2015-16 recipients

The following Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program projects received funding in 2015-16.

CALL ME – Canadians alleviating loneliness and longing by mingling with the elderly

Recipients: Omar Damji & Nabeela Nathoo, medical students, University of Calgary

Project description: This project will develop and evaluate a model for a telephone befriending service in Calgary, pilot the model and collect data at various time points to evaluate outcomes, and determine barriers faced by participants and volunteer telephone befrienders in providing such a service.

Camp OAK (“One of a kind”)

Recipient: Dr. Devin Chetan, resident in pediatrics, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will provide a safe, medically supervised, fun camp experience for children with congenital heart disease, who would not otherwise be able to attend camp, and alleviate caregiver fatigue by providing a reprieve to families.

Digital approaches to health promotion in Edmonton men who have sex with men (MSM)

Recipient: Dr. Ryan Stubbins, resident in internal medicine, University of Alberta

Project description: This project aims to address health disparities among Edmonton MSM by identifying health education needs of its MSM population, implementing a MSM-focused health promotion strategy tailored to the identified needs in a digital, web-based platform, and prospectively monitoring the impact of this web-based health promotion strategy.

HealthLINC: Health literacy and information for newcomers to Canada

Recipient: Karl Narvacan, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will provide brief presentations on the Canadian health care system (what it includes, how to register, when to use services like ER or 911, etc.), assist new immigrants in looking for family physicians, and through interviews and surveys gain new insights on migrant and refugee concerns and welfare issues.

Improving prenatal care in Edmonton’s women immigrant network

Recipient: Rachel Wang, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will provide workshops on prenatal care for immigrant families expecting a child about access to information on appropriate prenatal care and programs available in Edmonton, the importance of prenatal care while highlighting the positive outcomes for both maternal and fetal health, and information on prenatal genetic screening options, highlighting important gestational age cutoffs for screening tests.

NICU graduate family support program

Recipient: Alanna Chomyn, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: This project will develop a multi-faceted student-run parent support program that will include three components: play groups, a peer support “buddy” program and a telephone peer support service. The objective is to decrease parental reports of alienation, depression and anxiety and offer preterm and/or medically complex children a safe and supportive environment in which to play through the play groups.

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