2019 Implementation Science Team project grant recipients

MSFHR's Implementation Science Team (IST) Program is designed to address a gap in understanding how research findings and other evidence-based practices are taken up to ultimately improve health and health care in BC.

The IST Program consists of two phases — a development grant and a project grant. In 2018, MSFHR awarded 10 teams development grants to support team and project development and training, before the teams submitted full and comprehensive project grant applications. After rigorous peer review, MSFHR is now announcing the five teams that have been awarded project grants of up to $500,000 for three years.

Project summary and team members Region Primary health system priority*
Embedding health care technologies in real-world contexts: Developing the scale-up, spread and sustainability of assistive technologies in homes, communities and health systems
  • Co-leads: Karen Kobayashi (UVic), Robin Syme (CanAssist), Elizabeth Borycki (UVic)
  • Executive sponsor: Heather Davidson (BC Ministry of Health)
  • Host institution: University of Victoria
BC-wide Services for patients with complex conditions
Implementing an evidence-based exercise program to reduce falls in community-dwelling older adults
  • Co-leads: Linda Li (Arthritis Research Canada / UBC), Fabio Feldman (SFU / Fraser Health), Megan Oakey (PHSA), Jennifer Davis (Centre for Hip Health and Mobility / UBCO), Teresa Liu-Ambrose (Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health / UBC / VCHRI)
  • Executive sponsor: Barb Lawrie (VCH)
  • Host institution: University of British Columbia
Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Services for patients with complex conditions
Scaling out: Implementation of a health promotion model for older adults from marginalized, rural and remote communities across BC
  • Co-leads: Heather McKay (UBC), Anne Pousette (Northern Health / UBC / UNBC), Joanie Sims-Gould (SFU / UBC / VCH)
  • Executive sponsor: Matt Herman (BC Ministry of Health)
  • Host institution: University of British Columbia
BC-wide Services for patients with complex conditions

Rural and remote services
Implementing physical activity programs in communities for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Co-leads: Lise Olsen (UBC), Lois McNary (Special Olympics BC), Jean-Paul Collet (UBC), Tara Nault (Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council), William McKellin (UBC), Mojgan Gitimoghaddam (UBC), Stephanie Glegg (BCCHRI, BCCH & SHHC, UBC)
  • Executive sponsor: Matt Herman (BC Ministry of Health), Anne Fuller (BC Ministry of Children and Family Development)
  • Host institution: University of British Columbia
BC-wide Rural and remote services

Indigenous health
Breaking the cycle of recurrent fracture: Scaling up a secondary fracture prevention program in Fraser Health to inform spread across British Columbia
  • Co-leads: Sonia Singh (Fraser Health), Larry Funnell (Patient partner), Tania Bubela (SFU)
  • Executive sponsor: Linda Dempster (Fraser Health)
  • Host institution: Fraser Health
Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Services for patients with complex conditions

Abbreviations: Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA); Simon Fraser University (SFU); University of British Columbia (UBC); University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO); Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH); Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI); University of Victoria (UVic), BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI), BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (BCCH & SHHC)

*All projects address two or more health system priorities, key areas of focus listed only.