Health System Impact Fellowships – Host Employer Partner Organizations

Overview

The Health System Impact Fellowship program is founded on partnerships with health system and related organizations (e.g., public, not-for-profit, private for-profit at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, national/federal level) that are committed to the program objectives, including providing novel experiential learning opportunities for PhD graduates that accelerate their professional growth and career readiness.

Brief profiles of the 40 organizations that have expressed interest to CIHR-IHSPR in partnering to host Health System Impact Fellows and that have earmarked the required partnership funds for one or more fellowship position(s) are provided below. The majority of these organizations have specified a deadline for receiving expressions of interest (EOI) from potential applicants. The EOI deadlines vary across the organizations but are typically March 27 and April 11 – however, you are strongly encouraged to review the “important dates” section of each profile carefully to ensure you do not miss a key EOI deadline. Note: applicants may pursue experiential learning opportunities with organizations that are not listed on this page that meet the definition of "health system and related employer organization" as defined in the funding opportunity.

Instructions

  1. Interested applicants are encouraged to review each organization's profile and, where the applicant's interests and expertise appear to align, connect with each organization's contact person to discuss the focus, duration and specifics of the experiential learning opportunity. Note: pay close attention to the “important dates” section in each profile to ensure you do not miss an EOI deadline.
  2. If, following initial discussion, an experiential learning opportunity appears to be of mutual interest to the applicant and organization, the applicant must provide the organization with (at minimum) high-quality drafts of their of their CV, one-page description of their relevant professional and academic accomplishments, and professional goal statement (see Evaluation Criteria #1 and #2 in the funding opportunity for details). Organizations may request additional information from the applicant (e.g., writing sample, Skype presentation).
  3. Organizations will conduct an internal assessment of all applicants that have submitted the required materials. Following this initial assessment, organizations will let all candidates know whether they are proceeding to the next stage of consideration.
  4. Organizations may contact fellows of interest to discuss the details of:
    1. The organization's impact goal and relevant program of work ideas;
    2. The professional development, mentorship and support that will be offered to the fellow (e.g., to ensure that what the organization can offer aligns with the fellow's personal and professional goals).
    3. Their contribution to the Fellowship stipend (i.e., confirming the 30% [minimum] partner contribution)

    Following this stage, organizations will let all candidates know whether or not they will be providing a letter of support confirming the organization's intent to host the fellow.

  5. Organizations will provide letters of support to applicants they are committed to hosting for experiential learning opportunities (conditional on CIHR's peer review results) no later than two weeks prior to the competition deadline. Please review the Eligibility and How to Apply sections of the funding opportunity for the letter of support requirements.

Host Employer Partner Organizations: Profiles

  • Alberta Health Services, AB

    Mission

    The mission of Alberta Health Services (AHS) is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

    AHS is Canada's first and largest province-wide, fully integrated health system. As such, AHS has an unparalleled opportunity to drive clinical quality standards, provincial equity and sustainable improvements to build the best health care system in Canada.  Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs) are the mechanism through which AHS will empower and collaborate with all stakeholders, including patients and families, to develop strategic priorities (e.g., clinical pathways and care innovations). In doing so, the networks support evidence-informed improvements throughout the healthcare continuum to achieve improvement in patient outcomes, experience, and sustainability of our health care system demonstrating value for money. A key element of the SCNs is the ability to partner with patient and families to drive innovation and change ensuring the patient's voice is embedded in the work. Over the past 4 years (2012-2016) there is evidence that demonstrates that SCN's are an effective mechanism to ensure collaboration, joint decision-making and shared learning, and to spread and scale innovations of value.

    Impact goals

    AHS has worked with employees, physicians, volunteers and partners to build four foundational strategies to achieve the following goals:

    • Build a culture of patient-, family- and community centred care to improve patient experience.
    • Improve health outcomes through clinical best practices
    • Ensure our people feel safe, healthy and valued.
    • Achieve financial sustainability through operational best practices.

    The SCNs are one of the major mechanisms by which these goals will be achieved. An area of importance in the SCNs is the desire to engage patients and families in the design and transformation of our health care system, particularly through shared decision making (SDM). Shared decision making (SDM) is broadly defined as an approach where best available evidence is shared with patients and they are supported to make decisions about their care that are in keeping with their own beliefs and values. SDM is supported by evidence and demonstrates more active patient involvement, improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare utilization. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with AHS and specifically the SCNs to advance policy / practice work related to SDM and patient engagement within the health system.

    Priority areas

    We are interested in advancing patient engagement, especially as it relates to SDM processes and enablers across the health care continuum. We aim to better understand what facilitates SDM, better engagement and co-designed care planning amongst patients and their health care providers. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to work with us as we explore the pathways, guidelines, care planning methodologies that are most welcomed and useful from the standpoints of patients/families. This process may include an opportunity to be involved in a series of early pilot studies.

    We are interested in understanding what tools – pathways, guidelines, care planning methodologies are most welcomed and useful from the standpoints of patients/families, and how these enable SDM. AHS has partnered in work to evaluate barriers and facilitators to SDM; the successful fellow will participate in evaluating these results, considering policy implications, as well as developing, piloting, and evaluating the impact of these policies so they can be implemented across the organization.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to the development of knowledge translation strategies, policy, and practice innovations that promote SDM.

    Professional growth and development

    As one of the largest health systems in Canada, AHS is uniquely positioned to offer fellows an authentic and high-level exposure to how health policy is conceived, developed, and implemented within a large provincial health system. AHS is particularly well poised to provide training/exposure to CHSPRA enriched core competency areas. In addition to having a dedicated senior AHS executive supervisor/mentor with extensive cross-sectoral experience in research, policy and health system transformation, the successful fellow will receive academic supervision from senior professors who help lead the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta. AHS has partnered with the Integrative Health Institute to identify barriers and facilitators to SDM; the successful fellow will help interpret these findings and work with AHS regarding policy-implications. “Patients first” is an AHS strategic priority and the fellow will have the opportunity to develop relevant guidance and support its implementation.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, AHS is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised by senior members of the AHS Executive team as well as receive academic supervision from senior leadership at the Integrative Health Institute, University of Alberta. Both Dr. Karin Olson and Dr. Sunita Vohra have offered to provide academic supervision for a potential applicant.

    Duration and Location

    12-24 months in duration. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with AHS must contact Ms. Tracy Wasylak, tracy.wasylak@albertahealthservices.ca no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Ms. Tracy Wasylak, Senior Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks™, Alberta Health Services, tracy.wasylak@albertahealthservices.ca

  • Amaris, ON

    Mission

    Amaris is an independent, international technologies and management consulting group. Created in 2007, Amaris is already established in over 45 countries and supports 500 clients worldwide throughout their projects' lifecycle. Our expertise covers five areas of innovation: Business and Management, IT/IS, Telecom, Engineering and High Technologies, Biotech and Pharma. With 60 offices across the World, Amaris offers proximity support to its clients in all their locations and many opportunities for international careers for employees.

    The selected fellow will be joining the Health Economic & Market Access (HEMA) team. Founded in 2009, the department now includes 50 consultants with backgrounds in medical research, health economics, modelling, statistics, pharmacy and epidemiology. This multidisciplinary team is able to support a wide range of projects focusing on evidence synthesis, evidence generation and value communication to support market access, reimbursement and pricing strategy. We work at a global, regional and local level for clients from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical device industry, the biotech industry and the public sector. To learn more, visit Amaris.

    Impact goals

    The selected fellow will have the opportunity to support the HEMA team on different projects in the context of drug reimbursement, market access and health economics.

    The collaboration will include one main project such as the development of a systematic literature review and a meta-analysis or an economic model in a specific therapeutic area (e.g.: oncology, diabetes, infectious disease). The selected candidate will be included in all the different steps of this main project, from defining the study question through to data collection, developing and applying economic models, evidence synthesis and report writing. The fellow will play a key role in managing the client relationship, and mentoring other team members, gaining valuable project management and communication skills.

    Priority areas

    • Health technology assessment (HTA)
    • Drug reimbursement submissions
    • Health economics
    • Pricing and market access
    • Value communication (communicating the value of a technology in terms of health, cost and societal benefits)
    • Biostatistics (meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, survey methods)

    Anticipated program of work

    The anticipated program of work will involve all or elements of the following:

    • Conducting systematic literature reviews
    • Identifying and analysing relevant pricing and reimbursement sources of information
    • Supporting strategic market access projects, including value communication
    • Preparing project documents and sections of deliverables ( e.g. proposals, reports, PowerPoint presentations)
    • Supporting the development of health economic models
    • Supporting development of submission dossiers for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health and/or public and private formularies
    • Engaging with clients to understand needs, develop project proposals, and prepare deliverables
    • Applying project management skills to complete projects within the defined project scope and budget, while meeting and exceeding client expectations

    Professional growth and development

    A Health System Impact Fellowship with Amaris will offer you the opportunity to gain:

    • A better understanding of systematic literature reviews methods
    • A better understanding of health economics, market access and drug reimbursement concepts
    • Economic modelling skills, including SAS and Excel Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) training if desired
    • Experience working in a multidisciplinary and international environment
    • Experience engaging with clients and developing project proposals
    • Mentorship from an experienced HEMA team, and opportunities to mentor junior team members

    Desired competencies

    • Basic understanding of health economic analysis and HTA processes
    • Understanding of systematic literature reviews and clinical research methods
    • Ability to undertake and interpret quantitative analyses required for economic model development (under supervision)
    • Experience with cost-effectiveness, budget impact, cost of illness or burden of disease analysis is considered an advantage
    • Experience in programming languages as VBA, R and Winbugs is considered an advantage
    • Fluency in English (written & spoken)
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment

    Supervisor(s)

    Rebecca Howard-Hancock, Team Lead, Canadian Market Access (Amaris); Adjunct Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (U of T)

    Duration and Location

    Between 12 and 24 months, in Toronto (Canada)
    Flexibility with regards to the starting date.

    Contact

    Kenza Zaki, Corporate Manager, kzaki@amaris.com

  • Alzheimer Society of Canada, ON

    Mission

    The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) is the leading not-for-profit health organization working within a nation-wide federation of ten provincial organizations, local chapters, and support groups, to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and support research on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dementia. The ASC is dedicated to providing information and support to people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and to funding research with training awards and project grants offered through the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP). The ASRP is administered by ASC. To learn more, visit the ASC's website.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with ASC to advance the Society's research strategies through its new Alzheimer Society Research Enterprise. The Research Enterprise (RE) will provide a framework for the Alzheimer Society Federation in Canada to ensure improved return on research investments made by the Federation. In addition to funding grants and awards through the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP), the RE aims to align research priorities according to the mission and goals of ASC and our Federation Partners, implement new research engagement programs across the Federation and establish the Society as a leading partner within the dementia research community across Canada. The RE aims to represent Alzheimer Society Federation Partners programmatic research needs as well as continue to develop the Society's leadership role among the growing governmental and non-governmental funding agencies in Canada. The RE will support Canada's role to remain at the forefront of dementia research.

    The main impact of the RE will include:

    • A coordinated approach to funding, reviewing, and the dissemination of dementia research in Canada
    • A stronger focus on core strengths– that is, service delivery, education, and outcomes.
    • Continued support of the Alzheimer Society Federation Partners to more effectively engage in research
    • Leverage of funding, resources, and services to ensure strategic support for research in Canada and to deliver impactful outcomes
    • Developing more streamlined approaches in fundraising for research

    Priority areas

    The Alzheimer Society provides a rich and engaging environment for fellows interested in working on projects and within programs that consider how evidence based research can be moved into practice through effective knowledge translation and exchange.

    Historically ASC has funded two “streams” of research: “Biomedical” and “Quality of Life (QoL)”. However, the Society believes that this dichotomized approach requires a more robust conversation, given the Society's investment in the James Lind Alliance work, through Society funded research conducted by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). The project has surveyed 1,200 persons with dementia, their families and service providers to elicit their unanswered research questions including: the barriers to living well with dementia, preventing dementia, treatments for symptoms of dementia, and diagnosing or being diagnosed with dementia.

    The results of this work will be completed in late Spring 2017, and Society funding priorities for research will need to be examined in light of the “top ten” research priorities from the James Lind Alliance project, while remaining flexible in order to best respond to the needs of 60 Federation Partners and other stakeholders.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of ASC and take the lead on and/or contribute to the work of the Research Enterprise which will involve:

    • Working with a team consisting of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Scientific Advisor, Director of Research and Director of Education, the fellow will study and recommend evidence based, innovative approaches to implement the Research Enterprise and the recently developed KTE Framework.
    • Working directly with ASC's Chief Operating Officer and Public Policy staff, the fellow will provide advice and support to the implementation of Private Members Bill C-233, “An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias”. This work will also serve to inform new directions and priorities related to the RE.
    • Working with the Chief Operating Office, Scientific Advisor and Director of Research, the fellow will advise and consult on the Research Engagement Leadership Program which supports the 60 Societies in the Alzheimer Society Federation as they work in their communities with researchers and physicians to engage people with dementia and their caregivers in research.
    • Working with the Director of Corporate and Foundations as well as the fund development team, the fellow will assist in developing strategies that will reposition research funding as an investment in improved outcomes.
    • Working directly with Chief Operating Officer, Director of Communications & Media Relations, the fellow will advise on the development of the Research Enterprise within a new integrated brand platform.

    Professional growth and development

    ASC will provide the fellow with a rich environment that prioritizes research, KTE and federal advocacy and which is supported by Alzheimer Societies across Canada. The fellow will receive an orientation to the work of the Society, including Dementia Training. Hands on experience will provide the fellow with professional development in the areas of advocacy and public policy, project management, leadership, brand management, fundraising, marketing and communications, strategic planning and policy development.

    The Chief Executive Officer will provide mentoring for the fellow, and will share their extensive cross-departmental expertise and experience in research, policy and advocacy, fundraising and communications. The fellow will also have full access to the regular formal and informal professional development opportunities offered to ASC employees.

    Desired competencies

    ASC is seeking fellows that are strategic thinkers, with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence-based decision-making and critical appraisal of evidence; and knowledge translation and exchange. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located at 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8. and will be supervised by the Chief Executive Officer.

    Duration and Location

    12 months in Toronto, ON. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with ASC must contact Debbie Benczkowski no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Debbie Benczkowski at dben@alzheimer.ca.

  • Arthritis Society of Canada, ON

    Vision & Mission

    The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years, and is dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis.

    With a mission goal of providing leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for the over 4.6 million Canadians affected by arthritis, The Society conducts research to better understand the impact of arthritis, advocates for progressive arthritis policies, works with stakeholders to promote appropriate standards of care and deliver educational programs to empower those living with arthritis to self-manage their disease. Since its founding, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing more than $190 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis.

    Impact Goal(s)

    To capture, quantify and communicate the impact of the Society's work.

    The Opportunity

    The Society is seeking a fellow interested in leading the effort in critically assessing the impact of our Mission activities on our key constituents - people with arthritis, donors, government, and healthcare professionals. This is an opportunity to work with members of The Society's Senior Leadership and Mission teams to gain a fulsome understanding of our programs and activities, and to build a report card that identifies key performance indicators. The fellow will be joining The Society at an exciting and critical time as we define our role in the Canadian arthritis ecosystem for greater reach, impact and relevance that will collectively make a difference in the quality of life of those living with arthritis. The report card could be a key element in helping to inform the design and delivery of Society activities.

    Pending the fellow's interest and expertise, there may also be an opportunity to contribute to development of The Society's Knowledge Translation and Exchange programs and evaluation framework.

    Anticipated Program of Work

    The successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to activities such as the following: designing, collecting and analysing quantitative / qualitative data; economic analysis; environmental scanning to inform Mission activities; conducting systematic reviews; developing evidence briefs / reports / presentations for internal and external use (e.g. advocacy); participating in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation including key informant interviews and focus groups; contributing to strategic discussions and planning activities; and participating in a range of partner and stakeholder activities.

    Professional Growth and Development

    Orientation and onboarding of the fellow will include opportunities to learn about the inner workings of a health charity and its ecosystem and to interact with The Society's President & CEO along with other members of the Executive and Senior Leadership teams. At the end of the fellow's tenure, s/he will gain an understanding of The Society's and more broadly, a health charities strengths, challenges and culture. This is an opportunity for the fellow to develop many of the core competencies identified by the Working Group on modernizing HSPR training. These include leadership & collaboration; project management; interdisciplinary work; networking, data analysis & critical thinking; analysis & evaluation of health & health-related programs & policies; and knowledge translation and communication.

    Desired Competencies

    The Society is seeking fellows with a strong background in data collection and analysis and the evaluation of health and health-related programs, evidence and critical thinking and knowledge translation. Essential talents include advanced communication and analytical skills, and a genuine desire to learn and contribute to advancing the mission of a health charity.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be reporting to the Executive team at the National Office. The primary supervisor will be The Society's President & CEO.

    Duration and Location

    24 months at the National Office in Toronto, ON. Ideal start date is September 5, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with The Society must contact Kate Lee no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Kate Lee, VP Research at klee@arthritis.ca

  • BC Observatory for Population and Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority, BC

    Mission

    Through collaborative and coordinated partnerships in population and public health surveillance practice, we support regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority and local and provincial governments in promoting, improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of British Columbians.

    The BC Observatory for Population and Public Health (BCOPPH or Observatory) was established in 2015 in response to a recommendation of the Population and Public Health Surveillance Plan for British Columbia (BC). It is a partnership between the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Ministry of Health, BC Provincial Health Officer (PHO), First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, Island Health Authority, Northern Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

    The Observatory will provide ongoing support to provincial and regional surveillance programs, enhance provincial capacity and coordination, and provide partner organizations with an opportunity to set collaborative priorities and develop joint work plans. Surveillance information produced by the Observatory will be used for policy development, program planning and evaluation, and decision making to enable growth of vibrant British Columbia communities.

    Impact goals

    The Observatory recently completed its strategic planning process. The six strategic goals for 2016/17-2020/21 are:

    • Establish a secure data platform equally accessible to all partners
    • Develop a robust methodology hub
    • Ensure that surveillance products are relevant and actionable
    • Build capacity to work in a flexible and nimble way
    • Enable needs-based applied public health research
    • Build a strong partnership with local, regional and provincial stakeholders

    Priority areas

    The Observatory's initial focus is to provide collaborative leadership in the development of provincial and regional surveillance capacity with respect to non-communicable diseases, injuries, risk and protective factors, and environmental health. This includes support to the PHO and Chief Medical Health Officers in regional health authorities to systematically report on their populations' health status, as required by the Public Health Act.

    Anticipated program of work

    The Fellow would serve as a provincial epidemiologist with the Observatory team, being closely involved with or leading some of the key priority projects for the Observatory. The priority projects are:

    • Development of common health status indicators to be used for annual health status reporting by regional health authorities
    • Drafting an options document for a local-level risk and protective factor surveillance system
    • Building provincial and regional surveillance capacity in chronic disease, injury, and environmental health
    • Analysis of the opioid overdose epidemiological data to inform the response to the public health emergency

    Professional growth and development

    The Observatory will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to be actively engaged in public health surveillance work, working closely with provincial and regional partners. The Fellow will have time to familiarize her/himself with BC healthcare data and perform analyses. The fellowship presents a unique opportunity to join a team that intersects the provincial and regional lines of work and engage with senior public health leaders across BC.

    Desired competencies

    • Sound understanding of epidemiological methods
    • Familiarity with chronic disease surveillance
    • Advanced knowledge working with routine administrative health data is an asset
    • Experience with administering or analysing survey data is welcome
    • Experience in programming in SAS, STATA or R
    • Excellent communication skills

    Supervisor(s)

    The Fellow will be supervised by Dr. Kate Smolina, Director of the Observatory. Academic supervision can be arranged with faculty members from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

    Duration and Location

    The Fellow would be located at the BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver. Duration of fellowship can be between 12 and 24 months (24 months preferred). Start time is September 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in this opportunity must contact Dr. Smolina no later than April 13 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    kate.smolina@bccdc.ca

  • Canadian Blood Services, ON

    Mission

    Canadian patients depend on us to manage a safe, secure and cost-effective blood system. We bring quality and continuous improvement to every aspect of our work, from collecting, testing and manufacturing blood, blood components and stem cells to creating and disseminating knowledge and conducting ground-breaking research. Canada is already self-sufficient in blood; we are also striving for self-reliance in plasma.

    Through our work and support, we help advance the science of transfusion and transplantation medicine. Our research program is leading to the development of alternative products for, and optimal practices in, both transfusion and transplantation. We are internationally recognized for our excellence and our innovative programs and services. We foster an environment that rewards creativity, teamwork and vision, and that provides opportunities for personal and professional advancement. To learn more, visit Canadian Blood Services's website.

    Impact goals

    Canadian Blood Services is committed to its value proposition: continuously earning the right to serve Canadians by improving patient outcomes, enhancing health-system performance and optimizing cost efficiency. This commitment is supported by the organization's strategic goals: manufacture biological products and provide transfusion and transplantation services – with high quality and efficiency – in a high-commitment, high-performance culture.

    Canadian Blood Services operates under the belief that developing future health-system leaders and influencers is fundamental to delivering on our value proposition. Fellows will learn and grow while applying their skills and knowledge to influence strategy and contribute to Canadian Blood Services' commitment to continuously earn the right to serve today and into the future.

    Priority areas

    Based on field of study, skills and experience, fellows may express interest in one or more of the following key priority areas:

    • Creating an evidence-based narrative on the value the pan-Canadian national blood system brings to the Canadian Health Policy agenda by demonstrating the positive impacts that products, services, and research and development initiatives have on the local, provincial and national economy.
    • Based on the best available evidence, developing an individual risk assessment policy, as part of a continual re-evaluation of scientific evidence for a donor selection policy, that may permit some low-risk men who have sex with men (MSM) to donate blood without a specified period of abstinence.
    • Based on environmental scanning and key informant interviews, developing a range of options for how a national blood agency can contribute to scientific discovery and enhance its service to patient care where personalized medicine and the adoption of new cellular therapies promise to revolutionize the practice of transfusion and transplantation medicine.
    • Identifying alternative funding and governance models to ensure the pan-Canadian national blood system is able to best serve patient needs in a responsive, agile, accountable and cost-effective fashion.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will work across divisions and leadership levels within the organization and with internal and external stakeholder groups. Primary activities will include, but not be limited to researching emerging trends and technologies, environmental scanning, stakeholder engagement, evidence brief and policy development, data analyses, risk analyses, modelling and scenario development, and delivery of internal and external presentations. Fellows will also participate in aspects of other divisional initiatives and day-to-day operations.

    Professional growth and development

    At Canadian Blood Services, fellows will be made aware of strategic considerations inherent in the management of Canada's blood system. Fellows will gain valuable experience and professional development in project management, leadership, networking, interdisciplinary work, negotiation, advocacy and stakeholder relations. They will also have access to a dedicated executive mentor and a panel of mentors who influence and drive strategic decision-making for the organization. In addition, the fellow will be supported in implementing a personalized development plan and will have access to experiential and formal internal and external development opportunities.

    Desired competencies

    Canadian Blood Services seeks fellows with experience in the following CHSPRA enriched core competencies:

    • Understanding and comparing health systems and policy-making
    • Analysing data and evidence; critical thinking
    • Analysing and evaluating health and health-related programs
    • Project management

    In addition to the CHSPRA enriched competencies, Canadian Blood Services also seeks experience in the following, depending on the specific priority area selected:

    • Health economics and modelling
    • Evaluating scientific evidence for safety of potential policies
    • Research in medical and scientific innovation

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow(s) will be located in the Corporate Strategy, Medical Services and Innovation or Public Affairs division, depending on the priority area.

    Duration and location

    12 months in Ottawa, ON. Ideal start date is Sept. 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Canadian Blood Services must contact Claude Guimont no later than April 3, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Claude Guimont
    claude.guimont@blood.ca
    Tel: 613-739-2178

  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, ON

    Mission

    CFHI is a not-for-profit organization that supports health organizations across Canada to lead, implement and spread innovative, evidence-informed, and patient-centred solutions. CFHI's aspiration is to deliver demonstrable results for Canadians by improving patient and family experience and care, population health and value-for-money. Our impact stories show how CFHI is working to improve healthcare with organizations, health authorities, provincial/territorial governments and departments, and others across Canada.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with CFHI staff and partners on innovative projects to advance our strategic goals:

    To improve health system performance by:

    • Maximizing value-for-money in healthcare spending
    • Improving patient and family experience of care
    • Optimizing patient outcomes

    To improve the health of Canadians by:

    • Addressing the determinants of health
    • Enhancing population health

    Priority areas

    A fellowship at CFHI would provide an opportunity to contribute to the development of evidence-informed strategies in key priority population areas such as:

    • Near and frail elderly
    • People living with multiple chronic conditions
    • Populations in remote settings

    Anticipated program of work

    The specific program of work will be identified and refined based on the experience, areas of expertise and research interests of the fellow(s). CFHI and the fellow will explore areas of mutual interest and priority, and then co-develop project or projects as outlined in the fellow's application. As well, fellows will be invited to participate in relevant initiatives that may evolve from the identified core activities and projects, with the understanding that workload would be well and collaboratively managed.

    Regardless of the specific program of work, the successful fellow(s) will have the opportunity to:

    • Attend round-tables, conferences, meetings and working groups
    • Conduct research, analyze data, and prepare publications synthesizing the methodology and results
    • Present findings of projects at health leadership conference and other meetings
    • Work with partner teams and others on innovative projects
    • Contribute to the development of reports, content and executive briefing notes
    • Bring an academic perspective to key CFHI products and initiatives

    Professional growth and development

    CFHI has earned an enviable reputation for building leadership and skill capacity through the delivery of personalized professional development programs that give leaders the knowledge and skills to champion, lead, and carry out healthcare improvements. Our programs are based on leading practices in experiential learning and focus on coaching, knowledge exchange of promising practices, opportunities to network and build collaborative relationships, and continuous quality improvement.

    A fellowship with CFHI presents a unique opportunity to straddle working environments in the academic, research, healthcare, health services, and policy worlds. We anticipate that the experience will be mutually beneficial, resulting in not only concrete deliverables, but also increased two-way knowledge and renewed perspectives.

    CFHI will provide fellows with an orientation and exposure to system-relevant topics such as strengthening the alignment between research, policy and practice; designing policy development and policy implementation approaches using best practices in leadership; supporting transformation and innovation within and between organizations; and maximizing interdisciplinary team effectiveness.

    Fellows will also be provided with meaningful and practical experience in the areas of knowledge translation, negotiation, critical thinking, and analysis of data and evidence.

    The projects proposed for a fellowship at CFHI encompass a wide range of experiences. The over-arching goal is two-fold:

    1. To provide fellows with opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills to support their growth as health leaders; and
    2. To tap into the rich academic perspective that fellows would bring to CFHI.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, and in alignment with CFHI's set core competencies for its professional education programs, we anticipate the fellowship will require the ability to:

    • Analyze and interpret research evidence
    • Work collaboratively in a team-based environment
    • Undertake evaluation and reporting activities
    • Understand Canadian healthcare challenges at the systems level
    • Embrace innovation and think creatively

    Supervision

    Fellows will be assigned a dedicated senior executive supervisor/mentor. They will also have access to, and be guided by, a team of advisors drawn from within CFHI. These advisors will provide orientation as needed, explore shared objectives, develop a personalized work plan in collaboration with the fellow, and provide ongoing feedback on deliverables and performance. Advisors will ensure that fellows are appropriately connected with network partners and stakeholders as needed to support their work.

    Duration

    12 months. Start date to be mutually determined, but by the end of September 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring an opportunity with CFHI must contact Erin Leith no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Erin Leith, Director, CFHI
    613-728-2238 (219), erin.leith@cfhi-fcass.ca

  • Canada Health Infoway, ON

    Mission

    Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health solutions across Canada.

    Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Established in 2001, Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Further detail available at Canada Health Infoway and in our 2015-16 annual report.

    Impact Goals

    Infoway has set three important goals for 2016-2017:

    • Facilitate better, safer and more appropriate prescription drug use by Canadians by establishing a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution.
    • Scale proven, patient-centred digital health solutions to empower patients and deliver access, quality and efficiency benefits.
    • Continue to leverage foundational investments to support more seamless health services and better informed care.

    The goals will evolve in the 2017-2018 business plan.

    Priority Areas

    The fellow will support advancement of the organizational goals through development and application of evidence with the Evaluation Services team. The team executes the benefits evaluation strategy which is aimed at improving understanding of the value and critical success factors for the advanced use of digital health solutions for patients, clinicians and the health care system. For further information on evaluation services, see the benefits evaluation page with our framework and resources, the benefits evaluation resources page with a repository of reports, and our JMIR e-Collection. The benefits evaluation strategy includes evaluation around a variety of priority technologies and interventions, including consumer health solutions, electronic prescribing and interoperable electronic health records. Specific focus areas for the fellow could include any of the priorities identified above as well as opportunities in domains such as public health solutions, clinical and faculty peer networks or another area of mutual interest.

    Anticipated program of work

    The fellow would be embedded with the Evaluation Services team. The Evaluation Services Team builds evaluation capacity, supports programs and projects, conducts leading research, communicates about progress in digital health and informs the strategic and tactical directions of the organization. The fellow will be embedded within several of the Evaluation Services' projects depending on the team's needs at the time of the fellowship and the fellow's interests and expertise. Work could include literature reviews, evidence abstraction, synthesizing project evaluations and surveys to identify key findings, collaborating with internal and external partners to support evaluations, etc. As a central component of the role with Infoway, the successful fellow will be matched with and lead a project or defined program of research on one of Infoway's priority areas, potentially consumer health solutions, electronic prescribing, public health surveillance or clinician peer support networks. This work will inform progress and future directions for the chosen domain, and would ideally lead to publication opportunities and presentation of findings to Infoway executive and external audiences.

    Professional growth and development

    Infoway will provide fellows with an opportunity to learn how evaluation and provision of evidence are being applied as a core business driver at Canada Health Infoway. Drawing upon expertise within Infoway, as well as our strong network of external partners and collaborators, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop and apply skills including evaluation of health policies and programs, analysis of data, and knowledge translation to achieve policy and business objectives. Successful execution of the evaluation services mandate requires strong project management, networking and interdisciplinary collaboration. The fellow will be required to bring some of this experience, but will benefit from strong organizational capacity in these areas. Infoway staff also have a keen interest in learning and professional development, and would appreciate the opportunity to learn from a fellow. The fellow would gain experience with executive team members, external partner organizations and private sector partners. The fellow will be mentored by Shelagh Maloney, Vice President, Consumer Health, Communications and Evaluation Services.

    Desired competencies

    Infoway is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health services and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation.

    Duration

    12-24 months (ideally 24). Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Evaluation Services team and will be supervised by Simon Hagens, Group Director, and will also work closely with Shelagh Maloney, Vice President, Consumer Health, Communications and Evaluation Services.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Infoway must contact Simon no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Simon Hagens, Group Director: shagens@infoway-inforoute.ca

  • Canadian Institute of Health Information, ON

    Mission

    CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that informs policy-makers, supports health care management and provides information to Canadians about their health system. We work with key stakeholders across Canada to create and maintain a broad range of health databases, measurements and standards. We develop indicators, reports and analyses from our own data and other data sources to deliver comparable and actionable information to transform and accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across the continuum of care. We help our stakeholders better understand and use our evidence-based insights and analyses in their day-to-day decision-making and we protect the privacy of Canadians as we do this by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide. To learn more, visit CIHI's website.

    Impact goals

     Fellows will have the opportunity to be part of CIHI's renewed mandate, goals and priorities as outlined in CIHI's 5-year strategic plan. To advance this strategic work, CIHI is committed to fulfilling its stakeholders' and partners' priorities to:

    • Ensure that both patient-reported experiences and outcomes are integral aspects of its work;
    • Focus on quality and safety, as well as on value for money, to help compare systems across Canada and improve the care that is delivered;
    • Measure health status and determinants of health, by using a broad range of data sources (e.g., social services, financial information) and linking them to health status and determinants of health data;
    • Link data across sectors to better understand how health systems can be improved and the impact of social and economic determinants of health;
    • Focus on priority populations, including seniors and aging; recipients of mental health services; First Nations, Inuit and Métis; and children and youth.

    As a partner organization in experiential learning, CIHI can offer emerging health system leaders rich, diverse, hands-on learning opportunities. Fellows will work closely with analytical and IT experts and a host of senior professionals who collaborate to develop leading-edge information products and maintain the day-to-day operation of the organization. Together, they will help fulfill CIHI's vision: Better data. Better decisions. Healthier Canadians. CIHI is committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment.

    Priority areas

    CIHI offers an outstanding environment for fellows interested in contributing to evidence-based analyses that informs the day-to-day decision-making of policy makers and health system leaders and enables them to provide better-quality, safer health care. Fellows will contribute to quality data and analysis which in turn leads to improved system performance and health outcomes. They will lead and support projects that align with our new strategic plan and its priority populations and health system performance themes that are driving CIHI's research and analytical work and help implement key strategic goals. Specifically, our strategic plan identifies four priority populations: seniors and aging, mental health and addictions, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and children and youth. It also focuses on the following health system performance themes: patient experience, quality and safety, outcomes and value for money that are driving CIHI's research and analytical work over the next five years. Fellows will gain important exposure to monitoring and public reporting, performance measurement strategies, and data collection and methodologies.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will join CIHI's Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues team in Toronto. The interdisciplinary team is responsible for producing policy-relevant analytical reports, infographics, data tables, chartbooks and interactive web tools that support health system decision-makers. The fellow(s) will support research and analytical projects that align with our new strategic plan and its priority populations and health system performance themes. In this capacity, Fellows will become immersed in CIHI's daily work and operations, contributing to ongoing and anticipated programs of work of both a strategic and time-sensitive nature. Fellows will also have an opportunity to participate in projects and/or lead a project from proposal to implementation, (timelines permitting) that address priority issues outlined in our strategic and analytical plans including: advancing our approaches to and learnings from health system comparisons (international and within Canada); harnessing predictive analytics and simulation modeling to deepen an understanding of value for money; elevating CIHI's public reporting capacities, including engagement with key stakeholders to ensure they have easy, timely access to the information they need, and identifying and developing customized approaches, tools and methodologies to support evidence-informed decision making.

    Professional growth and development

    CIHI supports a culture of continuous learning and provides rich opportunities for professional development to accommodate individual learning styles. Candidates will benefit from the opportunity to work closely with senior advisors and executives to develop leadership skills. Leadership development is supported through experiential learning on the job through attendance at senior management committee meetings and bi-annual retreats. Participation on large corporate projects provides the opportunity to hone business skills including; big-picture thinking, project management, presentation skills, creative problem solving, financial literacy, negotiating and communications. Fellows will also be able to take advantage of learning opportunities available to all CIHI employees. These include Policy Rounds, eLearning; Small Talks and Statistical Table Talks (information and discussion sessions); conference and external course attendance; in-house customized courses and internal presentations.  

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CIHI is seeking post-doctoral fellows with strong data analysis, critical thinking and communication skills, as well as an excellent grasp of the challenges facing Canadian health systems. An interest in innovation, the willingness to take risks and superior writing skills are also desirable for this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues team in CIHI's Toronto office and will be supervised by Tracy Johnson, Director, Health Systems Analysis and Emerging Issues.

    Duration and Location

    12 months on a full-time or part-time (80%) basis.

    Important date

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with CIHI must contact Tracy no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Tracy Johnson, Director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues at TJohnson@cihi.ca

  • Canadian Nurses Association, ON

    Mission

    CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses and nurse practitioners, advancing the practice of nursing and the profession to improve health outcomes in a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system by: unifying the voices of registered nurses; strengthening nursing leadership; promoting nursing excellence; advocating for healthy public policy and a quality health system; and serving the public interest. To learn more, visit the CNA website.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with CNA to advance the association's strategic goal to lead a shift in the healthcare system to more strongly reflect the principles of primary health care: accessibility; health promotion and chronic disease management; public engagement; interdisciplinary care; and, best use of technologies. To advance the strategic goal, the CNA seeks to:

    • Advance public policy through engaging nurses and the public
    • Build capacity among nurses and health care professionals
    • Influence the transformation of the healthcare system

    The CNA aims to be a top partner organization for experiential learning. CNA is dedicated to providing rich, meaningful, hands-on opportunities for fellows to contribute to the association's key priorities and to benefit from the association's commitment to personalized training and mentoring.

    Priority areas

    CNA is an outstanding organization for fellows interested in contributing to advancing our knowledge base and developing new evidence-informed policy and strategy in:

    • Informing and advancing a system shift to community- and home-based care;
    • Building nurse capacity for community-based and/or home-based care and including mental health and addiction services, and quality end-of-life and palliative care.
    • Advancing the business case for health system transformation and the opportunities created by new health services funding models and multidisciplinary skill mix;
    • Optimizing the scope of practice of health professionals in Canada and across the continuum of care to meet the heath needs of Canadians and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health systems across Canada;
    • Informing health human resources planning as it relates to the labour supply; factors influencing recruitment, retention, and retirement; career trajectories;
    • Building Indigenous nursing capacity and improving the health of Indigenous peoples, including through the innovative use of emerging information and communication technologies

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: strategy development for a range of policy and advocacy initiatives; environmental scanning to inform governance; conducting systematic reviews; developing evidence briefs (based on comprehensive literature reviews) and briefs/submission to the federal government; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis and economic analysis; participating in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation; developing technical and web-ready reports; delivering internal and external presentations; representing CNA on federal-level working groups and in the media; participating in a range of partner and stakeholder activities for information sharing and policy development purposes; and participating in meetings with federal politicians and government staff.

    Professional growth and development

    CNA will provide fellows with an orientation and exposure to the Canadian nursing and public health policy context. CNA will also provide fellows with concrete experience and professional development in the areas of policy development, advocacy and government relations, project management, leadership, networking, and negotiation.

    As the national professional association for Canada's largest group of health care providers, CNA is uniquely positioned to offer fellows an authentic and high-level exposure to the national public policy arena. In addition to having a dedicated senior executive supervisor/mentor with extensive cross-sectoral experience in research, policy and advocacy, a board of mentors within the organization will be created for the fellow. The fellow will also have full access to the regular formal and informal professional development opportunities offered to CNA employees.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CNA is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Policy, Advocacy and Strategy division and will be supervised by Dr. Carolyn Pullen, Director.

    Duration and Location

    12 months in Ottawa, ON. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with CNA must contact Dr. Pullen no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Dr. Carolyn Pullen at cpullen@cna-aiic.ca

  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, ON

    Mission

    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (“the Partnership”) is an independent organization funded by the federal government to implement the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. The Strategy aims to reduce the incidence of cancer, lessen the likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer. As the steward of the Strategy, we work collaboratively with cancer agencies, governments, national organizations, patients and families to advance meaningful and measurable progress in achieving shared goals. Our work spans the cancer control continuum, from prevention and screening to research and supportive care, effecting system-level change and reducing the burden of cancer on Canadians. To learn more, visit our website Canadian Partnership Against Cancer website.

    Impact goals

    Through our joint efforts and working within the Partnership's proven model for effecting policy and practice change, we are achieving results more quickly. We now have better data to inform clinical decisions and system improvement. We have enhanced collaboration in cancer research, established more cancer screening programs and expanded efforts to prevent cancer before it begins. And we are working with First Peoples to reduce the impact of cancer on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

    Priority areas

    Two opportunities will be available, one in the Strategy Division which includes the Knowledge Mobilization, Communications, First Nations, Inuit and Métis and Organizational Strategy teams. The second opportunity will be in the Cancer Control Division which includes Prevention and Research, Screening and Early Detection, Diagnosis and Clinical Care, Person-Centred Perspective and the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with in one of the divisions to advance the organizations continuing, evolving and new programs of work across five themes - quality, equity, seamless patient experience, maximizing data impact and sustainable system . With more new programs of work than in our last mandate, we will be looking to explore and implement innovative practices, and focus on knowledge mobilization

    Key continuing programs of work include:

    • Measuring and reporting on cancer system performance and analyze and use performance data to improve cancer care quality
    • Implementing the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Action Plan on Cancer Control
    • Implementing and enhancing population-based screening programs

    Key evolving programs of work include:

    • The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project
    • Improve experience of cancer patients transitioning from cancer care to primary care
    • Increase capacity to mobilize evidence into action

    Key new programs of work include:

    • Improve quality and availability of palliative, end-of-life care
    • True data linkage - Leverage the full potential of health system data to answer key questions in cancer control
    • Increase ability of cancer control system to deliver culturally sensitive care

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have a unique opportunity to substantively contribute to a diverse array of work to implement and advance the new priority areas of the Partnership's new 5 year mandate. Potential areas of work could include qualifying the economic burden of cancer, using knowledge mobilization models to increase the capacity to mobilize evidence into action, leveraging the full potential of health system data to answer key questions in cancer or enhancing population-based screening programs. The fellow(s) will contribute by: participating in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation; strategy development for a range of program initiatives; environmental scanning; conducting systematic reviews; developing evidence briefs (based on comprehensive literature reviews) and briefs/submission; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis and economic analysis; developing technical and web-ready reports; delivering internal and external presentations; and participating in a range of partner and stakeholder activities for information sharing and program development purposes.

    Professional growth and development

    The Partnership will provide fellows with an orientation and exposure to our unique approach to addressing cancer, co-operating and collaborating across jurisdictions and organizations to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of cancer control efforts across the continuum. This approach gives the fellows the rare opportunity to work at a pan-Canadian level with multiple stakeholders and experts in cancer control and strategy across the country. CAPC will also provide fellows with concrete experience and professional development in the areas of strategy development, government relations, project management, leadership, and negotiation.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CPAC is seeking fellows with experience (e.g., graduate-level training and/or work experience) in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; stakeholder engagement and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow (s) will be located in either the Strategy or Cancer Control Division.

    Duration and Location

    12 months in downtown Toronto. Ideal start date is September 5, 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with CPAC must contact Kathleen Dennis no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Kathleen Dennis, Talent Management
    Phone 416-915-9222 x 5812
    kathleen.dennis@partnershipagainstcancer.ca

  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute, AB/ON

    Mission

    The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not for profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. Established by Health Canada in 2003, CPSI reflects the desire to close the gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we deserve. Our vision is safe healthcare for all Canadians and we work with governments, healthcare organizations, professional associations, accrediting and regulatory bodies, researchers and academia, healthcare providers and patients in pursuit of our mission to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality.

    Impact goals

    CPSI is an active and respected pan-Canadian organization and recognized as a pre-eminent global leader in providing evidence-informed information and resources for patient safety and quality. Since its inception, CPSI has worked in collaboration with partners and stakeholders across the health system to promote and accelerate healthcare improvement in Canada. Our activities have included knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation; patient safety and quality improvement capability-building for health providers and leaders; cultivation and strengthening of coalitions and networks across the health system; and championing meaningful participation of patients and families in healthcare improvement at all system levels.

    Fellows working with CPSI will have the opportunity to directly contribute to improving the quality and safety of healthcare. CPSI enters its next mandate with a new strategic plan in 2018 and is envisioning bold new directions and an expanded role working with partners and galvanizing stakeholders to catalyze safer systems, inspiring no less than a social movement for patient safety. CPSI will do this through targeted initiatives to influence and support policy, practice, and public empowerment for transformational patient safety improvement.

    Priority areas

    CPSI is a unique and outstanding organization for fellows interested in significantly contributing to the field of patient safety by advancing the knowledge base and capacity for evidence-informed policy, strategy and practice in the following priority areas:

    • In our efforts to shift towards a more positive patient safety culture, CPSI has contributed knowledge and the moral imperative for legislation, policy, regulation, accreditation and education changes related to patient safety. We will be more deliberate in engaging and supporting system level capability with leaders, policy makers and educators.
    • There is no overarching framework through which to understand the state of patient safety and the magnitude of preventable harm in Canada. Canada is no different than any other nation, yet we can become an international leader in our thinking and approach to measuring and monitoring patient safety at all system levels. CPSI has begun to shift its approach to helping providers and leaders to identify, make sense of and use data and information for improvement.
    • CPSI has been a pioneer in Canada in advocating for and supporting patient and family involvement in healthcare improvement and for more than 10 years, has been meaningfully partnering with patients in all that we do. The impact of engaging and empowering patients and the public on patient safety awareness and outcomes is difficult to evaluate.
    • Rightly so, community- and home-based care is the most rapidly growing segment of healthcare. It has been estimated that 10-13% of home care clients experience harm on an annual basis. Generating and translating knowledge and building capability for improvement in the community and between care settings to align with this system shift is essential.
    • CPSI has contributed to growing the patient safety evidence base, helping healthcare organizations build the business case for patient safety. We could significantly further contribute through greater emphasis on evaluation of our own programs and interventions.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: environmental scanning and strategy development for a range of programs and initiatives; developing background materials and briefings to inform CPSI senior management and governance; conducting comprehensive literature reviews and developing evidence briefs; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis and economic analysis; participating in/leading stakeholder consultations; developing technical and web-ready reports; delivering internal and external presentations; representing CPSI on pan-Canadian committees and working groups; participating in/leading a range of collaborative activities and meetings with partners and stakeholders; facilitating and nurturing partnerships with governments, health organizations and other key stakeholders in patient safety.

    Professional growth and development

    CPSI staff comprises caring, energetic people, dedicated to helping the Canadian healthcare system become the safest and best in the world. Having a passion for what we do is core to our operations and we measure our success in part by creating a collaborative environment where all team members experience reward in their work. As a unique pan-Canadian organization with the ability to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals, CPSI staff work from the organization's corporate office in downtown Edmonton, its partner office in central Ottawa, and from virtual home-based offices that span the country.

    CPSI provides a comprehensive orientation for all team members and opportunities to participate in a variety of formal and informal learning events and experiences, including those provided by CPSI. CPSI's work is based on the premise that everyone teaches and everyone learns, and we encourage generous sharing of knowledge, ideas and solutions. CPSI actively supports employees' efforts to continue learning throughout their career in ways that advance both personal development and CPSI goals.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CPSI is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate in a collaborative working environment are important in this role. CPSI staff are required to maintain awareness of relevant national and international patient safety initiatives. Experience and expertise in patient safety and/or quality improvement patient and/or public/citizen engagement are considered assets.

    Supervisor(s)

    Depending on the location of the fellow (Edmonton or Ottawa), they will be supervised by either Ms. Sandi Kossey, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships & Priorities or Ms. Chris Power, CEO.

    Duration and Location

    12 or 24 months in either Edmonton, AB or Ottawa, ON. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute must contact Sandi Kossey no later than April 17, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Sandi Kossey at skossey@cpsi-icsp.ca

  • Choosing Wisely Canada

    Mission

    Choosing Wisely Canada is a national, clinician-led campaign to engage clinicians and patients in conversations about unnecessary care to help make smart, effective choices for high quality care. Choosing Wisely Canada is based at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital. Learn more.

    Impact goals

    Choosing Wisely Canada help to lead an international consortium of nearly 20 Choosing Wisely campaigns worldwide. This includes collaboration around campaign strategies, measurement and evaluation. We are looking to deepen and formalize the work of the Choosing Wisely international consortium with the assistance of a Health System Impact Fellow. In addition to specific country campaigns, representatives from the OECD, Commonwealth Fund and World Health Organization are engaged in the Choosing Wisely international consortium.

    Priority areas

    Choosing Wisely Canada is engaged in research, evaluation, performance measurement, patient engagement and medical education. The fellow would be engaged in all of these planks as they pertain to the Choosing Wisely international consortium. In particular there is collaborative international research around measurement and implementation that would benefit from the expertise of a health services researcher who is conversant in health economics and implementation science.

    Anticipated program of work

    The fellow would help to lead the maturation and formalization of the international consortium of Choosing Wisely campaigns. This work would include enacting a strategic plan, and managing projects related to the Choosing Wisely international efforts. This will entail engagement with colleagues worldwide, including researchers, campaign leaders and funders. Further, there will be the development of materials specific to supporting international Choosing Wisely efforts, including grant writing for collaborative research.

    Professional growth and development

    This fellowship offers an opportunity to grow and development professional skills as well as research and analytical skills. In particular, professional skills of leadership, management, collaboration and project management will be advanced as the fellow will be able to work independently, collaborate with a diverse network of colleagues both within Choosing Wisely Canada and internationally. For research and analytical skills, the fellow will have the opportunity to deepen their experience in data analysis, comparative health systems and knowledge translation.

    Desired competencies

    The fellow should have training in health services research and an interest in applying these tools to real world problems and challenges. Importantly, the fellow must have strong communication skills – both written and oral. Further, they should be able to work independently.

    Supervisor(s)

    Dr. Wendy Levinson, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine University of Toronto and Karen Born, Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto will co-supervise the fellow.

    Duration and Location

    This position will begin on Friday September 1, 2017 and conclude August 31, 2018.

    Contact

    karen.born@utoronto.ca

  • Continuing Care Branch, Health Service Delivery Division, Alberta Health, Government of Alberta

    Mission:

    The primary vision of the Ministry of Health is to ensure that Albertans are active partners in accessing and transitioning through a safe, high quality, sustainable health care system so that they can "receive the right health care services, at the right time, in the right place, provided by the right health care providers, with the right information." At the foundation of this vision is the principle that health care should be conveniently and seamlessly accessed at the primary care and community level and should be integrated with other community and social services.

    Speaking Notes

    With this vision in mind, the Continuing Care Branch (CCB) is responsible for the development of provincial strategic and program-level policy for continuing care including home care and facility-based care. This requires working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and community partners in planning, implementing and evaluating the shift from current acute care and physician-driven service models to integrated home and community-based health and social service provision.

    Impact goals:

    Focusing on two of the Ministry of Health's key strategies to improve health outcomes:

    1. Expanding home care services that will increase access to health services, reduce reliance on acute care facilities, and enable Albertans to stay at home longer; and,
    2. Enhancing care for people with dementia so they receive timely diagnosis and support in their communities with accessible, integrated and high quality care and services.

    the CCB has worked together with Alberta Health Services to develop plans to enhance and expand home and community care as well as the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The actions listed in each of these strategic initiatives will need to be implemented by the involved parties with close monitoring throughout as part of evaluating the impact of the policy shifts.

    Priority areas:

    1. Changes to home/community care – in light of proposed expansion and enhancements (including targeted funding from the federal government), there is the need to establish a formalized system for managing, monitoring, and assessing the impact of these changes to home and community care in Alberta. This would include improved public reporting on what results are expected to be achieved and whether we are achieving the planned objectives.
      1. Standardized information on the home care population – There will an emphasis on expanding and improving upon information provided to the public and for internal monitoring and planning purposes with respect to the province's home care client population.
    2. Alberta's Dementia Strategy and Action Plan – Pending its public release, there is the need to develop an overarching implementation framework to monitor the progress made and impacts associated with this provincial strategy and plan.

    Anticipated program of work:

    The program of work that the fellow would focus on represents a unique opportunity to measure, monitor and inform significant transformative change in Alberta's continuing care system and would involve: bringing forth evidence to support the policy/program shifts; measuring and monitoring the impact of transformative changes in the home and community care program; conducting quantitative data analysis; completing literature reviews and policy briefings; and using a strong evidence basis to recommend shifts or changes required during the implementation of these initiatives if evidence demonstrates the need to course correct to ensure success.

    Professional growth and development:

    This fellowship would offer the applicant first-hand experience with several of the professional and research and analytic skills identified as core competencies. There would, however, be emphasis on the following:

    1. The policy cycle - The applicant will actively participate in all stages of the policy and program development cycle including issue identification and definition, policy research and analysis, generating policy solutions and alternatives, consultation, developing policy proposals, policy implementation and policy monitoring and evaluation.
    2. Analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking - Leveraging off of central information systems will be critical. The Alberta Continuing Care Information System (ACCIS) was developed by the Ministry of Health and contains interRAI assessment data of individual home care, supportive living, and long-term care clients. ACCIS is a complex and sophisticated system and data can be used to assess trends and performance at various levels. Thorough and thoughtful analysis of the ACCIS data is critical evidence for decision makers as they consider changes to programs and policies.
    3. Stakeholder networking and engagement - The CCB prides itself in working closely with key stakeholders as policy and program development moves forward – this would include working closely with counterparts in the province's regional health authority (Alberta Health Services), service providers and facility operators, and client and family representatives.

    Desired competencies:

    In light of the fact that ACCIS is a complex and sophisticated information system, it would be preferred that the fellow have advanced statistical training and familiarity with large data sets. The development of performance measures and evaluation framework would also be an asset but not a pre-requisite.

    Supervisor:

    Corinne Schalm, Executive Director, Continuing Care Branch

    Duration and Location:

    This fellowship would be based out of the Continuing Care Branch office in Edmonton, Alberta. Due to the breadth of the project priorities, a 2 year position is preferred (although a 1 year position would be considered if the applicant has previous experience in this area).

    Important Dates:

    To ensure that you are suited for this fellowship, we request that you express your interest by April 28th, 2017.

    Contact:

    Please contact Corinne Schalm, Executive Director, Continuing Care Branch, Alberta Health, for further details at 780.644.3621 or Corinne.schalm@gov.ab.ca.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada, ON

    Mission

    Cystic Fibrosis Canada's (CFC) vision is a world without cystic fibrosis (CF). Our mission is to end CF. At CFC, we help all people living with CF by funding targeted, world-class research, supporting and advocating for high-quality individualized CF care and raising and allocating funds for these purposes. CFC is the leading funder of CF research and clinical care in Canada. Since 1960, the organization has contributed over $235 million to research and healthcare. The organization strives to maximize the value of research and healthcare investments by pursuing the most promising avenues to bring us closer to a cure for CF. To learn more, visit the CFC website.

    Impact goals, priority areas, and programs of work

    CFC has three distinct impact goals (clinical trial network, research impact assessment, and the economic cost of CF), priority areas and related programs of work for a Health System Impact Fellow, described below.

    Duration and Location

    12 months. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017. The position is located in Toronto.

    #1 Clinical Trial Network

    Impact goals

    Twenty-five years after the discovery of the CF gene in 1989 by a team of researchers from SickKids Hospital in Toronto, KALYDECO® (ivacaftor), the first drug that targets the basic genetic defect, came to market. However, KALYDECO® is indicated for only about 4% of the CF population. Today, there are over 50 CF drugs in clinical trials and the need for clinical trial sites and clinical trial participants is exploding. As announced at the second plenary of the 2016 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, there are now clinical trial networks covering much of the CF community worldwide. One exception is Canada. CFC recently convened a panel of international CF experts to discuss the implementation of a clinical trial network in Canada and is forging ahead to create such a network in 2017.

    Priority areas

    CFC is an outstanding organization for fellows interested in contributing to advancing clinical care for individuals living with CF by:

    • Identifying new clinical trial sites across the country to join the network;
    • Engaging stakeholders in trial design; and
    • Increasing stakeholder awareness of trials to encourage participation.
    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will develop, lead and implement an expansion of a clinical trial network beyond an established core of key sites. This work will build off the work of sister organizations while at the same time providing the fellow with the opportunity to innovate. The fellow will lead and/or contribute to: environmental scanning (including clinical trial sites and community stakeholder consultations); data analysis; financial and technical reports; stakeholder engagement; and internal and external presentations.

    Professional growth and development

    CFC will provide fellows with exposure to, and an understanding of, the challenges of incorporating a clinical trial network into a healthcare system that is not adapted for incorporating clinical research. Through interactions with a highly engaged patient and stakeholder community, along with a well-established and highly coordinated system of specialized CF clinics, the fellow will encounter firsthand the challenges faced by clinicians and patients alike in advancing new therapeutics to a population in need. Working with CFC's research and healthcare teams the fellow will interact with key CF clinicians at the 42 CF clinics and clinical research sites across Canada. The fellow will have exposure to healthcare environments and the nation's top experts in CF research and care. This opportunity will allow the fellow to exercise leadership and collaboration skills. In addition the fellow will also be expected to draw upon their change management and implementation knowledge.

    Desired competencies

    In addition to the competencies listed above, based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CFC is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Research, Healthcare, Advocacy and Registry division and will be supervised by Dr. John Wallenburg, Chief Scientific Officer.

    Contact

    Dr. John Wallenburg at jwallenburg@cysticfibrosis.ca

    #2 Research Impact

    Impact goals

    The successful fellow will work with CFC toward advancing the organization's strategic directions to focus on accelerating breakthroughs in CF research and development and to communicate effectively and demonstrate impact. By formally demonstrating the impact of CFC-funded research, the results of this project will: allow evidence-informed research program evaluation, development, and improvement; promote knowledge translation to improve clinical practice and patient/caregiver awareness; fuel CFC's fundraising efforts to continue to support high quality research and care; and support CFC's advocacy efforts.

    Priority areas

    With respect to achieving the goals described above, the fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to the following key priority areas:

    • Determining the impact of research supported by CFC using a variety of impact measures;
    • Improving the formal tracking of CFC's impact on CF research advances, the therapeutic pipeline, intellectual property, and advances in healthcare; and
    • Improving knowledge translation of research advances to impact clinical practice and patient/caregiver awareness.
    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have the opportunity to lead and/or contribute to the following areas: conducting comprehensive literature reviews; consulting with stakeholders and the CF research and healthcare communities by means of interviews and surveys; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis; delivering presentations on findings; and developing CFC's first-ever research impact report.

    Professional growth and development

    At CFC, the fellow will work closely with the Research, Healthcare, Advocacy and Registry Department with opportunities to interact with the CF research and clinical communities across the country as well as with healthcare executives at other Canadian health charities. The fellow will be invited to tour local CF clinics and research labs and will be encouraged to participate in regular formal and informal professional development opportunities offered to CFC staff, including attendance at local healthcare and research funding conferences. The experience at CFC will promote development of research, analytic and critical thinking skills, and will provide valuable experience in project management, networking, and knowledge translation.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CFC is seeking fellows with experience in research; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; knowledge translation and communication. Advanced writing skills, curiosity, and innovative thinking are also important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Research, Healthcare, Advocacy and Registry division and will be supervised by Dr. Tania Pellegrini, Manager, Research Operations.

    Contact

    Dr. Tania Pellegrini at tpellegrini@cysticfibrosis.ca

    #3 Health Economics: The Cost of CF

    Impact goals

    Working with the Research, Healthcare, Advocacy and Registry Department, the fellow will have an opportunity to interact with the CF medical, clinical and research communities across Canada to: (1) Examine factors that impact the various components associated with CF care; (2) Introduce an additional PhD to the field of CF care; and (3) Assist CFC in advancing public policy with its advocacy efforts.

    Priority areas

    CF is a multisystem disease, for which the proven model of care is multidisciplinary – that is, in order to address the many aspects of care, healthcare professionals from different disciplines work using a team-based approach to deliver comprehensive care. Despite this organized method of care delivery, there is no clear understanding of the financial implications of this disease.

    In an effort to determine the ‘cost of CF', the fellow will examine real-life situations that impact those with CF, along with their personal care-givers. The work will consider additional payers, including healthcare institutions, healthcare providers and provincial governments. In addition, the work will examine costs from medications to hospitalizations, loss of employment income, equipment, transplantation and other factors.

    In establishing the ‘cost of CF', the fellow will equip CFC and its associated communities with:

    • Current, relevant milestones with which governments and institutions can be approached for support;
    • Data to help illustrate the true burden of care, for the purposes of lobbying for enhanced care, new drugs and therapies of which there are anticipated new breakthroughs; and
    • The cost of late diagnosis, particularly in the province of Quebec where there is no newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.
    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will lead and be involved with consultation processes with key clinicians, patients, families and other stakeholders, and will participate in the development of a model for summarizing not only what costs are involved in treating – and living with – the disease, but what these actual costs are. The fellow will be given the potential to publish a paper and submit an abstract to the largest CF conference in the world: The North American CF Conference.

    Professional growth and development

    CFC will provide the fellow with exposure to the Canadian CF population (e.g., patients, families, volunteers, chapter leaders, board directors); the broad range of clinicians who provide care; researchers; and CFC program administrators.

    The experience gained with this fellowship will provide the successful candidate with insights into this specialized model of care, and with those who provide the care. The fellow will also acquire the knowledge of how healthcare costs are established and applied. This program will also provide the fellow with the opportunity to analyze and evaluate health related programs and policies. In addition, this opportunity will draw upon the fellow's project management skills as well as their data analysis ability.

    Desired competencies

    In addition to the above mentioned competencies, based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, CFC is seeking fellows with experience in research; evidence and critical thinking; knowledge translation and communication. Advanced writing skills, curiosity, analytical skills and innovative thinking are also important in this role. Knowledge in health economics and programming skills would be highly valuable.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Research, Healthcare, Advocacy and Registry division and will be supervised by Dr. Denise Mak, Director, Data, Analytics, and Registry.

    Contact

    Dr. Denise Mak at dmak@cysticfibrosis.ca

  • Deloitte, ON

    Mission

    Deloitte is well-recognized as a leader in professional services, where our experienced professionals strive to deliver seamless, consistent services wherever our clients operate. Specifically within healthcare, Deloitte has had the privilege of supporting clients across Ontario's Health Care System and the continuum of care, helping clients understand their key business drivers and trends impacting their data, information and research strategies; develop and enhance their design and visualization of reporting; and, examine more strategic questions about how to generate value from their data and information. We have a strong global team that combines the science of analytics with strategy-level insights to help healthcare organizations make decisions more accurately, objectively and economically to deliver sustainable value.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with different practices at Deloitte that specialize in healthcare strategy, health economics, and health analytics to advance our strategic goal to assist players and partners in the healthcare system evolve in their mission. To advance the strategic goal, Deloitte seeks to:

    • Develop creative analytical approaches to solve client's problems
    • Develop and roll out key provincial initiatives for the healthcare system in Ontario
    • Influence the transformation of the healthcare system

    Deloitte has worked with the most eminent health systems, healthcare delivery, clinical research and academic health care organizations in Canada, the US, and globally. Fellows in the program will thus be offered a rich breadth and depth of opportunities which will provide tremendous benefits as fellows progress in their careers.

    Priority areas

    Deloitte's priority areas are as follows:

    • Strategic advisory (strategic planning, clinical service planning, visioning, transition planning) for healthcare organizations
    • Generation of value from organization's data and information.
    • Assisting organizations in their challenges in realizing the full potential of communicating health system performance
    • Assessing the effectiveness of therapies, programs and practices across the health system
    • Evolving and integrating funding models
    • Examining and refreshing leading practices and organizational responses to public sector trends and health care policies.
    • Thought leadership including external scans, research on leading health practices, innovative technological solutions and interactive stakeholder engagement

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: strategy development; environmental scanning of health systems; evaluation of programs, therapies or policies; analysis and modelling of healthcare data; economic analyses; development of reports for clients; and participating in meetings with internal and external clients.

    Professional growth and development

    Deloitte seeks to mentor fellows and provide professional development in business skills, technical skills, networking, and in creating top-tier dynamic solutions for clients in a rapidly evolving space.

    Deloitte has strong connections with the top organizations globally, which provides fellows with a unique exposure to a wide landscape of healthcare players. The members at Deloitte has significant experience in consulting, academia, government, and industry to provide strong mentorship for fellows.

    Desired competencies

    Deloitte is seeking fellows with experience in healthcare policy, data analytics, strategy, economic modelling, or analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs. Strong oral and written communication skills, curiosity and the desire to learn and develop analytical and business skills are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Toronto office of Deloitte and will be supervised by Shanil Ebrahim or another senior member at the Deloitte office.

    Duration and Location

    12 months in Toronto, ON. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates: Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Deloitte must contact Shanil Ebrahim no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Dr. Shanil Ebrahim at shaebrahim@deloitte.ca

  • Dignitas International, ON

    Mission

    We innovate sustainable solutions to global health challenges, build resilient health systems, and advance the right to health for marginalized people and underserved communities.

    Impact goal #1: Develop Solutions to Emerging Health Challenges

    Dignitas' goal is to develop innovative solutions to emerging health challenges in Canada, which strengthen health systems for communities facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services. We will design initiatives that will contribute to evidence-informed policies and programs in Canada that have high relevance in other global health settings. Examples include: 1) chronic diseases and underserved populations, and 2) climate change and health. Dignitas seeks to:

    • Work in partnership with knowledge users to develop novel, evidence-based approaches to tackling emerging health issues;
    • Facilitate collaborative research and KTE on shared health challenges with Canadian and international partners in the Global South.
    • Inform the development of new health care policy and practice that reflects the priorities and needs marginalized people and undeserved communities.

    Impact goal #2: Develop New Models of Care to Improve the Health Indigenous Peoples

    Dignitas' goal is to advance the development of Indigenous-led models of care to improve the health of Indigenous people living in remote communities in Canada. We will build on our current work with the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority to strengthen and grow our community health worker program to improve community-based diabetes care, as well as explore new programmatic areas that reflect community health priorities. Dignitas seeks to:

    • Partner with Indigenous organizations and communities to develop, implement and evaluate customized health interventions;
    • Develop KTE strategies to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge users to strengthen evidence-informed decision-making;
    • Support the development of Indigenous-led chronic disease strategies with scientific evidence and relevant local and international best practice learning.

    Priority areas

    This is an excellent opportunity for post-doctoral fellows to gain hands-on scientific and programmatic experience in developing work that contributes to the following priorities:

    • Designing and researching models of care that address access barriers for marginalized people and underserved communities;
    • Fostering health system innovations working with multidisciplinary teams comprised of program specialists, scientists and knowledge users;
    • Working with knowledge users to develop demand-driven strategies to strengthen evidence-informed decision-making;
    • Influencing health policy and practice to be more inclusive of target populations and reflect their health needs and priorities.

    Anticipated program of work

    The fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to the following depending on the focus of their placement: coordinate internal planning processes with staff and external processes with partners; conduct systematic reviews; design and test new program ideas; conceptualize and implement new studies; perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis; design and produce knowledge products (e.g. evidence briefs); develop KTE strategies for Canadian and international knowledge users.

    Professional growth and development

    Successful fellows will be mentored and supported to design and test the next wave of novel ideas for research and programs that respond to current and emerging health challenges in Canada and beyond. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop/enhance professional skills in: program/project development, study and evaluation design, KTE, stakeholder engagement, partnership and network development and interdisciplinary teamwork. Dignitas is well positioned to offer fellows a unique opportunity to develop Canadian-based programming, which will also have application to Dignitas' work in Malawi and other global health settings. If relevant, fellows may have the opportunity to visit Dignitas' Malawi Program.

    Desired competencies

    Graduate-level training/work experience/personal attributes as follows:

    • Subject matter expertise related to one or more of the impact goals;
    • Implementation and/or evaluation science, and KTE;
    • Qualitative and/or quantitative research methods;
    • Strong desire to learn and innovate;
    • Proven ability to work in cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings;
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equitable, inclusive and culturally safe health care.

    Supervisor(s)

    Fellows will be supervised by senior staff and assigned based on impact goal area.

    Duration and Location

    Dignitas International's headquarter office in Toronto. Fellowships are 12 or 24 months with an ideal start date of September 1, 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a HSI Fellowship with Dignitas International must contact Emmay Mah no later than March 27, 2017 with their CV and professional goal statement. We encourage individuals who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis to apply.

    Contact

    Emmay Mah
    Director, Programs and Policy
    e.mah@dignitasinternational.org

  • Eastern Health, NL

    Mission

    Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 employees and serving a population of more than 300,000 people. The authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and some provincial programs and services such as cancer care. To learn more, visit Eastern Health website.

    Impact goals

    The successful fellow will have the opportunity to work with Eastern Health's Mental Health and Addictions Program. This program offers promotion/preventative, urgent/emergent acute, rehabilitative and continuing care to children, youth, adults, and seniors with substance use/gambling problems, addictions and mental illnesses both in our hospitals and in the community. Services are provided by interdisciplinary teams and range from assessment, counselling, detoxification, treatment and follow-up to vocational rehabilitation, housing options, case management services and leisure programming. The fellow will be embedded within several of the Mental Health and Addictions Program projects depending on the program's needs at the time of the fellowship. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to lead a longer-term project that explicitly addresses a priority challenge identified by the program.

    Eastern Health values experiential learning and strive to provide rich, meaningful, hands-on opportunities for fellows. We hope to have placements that allow fellows to contribute to the organization's key priorities with the benefit of receiving personalized training and mentoring.

    Priority areas

    Eastern Health hopes to attract fellows interested in contributing to community and institutional improvements within our Mental Health and Addictions Program. Ongoing projects that the fellow may be directly involved in include, Choosing Wisely Canada Best Practice Initiatives, Wait list process improvement, Transitions in Care, and Patient Flow.

    Anticipated program of work

    Within Eastern Health's Mental Health and Addictions Program, the successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: analytical work; provision of epidemiological proficiency; evaluation and research; environmental scanning; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis; participating in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation; developing reports; delivering internal and external presentations; implementation of best practices; participating in various working groups ; and, participating in partner and stakeholder meetings/activities for information sharing and quality assurance purposes.

    Professional growth and development

    Eastern Health will provide the successful fellow with an orientation and exposure to process improvement and LEAN training. We will also provide the fellow with professional development and practical experience in the areas of analytics, quality assurance, project management, leadership, and networking on a wide range of fluid projects depending on the needs of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.

    In addition, the fellow will have a highly devoted and experienced supervisor to oversee their time at Eastern Health and mentor them as needed. Senior executives from the Mental Health and Addictions Program will also offer their expertise and insights to the fellow as required. The fellow will also have access to all professional development opportunities offered to Eastern Health employees.

    Desired competencies

    Eastern Health is seeking a fellow with experience in evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Experience in process improvement would be considered an asset. The desired candidate should have advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised by Dr. Mike Doyle, Director of Research and will have indirect reporting to the Director for Mental Health and Addictions.

    Duration and Location

    2 years in St. John's, NL. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Eastern Health must contact Renee George no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials .

    Contact

    Renee George at renee.george@easternhealth.ca

  • Health Canada, ON

    Mandate

    Health Canada's mandate is to help the people of Canada maintain and improve their health.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with Health Canada's Strategic Policy Branch's to advance federal healthcare priorities to:

    • Advance the development of policy options to improving the affordability and accessibility of necessary prescription drugs. This includes looking at ways to improve the consistency of access to necessary drug treatments across the country and funding of such approaches.

    Priority areas

    The priority area of focus for the fellowship is pharmaceutical policy. Pharmaceuticals are playing an increasingly important role in modern medicine. Prescribed drug expenditure in Canada was estimated at $29.4B in 2014. Of this amount, $12.5 (43%) was financed by the public sector, while $16.9B (57%) was paid for by the private sector, which includes private insurers ($10.4B) and households ($6.5B out-of-pocket). The annual growth rate in drug expenditure is higher than the rate of inflation. Though prescription drugs contribute to positive health outcomes the rising number of high cost drugs are raising questions of ongoing affordability.

    Anticipated program of work

    The proposed program of work aligns with Health Canada's mandate and the findings could inform policy options on drug coverage and access in the Canadian context. The project(s) will explore options to harmonize existing public and private coverage to achieve fiscal sustainability for citizens and governments, while optimizing affordability, accessibility and appropriate use of necessary prescription drug in an equitable manner.

    Many experts and policy makers share the goal of achieving equitable access to effective, affordable and innovative treatments for all Canadians in need of them, in a manner that is sustainable over the longer term.  Achieving this goal presents challenges in Canada's decentralized health care system with multiple public and private payers.

    The assignment with Health Canada's Strategic Policy Branch's Office of Pharmaceutical Management Strategies holds great value as it seeks to develop, assess and cost potential models that could be adopted to make prescription drugs more accessible for all Canadians.

    The successful fellow(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to and lead on the following: issue identification, issues analysis, developing policy options, consultation, costing policy options, evaluation of the policy options and policy recommendations.

    Professional growth and development

    Health Canada will provide fellows with an orientation and exposure to pharmaceutical policy in Canada. Health Canada will also provide fellows with concrete experience and professional development in the areas of, leadership, networking, negotiation, consultation, policy development and costing, and government relations. In addition to having a dedicated senior executive supervisor/mentor, the fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and health portfolio staff.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, Health Canada is seeking a fellow with advanced experience in health economics and program modeling and knowledge of pharmaceutical policy and drug benefit programs in Canada, complemented with analysis and critical evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; synthesis and analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking, and the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team.

    Duration

    24 months. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in Strategic Policy Branch's Office of Pharmaceutical Management Strategies and supervised by Ms. Karen Reynolds Executive Director.

    Contact

    Ms. Karen Reynolds at karen.reynolds@canada.ca

  • Health PEI

    Mission

    Health PEI’s mission is to work in partnership with Islanders to support and promote health through the delivery of safe and quality health care. Health PEI was established as a crown corporation in 2009 to provide health services across PEI serving an estimated population of 148,600 people. Health PEI employs more than 4,600 employees including 1,899 nursing staff. In addition to this, 120 family physicians and 100 specialist physicians also provide care on PEI. For further information please visit http://www.healthpei.ca/

    Impact goals

    The Health PEI 2017-2020 Strategic Plan outlines three goals:

    • Quality and Safety
      • Support a culture of quality, safety and security in Health PEI
    • Access and Coordination
      • Provide access and coordination to community health and mental health and addictions to meet the needs of Islanders
    • Innovation and Efficiency
      • Develop new and innovative approaches to improve the efficiency and utilization of acute care services and ambulatory care resources

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake projects related to these goal areas over a one-year period.

    Priority areas

    Within each of the goals identified above, strategic priorities were identified in the Health PEI 2017-2020 Strategic Plan:

    • Quality and Safety
      • Improve patient and workplace safety and security
      • Embed patient- and family-centered care at all levels of the organization including, direct care, program and service planning and leadership to enhance patient experience
      • Increase engagement with patients, staff, members of the public and communities
    • Access and Coordination
      • Improve access to primary care services
      • Improve access to mental health and addictions services
      • Improve access to community-based specialized care programs for chronic and complex clients
      • Enhancement of home care services
    • Innovation and Efficiency
      • Improve patient flow
      • Reduce wait times in emergency departments
      • Ensure appropriate use of ambulatory care resources
      • Increase use of innovative practices

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to focus on health system innovations within one of the priority areas listed above and on-going Health PEI initiatives that require planning, strategy development, policy analysis, stakeholder consultations, jurisdictional reviews/environmental scanning, program/service evaluation and data analysis (qualitative and quantitative).

    Professional growth and development

    Health PEI will provide a unique opportunity to the fellow through professional development and practical experience in the areas of program/service planning and evaluation, communication, interdisciplinary work, project management, change management, data analysis, leadership and policy development and analysis. The fellow will be a part of the Corporate Planning and Evaluation Team, a highly skilled team that provides a unique systems lens to the work supported.

    Through this work, the fellow will gain exposure to different facets of the health care system and will have opportunities to collaborate with groups including the organization’s Health Information Specialists, Fiscal Analysts/Auditors, Program Leads and clinical staff. Senior leaders within Health PEI will also offer the expertise and insights to the fellow as required. The fellow will also have access to professional development opportunities offered to Health PEI staff.

    Desired competencies

    Health PEI is seeking a fellow with experience in the planning, analysis and evaluation of health and health-related programs/services and policies; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; effective communication skills, knowledge translation and an understanding of the Canadian health system and the health policy process.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised by Jennifer LaRosa, A/Manager of Corporate Planning and Evaluation and will have indirect reporting to the Director of Planning, Evaluation and Audit.

    Duration and location

    The fellowship will be twelve (12) months in duration. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important Dates:

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship Opportunity with Health PEI must contact Jennifer LaRosa (jnlarosa@gov.pe.a) with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Jennifer LaRosa, A/Manager of Corporate Planning and Evaluation, Health PEI, jnlarosa@gov.pe.a

  • Health Standards Organization (HSO)

    Mission

    To unleash the power and potential of people around the world who share our passion for achieving quality health services for all.

    Health Standards Organization

    Impact goals

    HSO will create shared value with its customers in order to ultimately improve quality health services for the patients and population they serve. We are presently accredited by ISQua (standards and accreditation body). Our stakeholders are our clients (Health Services Provider Organisations that cover the spectrum of health services), policymakers and payers, NGOs, patient organisations, health professional associations, clinical societies and various partners (such as CIHI, CFHI and CPSI).

    Priority areas

    HSO invests in developing evidence informed standards for health services across the continuum of care as well as impactful accreditation and assessment models to meet the needs of its customers, and ultimately have a positive impact towards better health outcomes.

    HSO strongly believes in including patients as partners, both in the development of its products and services, and in providing organizations with access to a People Powered Health community of practice.

    HSO connects people, information and actions across the health ecosystem.

    Anticipated program of work

    The work will focus on the development of two different measures to support implementation of our strategy to measure the impact of our products/services on health outcomes as well as integrated health services. The fellow will be supported by access to HSO's Technical Committees, composed of experts in the area of assessment methodologies and integrated health services.

    The nature of the work that the fellow can anticipate working with a team that uses human centred codesign methodologies (business design), including a combination of literature reviews, needs assessments, ideation, prototyping and rapid cycle improvements to bring products/services to market.

    Professional growth and development

    HSO has been created as an organization along side Accreditation Canada to drive its future especially in product development. Working with HSO will provide opportunities to advance the following competencies:

    • Project management
    • Networking
    • Research, analysis, evidence and critical thinking
    • Understanding and comparing health systems & the policy making process

    Desired competencies

    In addition its own organizational core competencies (e.g., communication, teamwork and collaboration, client service, professionalism, etc.), HSO is seeking a fellow with the following competencies:

    • Capacity to work with databases (statistical analysis)
    • Expertise in health-related outcomes indicators (PROMS, PREMS, health outcomes), population health
    • Experience researching health integration

    Duration and Location

    We are interested in a one year or two-year fellowship. HSO has offices in Toronto and Ottawa and either location is an option for the fellow.

    Supervision

    To be determined based on the fellow's interests, expertise and final program of work.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with HSO must contact Ms. Kieran Jordan no later than April 17, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Kieran Jordan , HSO Director of Standards: Kieran.Jordan@accreditation.ca

  • Heart & Stroke Foundation, ON

    Mission

    Heart & Stroke's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day.

    Impact goals

    Every seven minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease and stroke. An estimated 1.6 million more are living with the devastating effects of these diseases. And 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor, such as high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and diabetes. The threat of heart disease and stroke has never been more urgent. And it's amplified by our aging population, sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and more.

    To tackle these challenges, Heart & Stroke has set out the following ambitious goals in our strategic plan:

    • By 2020, reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 10%.
    • By 2020, reduce Canadians' death rate from heart disease and stroke by 25%.

    Priority areas

    Our strategic plan focuses our efforts on areas where we can make the biggest impact:

    Some examples of the current work we are engaged in include a Children's Nutrition Campaign to give children and youth the best start for a healthy life by banning marketing to them; Women's Heart Health to address the gaps that women face as they are underresearched, underdiagnosed, undertreated and undersupported in their disease journey; Indigenous Health to address health inequities in Indigenous peoples; and creation of support hubs for heart disease and stroke survivors and care partners to assist them in their recovery and well-being.

    Because each of these priority initiatives is at a different point in its development, execution and evaluation, the level of engagement will vary. Specific opportunities may include:

    • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to address the health inequity of women's heart health. This strategy will include implementation of a women's heart health research strategy and pan-Canadian research network, a national social marketing campaign, fund development campaigns, volunteer and employee engagement, and support for women patients of heart disease and stroke and their family and caregivers.
    • Develop a program to roll-out the Heart Smart Kids classroom resource to First Nations schools across Canada. Program development will include an environmental scan to identify public schools with large Indigenous student populations, working with HSF staff to develop and implement a promotional and dissemination strategy for the resource to educators of Indigenous students.
    • Create a data service to retrieve and analyze key standardized data for mission initiatives and to demonstrate mission impact.
    • Work with HSF's Promote Recovery team to develop and implement a national patient engagement strategy targeted to selected heart/brain health areas and/or conditions.
    • Collaborate with a cross-disciplinary HSF staff team to develop a national process for responding to inquiries from the public based on an internal analysis of current processes and environmental scan of similar organizations.
    • Assist the Health Policy & Advocacy team on research projects and documents regarding the health and economic impact of sugary drink interventions.
    • Develop a case for support outlining the adverse health impact of fruit juice. This would entail outlining the scientific underpinnings/mechanisms through which juice impacts health; critically appraising and synthesizing evidence that demonstrates a link between juice consumption and ill health; and briefly outline potential policy interventions to reduce juice consumption.

    Anticipated program of work

    Heart & Stroke is an ideal learning environment for fellows interested in developing experience, networks, and competencies in the health charities sector and learning how research informs strategy, policy, advocacy, program development, and service delivery at one of Canada's largest health charities. The successful fellow(s) will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: strategy development for policy and advocacy initiatives; environmental scanning and literature reviews to inform mission priority initiatives; developing evidence briefs including business cases; developing processes for data requests and data sharing; measuring and monitoring health system quality of care; participating in/leading stakeholder consultation; and delivering internal and potentially external presentations.

    Professional growth and development

    Heart & Stroke will provide fellows with experience at one of Canada's largest health charities in the areas of policy development, advocacy and government relations; project management; data management; stakeholder consultation; and knowledge translation and exchange. The fellow will work with Heart & Stroke management, leaders and subject matter experts in a range of disciplines (women's heart health, cardiology, health policy, people with lived experience with heart disease and stroke.) The fellow will learn how to manage and facilitate meetings and projects, develop supporting materials, recruit and train committee members and have the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by HSF senior staff with expertise in advocacy, research, knowledge exchange, evaluation and marketing.

    Desired competencies

    Heart & Stroke is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analytical and critical thinking skills including statistical analysis, population health and/or epidemiological experience; knowledge translation and exchange including the development and dissemination of knowledge products; and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

    Supervisor(s)

    TBD

    Duration and Location

    12 or 24 months in Ottawa or Toronto. Ideal start date is September 4, 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Heart & Stroke must contact Beverley Powell-Vinden no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Beverley Powell-Vinden, Senior Manager Knowledge Exchange, beverley.powell-vinden@heartandstroke.ca

  • INESSS, QC

    Mission

    INESSS's mission is to promote clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources in the health care and social services sector. At the heart of its mission is its role in assessing the clinical advantages and the cost of technologies, drugs and intervention methods in health care and personal social services. It makes recommendations regarding their adoption, use or coverage under the public plan, and creates clinical practice guides designed to ensure that they are used most effectively, with integrity and transparency. The Institut is an essential reference for informing decisions and practices, which it does by combining the perspectives of network managers and professionals as well as those of patients and beneficiaries to mobilize knowledge and actors in the health and social services network.

    Impact goals: INESSS is aware of the importance of enhancing leadership capabilities to support the transformation of the health and social services system. To contribute to the success of INESSS's mission, the successful applicant must have a methodological background to collaborate, with a senior mentor from the Institut, to support strengthened clinical governance at one or more levels of the business cycle, which is divided into four main functions:

    • Identifying priorities aims to guide the choice of priorities towards sectors where potential gains from optimizing practices are the highest
    • Developing knowledge products is at the heart of INESSS's mission. It leads to the production of assessments, opinions and guides based on the best available knowledge
    • Implementing recommendations focuses on equipping the Ministère, clinicians and managers so that recommendations can be implemented more quickly and efficiently
    • Measuring and evaluating is designed to equip network stakeholders to follow implemented recommendations and provide food for thought when identifying priorities in the next cycle

    Priority areas

    The health and social services system needs to improve its performance in a context of limited resources. The Institut wishes to acquire a high level of expertise to fully perform its role of supporting the improvement of clinical, professional and organizational practices. Possible themes of application for this experiential learning internship revolve around the current clinically relevant topics included in the three-year plan of activities (2016–2019) in various fields of health (e.g., cardiovascular assessment, traumatology, oncology, chronic diseases in primary care) or social services (e.g., mental health, seniors) and are defined with the fellow.

    Anticipated program of work

    INESSS has a central place at the heart of Quebec's health and social services network, and positions itself as a partner in the Canadian network and abroad. Practical learning opportunities within INESSS are plentiful and can take the form of many kinds of enriching projects, in terms of both career development for the fellow and organizational impact for INESSS. Depending on the profile of the successful applicant, here are some examples of project portfolios that are aligned with the strategic plan:

    • Quantitative methodologies profile: A study on the variation of practices, analysis of trajectories and identification of avenues with strong potential for improvements using the power of big data.
    • Policy and system analysis profile: Implementation of the new drug evaluation framework for registration, in particular using a multi-criteria approach; implementation of accelerated review requirements for innovative health technologies as part of the Processus optimisé d'évaluation des technologies d'intervention en santé [optimized process for assessing health intervention technologies] (POETIS).
    • Management and leadership profile: Study of new forms of partnership with universities and Unités d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé [health technology and intervention methods evaluation units] (UETMIS) to strengthen collaboration within the network; support and assessment of the implementation of new forms of patient and citizen participation.

    Professional development

    The professional development plan created for and with the successful applicant will be designed to strengthen the various core competencies of CIHR's Training Modernization in Health Services and Policy Research program, including: analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; interdisciplinary work; knowledge translation, communication and brokerage; leadership, mentorship and collaboration; networking; project management; and understanding health systems and the policy making process.

    Desired competencies

    In addition to the program competencies listed above, the following qualities are an asset: autonomy, innovation and creativity, commitment, writing ability and proficiency in English and French.

    Supervisor(s)

    Dr. Denis Roy

    Duration and location

    A 12-month or 24-month period (for discussion with candidates) starting in September 2017. The applicant will be based in Montréal or Québec.

    Important dates

    Documents (the applicant's CV and two letters) should be sent to stage@inesss.qc.ca and mention the name of the program (CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship). The application deadline is March 13, 2017.

    Contact

    Catherine Safianyk at 514-873-2563, ext. 28026.

  • Institute of Health Economics, AB

    Mission

    The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is an independent, not-for-profit organization located in Alberta that performs research in health economics and synthesizes evidence in health technology assessment to assist health policy making and best medical practices. Our mission is to assist decision makers in health policy and practice with the results from economic evaluations, costing and cost-effectiveness analyses, and with syntheses of findings from research in health technology assessment.

    Impact goals

    Changing how Alberta pays for health care is critical to improve value, achieve better quality, and slow cost growth. There is need in Alberta for capacity in applied economics knowledge to enhance economic surveillance that is independent from government, but supports ongoing provincial development of the organizational and incentive structures for funding the health service delivery system. There is also the need to critically appraise and regularly evaluate the impacts of funding systems on the behavior and performance of organizations and individuals to support phased implementation of funding reforms. The IHE seeks to develop this capacity, while providing comprehensive analysis to Alberta Health on health related funding and economic policies. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with IHE and Alberta Health on projects that will speak directly to policy development discourse.

    IHE seeks to:

    • Support decision making in health policy and practice with evidence from research in health economics and health technology assessment.
    • Assess the medical, economic, social, and ethical implications of both established and new health practices, procedures, and technologies.
    • Facilitate discussions and partnerships among government, academia, industry and healthcare providers to address important issues in health care.

    Priority areas

    IHE is an outstanding organization for fellows interested in contributing to:

    • Evidence synthesis of formal evaluations of funding models in major health care sectors as well as blended/integrated models of funding across health care sectors, including lessons learned (intended and unintended policy consequences of implementation across all health sectors).
    • Research and analytical support in policy development related to:
      • macro-resource allocation; health funding accountability structure;
      • funding model development and study of incentive mechanisms;
      • value for money and economic modeling (forecasting); and,
      • health service costing to support funding frameworks.
    • Work directly in partnership with Alberta decision-makers in implementation plans for new funding model approaches.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will provide evidence-based research and analytic support to senior policy makers in the development of important policy, on topics of immediate relevance by leading and/or contributing to any or all of the following: environmental scanning to inform governance; conducting systematic reviews; developing evidence briefs (based on comprehensive literature reviews) and briefs/submission to the federal government; performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis and economic analysis); developing technical and web-ready reports; delivering internal and external presentations; participating in a range of partner and stakeholder activities for information sharing and policy development purposes; and participating in meetings with government staff.

    Professional growth and development

    Through this fellowship, the IHE will:

    • Attract and develop highly skilled research analysts to build advanced capacity in health economics utilization in Alberta;
    • Engage the Fellow in broad practice-based experiences and professional development opportunities under the direction of mentorship from the University in which they are enrolled, the Institute of Health Economics and Alberta Health;
    • Support the Fellow in developing research skills under the co-direction of an academic advisor;
    • To develop and foster skilled health economists by providing training and career development opportunities for the fellow; and,
    • Support the fellow in advancing knowledge in health research and economic evaluation through publications and presentations.

    Desired competencies

    IHE is seeking fellows with training and/or experience in the areas of health economics theory or practice, applied research, and/or health. More specifically, recent PhDs focusing on health economics with experience in analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised by Dr. Anderson Chuck (Andy), Director of Economic Evaluation and Analytics, Institute of Health Economics.

    Duration and Location

    12 or 24 months (for discussion) n Edmonton, AB. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017. Some flexibility in location but significant time in head office in Edmonton required.

    Contact

    Jasmine Brown
    Institute of Health Economics
    jbrown@ihe.ca.

  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, ON

    Mission

    The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) is a not-for-profit research institute where world-class research teams lead cutting-edge studies that evaluate health care delivery and outcomes. Our mission is research excellence resulting in trusted evidence that makes policy better, health care stronger and people healthier. Our vision is to be a world-leading research institute where data and discovery improve health and health care. To learn more about ICES please visit our website.

    Impact goals

    The fellow will have the opportunity to work directly with ICES scientific and organizational leadership to help achieve the institute's strategic goals. In particular, the fellow will build upon his/her skills and contribute to advancing ICES research impact. Through interactions with key stakeholders, the fellow will also contribute to strengthening existing partnerships and/or building new ones.

    Priority areas

    Depending on fellow's background, experience and research interests, he/she would work on one of the following ICES research priority areas:

    • Data Science – As a leader in developing new and novel analytic and data linkage methods, ICES is looking to further build upon this reputation through its Data Science strategy. With vast amounts of data now being collected from a variety of different sources, including EMR, there is a need to develop new techniques and methodologies to harness the power of this data and to train scientists in these methods.
    • Data Safe Haven – ICES and HPC4Health (a computational high performance facility) have joined forces to establish the Ontario Data Safe Haven with the goal of allowing researchers, health system planners and decision makers to realize the true potential of diverse data assets. The Ontario Data Safe Haven will enable multiple functions, including remote storage, access and analysis of a research dataset and linkage of individual datasets with the ICES data repository.
    • Social Determinants of Health/Inter-ministerial Data Linkages – ICES continues to strengthen its partnerships with community agencies, provincial ministries as well as federal government agencies. Through these important partnerships, ICES is expanding its non-health data holdings, which now include citizenship and immigration, education and social services datasets.
    • Policy Evaluation – For the past 25 years, ICES researchers and ICES data have played an important role in generating evidence that has helped inform policy decisions.
    • Health System Evaluation and Inter-jurisdictional Comparison – ICES has partnered with national and provincial organizations to develop the Pan-Canadian Real-world Health Data Network (PRHDN), a distributed data network that will enable multi-province research and health system evaluation.

    Anticipated program of work

    Depending on the research priority area that the fellow will work on, he/she may engage in some or all of the following activities: leading a project from scope development, literature synthesis, through to knowledge translation of research findings. The fellow will interact with team members and will organize and lead internal and external stakeholder consultations and meetings around the specific priority area. In addition, the fellow is expected to present his/her work at internal rounds and contribute to training of staff as it pertains to the fellow's priority area of work.

    Professional growth and development

    One member of the ICES Executive Team (Principal Supervisor) will provide mentorship to the fellow and will share his/her extensive experience in research, policy, stakeholder engagement and communications. The fellow will participate in senior leadership meetings and will gain exposure to administrative and operational aspects that are integral to overseeing a research organization like ICES. In addition, the Principal Supervisor will ensure that the fellow is engaged in meetings with internal stakeholders and that the fellow is appropriately connected with network partners and stakeholders as needed to support the work. The fellow will have full access to regular ICES faculty meetings, research program meetings and management meetings, as well as access to professional development opportunities offered to ICES employees.

    Desired competencies

    Based on the ICES research priority areas listed above, ICES is seeking a fellow with expertise and skills in some or all of the following areas:

    • Strong quantitative expertise with healthcare administrative data
    • Advanced statistical knowledge
    • Experimental data science methodologies (natural language processing, machine learning, NoSQL, working with unstructured data, etc.)
    • Solid understanding of data governance principles
    • Understanding of data linkage and privacy preserving record linkage techniques
    • Knowledge translation and exchange
    • Evaluation of health and health-related programs and policies
    • Policy evaluation

    Supervisor(s)

    The Primary Supervisor with be a member of the ICES Senior Executive Team.

    Duration and Location

    12-month fellowship located in Toronto, Ontario. It is expected that the fellow will spend 80% of his/her time working on the defined ICES research priority area and 20% of the time towards his/her independent research. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with ICES must contact Melissa Stamplecoski no later than April 7, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Melissa Stamplecoski
    Portfolio Manager, Science Office
    melissa.stamplecoski@ices.on.ca

  • Interior Health, BC

    Mission

    "Promote healthy lifestyles and provide needed health services in a timely, caring, and efficient manner, to the highest professional and quality standards" (Interior Health, 2016).

    The interior region is located at the most southern and eastern borders of British Columbia. The Interior Health Authority (IH) was created in 2001 and currently employs over 19000 staff, has 1500 number of physicians, and over 4800 volunteers. There are a total of 24 health centres, 16 community hospitals, 4 regional hospitals, 2 tertiary hospitals, 6584 residential care and assisted living beds, and 1391 hospital beds.

    IH has had roles in education, training and research since its inception in 2001. In addition to the overarching key strategic priorities set in 2015, the senior leadership team approved a Research Strategy in 2014 aimed at furthering research capacity to facilitate evidence-informed policy and practice and the implementation of evidence to improve health care.

    Impact goals

    In 2015, five key strategies were developed by the Senior Executive team:

    • Enhance access to appropriate primary health care.
    • Improve primary and community care outcomes and delivery for complex chronic conditions and frail clients.
    • Improve primary and community care outcomes and delivery for mental health and substance use clients.
    • Improve timely access to elective surgery.
    • Implement a renewed system of care for rural British Columbia.

    Priority areas

    In alignment with the overarching mission and impact goals, the following priority areas have been designated as options for this fellowship competition:

    • Access to Rural and Remote Healthcare
    • Harm Reduction (e.g., drug overdose prevention)
    • Mental Health and Community care

    Anticipated program of work

    The program of work will be centralized on health system innovations towards improved care within one of the three priority areas.

    Professional growth and development

    The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with the project leads and teams who have been tasked to develop working plans, including evaluation plans, in order to meet performance expectations set by the BC Ministry of Health and as directed by the Interior Health Senior Executive Team. A mentorship team comprising senior executives from across various IH departments will also be created to provide the fellow with exposure to and guidance from an array of leaders. The fellowship will provide hands-on experience in supporting evidence based decision making, planning and implementation within the health authority.

    Desired competencies

    • Interior Health Emotional Intelligence Competencies

    Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to lead research and/or knowledge translation and exchange activities and projects.
    • Exceptional strength in fostering and developing partnerships.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of healthcare research, research methods, health research priorities, and current healthcare issues.
    • Ability to effectively support and collaborate with Health Authority staff and university research faculty.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

    Supervisor(s)

    Deanne Taylor, Director, Research Department

    Duration and Location

    Twelve months, Interior Health, Kelowna, BC

    Contact

    Deanne Taylor, MDCS, PhD
    Director, Research Department, Interior Health
    Office: 778-214-5430
    Email: Deanne.taylor@interiorhealth.ca

  • Medavie Health Foundation, NS

    Mission

    The Medavie Health Foundation forms partnerships and funds programs that improve the lives of those impacted by child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and type 2 diabetes.  We are part of Medavie, a health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. Medavie doesn't have shareholders and instead channels 10% of its annual net income as a social dividend to the Foundation. Together, with more than 5,500 employees, we are committed to providing innovative solutions that will help build a healthy Canada.

    Impact goals

    With a mission to support and promote innovative and evidence-based solutions to address some of our country's most pressing physical and mental health care challenges, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work with the Medavie Health Foundation and the organizations we fund to advance our strategic priority to invest for impact.

    Priority areas

    With five years of funding behind us to over 60 organizations, the Medavie Health Foundation aims to demonstrate cumulative impact by focusing on - and spreading - innovative and evidence-based solutions. To do this, we will need to monitor, measure and report health outcomes to ensure the effective use of our resources and the long-term benefits to individuals and communities. Our focus for the next three years will include defining and measuring our impact through a strategic portfolio of investments as follows:

    • Identify our Theory of Change to further define our future investments, impact and reporting
    • Strengthen and expand existing partnerships that demonstrate the greatest promise for impact
    • Invest in and build local community capacity, and identify 4-6 new potential partnerships
    • Invest in exploratory research to inform potential funding investments. i.e. First Nations, university students and new mothers
    • Measure and report the cumulative impact of our activities and initiatives

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful Fellow will have a range of opportunities to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: research and develop an impact report that measures funding to date and helps to inform future funding strategies; perform program specific quantitative and qualitative data analysis to measure the overall effectiveness under a variety of scenarios and circumstances; participate in/lead stakeholder dialogue/consultation as it relates to post-traumatic stress disorder; engage in exploratory research to inform future investments with a focus on First Nations.

    Professional growth and development

    The Medavie Health Foundation will provide the Fellow with an orientation and exposure to the challenges, initiatives and partner organizations actively engaged in our core cause areas. We will also provide practical experience and professional development in the areas of creating compelling white papers, business cases and impact reports, partnership development, project management, leadership, networking, and leveraging evidence-based research to inform strategy.

    In addition to having a dedicated senior executive supervisor/mentor with extensive business and communications experience, the Fellow will also work closely with key leaders within Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services, as well as partner organizations who possess a range of experience in our core cause areas, including public policy and advocacy work.

    Desired competencies

    The Medavie Health Foundation is seeking a Fellow with graduate-level training and/or work experience in the analysis and evaluation of program-specific health outcomes; analysis of data, evidence and knowledge translation; advanced report writing skills; the ability to gather and synthesize a mix of qualitative and quantitative data; and a passion for finding solutions to address today`s health care challenges.

    Supervisor(s)

    The Fellow will be supervised by Patty Faith, Executive Director.

    Duration and Location

    24 months in Halifax, NS. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Medavie Health Foundation must contact Patty Faith no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Patty Faith
    patty.faith@medavie.ca

  • New Brunswick Department of Health

    Mission

    The New Brunswick Department of Health (NB-DoH) contributes to the Government of New Brunswick’s mandate of providing quality services to support a prosperous, fair and just society for New Brunswick, by ensuring access to sustainable quality health services and that we have a healthy citizenry. This is achieved by NB-DoH by leading and enabling the health system through formal planning, sustainable funding, and continuous monitoring

    The NB-DoH is a performance-driven organization, which values its employees, provides innovative leadership, and directs a high quality, sustainable health system. The keys to NB-DoH’s success are it’s motivated employees, engaged citizens, collaborative partnerships, and reliance on evidence-based decisions.

    Impact goals

    The Government of New Brunswick has identified four priorities to move New Brunswick forward as a prosperous, fair and just society; More Jobs, Fiscal Responsibility, Best Place to Raise a Family and Smarter Government.  In support of these priorities the NB- DoH, in collaboration with its health system partners, has developed corresponding strategic goals. Adapting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim framework, the following strategic goals are now the focus for improving the health of New Brunswickers: 1) Fostering Healthy Populations; 2) Making Focused Investments; 3) Providing Best Care Experiences; and 4) Developing Smarter Healthcare Services.

    Priority areas

    Within the four high-level impact goals, the NB-DoH and health system partners have identified the priorities listed below. The successful fellow with have an on opportunity to work on initiatives that cross and impact many of these priorities.

    1. Fostering Healthy Populations
      • Improve Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases
      • Improve Addiction and Mental Health Outcomes
    2. Making Focused Investments
      • Move Investments to Primary Health Care
    3. Providing Best Care Experiences
      • Enhanced Care Experience for Patients
      • Create Seamless Pathway to Appropriate Care for Seniors
    4. Developing Smarter Healthcare Services
      • Better Coordination of Health Care Services
      • Increase Use of Quality and Timely Information
      • Collaboration Amongst Health Partners

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful candidate will have a many opportunities to apply their skills and expertise in support of the NB-DoH’s use of evidence-based decision-making. In collaboration with the 25 members of the Health Analytics Branch, and with access to substantive data holding, the successful candidate can expect to work on issues/topics/projects that range the entire spectrum of the health system in support of the goal and priorities identified above.

    Examples of work that may be undertaken include, the enhancement of quantitative models to identify and prioritise a community’s need for primary care resources, development of costing models for mental health services, evaluation of chronic disease management incentives for physicians, enhancements to forecasting models that predict the supply & demand of health human resources, development of tools to determine high cost users, development of a physician capitation payment monitoring program, or assessing the provincial impact of the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation introduced by the federal government last spring.

    However a cross-cutting priority that will be the main emphasis for the fellowship is a program of work focused on population segmentation analysis. Population segment analysis aims, overall, to inform resource planning, care arrangements, and service delivery in a manner that recognizes the unique needs of different population to ensure that each person's health needs are met effectively and efficiently. The details are outlined in the 2007 “Bridges to Health” study: The candidate will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with population risk adjustment tools such as the one recently introduced by the Canadian Institute for Health Information(CIHI) and the more established Johns Hopkins’ Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACG) Case-Mix System. Work on this project many be of interest to a candidate who has an interest in working with unstructured text data or an interest in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP).

    Professional growth and development

    The successful fellow will gain exposure to the operations of the New Brunswick civil service whose success is attributed to a professionally trained and well prepared workforce able to respond to challenges presented. Orientation will be provided to the successful candidate in the areas of government operations, policy development and funding approaches. Technology training will be provided for tools sets utilized by the department. The fellow will also be required to take train for personal health information privacy, the functioning of government and the language of work.

    Desired competencies

    The successful fellow can expect this opportunity to build upon the following CHSPRA core competencies:

    • Analysis and Evaluation of Health and Health-Related Policies and Programs
    • Knowledge Translation, Communication and Brokerage
    • Analysis of Data, Evidence and Critical Thinking
    • Interdisciplinary Work
    • Project Management
    • Networking

    Supervisor

    James Ayles, Director of Health Analytics

    Duration and Location

    12 months, beginning Sept, 2017 at the NB-DOH Head Office, Fredericton, NB.

    Important Dates

    Interested candidates should contact James Ayles no later than April 17, 2017 to discuss this opportunity.

    Contact

    Email: james.ayles@gnb.ca
    Phone: (506) 457-3591

  • Newfoundland Department of Health and Community Services, NL

    Mission

    The mission of the Department of Health and Community Services is to provide leadership to our many stakeholders, including the regional health authorities, in the development of policies and programs that support an enhanced health system and effectively serves the people of the province helping them achieve optimal health and wellbeing. To learn more visit Department of Health and Community Services website.

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the Department of Health and Community services to advance the department's Triple Aim approach to lower cost through system improvement, better health of the population, and better care for individuals to lead a shift in the healthcare system.

    Priority areas

    The Department of Health and Community Services presents a significant opportunity for fellows interested in contributing to advancing our knowledge base and developing new evidence-informed policy and strategy in one or more of the following areas:

    • Primary health care, including the development of interdisciplinary primary health care teams;
    • Mental health and addictions, including research and development of innovative delivery models for mental health and addictions services;
    • The use of e-health technology and evidence to improve health care delivery, including the development of a health data analytics action plan in partnership with the health research sector.
    • Modernizing and streamlining the delivery of services; and
    • Community supports and capacity building

    Anticipated program of work

    The Successful fellow will have the opportunity to lead and/or contribute to any or all of the following: strategy development for a range of policy initiatives, evaluation of various government initiatives, including those undertaken with community and academic partners, performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis, developing briefs and memoranda, delivering internal and external presentations, and participating/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation.

    Professional growth and development

    The Department of health and Community Service will provide fellows with an orientation and exposure to the provincial health policy development process, as well as experience and professional development in the areas of policy development, health analytics, program evaluation, stakeholder relations, and project management. The fellow will receive direct supervision and mentorship from senior-level officials in the Department.

    Desired competencies

     The Department of Health and Community Services is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Policy, Planning and Performance Monitoring Branch of the Department of Health and Community Services and will be supervised by Michael Harvey, Assistant Deputy Minister

    Duration and Location

    12 or 24 months (for discussion) in St. John's, Newfoundland

    Important Dates

    Interested applicants should contact Mr. Harvey with the required materials no later than April 13, 2017.

    Contact

    Michael Harvey at michaelharvey@gov.nl.ca

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, NL

    Mission

    Improved health through quality health information.

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (the Centre) is responsible for developing and implementing the province's confidential and secure eHealth system, including the electronic health record (EHR), telehealth and more. The Health Analytics Evaluation Services (HAES) department of the Centre carries out health analytics and evaluations that support health policy and decision making by government, healthcare managers, and program planners. The HAES Department also provides information to clinicians and the public to assist them in their decision-making. To learn more, visit the Centre's website.

    Impact goals

    The primary impact goal for the fellowship is to provide advanced evaluation and/or analytic expertise to the Department of Health and Community Services and the Regional Health Authorities to inform provincial and regional health policy, program and service delivery decision-making that improves provincial population health outcomes.

    Priority areas

    HAES consults with the Department of Health and Regional Health Authorities to identify evidence needs to inform policy, program and health system management. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in consultations and lead priority-driven health analytic and evaluation projects. Additionally, a fellow could contribute to the following HAES priorities:

    • Enhance analytic and evaluation support to the Department and Regional Health Authorities for evidence-informed policy and decision-making
    • Enhance analytical capacity  (e.g., new methods and techniques, data management practices, data visualization and presentation strategies –deliver actionable information for evidence-informed policy and decision-making
    • Strengthen privacy/data management policies and procedures
    • Expand data holdings (e.g. identify data gaps and potential options for new data holdings)
    • Strengthen data governance

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to: data analysis, data management (e.g., storage, security, privacy), environmental scanning, stakeholder dialogue/consultation, evidence briefs, evaluations (e.g., policy, technology, programs, etc.), technical and web-ready reports, internal and external presentations.

    Professional growth and development

    The Centre will provide fellows with a comprehensive orientation and exposure to data and health analytics at the provincial and national level. Professional development opportunities will include an opportunity to participate in our successful mentorship program (a six-month program customized to the goals of each mentee), internal learning sessions based on both technical and organizational skills.

    Desired competencies

    • Knowledge of evaluation design and methodology.
    • Ability to critically appraise programs and services.
    • Proficient in data analysis tools and methods (i.e., SAS is predominate tool used at the Centre).
    • Exceptional communication (written and oral), organization, and facilitation skills.
    • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
    • Ability to perform in a high pressure, diverse and changing environment.
    • Ability to set and meet deadlines.

    Duration

    12 or 24 months (for discussion with candidates). Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Health Analytics and Evaluation Services (HAES) department and will be supervised by Dr. Kayla Collins, Director HAES

    Contact

    Connie Duffett, Director Strategic Human Resource Management Human Resources
    709-752-6558
    Connie.Duffett@nlchi.nl.ca

  • NWT Department of Health and Social Services, NWT

    Mission

    The vision of the NWT Department of Health and Social Services is to ensure NWT residents have equitable access to quality care and services and to encourage our people to make healthy choices to keep individuals, families and communities healthy and strong. The recently updated Strategic Plan for the NWT Health and Social Services System lays out a vision of Best Health, Best Care, for a Better Future that is aimed at supporting residents of the NWT to be as healthy as they can be.

    Impact Goals

    The Strategic Plan for the NWT Health and Social Services System identifies the priorities for advancing the vision of Best Health, Best Care, for a Better Future. Critical to the success of all priority areas, is a constant need to improve the outcomes, effectiveness and efficiency of all aspects of the HSS system. In order to accomplish this, data collection, analysis and management within the system must also constantly improve. Furthermore, the NWT is in the process of unifying its various health authorities into a single Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA). With this system transformation, as well as the growing need for improvement, the importance of vital data and evidence in the decision making process is paramount.

    Priority Areas

    The key priority area for the fellowship is enhancing data platforms and analytic strategies across the NWT Health and Social Services System’s priority areas. The time for thinking about improvements to how NWT HSS data is managed, analyzed and used is ideal. The newly unified NTHSSA provides a new opportunity for increased standardization, coordination and accessibility between regions and with external partners and the NWT SPOR Support Unit for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) will soon be established. Moving forward, data is poised to play a key role in contributing to the evidence base and to support decision making within all levels of the NWT health and social services system.

    A Health System Impact Fellow will play a key role helping prepare the NWT to fully harness data for evidence-informed strategy, program development, care delivery, and resource allocation decision-making.

    Currently, there is no formal governance structure for data management or analytics within the NWT HSS system, and analytics resources are embedded throughout the organization with no coordinating structure. However, there has been a focus on increasing capacity for data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting, and public transparency as outlined in the Strategic Plan. Given the limited capacity within the NWT there is the need for the Ministry and the Authorities to work collaboratively. Analytics capacity will need to be embedded within the organizations – to best support decision-makers, while ensuring there is coordination and support across the entire system.  Central coordination through a matrix management structure operating under a cross-functional steering committee is seen as an effective first step in mobilizing analytics.

    The successful fellow will be expected to work within this environment to develop and integrate appropriate data platforms and analytics strategies across all priority areas.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to the development of an NWT Analytics Strategy. CIHR recently hosted a Best Brains Exchange in the Northwest Territories focused on unified data management and how best to support quality analytics within the NWT HSS system. The successful fellow will be expected to build on the recommendations from this workshop and contribute to the advancement of a unified data management and analytics approach and for the NWT HSS system.

    Professional growth and development

    NWT Health and Social Services will provide the opportunity to work with public health leaders in a unique organizational and geographical environment that will present a variety of challenges and opportunities not found in larger organizations. The successful fellow will work with staff from various departments based in one of 33 communities, many of which are remote and isolated, and operating within a complex organizational and political environment.

    In addition, the successful fellow will be expected to work and build collaborative relationships with a wide variety of community partners, including local community governments and Indigenous organizations, academic institutions, local research organizations and other external partners in nearby provinces and territories.

    Desired competencies

    We are seeking a talented individual with ambitions to advance their career by capitalizing on involvement in a range of multi-disciplinary, collaborative health system improvement projects with a specific focus on data analytics. Demonstrated experience (e.g. graduate-level training and/or work experience) with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods evaluation and policy analysis is expected. Core competencies must be related to data management and analytics in a complex health environment.

    Supervisor

    The fellow will be work under the direction of a steering group comprised of senior staff from the Department of Health and Social Services and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority. The primary supervisor will be Lisa Cardinal, Director, Corporate Planning, Reporting and Evaluation.

    Duration and Location

    This is a 12 month opportunity, beginning in September 2017. The position will be based in Yellowknife, NWT.

    Contact

    Lisa Cardinal
    Director, Corporate Planning, Reporting and Evaluation
    (867) 767-9053 ext. 49050
    lisa_cardinal@gov.nt.ca

  • Ontario Long Term Care Association, ON

    Mission

    The OLTCA is Canada’s largest long-term care association and represents a full spectrum of charitable, not-for-profit, private and municipal long-term care operators. The Association’s member homes are funded and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. OLTCA members provide care, accommodation and services to almost 100,000 seniors annually.

    The Ontario Long Term Care Association supports excellence in long-term care through research, analysis, advocacy and services for members. We use a solutions-oriented approach to advance the delivery of the care and services to meet the changing needs of Ontario's long-term care residents.

    To learn more, visit Ontario Long Term Care Association and Better Seniors Care

    Impact goals

    Provide leadership to advance our knowledge about the implementation of a system-wide e-health initiative in the long-term care sector.

    Priority areas

    The Association is currently leading several large system wide implementation projects. These are major change management initiatives that involve the majority of long term care homes in the province. The fellow will be asked to provide expertise to design and lead an impact evaluation of the LTC eConnect initiative (see project description below).

    In addition to leading the evaluation of the LTC eConnect project, the fellow will have an opportunity to contribute on several other OLTCA priority projects including but not limited to:

    Anticipated program of work

    Background

    In June 2016, the Ontario Long Term Care Association took the lead on organizing a sector-wide project, known as LTC eConnect, in collaboration with Canada Health Infoway, eHealth Ontario, and software companies PointClickCare and ThoughtWire. This project is designed to accelerate the connection of LTC homes to the provincial EHR network and to address sector concerns about the security of these connections. Privacy controls in the LTC eConnect Solution allow only OneID credentialed health professionals to have access to resident information available in the home’s EHR software, and only about the residents under their care. The LTC eConnect Solution will give health care staff a secure link to instant one-touch access to resident information from hospitals, doctors’ offices, CCACs, etc. in their EHR. This intent is that this information will improve the quality and timeliness of resident care, particularly following transitions of care. The LTC eConnect Solution may also help to reduce duplicate orders, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and follow-up calls, and support better clinical decision-making. The fellow will be asked to design and complete an evaluation (benefits analysis) to fulfil contractual obligations under our contract with Canada Health Infoway. However, our hope is that the evaluation results will provide insights into system implementation that will be useful to our sector and inform knowledge in implementation science realm. This is a unique opportunity to engage in a real-world evaluation of a high profile system implementation.

    Professional growth and development

    This will be a unique opportunity for the fellow to advance competencies across many research and analytic, and professional skills outlined by CHSPRA.

    • Analysis and Evaluation of Health and Health-Related Policies and Programs: The proposed project is directly related to carrying out an evaluation of system-wide implementation across several hundred long term care homes.
    • Analysis of Data, Evidence and Critical Thinking: We will look to the fellow to apply their knowledge of theory and research evidence to help design the study, lead the analysis and summarize implications for the sector.
    • Understanding Health Systems and the Policy Making Process: A placement at the OLTCA will give the fellow a unique opportunity to learn about the long term care sector and participate in activities that influence the policy making process. Our Association is considered a trusted partner of the MOHLTC and we participate on many stakeholder provincial tables. The fellow will also have the opportunity to get involved in our advocacy initiatives, such as our pre-budget submission, This is Long Term Care sector report and Better Seniors Care Campaigns
    • Knowledge Translation, Communication and Brokerage: Vinita Haroun, Director of Research and Knowledge Translation will be the direct supervisor of the fellow. They will have the opportunity to learn from and participate in real-whole KT activities. The proposed project is also related to system level implementation. The fellow will have the opportunity to add to the body of knowledge in implementation science with their work on this study.
    • Project Management: The fellow will be responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of the evaluation project.
    • Interdisciplinary Work: The ability to use effectively and to combine when appropriate methods and insights from multiple academic disciplines will be critical in this project that touches ehealth, implementation science, evaluation.
    • Networking: OLTCA’s membership includes 440+ long term care homes. It is critical to our existence that we remain in contact with members, to understand the pulse of the sector.
    • Negotiation: The ability to use effectively and to combine when appropriate methods and insights from multiple academic disciplines will be critical in this project that touches ehealth, implementation science, evaluation.

    Desired competencies

    • Expertise in mixed method study design
    • Familiarity with e-health would be considered an asset but not a requirement
    • Familiarity with the long term care sector would be considered an asset but not a requirement

    Supervisor(s)

    Vinita Haroun, Director Research and Knowledge Translation, OLTCA
    Nancy Cooper, Director Quality and Performance, OLTCA

    Duration and Location

    1 year. OLTCA offices are located in Toronto. The fellow may be required to do some travelling to complete evaluation project in collaboration with long term care homes across the province.

    Important Dates

    Candidates interested in a fellowship with OLTC must send Vinita the required materials by April 13, 2017.

    Contact

    Vinita Haroun, Director, Research & Knowledge Translation
    647-256-3496 (office)
    416-561-3177 (cell)
    vharoun@oltca.com

  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, ON

    Mission

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations. To learn more, visit the MOHLTC website.

    Impact goals

    The Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch (RAEB) within the MOHLTC's Strategic Policy and Planning Division serves as a focal point for policy-relevant research evidence and acts as an expert internal consulting service that supports policy development and implementation across the ministry.

    RAEB:

    • oversees the ministry's investments in health system/services research and population health research;
    • fosters knowledge translation and exchange by facilitating linkages between researchers and decision-makers; and
    • supports ministry program areas with specialized expertise in evidence synthesis from the research literature, economic analysis/modeling, performance measurement, and evaluation.

    Working in RAEB's Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit (EAEU), the successful fellow will help ensure that MOHLTC decision-making is informed by the best available evidence by supporting program areas across the ministry with specialized expertise in economic analysis and/or evaluation and performance measurement.

    Priority areas

    The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care is the next phase of Ontario's plan for changing and improving Ontario's health system, building on the progress that has been made since 2012 under the original Action Plan for Health Care. It exemplifies the commitment to put people and patients at the centre of the system by focusing on putting patients' needs first.

    The ministry:

    • Establishes overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health system;
    • Develops legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and directives to support those strategic directions;                                                                                                             
    • Monitors and reports on the performance of the health system and the health of Ontarians;
    • Plans for and establishes funding models and levels of funding for the health care system; and
    • Ensures that ministry and system strategic directions and expectations are fulfilled.

    Anticipated program of work

    Fellows will be immersed in a fast-paced health policy environment where they will help solve complex, real-world problems for the benefit of the people of Ontario. Fellows will:

    • provide specialized expertise and advice to ministry staff and senior management with respect to economic analysis and/or evaluation and performance measurement;
    • lead quantitative and qualitative research in support of strategic health system priorities;
    • prepare policy papers, briefing notes, presentations, and responses to issues and initiatives from across the ministry; and
    • lead and participate in working groups and projects.

    Professional growth and development

    Fellows will gain a comprehensive understanding of current health policy issues and the healthcare system in Ontario. They will also gain critical insights into:

    • navigating the machinery and culture of government, including tact, diplomacy and political acuity;
    • effectively managing multiple competing priorities under tight deadlines; and
    • using qualitative and quantitative analysis as critical inputs into policy development and program design.

    The fellow will receive unique professional development training in the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance's enriched core competencies (e.g., leadership, negotiation, project management, change management) which are designed to accelerate professional growth. The fellow will be supported by a dedicated senior manager/mentor.

    Desired competencies

    The MOHLTC is seeking fellows with the specialized expertise in one or more of:

    • economic analysis or evaluation and performance measurement; and
    • project leadership and strategic thinking skills: the ability to carry out effective planning and lead a project from definition of scope to successful completion.
    • research and analytical skills: the ability to find, interpret, and synthesize data and information from a variety of sources.
    • communication and presentation skills: the ability to present complex information in a way that is customized to the audience.
    • relationship management and partnership building skills: the ability to build effective relationships and work productively with diverse partners in a team environment.

    Duration

    12 months. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will work in RAEB's Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit (EAEU) and be supervised by the Manager of the EAEU.

    Important Dates

    Interested applicants should contact Anne Hayes with the required materials no later than April 13, 2017.

    Contact

    Anne Hayes, Director, MOHLTC at Anne.Hayes@ontario.ca

  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health System Information Management Division, Information Management, Data, and Analytics Office, ON

    Mission

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations. To learn more, visit the MOHLTC website.

    Impact goals

    IMDA is the insight engine for Ontario's $50+ billion health care system. We seek to inform policy development, program design, quality improvement, and accountability. We hope to accurately describe utilization patterns and help the Executive team understand future patterns.

    Health care data and analytics are critical to plan, evaluate and improve the delivery of health care in Ontario. The fellow will contribute to modernizing the ministry's Information Management strategy, advising on privacy policy, contributing to ongoing improvements to data holdings, and developing advanced analytical methodology, and contributing to provincial policy.

    Our core activities are:

    • Strategy and policy development: to support data governance, information management, high quality decision making through legislation, consultation, and expert privacy advisory services.
    • Data collection: to make data available and actionable by using the collection of critical information about Ontario's healthcare system from over 30 databases (e.g., Hospitals, Home Care, Long-Term Care, primary care, Clinical and Financial Information).
    • Analyses and methodological support: to enhance evidence-based decision making (e.g., sophisticated statistical and geo-mapping analyses, cost driver, impact and indicator analysis, modelling and forecasting).

    Priority areas

    The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care is the next phase of Ontario's plan for changing and improving Ontario's health system, building on the progress that has been made since 2012 under the original Action Plan for Health Care. It exemplifies the commitment to put people and patients at the centre of the system by focusing on putting patients' needs first. The ministry:

    • Establishes overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health system;
    • Develops legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and directives to support those strategic directions;
    • Monitors and reports on the performance of the health system and the health of Ontarians;
    • Plans for and establishes funding models and levels of funding for the health care system; and
    • Ensures that ministry and system strategic directions and expectations are fulfilled.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to: strategy and policy development; data collection frameworks; and the enhancement of evidence-based decision making through analyses and methodological support.

    Professional growth and development

    IMDA will provide the fellow with an orientation and exposure to the Ontario health policy context. The fellow will also be provided concrete experience and professional development in the areas of: policy development and design; cross-ministerial and inter-ministerial cooperation; feasibility testing; and both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The fellow will learn first-hand: how health system and related organizations work; how decisions are made; and how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization's performance. The fellow will receive unique professional development training in CHSPRA's enriched core HSPR competencies (e.g., leadership, negotiation, project management, change management) which are designed to accelerate professional growth. The fellow will be supported by a dedicated senior manager/mentor.

    Desired competencies

    IMDA is seeking a fellow with experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. The fellow will possess one or more of the following:

    • Sophisticated research and analytic expertise to apply to critical challenges in the health system and related organizations;
    • Deep quantitative expertise with healthcare administrative data;
    • Clinical epidemiology expertise. Increased representation of clinical expertise to inform processes and thinking;
    • Dynamic system modelling;
    • Experimental data science methodologies (natural language processing, machine learning, NoSQL, working with unstructured data, etc.);
    • Health information management (strategy, policy, governance, standards, data quality, etc.); and
    • Health data architecture.

    Duration

    12 months. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Health System Information Management Division (HSIM), Information Management, Data, and Analytics (IMDA) Office and will be supervised by Michael Hillmer, Executive Director, IMDA.

    Important Dates

    Interested applicants should contact Terry Chan with the required materials no later than April 13, 2017.

    Contact

    Terry Chan
    Lead, Project Management Office, MOHLTC/HSIM/IMDA
    Phone: 416-327-8701
    Email: Terence.K.Chan@ontario.ca

  • Ottawa Public Health, ON

    Mission

    In partnership with the people and communities of Ottawa, OPH improves and advocates for health and well-being through prevention, promotion and protection. To learn more, visit our website.

    Impact goal

    Fellows who work with OPH will have the unique opportunity to:

    • Champion a dynamic culture of continuous improvement and be provided with opportunities to learn, grow, and work to their full potential.
    • Use the best available information, including research evidence and local context (which includes local community health issues and involves the engagement of community partners), to guide the service delivery. This includes work with partners to identify population health needs and consider equity in planning health services.
    • Help OPH in its mission to deliver bilingual programs and services in rural, suburban and urban communities where Ottawa residents live, work and play.
    • Make informed choices about how human and financial resources are used while meeting provincial and local obligations.

    Priority areas

    As a public health unit, OPH endeavors to tailor its programs and services to address the unique needs of the local community and meet expectations outlined in the Ontario Public Health Standards and the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

    Specifically, OPH is well suited for fellows interested in developing new evidence-informed policy in the five areas of OPH's Strategic Plan: (1) healthy eating and active living; (2) mental health; (3) reducing preventable infectious disease; (4) adaptive workforces for the future; and (5) advancing healthy public policy. Additional information about the five priority areas is available in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Examples of high priority projects a fellow would add value to include: evidence-informed interventions to increase active transportation; analysis and evaluation to reduce the rate of suicide and other harms from poor mental health; interdisciplinary work to reduce outbreaks in our community; and planning and collaboration between hospitals, public health units and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to identify population health needs and create a health system that responds to those needs.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will have opportunities to lead and/or contribute to various areas of public health. These areas may include but are not limited to: policy development; advocacy efforts; strategic mapping; environmental review to inform policy options; submissions to local, provincial and federal government; evaluation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; participation in/leading stakeholder dialogue/consultation; developing reports for our governors; providing internal and external presentations; and participating in meetings with local municipal employees.

    Professional growth and development

    Fellows will have opportunities to forge partnerships with individuals from public and private sectors, educational institutions, researchers, local municipal stakeholders and various government agencies. OPH will provide fellows with an orientation to its various programs and services and the wider provincial and municipal context. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop skills in the areas of project management; knowledge translation, communication and brokerage; and change management and implementation. The fellow will have one core mentor and an advisory group of mentors depending on the program of work. Fellows will also have access to professional development, formal and informal, as well as opportunities to expand their network in health services and policy research.

    Desired competencies

    OPH is seeking fellows who:

    • are client-centred and results-oriented
    • have in depth knowledge of the health system, including the public health system and are attuned to innovative practices from other sectors that may be harnessed to improve public health service delivery
    • identify needs and gaps for community health services and analyze community health solutions

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised by Robin Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

    Duration and Location

    One or two-year experiential fellowship in Ottawa, ON. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring an opportunity with OPH must contact Dr. Taylor no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Dr. Robin Taylor at robin.taylor1@ottawa.ca

  • Peel Public Health, ON

    Mission

    Peel Public Health is the second largest public health unit in Ontario, serving the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. Peel Public Health operates within the Health Services Department of the Region of Peel. The mission of the Region of Peel is “Working with you to create a healthy, safe and connected community.” The goals of Peel Public Health are: to improve and maintain the health status of the population; to reduce disparities in health status; and to prepare and respond to outbreaks and emergencies.

    Impact goals

    As one of Canada's leading public health units, Peel Public Health uses evidence and data to address public health problems at the population-level. At Peel Public Health staff used the best available research and health data to set priorities, implement programs effectively, evaluate health outcomes and disseminate our learnings.

    Priority areas

    Peel Public Health is a leader in the use of research evidence and data to support decision making. One key infrastructure priority for Peel Public Health is End-to-End Public Health Practice, which is an approach to addressing public health issues through the application of rigorous methods and tools.

    Peel Public Health provides a range of programs and services that positively impact the health of the population. Three key program priorities for Peel Public Health focus on: ensuring that all children in Peel reach their full potential for lifelong health and well-being; creating an environment which supports physical activity and healthy eating for residents; and supporting tobacco-free living.

    Anticipated program of work

    A Health System Impact Fellow at Peel Public Health would contribute to health system research supporting public health practice through a number of opportunities, including:

    1. Public Health Systems Research:
      • Attribution of specific impacts of public health interventions or prevention efforts
      • Develop approach for measuring burden of illness at local level
      • Forecasting of the impacts of policies on health status of population
    2. Large-Scale Evaluation of Public Health Interventions:
      • Development of a sustainable approach for conducting economic evaluations
      • Development of a robust methodology for evaluation of impact of specific interventions
    3. Topic-specific Public Health Projects:
      • Effective interventions related to morbidity and mortality related to opioids
      • Workplace health interventions related to healthy eating and physical activity for employees
      • Develop a public health approach to reducing health or other inequities within priority populations
      • Research on impact of specific interventions such as water fluoridation, vector-borne diseases, changing food environment and risks for foodborne illness, water source protection or universal Hepatitis C testing in hospital

    A more detailed description of the anticipated projects is available, upon request.

    Professional growth and development

    As an organization, Peel Public Health is committed to learning and invests considerable resources to build skill and knowledge within the workforce. As a recognized leader in the use of evidence and data to support local public health practice, Peel Public Health offers a unique opportunity for a Fellow to learn from senior leaders focused on impacting health outcomes at the population-level. The Fellow would have access to the whole suite of formal and informal learning opportunities available within the organization. They will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with diverse public health practitioners to apply End-to-End Public Health processes. Through direct supervision by senior leadership in the organization and the completion of their specific project, a Fellow would gain applied public health experience related to data analysis, evaluation, policy analysis and/or development, project management, leadership, networking, and negotiation.

    Desired competencies

    Peel Public Health's approach to improving public health outcomes aligns with the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance's enriched core competencies of analysis and evaluation of health programs and policies, as well as analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking. Through each of the program of work ideas, a Fellow would be required to have a high degree of skill in the areas of project management, leadership and mentoring, inter-disciplinary work and change management.

    Supervisor(s)

    Depending on the nature and focus of the project, the successful Fellow would receive direct supervision by a senior leader within the organization, with support from a multi-disciplinary team of public health practitioners.

    Duration and Location

    Peel Public Health would consider hosting a Health System Impact Fellow for 12- or 24-month duration, located in Mississauga Ontario. Ideal start date would be September 1, 2017

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with Peel Public Health must contact Nancy Ramuscak no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials

    Contact

    Nancy Ramuscak, Program Manager (Education and Research), Peel Public Health
    Tel: 905-791-7800 ext 2423
    Email: nancy.ramuscak@peelregion.ca

  • Public Health Agency of Canada: National Microbiology Laboratory, MB or ON or QC

    Mission

    To promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health. As Canada's leading public health infectious disease laboratory, the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) is responsible for the identification, control and prevention of infectious diseases. The NML is Canada's main infectious disease public health laboratory with responsibility for reference microbiology and quality assurance, laboratory surveillance for infectious diseases, emergency outbreak preparedness and response, training, and research and development. To learn more, visit our website.

    Impact goals

    Our overarching impact goal is highly skilled support for key NML and PHAC activities that bring science to public health policy and program, which include:

    • Assessing risks, and efficacy and impacts of interventions, to inform the development of national public health programs and policies.
    • Undertaking Federal leadership research that underpins development of diagnostic methods, and prevention and control interventions.
    • Undertaking Federal leadership in development, implementation and evaluation of public health methods, practices and programs via engagement of national partners and stakeholders.

    Priority areas

    The priority areas of interest to NML and PHAC include:

    1. Predictive modelling of:
      1. Occurrence and current and future public health impact of emerging diseases (including impacts of climatic, other environmental and socioeconomic changes and vulnerabilities);
      2. Effects and effectiveness of public health interventions to prevent and control disease; to drive development and design of public health policies and programs.
      3. Economic impacts of disease emergence and public health policies and programs.

      These activities include the use of statistical and mathematical modelling methods, obtaining parameter estimates using knowledge synthesis methods of scoping and systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) endemic (Lyme, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, California serogroup) and exotic (Zika, chikungunya, dengue) vector-borne diseases, zoonoses including hantavirus and Arctic Fox rabies, as well as directly-transmitted blood-borne pathogens including HIV, HCV, HBV in northern communities, and antimicrobial resistance.

    2. Implementation of novel diagnostic, surveillance, and prevention and control methods and platforms into national programs. This involves consideration of technical, human and financial resource consideration, ethical considerations, as well as the use of methods such as multicriteria modelling that allows assessment and selection of appropriate stakeholders and partners. Focus areas include (but are not limited to):
      1. Testing for blood borne infections in Northern Communities, and
      2. Application of Whole Genome Sequencing methods in surveillance.

    Anticipated program of work

    The specific program of work will be determined based on candidates' expertise and interest in the above priority areas. It may involve one or more of the priority areas.

    The first priority area will entail work in modeling (mathematical, economic) and systematic reviews, and for some projects there be opportunities for stakeholder engagement, writing reports for, giving presentations to, key stakeholders. Fellows will work with NML technical staff but also have the opportunity to have contact with policy and program staff involved in the implementation of public health programs within the Agency. Expected deliverables for modelling projects would be scientific publications but for all projects reports for senior managers and policy makers would be also be expected.

    The second priority area would include determining the current state of health delivery and policy systems in remote and indigenous populations and evaluating current novel methods and interventions being implemented to improve diagnosis and linkage to care for blood borne infections in these communities. The goal and deliverable would be a critical evaluation of the impact of these new testing interventions (both health-wise and economic) to advise and improve on existing policy.

    Professional growth and development

    For the first priority area the fellow will benefit from hands-on experience with advanced modeling, and gain experience in the practical application of their skills to real public health problems and programs on assessing the risks and impact of emerging infectious diseases. Similarly, for the second priority the fellow would engage with provincial lab stakeholders, community health organizations and indigenous councils to ensure community engagement and development from the 'ground up'. All fellows will be expected to develop their capacity to coordinate and organize their project, learn to work and undertake research in an interdisciplinary environment, communicate appropriately with different kinds of audiences, and develop and maintain productive relationships within and outside of academia. To support these aims the fellow will have opportunities for engagement with and mentorship by senior managers at PHAC.

    Desired competencies

    For the first priority PHAC is seeking fellows with research and analytical skills, specifically expertise in one of the following fields: statistical modelling, mathematical dynamic modelling, and/or economic modelling. Expertise in GIS, spatial modelling and application of earth observation data would be an asset. For the second priority, knowledge of laboratory testing procedures, economic evaluation, community engagement (especially with indigenous communities), and knowledge translation would be considered especially valuable. Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, desired competencies for all candidates include the professional skills identified at Training Modernization in Health Services and Policy Research.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be supervised either at Public Health Risk Sciences Division NML under the supervision (or delegated supervision) of Dr Nicholas Ogden, or at the National HIV and Retrovirus Laboratories Division NML under the supervision of Dr John Kim. Depending on the project co-supervision by program and policy staff at PHAC may be preferable.

    Duration and Location

    12 or 24 months in duration based on NML labs in Winnipeg, Guelph or St-Hyacinthe. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with PHAC must contact Dr. Ogden no later than March 20, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Contact

    Dr. Nick Ogden or Dr. John Kim
    Nicholas.Ogden@phac-aspc.gc.ca

  • Saint Elizabeth Health Care, ON

    Mission

    Saint Elizabeth is a not-for-profit charitable organization with origins in home and community care. It is powered by people who are dedicated to changing lives, health care and society for the better. As Canada's largest social enterprise, Saint Elizabeth has over 8,000 staff and provides 19,000 client visits every day. Saint Elizabeth's "why?" is to spread hope and happiness, and our vision is to honour the human face of health care. We see possibility everywhere, we are collaborators, and we believe in the power of people and communities.To learn more, visit the Saint Elizabeth website.

    The fellowship position will be positioned within the research arm of Saint Elizabeth, the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre. Saint Elizabeth Health Care has made a strategic commitment to research — $10 million over 10 years. At the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre, we study the needs of people, their caregivers, and health care providers to develop innovative solutions to improve health and care experiences across the continuum and to find more effective approaches to care. The focus of the Research Centre's work is on tough problems in the Canadian healthcare system, and dissemination of results is for the benefit of all. In addition, Saint Elizabeth is a ‘learning healthcare system' and there is a close working relationship with the organization's Operations and Innovation Divisions, providing a perspective on the problems, an opportunity to develop solutions in partnership with system actors, and an opportunity to develop ways to spread research results.

    Impact goals

    Saint Elizabeth has six impact goals:

    1. Empowering patients and caregivers - We bring person and family centered care to life throughout the health care ecosystem
    2. Mobilizing communities - We nurture partnerships and community-led development
    3. Transforming care systems - We collaborate to improve the patient experience, health outcomes and system performance
    4. Educating for excellence - We leverage a century of wisdom to educate, inspire and empower health care providers
    5. Honouring life journeys - We work to bring greater comfort, dignity and peace to the end of life
    6. Inspiring possibilities - We scout and ignite new ways to deliver care and impact

    For more information, view the 2016 Impact Report [ PDF (3.2 MB) - external link ].

    Priority Areas

    The Research Centre has four areas of focus to advance the achievement of Saint Eizabeth's six impact goals: integrated care and transitions, end of life care, caregivers and person and family centred care. We will welcome a fellow with interest in any of these priority areas, but our top priority for this fellowship is integrated care and transitions. The projects and programs the fellow will work on will be developed in response to needs and opportunities in the health care environment during the fellowship, and the fellow will be involved in designing a project, study or studies to address those needs and opportunities.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow(s) will lead and contribute to the development of better approaches to health and care in the following ways: environmental scanning; deep patient engagement; applied qualitative and quantitative research and design research; evidence briefs (based on literature reviews); stakeholder dialogue/consultation; technical and web-ready reports; internal and external presentations. The fellow's work will contribute to the Centre's ongoing research program, as well as supporting innovative approaches to integrated care and transitions in Saint Elizabeth's Operations and Innovation groups.

    The research environment in the Research Centre is decidedly different from the traditional academic environment. The applied nature of the research tends to drive our research efforts away from description of problems, and more to solution-finding and testing. The interaction with decision makers and practitioners within Saint Elizabeth and in other organizations is constant, the opportunities for contribution to evolving business and clinical models and practices are extensive, and the timelines for research are generally shorter. There is also extensive collaboration with researchers across the country.

    Since Saint Elizabeth is committed to supporting an ambitious program of research, funding for specific projects is available outside traditional research granting agencies' timelines, criteria and processes, although external funding opportunities are also pursued. This provides more flexibility to respond to health services issues quicker and more directly. The fellow will be involved in identifying tough problems that are amenable to research, and initiating studies to address those problems.

    Professional growth and development

    Saint Elizabeth will provide the fellow with an orientation and exposure to Saint Elizabeth and the healthcare system through the lens of home and community care. The fellow will also gain concrete experience and professional development in the areas of project management, leadership, networking, negotiation, and advocacy, and deep patient and family engagement. In addition to having a dedicated supervisor/mentor, a board of mentors, including senior management, within the organization will be created for the fellow.The Research Centre has a deep commitment to engaging patients, caregivers and direct care providers in research, and therefore the fellow will have the opportunity to engage with people in each of these groups, and observe and work collaboratively to inform or improve direct care delivery.

    Desired competencies

    Based on CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, Saint Elizabeth is seeking a fellow with graduate-level training and/or work experience in the analysis and evaluation of health and health-related policies and programs; understanding and comparing health systems and the policy making process; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation, communication, and brokering.

    Duration

    24 months. Ideal start date is September 1, 2017.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring an opportunity with Saint Elizabeth must contact Dr. Holyoke no later than March 27, 2017 with the required application materials.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre and will be supervised by Dr. Paul Holyoke, Director.

    Contact

    Dr. Paul Holyoke at paulholyoke@saintelizabeth.com

  • Saskatoon Health Region, SK

    Mission

    Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is the largest regional Health Authority in the province, with a budget in excess of $1 Billion annually to provide comprehensive health services to our 350,000 residents and tertiary care services for much of the province. We improve health through excellence and innovation in service, education and research, building on the strengths of our people and partnerships. The Population and Public Health Services department provides the health promotion, disease prevention, health protection and disease surveillance programs in SHR, including a public health observatory which provides a population health perspective to health systems planning and service delivery both in public health and the rest of the health system, as well as intersectorally.

    Impact goals

    There are five major pieces of work that comprise the strategic priorities of SHR for the coming year: Safety, patient flow, Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan, Patient First Management System, and sustainability. Population and Public Health, through the Public Health Observatory, contributes to overall health system planning and evaluation by adding health analytics support with a population health perspective. Working together with analysts in the Strategic Health Information and Performance Support Department and our Kaizen Promotion Office (Quality Improvement), they work to provide health intelligence reports to guide system improvement and improve health equity.

    Priority areas

    Current health system priorities include projects relating to community care redesign, incorporating health equity into all quality improvement initiatives such as patient safety and patient flow improvement initiatives, and collecting information on the social determinants of health in client care settings to enable action on these determinants, and mitigating the negative effects these determinants can have in care access and outcomes. In addition, there are many projects and reporting initiatives underway specifically aimed at improving public and population health, such as value stream mapping of early childhood intervention initiatives, health status reporting, quality improvement and evaluation projects in all public health program areas. In addition, the PHO works closely with the Urban Public Health Network on projects of shared interest by the public health departments of the largest cities in Canada.

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have many opportunities to work with health system leaders, public health leaders and intersectoral partners in multiple program improvement projects and health analytics projects aimed at guiding the organization toward greater health equity, and better health for the population. Within Public health, current projects include further improvements in immunization coverage in the under-immunized, intersectoral approaches to improving early childhood development, streamlining postnatal services and various quality improvement initiatives. In the rest of the health system, there are multiple reports and analyses being developed aimed at bringing a population health and health equity approach to quality improvement projects, with particular focus on connecting frequent health system users to appropriate support services in the community, and redesigning our community services to better meet the needs of clients in the community. Work is also underway to strengthen population health promotion approaches in primary health care, and to develop new health promotion indicators, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

    Indicator development and reporting initiatives to inform senior leadership and the board about priorities and progress in improving health equity and indigenous health are also of high priority. Many of these initiatives are being done in collaboration with other health regions in the province and in the Urban Public Health Network. More details about these and other projects can be obtained by contacting Dr. Neudorf. The specific program of work will be developed in conjunction with the fellow based on her/his interests and experience.

    Professional growth and development

    SHR will provide fellows with the opportunity to work with public health and health system leaders from the largest health system in the province as they strive to improve the health of the population, and influence the health system toward more upstream thinkin g, health promotion actions and positive health outcomes. In addition, fellows working with SHR will have the opportunity to work in partnership with key academic departments involved with population health and health systems research, including the Community Health & Epidemiology Department in the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), and the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan. SHR is an ideal learning environment for fellow's interested in developing or enhancing their competencies in the areas of change management and implementation, leadership and collaboration, interdisciplinary work and project management.

    Desired competencies

    Based on the Public Health Core Competencies [ PDF (1.2 MB) - external link ], and CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, SHR is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of public and population health and health-related policies and programs; advanced epidemiologic quantitative analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Saskatoon Public Health Observatory, Saskatoon Health Region under the supervision of Dr Cordell Neudorf, Chief MHO, SHR. Dr Neudorf is also a faculty member in the Dept of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Over 80% of the successful candidates time will be spent in the public health department with the balance of time spent working with the academic supervisor.

    Duration and Location

    24 months. Start time September 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with UPHN must contact Dr. Neudorf no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials (e.g., CV, professional goal statement).

    Contact

    Dr. Cordell Neudorf at cory.neudorf@saskatoonhealthregion.ca

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

    Mission

    We care for our patients and their families when it matters most. In partnership with the University of Toronto and health system providers, Sunnybrook leads by discovery, innovation, teaching, & learning. Sunnybrook has five strategic priorities: Trauma, Cancer, Heart and Vascular, High-Risk Maternal and Newborn Health and Image Guided Brain Therapies. Learn more.

    Impact goals

    The Patient's First legislation in Ontario is reflective of an overall trend in Canadian medicine towards recognizing population health management. One of the themes of this approach is the need for acute care hospitals and partners in the community to better work together to support and care for patients in the community that would typically come to the Emergency Department. There is an over reliance on Emergency departments in Ontario medicine and only through the development of highly effective, evidence-informed partnerships can this be improved. The goal of this project will be to examine the specific impact of palliative and frail geriatric patients who come to the Emergency Department. In many of these cases one can readily contemplate how appropriate coordination of care could have obviated the need for a trip to the Emergency Department. Either the patient could have been supported at home or had a care plan that bypassed the Emergency Department and took advantage of, for example, a palliative care unit. Addressing this goal not only improves the quality of care and the patient centred aspects of care but also can result in better efficiency.

    For Sunnybrook's strategic plan 2018 to 2022 a significantly increased focus on population health management will be central. The connection between the Emergency Department and the community at large, and also the Emergency Department and the acute care hospital services such as general internal medicine is not clear-cut. Better research needs to be done on the factors and approaches to optimizing this connection and the fellow’s work is anticipated to be central to this.

    Priority areas

    Sunnybrook Hospital has priorities for patients requiring long-term care, palliation, end-of-life care or management of complex chronic illness (ex. sepsis, oncology, mental illness, cardiovascular, renal, dementia).

    Anticipated program of work

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center has started a framework with programs to address the increasing demand of the complex geriatric patient population. The next step is formalize the framework, process improvement and develop sustainability. The fellow will be involved with:

    • Literature review and of international collaboration with other health care systems and associated solutions
    • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis to determine current state and process improvement tracking
    • Strategy development
    • Stakeholder consultations with the North Central LHIN, including primary care providers, community care and patients
    • Policy briefings and development
    • Two year fellowship

    Professional growth and development

    • Sunnybrook is the Center for the North Toronto – Sub Regional LHIN
    • Large geriatric, chronic illness and palliative population
    • Has an established framework on co-ordinating geriatric and palliative care with potential for innovation and improved effectiveness
    • Electronic registry with robust decision support
    • Leadership and Collaborator Development – Team Building with other health service providers LHIN (ex. Primary care providers, Community Care Access, Rehabilitation)
    • Negotiating and Diplomacy
    • Stakeholder Analytics
    • Navigation through hospital administration and finances
    • Knowledge translation to Implementation
    • Physician Administration and Quality Improvement

    Desired competencies

    • Educated to Doctoral level in epidemiology, health services and health economics
    • Ability to work with registry data and basic statistical analysis
    • Able to lead a research trial or quality improvement initiative
    • People skills – can listen, communicate, work and engage well with teams and patients
    • Leadership skills – meetings, agenda, team building
    • Medical Practitioner with experience in direct patient care
    • Time management skills

    Supervisor(s)

    Dr. Andy Smith, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
    Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Executive
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

    Duration and Location

    Preference is for 2 year fellowship but open to discussion with candidates.

    Contact

    wendy.ring@sunnybrook.ca
    Andy.Smith@sunnybrook.ca

  • Urban Public Health Network, SK

    Mission

    The Urban Public Health Network (UPHN) is a network of Medical Health Officers in 18 urban centres in Canada who work together to address public health issues common in urban populations.
    UPHN objectives include:

    • Sharing of best practices in delivery and evaluation of public health programs and initiatives in urban centres
    • Raising awareness of urban public health issues
    • Fostering collaborative action on issues of mutual interest
    • Advancing policy change by developing a collective voice for urban public health issues
    • Facilitating practice based/intervention research opportunities in public health settings

    Impact goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work with UPHN member Regional Health Authorities and Public Health Units on strategic priority areas of focus to promote best practice, share and disseminate practice innovations to facilitate timely diffusion of effective interventions, and assist with the development and action on key advocacy documents relating to public and population health, preventative medicine, and the case for investment in upstream interventions by the health system and other sectors of government. Member organizations in the UPHN are the largest health units within each of their provinces, and act as the tertiary centre for public health in their part of the country. As such, they are often at the leading edge; as the first to see emerging public health problems, and in the development of effective interventions for those issues. The UPHN provides an opportunity to systematically glean the best programs and policies from their members and replicate them throughout the country.

    Priority areas

    The UPHN is the voice of local, urban public health in Canada, and their advice is often sought by Federal and provincial counterparts. Current areas of focus for UPHN include:

    • Healthy Built Environment, Healthy Canada By Design
    • Reduction of Sexually Transmitted infections
    • Enhancing immunization coverage in the under-immunized
    • Improving the Public Health / Primary Health Care Interface
    • Population Health perspectives on health system transformation
    • Early Childhood Development
    • Health Equity Over Time in Canadian Cities (Collaborative with CPHI and Stat Can)
    • Intersectoral action to improve health

    Anticipated program of work

    The successful fellow will have many opportunities to work with groups of UPHN members and partner organizations on projects including the development of briefing notes, position papers, literature reviews, program evaluations, reports and publications, aimed at all levels of government as well as partner agencies and the public, in addition to the development and carrying out of intervention research proposals in member cities.

    Projects in all priority areas listed above are at various stages of development or implementation, supported by UPHN funding, partner organization funding, tri-council grants and in-kind resources.

    A major project for 2017 involves the co-production of a UPHN report on Health Equity Over Time in all member cities in collaboration with CPHI (part of CIHI) and Statistics Canada, with city specific reports being released simultaneously. Recently, CIHR-funded research projects on influencing health behaviours through the built environment are starting up, and collaborations with national public health organizations on various issues including a public health response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action are also planned. More detail on these and other projects can be obtained by contacting Dr Neudorf. The specific program of work will be developed in conjunction with the fellow based on her/his interests and experience.

    Professional growth and development

    UPHN provides fellows with the opportunity to work with public health leaders from the largest health systems in Canada as they strive to improve the health of the population, and influence health systems toward more upstream thinking, health promotion actions and positive health outcomes. With regards to CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, a fellowship with UPHN will provide opportunities to develop in the areas of change management and implementation, leadership and collaboration, networking and project management.

    Desired competencies

    Based on the Public Health Core Competencies [ PDF (1.3 MB) - external link ], and CHSPRA's enriched core competencies, UPHN is seeking fellows with experience in the analysis and evaluation of public and population health and health-related policies and programs; analysis of data, evidence and critical thinking; and knowledge translation. Advanced writing skills, curiosity and the desire to learn, experiment and innovate are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    The fellow will be located in the Saskatoon Public Health Observatory, Saskatoon Health Region under the supervision of Dr Cordell Neudorf, Chief MHO, SHR, and President of the UPHN. Dr Neudorf is also a faculty member in the Dept of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. It is expected that at least 80% of the successful candidate's time would be spent within the public health department, with the balance of time spent with their academic advisor.

    Duration and Location

    24 months. Start time September 2017.

    Important Dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with UPHN must contact Dr. Neudorf no later than April 13, 2017 with the required application materials (e.g., CV, professional goal statement).

    Contact

    Dr. Cordell Neudorf at cory.neudorf@uphn.ca

  • Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, ON

    Mission

    The Women's College Hospital institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) is a real world solutions engine dedicated to solving the current and future problems of our healthcare system. Uniquely situated at Women's College Hospital (WCH) – the hospital designed to keep people out of hospital – WIHV is identifying the groundbreaking approaches that address gaps in the system.

    Impact goals

    Our mandate is to design, implement and evaluate new models of care and new policy approaches. We evaluate all of our innovations using the Triple Aim criteria of (1) improved population health, (2) improved patient experience of care and (3) reduced or held steady per capita cost of care. Ultimately, we seek to positively impact patient care outside the walls of our hospital, across Ontario and beyond.

    Priority areas

    Our interventions are generally targeted towards the high needs, high cost users of the health care system whose health care needs are better met outside the wards of inpatient hospitals or emergency departments. To that end, we work to leverage everyday technology to improve care for those who need it most – not just those who are easiest to reach. WIHV supports six distinct programs of work: (1) Innovations in Quality, (2) System Evaluation and Trials, (3) Policy Advising, (4) Surgical Innovation, (5) Virtual Care and (6) Appropriate Use. Each of program includes a number of ongoing projects and initiatives.

    Anticipated program of work

    Due to the variety of activities taking place at WIHV, there are myriad opportunities for a Fellow who is interested in applied health services research and health system improvement. Broadly, the Fellow will be engaged in policy-oriented evaluations. The following are examples of existing large-scale projects that will have ample opportunity for a Fellow to contribute, depending upon her or his area of interest and expertise:

    • OTN: In partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), WIHV is leading clinical trials across Ontario to evaluate mobile health solutions for patients with chronic conditions.
    • IRAP: WIHV was awarded Federal funding from IRAP (the Industrial Research Assistance Program) to launch an advisory service for small-to-medium sized Canadian enterprises on integration into the Ontario health system.
    • OHIL: The Ontario Health Implementation Laboratory (OHIL) incorporates the principles of implementation science and pragmatic approaches to evaluation with the aim of evaluating existing quality improvement initiatives in the Ontario health system.
    • Virtual Care Evaluation: WIHV currently acts as an independent evaluator for virtual care products with an aim to contribute to the evidence base on the effectiveness of virtual care for the management of the highest users of our healthcare system.

    Professional growth and development

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience and expand their professional network through collaboration with investigators from a range of disciplines. Opportunities for professional development include publications, presentations at scientific conferences, involvement in grant writing, participation in methodological design of evaluation projects, exposure to new methodological approaches, and interaction with health system stakeholders (e.g. Health Quality Ontario. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network). Fellows will develop skills in:

    • Understanding and comparing health systems and the policy making process
    • Knowledge translation, communication and brokerage
    • Pragmatic trials and process evaluation of health services interventions
    • Development of effective interventions to change behaviors of patients and health professionals
    • Development of effective, patient-centred virtual care interventions to improve quality of care while reducing or holding steady the per capita cost of care

    Senior researchers and WIHV leaders can also provide Fellows with methodological support and training as needed.

    Desired competencies

    We are seeking a talented individual with ambitions to advance their career by capitalizing on involvement in a range of multi-disciplinary, collaborative health system improvement projects. Demonstrated experience (e.g. graduate-level training and/or work experience) with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods evaluation and policy analysis is expected. The critical competency will be around applied health services research along with an interest in working with, and presenting to, health system decision makers. Advanced writing and communication skills are important in this role.

    Supervisor(s)

    Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Dr. Noah Ivers, Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya. Supervisor will be assigned based on the specific interests and scope of work of the Fellow.

    Duration and Location

    We are flexible on start date and would defer to what is required by the Fellowship program. The Fellow would be housed with WIHV at Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto.

    Important dates

    Applicants interested in exploring a Health System Impact Fellowship opportunity with WIHV must contact Kyla Pollack Behar no later than April 17, 2017 with the required application materials. Please include "Health System Impact Fellowship" in the email subject heading.

    Contact

    Kyla Pollack Behar
    Manager, WIHV
    Kyla.pollackbehar@wchospital.ca

  • York Care Centre, NB

    Mission

    York Care Centre (YCC) is the largest long term care facility in New Brunswick providing a community of care to our aging population. Our community of care is fostered by a number of care professionals whereby quality of life, quality of care and service to our residents is of utmost importance. YCC is not just a nursing home, but a continuum of care that spans a wide array of services onsite: independent living subsidized seniors' apartments, supportive housing apartments, adult day programming and a 214 bed long term care nursing home.

    YCC is a thriving community of professionals dedicated to creating an environment of care and nurturing. Establishing standards of evidence-based best practices, we strive to provide the highest level of quality care and service for our residents and families, respecting their individual needs, independence and dignity by:

    • Providing excellent services in the operation of independent and supportive living units to qualifying individuals;
    • Increasing the availability of a range of services to a segment of the aging population to enable them to remain independent and at home;
    • Providing a working environment based on positive Character Qualities, leading to an organization that is truly magnetic in its ability to recruit and retain the best possible staff and volunteers; and
    • Providing an academic/research environment that promotes professional development and personal growth and stimulates research activity combined with and applied to a full suite of long term care services.

    Impact Goals

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work within York Care Centre to further enrich our mission of providing excellent research-based services thus improving health and strengthening quality of life and quality of care. To enrich our mission, YCC strives to:

    • Develop innovative solutions that address health challenges facing seniors and care organizations
    • Contribute to the promotion and improvement of healthcare for seniors
    • Build capacity among care professionals and other care organizations
    • Be a top research organization in senior care.

    Priority areas

    YCC is committed to having the highest caliber staff and welcome applications from fellows who are committed to helping us achieve our impact goals, interested in our priority areas, and have a passion for serving in this environment. YCC believes in a strong culture of mentorship to facilitate the learning experience.

    Fellows may be engaged in any or all of the following YCC priorities:

    • Providing individualized service optimizing resident function and independence.
    • Addressing person-centred care both within YCC and the external community.
    • YCC has a rich history of working with universities and colleges and leading in employment training placements. Current research is focussed on critical issues such as polypharmacy, frailty, falls and key neurological conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's. Two current projects that would benefit from the fellow's expertise and engagement include: 1) appropriate prescribing for medication management; and 2) frailty identification measures for aging residents potentially requiring emergency services in hospital. We seek innovative solutions that will improve quality of life, quality of care and maintaining optimal independence and look forward to discussing our priorities and fellows' areas of interest to develop an innovative program of work for the selected fellow.

    Anticipated program of work

    Successful fellows will have important and unique opportunities to engage in work such as: strategies/policies for improvement of YCC care services; community and stakeholder engagement; providing recommendations to YCC leadership and potentially the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH); data and economic analysis, both quantitative and qualitative as required for research initiatives; presentations to YCC staff and external target audiences; project coordination and management, and experiential training in research at YCC.

    Professional growth and development

    YCC will provide comprehensive training and mentorship to fellows and an orientation to our facility as well as exposure and knowledge to over 60 similar facilities in New Brunswick. Professional development will include policy and services development, project coordination and management, change implementation and the importance of accurate and sensitive communications with the residents, families, and community and health care professionals. The fellow will acquire the skills necessary to address person-centred care both within and external to YCC. There will be numerous opportunities for networking and to present findings at national conferences, symposiums and workshops; directly engage with seniors in activities to understand needs and routines and recommend transformations for improved health care for seniors. Additionally, the fellow will receive mentorship from a team of YCC senior professionals that includes expertise in research, clinical care delivery, and management.

    Desired competencies

    YCC will give preference to candidates with a career trajectory that is focussed on health care and health care systems for aging populations. Previous experience in long term care is an asset. Solid knowledge of data collection, analysis and policy in health care and health care systems is preferred. Passion for senior care research and desire to contribute to health for transformation and innovation is essential. Solid grant and report writing, working with a team, critical thinking and innovative creativity are important for the fellowship. The fellow should possess strong communication, networking and leadership skills. It would be advantageous for the fellow to be able to plan and implement change within leaders and organizations.

    Supervisor(s)

    Supervisors include Erin MacDonald, Director of Care Services; Jennifer Donovan, Clinical Research Coordinator, and Kevin Harter, CEO.

    Duration and location

    The fellowship will be two years in length and located at the YCC, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Tentative start date is September 1, 2017.

    Contact

    Jennifer Donovan
    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Jdonovan@yorkcarecentre.ca

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