Best Brains Exchanges 2020

Best Brains Exchanges (BBEs) are in-camera sessions. As a result, not all Best Brains Exchange topics and presenters are listed here. The following information is being shared with consent.

For more information on any of the past Best Brains Exchanges listed below please contact BBE-EMC@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

November

  • Innovations in Virtual Care for Mental Health and Substance Use

    Hosted in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, British Columbia Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

    The purpose of this Best Brains Exchange (BBE) was to bring together Provincial policy and decision makers, researchers and implementation experts, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders to gain an understanding of how virtual care can meet the unique and evolving mental health and substance use (MHSU) service needs of British Columbia’s diverse population during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the BBE was to identify how best to identify and scale up virtual MHSU interventions in the province of BC.

September/October

  • Transmission Routes for COVID-19 – Implications for Public Health

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    The purpose of this Best Brains Exchange (BBE) was to provide an opportunity for policy makers, researchers, implementation experts, and other key partners in public health, epidemiology, virology, infection prevention and control, occupational health and safety and engineering, to share knowledge related to transmission routes for COVID-19, with specific interest in the best available evidence related to the risk of airborne/aerosol transmission of COVID-19.

    CIHR-PHAC-CADTH – Best Brains Exchange – Transmission Routes for COVID-19: Implications for Public Health

July

  • Strengthening the Structural Determinants of Health Post-COVID-19

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    The purpose of this Best Brains Exchange (BBE) was to bring together Federal, Provincial and Territorial policy and decision makers, researchers and implementation experts, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders to inform the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada’s (CPHO) 2020 Annual Report on COVID-19. The aim of the BBE was to better understand the intersectional COVID-19 impacts on the health and well-being of priority groups in Canada to inform the design of protective strategies moving forward.

    Chief Public Health Officer of Canada’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2020 - From risk to resilience: an equity approach to COVID-19

March

February

  • Measuring institutional stigma related to substance use within Canadian health systems

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

    The Best Brains Exchange (BBE) brought together policy actors with researchers to engage in a focused dialogue on questions related to best practices for the measurement of structural stigma in health systems and to foster shared understanding and partnership between stakeholders to support progress on this issue.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

  • Mental Health Outcomes and Impact Assessment

    Hosted in collaboration with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

    The Best Brains Exchange (BBE) provided an opportunity for researchers and impact assessment practitioners to share knowledge and best practices related to the assessment of mental health outcomes in the assessment of major environmental projects.

    The Best Brains Exchange Meeting Report is available: Mental Health Outcomes and Impact Assessment [ PDF (749 KB) - external link ].

January

  • Towards a Comprehensive Provincial Pain Management Strategy for Nova Scotia

    Hosted in collaboration with Research Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Institute of Work (IWK) and Health Centre, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and Solutions for Kids in Pain.

    The Best Brains Exchange (BBE) provided an opportunity for researchers, implementation experts, policy makers, health professionals and other key stakeholders (including patient partners) to support the development of a comprehensive pain management strategy for the province of Nova Scotia.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

  • Health Inequalities Among Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canada: Current Data and Evidence for Promising Interventions

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics, Statistics Canada, the LGBTQ2 Secretariat at the Privy Council Office, Women and Gender Equality Canada, and the Institute of Gender & Health, CIHR.

    The Best Brains Exchange (BBE) aimed to bring together policy actors from multiple departments with researchers to engage in a focused dialogue on knowledge, challenges and opportunities for coordinated action and facilitate a cross-department coordination and/or collaboration approach in addressing health equity for SGM in Canada.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

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