Connecting the dots on health research in BC: Knowledge translation

21 May 2015

This article is the first in a series designed to help readers “connect the dots” on various initiatives underway in the province that support and advance the actions outlined in Directions for Health Research in BC.

Key stakeholders involved in the consultation process to develop a health research strategy for BC identified nearly a dozen actions that they felt would help create a more vibrant, thriving health research community in the province.

Compiled in the document Directions for Health Research in BC, some of these actions reflect work that still needs to be done in the province, others, activities that are already well underway.

Knowledge translation, captured in action 2b, falls into the latter category. While hardly exhaustive, even a quick survey of KT activity in BC uncovers an impressive list. To begin with, each of the regional health authorities has its own set of internal activities underway designed to increase capacity for health research and its translation into the organization. The health authorities are well positioned to take on this work, operating at the intersection of academic research and health care delivery.

On a provincial scale, the BC KT Community of Practice (CoP) recently launched a new website designed to support collaboration among and increase engagement between KT researchers, practitioners, and others with an interest in KT in BC. Members are able to add and update content and share it with other members. The volunteer member-driven CoP relies on in-kind contributions from members and their organizations. MSFHR and the Rick Hansen Institute are in-kind supporters of the CoP.

MSFHR also plays a key role in leading KT in BC.  Our work is focused in five areas: funding, building capacity, managing projects, advancing KT science and advocacy.  Among our activities, we have been providing support to Island Health and Interior Health as they advance their health research and knowledge translation agendas and we have supported the BC KT CoP since its inception in 2011.