2016-17 recipients

The following Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program projects received funding in 2016-17.

Teaching CPR at community sporting events

Dr. May Choi was encouraged by the high level of participation and interesting survey results from her first rollout of “Teaching CPR at community sport events,” which was included in the 2014-15 group of Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion (ELiHP) grant program projects. She undertook round two of the ELiHP project at six community sport events from 2016 to 2018 with her 2016-17 ELiHP project co-applicants.

ELiHP ventures outside of mental and physical boundaries: Starlight Performance Camp

This Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion program introduced children affected by chronic illness, who may often feel restricted by their illness, to the world of performance arts (by teaching cheerleading, dance, gymnastics and fashion).

Heart Heroes Camp

You know you have a good thing going when you can’t wipe the grins off the children’s faces and you hear comments like, “For a five-star rating, I’d give this camp at least a 12!” Heart Heroes Camp, held last August 4-7 at Camp Yowochas near Wabamun Lake, was just that awesome.

Play, Learn, Teach!

With her Play, Learn, Teach! Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant project, cardiac surgery resident Dr. Michiko Maruyama, identified a health education gap in the pediatric cardiovascular disease population. She aptly filled that gap with a unique integration of art, design and medicine.

Promoting physical activity for children with disabilities in Calgary

Pediatric resident (R3) Dr. Sarah MacEachern's project aimed to remove the barriers that physically and intellectually disabled children and youth encounter as they and their parents search for suitable adapted physical activity programs and facilities.

Open mind, open heart – A campaign for social inclusivity of children of all abilities

Recipient: Jenny Saunders, Kelcie Lahey, Janell Lautermilch, medical students, University of Calgary

Project description: The project aims to address social isolation in children with complex mental and physical needs by helping to integrate them into a safe and supportive extracurricular environment. It will facilitate collaborations with parents and instructors so that children of all abilities have the opportunity to engage and succeed in extracurricular programs.


Use of novel multi-sensory dementia tools to improve quality of life of seniors with dementia and their caregivers

Recipient: Dr. Catherine Cheng, resident in psychiatry, University of Alberta

Project description: The project targets improvement in quality of life for both seniors with dementia and their caregivers. Multi-sensory dementia tools will be used with seniors with dementia to provide stimulation, reduce agitation and restlessness and provide a sense of accomplishment that is positive and therapeutic and to reduce potential burnout of caregivers.

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