2016-17 recipients

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

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.

Play, learn, teach!

Recipient: Dr. Michiko Maruyama, resident in cardiac surgery, University of Alberta

Project description: The project targets cardiovascular health in the pediatric population. It will create educational toys to teach children about cardiac health, promote cardiac health amongst the pediatric population, enhance the doctor-patient relationship using innovative ideas and creativity, and integrate art, design and medicine.

Promoting physical activity for children with disabilities in Calgary

Recipient: Dr. Sarah MacEachern, resident in pediatrics, University of Calgary

Project description: The project will work to increase the resource base of an existing app to connect children aged 6-12 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities in Calgary with physical activity programs in an effort to increase physical activity participation for this population. The app will be promoted and implemented in selected pediatric clinics within Calgary to help increase physician discussions surrounding regular and engaging physical activity.

Starlight performance camp

Recipient: Andrée Vincent, medical student, University of Alberta

Project description: The project will introduce 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). It will reach out to the at-risk population that may be socially isolated and physically inactive and provide an inclusive environment that will allow medical students and children to connect and learn from each other.

Teaching CPR at community sporting events

Recipient: Dr. May Yee Choi, resident in internal medicine, University of Calgary

Project description: The project addresses sudden cardiac arrest, including among athletes, and unfamiliarity with bystander CPR. It provides CPR/AED education to the general public. The project builds on the success of its previous year of grant funding by continuing to expand the volunteer base and by using a sophisticated CPR manikin that gives real-time feedback to participants on the quality of their CPR.

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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