies
  • Program evaluation focused on individual and community impact
  • Building an evidence base of youth perceptions, experiences, and needs related to mental health Knowledge translation that highlights the youth perspective to health-care professionals and government decision-makers
  • Engaging in environmental scans, literature reviews and/or data analysis of existing work relating to policies and practices in mental health service delivery
Either / both
Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Peter Vann
604-682-2344 #66988
British Columbia
The CGSHE's vision is to advance gender and health equity by driving collaborative and cutting-edge research, evidence-based policy and clinical/community practice. The CGSHE’s mission is to provide leadership in gender and sexual health equity in BC, Canada and globally, through rigorous community-engaged research that meets the highest scientific and ethical standards; evidence-based policy development; and fostering the implementation of innovative, patient-centred clinical and community practices through guidelines and education. Strategic priorities span across the following three pillars:
  1. generating rigorous community-engaged research that meets the highest scientific and ethical standards;
  2. informing evidence-based policy development;
  3. fostering innovative, patient-centred clinical care and community-based programmes.

Key areas of focus include:

  • sexual and reproductive healthcare
  • sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections
  • gender-based violence
  • health equity for marginalized populations, including sex workers, women living with HIV, im/migrant and newcomer communities, sexual and gender minorities, and youth

Methodological areas of focus include:

  • community-engaged and participatory action research
  • qualitative, epidemiological, and mixed-methods research
  • policy and guidelines development
  • arts-based methods
Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in data collection, analysis, and/or knowledge translation and exchange activities for current CGSHE projects focused on sexual and gender equity research. These include community-based cohorts, epidemiological studies, qualitative research, and mixed-methods studies focused on topics including: sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, and healthcare access amongst marginalized women (e.g., sex workers, women living with HIV, im/migrant women) and sexual/gender minorities. More information on current CGSHE projects can be found at: Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity Either / both
Genome British Columbia
George Poulakidas
Vancouver, British Columbia
778-938-4540
Genome BC, a non-profit research organization, leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the adoption of genomics into society. We invest in research, facilitate innovation and drive the responsible uptake of genomics applications through expert services and societal engagement. Our impact goal is to apply the power of genomics to better the lives of British Columbians and all Canadians through a high performing health care system. In consultation with diverse BC stakeholders, Genome BC has identified four cross-cutting areas serving as barriers to the uptake of genomics in health care:
  • Education: Genome BC recognizes the need in our health care sector for providing formal and informal training to health care providers involved in the patient journey. We are well positioned to facilitate the development of tools to support health care providers in their daily practice, to demonstrate the role that genomics plays in their health and daily life and to engage in outreach efforts.
  • Big Data: Genomics related disciplines generate an enormous amount of data which are challenging to integrate, aggregate, harmonize, and share. Data often sit in silos, stored within the confines of research institutions and laboratories. Genome BC is positioned to help lead this process and broker governance and policy support to ensure effective, secure and appropriate use of data.
  • Capacity: Developing the infrastructure needed to enable the broad application of genomics technology also warrants extensive consideration. Such infrastructure includes data, biobanks, sequencing infrastructure, assay development, decision making tools, and highly qualified personnel (HQP) to interpret research findings and incorporate into the standard delivery of care. Genome BC can assist key stakeholders in BC to capitalize on this timely opportunity and envision the dissemination of genomic test results.
  • Access: A broad variety of issues needs to be addressed for the successful implementation of precision health care, including the need for: harmonization of delivery mechanisms of genomic/genetic information such as policy development and economic evaluations; streamlining the evaluation and cost-benefit analysis process for genomics-derived tools; better coordinated informed consent and ethics approval pipelines between research institutions and hospitals; and regulations regarding patient privacy as advances in precision health care and machine learning can significantly increase our predictive abilities. Genome BC aspires to be the change agent that will assist the health system in the adoption of precision health.
The HSI Fellow would contribute to one or more of the priority areas and GBC will provide opportunities and mentorship. The Fellow would be able to lead/contribute to the development of initiatives through:
  • Conducting original research
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Evaluating existing and creating new tools
  • Reviewing and suggesting policy and regulatory mechanisms that address issues in the four priority areas.
Either/Both
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ontario
Karen Roberts
613-697-8386
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s mandate is to promote health, prevent diseases and injuries, and prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. This includes conducting public health surveillance to inform public health action, policies and programs. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer recently profiled "designing healthy living" as the topic of her annual report because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives. It notes “Unravelling the complexity of the impact of the built environment on population health lies in precision public health, which uses data to guide interventions to benefit populations more effectively.” The Behaviours, Environments and Lifespan Division (BELD) is responsible for the surveillance of health-related behaviours, including physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep, within the context of health promotion. A recent focus of this effort has involved working to identify and measure indicators of the built environment. Priority areas of interest include measurement and analysis of information on built environment-related factors in the context of physical activity promotion and sedentary behaviour reduction:
  • active transportation infrastructure, measures of walkability and access to parks and recreation facilities
  • satellite imagery, geographic information systems and machine learning
This work will benefit from the application of doctoral/post-doctoral skills in measurement and survey design, systematic reviews, geographic information systems, and statistical modelling. The work would include discussions, negotiations and relationship building with end users and data holders including municipal governments, provincial and federal government departments and non-governmental organizations. Either / both
Alberta Health Services, Community Outpatient and Specialized Rehabilitation
Alberta
Elaine Finseth, Associate Chief Allied Health Officer
Lisa.warner@ahs.ca
403-700-8307
Alberta Health Services is committed to delivery high quality and effective health care. The Quadruple Aim is one approach adopted in AHS that is focused on improving patient and family experiences, improving patient and population health outcomes, improving the experience and safety of our people, and improving the financial health and value for money. In 2017, a Rehabilitation Model of Care was implemented in Community Outpatient and Specialized Rehabilitation Services. The model guides service planning and provides standardized elements to reinforce consistent, accessible, appropriate, effective, efficient and safe rehabilitation experiences and outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Patient, Family and Community outcomes is one of five elements of the Rehabilitation Model of Care. Tracking and monitoring of patient reported outcome and experience measures will support improvements at the individual, service and system level. Alberta Health Services has worked closely with the Alberta PROMs and EQ-5D Research & Support Unit (APERSU) at the University of Alberta on the implementation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in Community Outpatient and Specialized Rehabilitation across Alberta. The fellowship will focus on the analysis, reporting, translation and dissemination of outcome and experience data in adult and pediatric patient populations. The fellow would be involved in a number of activities including:
  • Liaising with AHS Community Outpatient and Specialized Rehabilitation provincial leads.
  • Analyzing, interpreting and reporting patient-reported outcome and experience measures (PROMs and PREMs) data alongside other outcome measures to evaluate rehabilitation services across sites, teams, and zones within Alberta.
  • Conducting investigations and developing reports on administrative databases focusing on healthcare utilization. 
  • Developing analytical plan to evaluate the impact of rehabilitation services on healthcare utilization and implications on cost.
  • Identify innovative solutions to advance micro level data used by clinicians and patients.
  • Exploring and implementing methods to translate PROM and PREM data back to patients and families.
Post-doctoral fellows only
The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre
Ontario
Jake Tran
416-925-2251 #295
The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) is a mission of The Salvation that provides care for individuals with multifaceted chronic diseases who require Complex Continuing Care, Post-Acute Care Rehabilitation and Palliative Care. Through participating in care analysis and transition planning, the fellow will support the organization's goal of minimizing alternate level of care for key population of seniors through innovative community care approach. Key priorities for the organization include:
  • Provide evidence to support innovate program design
  • Generate evidence of effectiveness using integrated program data
  • Performance measurement
  • Support policy and program management decision using high quality research
The nature of the work includes:
  • Data collection tool design and deployment.
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Research design
  • Cost analysis
Doctoral trainees only
Date modified: