2023 Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research

Recognizing and supporting research excellence among Canadian Senior-Career Investigators working within Health Services and Policy Research

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Stinson is the recipient of the 2023 Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research.

The Barer-Flood Prize is named in honour of the leadership, vision and innovative contributions of the first two Scientific Directors of CIHR-IHSPR, Drs. Morris Barer and Colleen Flood. In their roles as Scientific Directors, Dr. Barer and Dr. Flood made tremendous contributions towards advancing the field of health services and policy research in Canada, building a community of world-class researchers, and designing innovative new programs that foster evidence-informed decision making and improved health and health care for Canadians.

In 2022, the Barer-Flood Prize was adapted to recognize and support research excellence among Canadian Senior-Career Investigator and awarded to the highest ranking Senior-Career Investigator in CIHR’s Project Grant competition who identifies as a woman and is working within the mandate of IHSPR. This prize is a supplemental grant to support research and/or knowledge mobilization.

In recognizing and supporting research excellence, IHSPR Career Awards are a key strategy to help advance IHSPR’s 2021-26 Strategic Plan: Accelerate Health Care System Transformation through Research to Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Health Equity for All and CIHR’s 2021-31 Strategic Plan: A Vision for a Healthier Future.

About the Recipient

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

Dr. Jennifer Stinson is the Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) research program, within the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She is also a Nurse Practitioner in the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids and a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Department of Pediatric Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She leads the iOUCH lab which seeks to improve health outcomes in children and youth with painful chronic conditions using digital health therapeutics.

Dr. Stinson’s CIHR-awarded research is focused on national implementation of an evidence-based digital therapeutic (iCanCope mobile app) for youth with sickle cell disease. By applying rigorous methods (e.g., Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research; Proctor’s outcomes) to optimize the implementation of this innovation, Dr. Stinson and her team will begin to address care disparities and improve health equity for this vulnerable group. Their work is thus closely aligned with the IHSPR priority to “strengthen capacity for solution-oriented research and evidence-informed health care system transformation”.

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