The Nova Scotia Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (NS IHRIS) is a pan-provincial academic health research network supporting health research priorities of Nova Scotia and its member organizations. This is the first time the Nova Scotia government, health authorities, post-secondary institutions, industry and the public have brought their collective research and expertise to the table to help address key health issues. The Network is bridging the gap between academic researchers, health authorities, government, industry and key stakeholder groups and putting ideas into action.

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NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums and MSSU Bridge Events

Two unique opportunities to shape health-related research in Nova Scotia

NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums

Establishing an effective Health Research and Innovation Strategy in Nova Scotia requires a full range of perspectives from partners and stakeholders across the province.

The Steering Committee for the Nova Scotia Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (NS IHRIS) Network is pleased to announce a series of inaugural stakeholder forums hosted by partner organizations in Central, Eastern, and Western Nova Scotia.

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

Launched in the fall of 2018, NS IHRIS is supporting the improvement of health and healthcare in Nova Scotia though efficient knowledge exchange, and evidence-informed decision making. The partners involved include: The provincial government; the Health Authorities; post-secondary institutions; and the private sector.

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. This approach directly supports the mandate and objectives of IHRIS.  As such, the upcoming Bridge Events will be in conjunction with the IHRIS stakeholder forums.

The MSSU team works closely with colleagues at the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), and IWK Health Centre to identify the priority health topics.

 The NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forums and MSSU NS Bridge event dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, November 12 (8 am-1 pm): Central NS – Dalhousie University, McInnis Room (NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum only – no MSSU NS Bridge Event) being hosted by multiple IHRIS partners in metro. 
  • Thursday, November 14 (8 am -5 pm): Eastern NS – 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. 
  • May/June 2020 (8 am-4 pm) – Western NS Event – Location TBD (Joint NS IHRIS Stakeholder Forum and MSSU NS Bridge Event).

Registration will be available the week of August 26. For additional information please email IHRIS-Bridge@nshealth.ca