2013-14 recipients

Emerging Leaders grant program

The Alberta Medical Association's (AMA's) Health Issues Council (HIC) has committed funds to support a grant program for health advocacy initiatives of medical students and resident physicians. This program, the Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program, provides funding toward health promotion projects.

2013-14 recipients

An apple a day

Recipient: Simone Kortbeek, medical student, University of Calgary

Project description: This project will increase awareness of healthy eating choices and the importance of these choices among school-aged children (grades 3 & 4) through fall and spring education sessions delivered by medical students.


Charley’s Regional Good Food Box program

Recipient: Charley Switzer, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: This project, delivered in Peace River in partnership with the Sagitawa Friendship Centre, will provide fresh produce at a subsidized price once a month to low-income families, combined with education about healthy eating as a family.


Cooking with Ravi’oli

Recipient: Ravi Seyed Mahmoud, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will teach and promote preparing healthy meals to women living in a shelter by offering a cooking class twice a month showing how to cook healthy, simple, non-processed meals that are reasonably priced.


Infection prevention awareness at the Calgary International Children’s Festival

Recipient: Stephanie Nguyen, medical student, University of Calgary

Project description: This project will educate children attending the festival about general infection prevention and reservoirs of infection by highlighting situations relevant to their age and engaging them through interactive activities in which team- or group-based learning and creativity are encouraged.


Initiation of smoking cessation in pediatric patients and their caregivers

Recipient: Dr. Anne Hicks, resident in respiratory medicine, University of Calgary

Project description: This project will identify pediatric patients and caregivers who use tobacco, provide tobacco cessation strategies and supports to pediatric patients and provide caregivers who use tobacco with information and referral for cessation support as well as strategies to help their children avoid initiating tobacco use.


mâmawihitowin: Aboriginal community gatherings for health

Recipient: Dr. Daniel McKennitt, resident in public health, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will increase community connectedness of Aboriginal youth in Edmonton to decrease incidence and prevalence of substance abuse and will promote health and wellness among Aboriginal youth by engaging in two Aboriginal community gatherings in spring and fall 2014.


Mind your brain

Recipient: Dr. Prajjita Bardoloi, resident in psychiatry, University of Alberta

Project description: This project focuses on early intervention to bring understanding of mental and brain health into the community to a primary target group of adolescents and young adults through mini-lectures, discussions and skill development.


Obesity and children: A school health promotion project

Recipient: Dr. Maryana Duchcherer, resident in psychiatry, University of Alberta

Project description: This project involves structured interventions that will be delivered every two-three weeks through interactive lessons focused on the benefits of nutrition and healthy eating, emotional well-being, self-esteem and the benefits of physical activity.


Rewards of reading: A literacy campaign

Recipient: Darby Ewashina, medical student, University of Calgary

Project description: In conjunction with the Student Run Clinic at Inn from the Cold, medical students will use reading books, activity books and other relevant educational materials to engage preschool children while their parents are being seen at the clinic in order to provide exposure to reading and encourage literacy.

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