Announcing 2019 Program for NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums


On behalf of the Nova Scotia Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (NS IHRIS) Network Steering Committee, we are excited to announce the program of activities for the upcoming Stakeholder Forums and MSSU Bridge Events.


Overview

Establishing an effective Health Research and Innovation Strategy in Nova Scotia requires a full range of perspectives from partners and stakeholders across the province. Our goal is to welcome members of the Health Research Community to share the best perspectives, ideas, and aspirations.

Program

November 12, 2019: Central Zone: 7:45 AM – 12 PM

6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

McInnes Room, Dalhousie Student Union Building

Specific times subject to change

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7:45 AM: Registration & Breakfast

8:15 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
IHRIS Progress to Date
MSSU Update
Industry and Research Engagement

10:00 AM: Refreshment Break

10:30 AM: Featured Collaborative Health Research Presentation

10:50 AM: Facilitated Breakout Sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Changes needed to address key priorities in NS Health Research and Innovation Ecosystem
  • Greatest opportunities to be harnessed in the development of a health research and innovation strategy

11:25 AM: Report Back on Breakout Sessions

11:45 AM: Closing Remarks

12:00 PM: Adjourn

November 14, 2019: Eastern Zone: 8 AM – 4 PM (Multi-Purpose Room, Cape Breton University)

Specific times subject to change

MSSU Bridge Event 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The MSSU is bringing together researchers, decision-makers, and patients who will convene at the Bridge Event to engage in facilitated group discussions on the priority topics listed below. The teams will work together to identify knowledge gaps and potential solutions to address the issue(s). The aim of the discussion is to narrow the focus, identify a key research question(s), and to create an action plan that will support the creation and implementation of a solution for the priority issues. 

MSSU Bridge Event Priority Topics

  • How do we improve rural healthcare delivery in Cape Breton?
  • What steps can be taken to ensure inclusion of Mi’kmaq voice and to create culturally safe environments and practices within various levels of our health care system?
  • How does poverty affect/impede delivery of hospital, and community-based programs?
  • What are the needs (social and support resources) for older adults receiving home care, and for individuals supporting home care residents?
  • How does Nova Scotia best harness the assets of its extensive post-secondary educational system to improve regional health outcomes?

If you have experience in one of these topics, you can help to shape future research in this area by registering here

NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum 12:45 PM- 4:00 PM

12:45 PM: Registration

1:00 PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
IHRIS Progress to Date
MSSU Update
Industry and Research Engagement

2:30 PM: Refreshment Break

2:45 PM: Featured Collaborative Research Presentation

3:15 PM: Facilitated Breakout Sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Changes needed to address key priorities in NS Health Research and Innovation Ecosystem
  • Greatest opportunities to be harnessed in the development of a health research and innovation strategy

3:45 PM: Report Back on Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM: Adjourn


Please click here to register for the IHRIS Stakeholder Forums and MSSU Bridge Events.

NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums and MSSU Bridge Events

SAVE THE DATE:

NOVA SCOTIA

NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums and MSSU Bridge Events take place November 12, 2019 & November 14, 2019

NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums

Participants are invited to provide insight, along with their ideas and aspirations, on:

  • Key priorities and areas of focus of NS IHRIS
  • The changes needed to address key priorities in the NS health research and innovation ecosystem

MSSU NS Bridge Events

The MSSU is an enabler of collaborative health research initiatives and will be a critical support for IHRIS Network activities.  The MSSU Bridge Events were established as a mechanism to bring together health policy decision makers, health care professionals, researchers, and patients and caregivers to create and implement solutions for priority health issues.

Dates & Locations:

  • Tuesday, November 12 (Central NS) 8 am-1 pm – Dalhousie University, McInnis Room (NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum only – no MSSU NS Bridge Event) co-hosted by multiple IHRIS partners in metro
  • Thursday, November 14 (Eastern NS) 8 am -5 pm – Cape Breton University, Multi-purpose room (Joint MSSU NS Bridge Event 8 am – 12 and NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum 1-5 pm) being hosted by CBU, St. FXU and MSSU
  • Spring 2020 (Western NS) 8 am-4 pm – Acadia University (Joint NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum and MSSU NS Bridge Event)

Registration & Information:

Please click here to register for the IHRIS Stakeholder Forums or to be informed of the MSSU NS Bridge event topics. 

IHRIS Stakeholder Forum program details will be distributed to registrants in mid-October. For additional information please email IHRIS-Bridge@nshealth.ca

Updates

June 7, 2019 – Key Highlights to date

  • Mobilization of representatives of 10 organizations from across the province
  • Network vision, Terms of Reference, and Core Functions established
  • Identification of  Strategic Priorities
  • Working groups established
  • IHRIS announcement released to the research community
  • IHIRIS panel presentation at Healthy Living, Healthy Life Conference
  • DataNS and HealthOPS projects launched
  • Permanent project manager identified
  • Began drafting a Project Plan and Communications Plan
  • Planning for inaugural NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum for Fall 2019

 October 10, 2018 –  IHRIS Steering Committee Meeting

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the IHRIS Steering Committee held its regular monthly meeting. Dr. Alice Aiken chaired the meeting, which was attended by Dalhousie’s Deans of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, as well as representatives from the IWK, the Department of Business, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, Halifax Partnership, Medavie Health Services, Saint Mary’s University and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.

During this meeting, the Project Manager shared a quarterly report from the Project Management Team (PMT). Some key PMT activities included developing a knowledge transfer / evaluation-based demonstration project, engaging patients and citizens in a Bridge event, distributing information about IHRIS to the Research community, launching the IHRIS website and participating in the IHRIS breakfast panel at the Healthy Living Healthy Life conference.

The Research Assets, Interoperability and Maritime SPOR Support Unit working groups also provided updates to the Steering Committee. A list of research assets will be available by the end of November and the Research Asset group will consider how to partner with private industry in the future. The Interoperability group is expanding to include administrative staff from all universities and colleges in the Province. The MSSU working group discussed strategies for partnering with other organizations across the province for more efficiency and better alignment.


June 2018

IHRIS planning has been underway since February 2018. Since that period a Network Steering Committee has been established and they have appointed a Project management Team. Together these group established a vision and an initial governance structure to guide development.

Other achievements include:

  • Two formal working groups established.
  • Draft plan developed for the establishment of the MSSU as the backbone of the Network.
  • Engagement of representatives of 9 institutions from across the province in working groups, advisory group and PMT.
  • Plan for piloting “Network style” projects developed and executed in partnership with the MSSU.