Knowledge-to-Action Month

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Every November, the Research Department hosts a month of collaborative events, bringing together leaders and researchers, healthcare providers and patients to learn about the importance of translating evidence into practice to improve care and outcomes.

2022 is our 10th annual Knowledge-to-Action Month. Join us for an exciting lineup of online events.

2022 Events

Click on the link below to register through Eventbrite; all events are online via Zoom.

2021 Events

LEARNING FROM LEARNING HEALTH SYSTEMS: THE EMERGENCY MEDICINE NETWORK & HEALTH DATA PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP

Hear Dr. Danielle Lavallee unpack a range of tools, including the Learning Health System approach, that help clinical teams systematically evaluate practice and generate knowledge. While different tools are best suited for different circumstances, all strengthen cultures of improvement and high quality care. Work by the BC Emergency Medicine Network will be highlighted as a local example of a learning community putting the LHS approach into action, and the role of the Health Data Platform as an important enabler of timely access to integrated health data will be discussed.

Presenters:

  • Riyad Abu-Laban, MD, MHSc, FRCPC - Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Kendall Ho, MD, FRCPC - Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Danielle Lavallee, PhD, PharmD - Scientific Director, Michael Smith Health Research BC
  • Shirley Wong, MSc - Executive Project Manager, Strategic Data Initiatives, Ministry of Health
  • Krista Allan, RN, BN, MSA (remarks) - Vice President, Knowledge, Practice and Chief Nurse Executive, Island Health

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BEYOND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT TO A LHS FRAMEWORK IN LONG-TERM CARE: THE LTC QI

The Long Term Care Quality Initiative (LTC-QI) launched in fall 2019, as a collaborative partnership among the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), the BC Ministry of Health, the five regional Health Authorities, and the BC research and academic communities.  In this presentation, three of the regional leads will provide an overview of the development of the provincial initiative focused on translating research into practice to enhance the experiences and outcomes for residents, families and LTC staff in British Columbia.

Presenters:

  • Miranda Cary, PhD - Regional Practice Lead in Research and Knowledge Translation in Long Term Care, Island Health
  • Sonia Hardern, MHA - Regional Practice Lead, Research & Knowledge Translation, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Michelle Smith, MSc - Regional Practice Lead (RPL) for the Long-Term Care Quality Improvement Initiative – Interior Health

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DISCOVERING YOUR INNER DETECTIVE: HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVE INQUIRY QUESTIONS TO IMPROVE CARE

Please join us for a workshop covering key steps in the process of translating a clinical observation into an answerable inquiry question. Aimed at a clinical audience, we will work through the basics of how to start an inquiry project (whether research or quality improvement), share resources and frameworks that simplify the task of writing an inquiry question, and apply these tools in breakout rooms with real-life examples. Finally, we outline a roadmap to access further support and implement your clinician-led inquiry project in Island Health.

Presenters:

  • Jennie Aitken, MA - Manager, Physician Quality Improvement, Island Health
  • Victor Espinosa, MSc - Manager, Research Informatics/Statistics, Island Health
  • Amanda Leddy, MSc - Research Facilitator, Island Health
  • Diane Sawchuck, BSN, MN, PhD - Lead, Evidence, Evaluation, And Knowledge Translation, Island Health

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FINDINGS FROM ISLAND HEALTH'S ANTI-RACISM KNOWLEDGE SURVEY: THE FOUNDATION FOR AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY

Island Health’s strategic approach to tackle anti-racism balances action with analysis, such as reviewing policies to ensure cultural safety and humility are themes threaded throughout our organization. Island Health invited staff to participate in a survey to help guide the development of Island Health’s Anti-Racism Strategy by identifying the anti-racism learning and practice needs of Island Health, our partners, and our patients. Over 620 respondents participated by answering the question, “ What do you need (what question(s) do you have) to support anti-racism and cultural safety and humility in your work?” We will provide an overview of the themes that emerged, along with an update of actions being taken.

Presenters:

  • Valerie Bob, BA, MA, PhD(c) – Coast Salish Elder, Opening Remarks and Prayer
  • Eunice Joe, MA, PhD - Vice President, Indigenous Health and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Island Health
  • Tony Nelson, Manager, Indigenous Relationships and Engagement, Island Health
  • Diane Sawchuck, BSN, MN, PhD - Lead, Evidence, Evaluation and Knowledge Translation, Island Health

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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: FINDING THE INFORMATION INSIDE DATA

Continuous improvement cycles lead to change through learning from data collected real-time during practice. However, before clinicians or decision-makers can act on data, these often large and complex healthcare datasets must be parsed for meaningful information. Please join us for a panel discussion exploring the role of information providers in learning communities, and demystifying the process of going from data to knowledge. Drawing from compelling examples in Island Health, we will learn about the challenges and opportunities encountered in interrogating data, how information products are used to communicate with decision-makers, and much more.

Presenters:

  • Jonas Bambi, BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD (c) - Lead, Systems Engineer / Integration Architect, Island Health
  • Will Collishaw, MA – Manager, Strategic Information, Decision Support, Island Health
  • Ken Moselle, PhD, RPsych – Director, Applied Clinical Research Unit, Island Health
  • Brandon Wagar, PhD – Director, Clinical Analytics, Island Health
  • Erika Mundel, PhD  (moderator) – Lead Evaluator, Mental Health and Substance Use, Island Health

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SECONDARY IMPACTS OF COVID-19: LONELINESS, SOCIAL ISOLATION AND SOCIAL PRESCRIBING

The Secondary Impacts of COVID-19 Workstream has worked to keep Island Health employees informed of the many societal impacts of the pandemic, and to assist public health in planning an equitable response and recovery. Please join us for this panel discussion highlighting some of the key learnings of secondary impacts of the pandemic, and how they have been felt locally and at a national level, and what could be done to mitigate the effects of the pandemic in the immediate and a long-term future.

Presenters:

  • Kiffer Card, PhD - Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
  • Kate Mulligan, PhD – Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Elina Farmanova, PhD (moderator) - Knowledge Translation-Evidence Coordinator, Island Health

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TACKLING "ROCK IN SHOE" PROBLEMS: EXAMPLES OF CLINICIAN-LED KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION

Join us for a panel discussion of clinician-led initiatives within Island Health. The physicians on this panel report a common experience: noticing an area for improvement in their clinical care of patients, and going on to do something tangible to address it. Each physician will share a brief overview of their project, emphasizing how they moved from a clinical observation to a quality improvement or engagement project, and finally, to additional health authority support and endorsement for their work. Aimed at a clinical audience, we will share what worked for these physicians, what didn’t work, and what they learned in the process. 

Presenters:

  • Shana Johnston, MD - Family Physician/Maternity Care Physician
  • Brian Mc Ardle, MD, FRCPC - General Internal Medicine Physician, Island Health
  • Rohit Pai, MD, FRCPC – Gastroenterologist, Island Health
  • Alicia Power, MD (moderator) - Family Physician/Maternity Care Physician

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RESEARCH TO ACTION: THE JOURNEY TO GAME-BASED RESILIENCE EDUCATION

Dr. Blaney’s research focuses on the co-development and implementation of resilience education for nurses, firefighters and emergency services personnel at large. This presentation will demonstrate how SPOR and KT have aligned throughout the presenter’s programme of research to translate evidence into practice.  Reviewing the evidence from several studies the presentation will highlight knowledge gained and how knowledge has been translated to practice (looking back), and then looks forward to current and future research.

Presenters:

  • Leigh Blaney, PhD, RN – Professor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Vancouver Island University; casual staff nurse Island Health
  • Uta Sboto-Frankenstein, PhD (moderator) - Research Navigator, Mid- and North Island, BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre

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RELATIONAL ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE COLLABORATIONS: VANCOUVER ISLAND REGION'S INDIGENOUS COVID-19 RESPONSE

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Nations Health Authority and Island Health established the Rural and Remote Indigenous Work Stream to work in partnership with local First Nations communities to provide a coordinated, collaborative, and community-led approach to addressing COVID-19. Please join us for a panel discussion exploring the role of relational aspects of this successful collaboration. Drawing from compelling examples of individual, organizational and collective community experiences in the COVID-19 response, together we will define and explore how such successful partnerships can be achieved and the role relational elements play in such collaborations.

Presenters:

  • Celeta Cook, Director Community Health and Wellness Programs and Services, First Nations Health Authority
  • Jennifer Jones, Coast Salish Representative, First Nations Health Director Association & Health Director, Stu mi’nuz First Nations
  • Lauren Sabine, Project Director, Strategic Initiatives, Indigenous Health, Island Health
  • Elina Farmanova, PhD (moderator) - Knowledge Translation-Evidence Coordinator, Island Health

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THE EVIDENCE-INTO-PRACTICE AWARDS

These awards celebrate service delivery projects that improve the health of the population, enhance patient outcomes and experience, reduce costs of care, and improve the experience of our team members who provide care. This year, we celebrate (And learn from) Brenda Beath; Karen Baker, Emily Becker, and Shannon Ellis; and Dr. Paul Winston

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2020 Events

HEADS TOGETHER VIRTUAL THINK TANK: RESEARCH & PREVENTION - BEST PRACTICES TO ADDRESS THE INTERSECTIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION & BRAIN INJURY

Hear the results of a recent Canada-wide environmental scan of best practices to serve individuals who are living with a brain injury and experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges. Your voice is needed to determine how research and prevention can be a part of the solution.

Speakers: 

  • Karen Mason, Co-founder and Director of Community Practice for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research)
  • Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, Co-founder and Principal Investigator for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research)

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SUBSTANCE USE GRAND ROUNDS: DRUG-CHECKING: IMPLEMENTING HARM REDUCTION IN DUAL PUBLIC HEALTH CRISES

Learn from a team’s experience of operating and researching a drug-checking service during the deepening overdose crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Bruce Wallace (Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, School of Social Work, University of Victoria) and members of the Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project team.

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2019 Events

CREATING A LEARNING HEALTH SYSTEM TO IMPROVE CARE: THE COGNITIVE HEALTH INITIATIVE
Learn how formalizing workflows and data collection can enhance research opportunities and enable the implementation of solutions to improve care for patients with possible dementia. Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava will speak on behalf of the Manning Cognitive Health Initiative, Seniors Strategy, and the Royal Jubilee Hospital Seniors Outpatient Clinic (Geo 4).

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PAIN CARE & SHARE EDUCATION DAY: AGAINST PAIN IN THE MOST VULNERABLE. 
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ENGAGING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE COWICHAN HOSPITAL REDESIGN
Engaging with indigenous communities to learn about respectful protocols for the planning and redesign of the new Cowichan hospital and health services.

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HEALTHY AGEING: EVIDENCE-INFORMED PRACTICE WITH SENIORS
This annual conference stimulates practice change and affirm best practices for optimal care and health promotion for seniors in all settings.

Slides are available to staff on the Island Health Intranet.

HACK THIS: ESTABLISHING AN INNOVATION LAB AT ISLAND HEALTH 

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MOVING EVIDENCE INTO ACTION IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: SOME TOOLS FOR THE JOURNEY
Learn about a new tool to help you assess and strengthen your ability to use and apply evidence.

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EVIDENCE-INTO-PRACTICE AWARDS CEREMONY

2019 ISLAND PSYCHOSIS CONFERENCE - EARLY PSYCHOSIS PATHWAYS OF CARE: IS IT WORKING?
This one-day symposium, hosted by Mental Health Recovery Partners, brought together practitioners, administrators, students, family members and people with lived experience.

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2018 Events

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