MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellows announced

2 April 2014

Six BC-based health researchers will have the chance to gain real-world policy-making experience as recipients of MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellowships.

The award recipients will be embedded in the BC Ministry of Health for between six and 12 months in a policy setting, where they will work as part of a policy team.

A full list of MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellows and corresponding policy assignments is below:

Applicant Name Project Title/Assignment Host
Diana Campbell Examination of Systems Approaches to Advancing Quality and Safety in the Delivery of Health and Support Services in Home and Community Care Seniors Directorate, Health Sector Planning and Innovation Division
Rebecca Haines-Saah Development of Evidence-Based Provincial Policy Options for Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, Supports, and Services in BC Healthy Minds, Healthy People Directorate
Rabia Khan Provincial Policy Implications and Potential Reforms Relating to Personalized Medicine Health Sector Planning and Innovation Division with the Provincial Health Services Authority
Conny Hsin Chen Lin Understanding Physician Resources and Capacity in Treating Opioid Dependent Clients Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division
Megan McLarnon Preventing or Reducing Pharmaceutical Opioid-Related Harms in BC Population and Public Health Division
Karolina Rozworska Implementation of Increasing Capacity for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy in Mental Health and Substance Use Services in BC Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division

As part of its commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice, MSFHR is proud to fund these BC-based policy assignments in partnership with CIHR. This year’s competition marks the second time MSFHR has partnered on the Science Policy Fellowships program. In 2012, MSFHR funded researcher Noreen Kamal to undertake a six-month placement in the BC Ministry of Health to study emergency department care.

“The Foundation is very excited to help facilitate evidence-informed practice and policy-making,” said Gayle Scarrow, Manager, Knowledge Translation at MSFHR. “These fellowships are a great opportunity for researchers to learn about the science-policy interface and for policy-makers to receive timely and relevant research on issues of importance to them.”