16 research teams funded in first MSFHR Reach awards

MSFHR has announced 16 teams of researchers and research users to receive MSFHR’s first Reach awards. These awards will support the dissemination and uptake of research evidence to inform and improve further research, practice and policy-making.

"Each team will work together to come up with evidence-informed, impactful and creative ways to share its research as part of a larger body of evidence”, says Dr. Bev Holmes, Interim President & CEO. “This means not only adapting the messages, but also the mode of delivery in order to reach and be heard by the audiences who can make use of the information.”

The 16 teams, based at Interior Health, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia Okanagan and University of Victoria are working in areas ranging from mental health care and improving health services for seniors, to prostate cancer nutrition and best practices in childbirth.

Guided by both research expertise and real world experience, the researcher and research user teams will make use of videos, e-learning, social media, symposia and training workshops to share research and improve health policy and practice.

“We are delighted to see teams using the increasing evidence related to dissemination to find new ways of communicating research so results can be understood and used by those most able to benefit”, says Holmes. “Dissemination is a key component of successful knowledge translation and has the potential to make a real difference to the health of British Columbians, both at an individual and policy level.”