New issue of MSFHR Spark about BC researchers using ‘everyday’ mobile health technologies

Everyday tech for better care is all about BC researchers who are using ‘everyday’ mobile health technologies to support care providers and patients, and improve patient outcomes. We loved Story 1, featuring patient Roger Stoddard from the SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (PIHCIN) leadership council.

Read Spark here


Networks Leadership Symposium March 19-20 – Networks as Balancing Acts: Managing Inherent Tensions?

March 19 – 20, 2018 | 0830 – 1600
Westin Bayshore Hotel
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC

This symposium will focus on ​​networks as balancing acts: managing inherent tensions.

Why participate in NLS 2018?
Participants will explore a broad range of network tensions and how, or if, they can be managed.

NLS 2018 will embrace an interactive, inquiry-based approach to encourage dialogue. Our objectives are to:

  • examine how working in networks often requires a balancing act
    explore if and how inherent tensions in networks can be practically managed
    discuss the key characteristics of highly functioning networks
  • share lessons learned and realities of networks from different sectors and locations
  • explore the importance of a developing a collaborative culture as key to growth and sustainability
  • review recent innovations in network research, practice and evaluation.

Who should attend?
Practitioners, researchers, policy or decision makers, and funders from diverse fields and members of the public who have an interest in supporting or exploring the value of networks as vehicles for change in the service of the public good. Registration is limited to encourage active participation among registrants and with presenters. Register early to avoid disappointment!

More information and registration

MSFHR to provide match funding for CIHR Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Policy Analysis grants

To support BC’s leadership in the field of patient-oriented research, MSFHR is pleased to offer matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications in CIHR’s Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants.

Learn more: Funding Opportunities

Recruiting for executive director of PIHCIN national coordinating office

The SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) is recruiting for an executive director in the national coordinating office. The successful candidate can be located in Vancouver or Toronto. Other locations, such as Ottawa, may also be considered. This role is responsible for program and stakeholder management, communications, and evaluation for the national PIHCI network (of which BC-PHCRN is a provincial node). The successful candidate will have expertise in project management, team building, and strategic communications, and knowledge of university-based grant management and the Canadian primary care sector.

Please see the details on the Women’s College Hospital web site.

Please share with your networks.

SPOR PIHCI Network Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunity is now open for applications

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have launched the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunity. Details are available on our funding opportunities page.

SPOR PIHCI Network Knowledge Synthesis funding opportunity is now open for applications

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have launched the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Knowledge Synthesis and funding opportunity. Details are available on our funding opportunities page.

Engaging People in Health Research 2017 – Speaker Series

This speaker series, sponsored by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit and Alberta Innovates, is profiling successful examples of patient engagement in health research. A researcher and a patient co-present on the challenges and rewards of having patient engagement throughout the research process. The next series event is on Nov 30, in Edmonton and as an online webinar. Details

Work with us! We are searching for a BC-PHCRN Research Network Manager

The Network Manager oversees the day-to-day operations and development of the network, and plays a key role in facilitating BC’s participation in the pan-Canadian SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (PIHCIN). The Network Manager is the primary point of contact and liaison for all Network members to support the vision, goals and initiatives of the Network. View the full job description and apply: Careers at UBC

BC-CPCSSN workshop Nov. 3 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

This workshop will introduce clinicians to the BC arm of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (BC-CPCSSN) study and detail opportunities to implement EMR-based quality improvement tools within their practice. Lunch will be provided.

When: November 3, 2017 | 12 – 1 pm
Where: Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Room 2060
Registration is required and space is limited.

For questions and to register, please contact Olena Schell at

This workshop is part of a larger knowledge to action event organized by Vancouver Island Health:

Patient-Oriented Research in the Community

When: November 3, 2017 | 9:30 – 11:30 am (9:00 in person)
Where: Room 2050, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and via videoconference
What: Our presenters will share opportunities to engage in patient-oriented research and quality improvement initiatives from the perspective of different stakeholders. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities in the community to engage in patient oriented research and quality improvement (QI) initiatives
  • Consider how participating in patient oriented research and quality improvement initiatives is beneficial to community providers
  • Demonstrate how patients can contribute as partners
  • List resources and supports that are available for patient-oriented community based research and QI
  • Value relationships among patients, communities and academic centres


  • *Patient partner* John Sherber, BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre and Patient Voices Network
  • *Health leadership* Malcolm Ogborn (Executive Medical Director for Medical and Academic Affairs, Island Health)
  • *A community practitioner* Dr. Graham Blackburn (Family Physician; Project Lead, Familiar Faces Program, Cowichan District Hospital)
  • *Researcher* Dr. Sabrina Wong (RN, PhD, Professor, UBC School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Co-Director of the BC Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network)