2018-19

The following Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program projects received funding in 2018-19.

Treatment as health promotion for substance use in Indigenous Albertans

Recipient(s): Dr. Maulik Baxi, Dr. Rita Henderson

This project aims to improve access to Opioid Agonist Therapy for Indigenous Albertans. This will be done by offering an innovative approach called Buprenorphine/Naloxone microdose OAT Induction for patients with Opioid Use Disorder and will be done in conjunction with existing resources, relations and cultural knowledge.


Heart Heroes Camp

Recipient(s): Dr. Devin Chetan

The project will provide a safe, medically supervised, fun camp experience for 40-50 children with congenital heart disease who would not otherwise be able to attend camp and alleviate caregiver fatigue by providing a reprieve to families. The camp will provide a normalizing experience for children with congenital heart disease to meet others who have had similar experiences, to socialize with their peers in a safe setting and to experience a developmental opportunity similar to children who do not have the same medical needs.


The Re:pro Health Podcast – Discussing pro-health topics regarding women’s sexual and reproductive health

Recipient(s): Daphne Cheung

Re:pro health aims to raise awareness about women’s sexual and reproductive health topics. The goal is to provide education about these topics so women may become better advocates for their own health. To do this, a podcast will be created and disseminated via major podcast providers. Each podcast will be roughly 15 minutes in length and will be released every 2 weeks for a total of 15 episodes.


Integrating healthy living among new Canadians

Recipient(s): Bridget Hooper

The goal of this project is to support low income, inner city, immigrant/refugee families in creating healthy lifestyles. This will be achieved through weekly evening programming that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and English language lessons.


Keeping children living with diabetes safe and healthy at school

Recipient(s): Dr. Sarah Johnson

The aim of this project is to create an information booth in line with Diabetes Canada and the Pediatric Society’s position on Type1 Diabetes Mellitus, then directly address teachers at the Alberta Teachers’ Association meetings in Calgary and Edmonton. By doing this, the expectation is to engage teachers as stakeholders toward generating interest in, and creating standards which will improve the lives and safety of students with T1DM.


Youth education on marijuana use

Recipient(s): Spencer Krahn, Ryan St. James

This project aims to synthesize research-based information into a presentation that will be engaging and relevant for youth in Calgary To ensure that the presentation that is developed will be effective, focus groups will be conducted with several high school students prior to its development. The target group will include youth in Calgary, particularly students from grades 10-12.


’Street Sense’: A harm-reduction program promoting informed decision-making regarding drug use

Recipient(s): Chu Yang Lin, Amanpreet Gill, Jahaan Ali

Street Sense aims to address the increase in opioid-related hospitalizations in youths by filling in the gaps of the current high-school education curriculum. The theme of the project is one of harm reduction, rather than solely drug- use deterrence. The project aims to target about 100 students in Edmonton.


Sexual Health Edition - Doctors Against Tragedies

Recipient(s): Dr. Michiko Maruyama

This project aims to create an innovative sexual health awareness campaign to break the tension and start a conversation about sexual health in a way that is fun, engaging and educational. The focus will be on providing education on STIs and methods of birth control, as well as information about the various sexual health resources in Edmonton, such as the birth control clinic. This will be achieved by creating a card game that uses clever and witty humor with facts and information injected onto each card.


Introduction of Canadian healthcare system to new immigrants and assisting them in finding a family physician

Recipient(s): Reza Ojaghi

The aim of this project is to connect with a group of adult new immigrants in Calgary to educate and assist them in finding a family physician. This will be done by creating and distributing small packages written in various languages on how to find a local family physician.

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