2017-18 recipients

The following Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program projects received funding in 2017-18.

Psychiatric Perceptions: What is psychiatry in the 21st century? - An educational podcast

Recipient(s): Dr. Jaylynn Arcand, Dr. Jonathan Dornian, Dr. Sheila Acharya 

Project description: The purpose of this project is to create a podcast that will educate the public about how mental health issues impact patients, their families and their communities, and how psychiatrists work to address these issues. The end goal is to provide clarification for misconceptions that arise from the disconnect between the public's general knowledge and actual psychiatric practice.


Integrating healthy living among new Canadians

Recipient(s): Finola Hackett

Project description: This project aims to meet the healthy living needs of new immigrant, socio-economically disadvantaged families. This will be achieved by providing weekday evening programs that give families the skills to address the simultaneous challenges of food security, English language learning and partaking in recreational activities. Programs will include training in nutrition and meal preparation, engaging in some physical activity and taking English lessons.


Raising awareness of Pelvic Floor Disorders among refugee and immigrant women through Cultural Health Brokers

Recipient(s): Maheer Khan, Sarah Kent, Victoria Elliot

Project description: The goal of this project is to increase the level of care for Pelvic floor disorders (PFD) accessed by refugee and immigrant women. This will be achieved by partnering with the Multicultural Health Brokers (MCHB) to deliver 3 half day training workshops to 60 cultural health brokers (CHB) on raising awareness for, and improving access to PFD. It is expected that these CHB, who are able to deliver culturally sensitive care to refugee and immigrant groups, will be able to use their training to increase this group’s awareness about PFD, and encourage them to seek treatment.


‘Street Sense’: A high school program promoting informed decision-making regarding drug and opioid use

Recipient(s): Chu Yang Lin

Project description: Street Sense is a project that 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 will be one of harm reduction, rather than solely drug-use deterrence. He project aims to target inner-city high school students in Edmonton.


No fall this Fall, and any other season

Recipient(s): Dr. Ellina Lytvyak

Project description: This project aims to create awareness of falls being an important health issue among seniors living independently or with little family/social support, and to educate seniors on the high preventability of falls. This will be done primarily through a series of workshops delivered to seniors that will incorporate an approach to dealing with falls that is tailored to individuals’ dwelling situation and routine living tasks.


Doctors Against Tragedies

Recipient(s): Dr. Michiko Maruyama

Project description: This project aims to raise awareness of fentanyl-related deaths and to educate the public on both the negatives and positives of fentanyl use. An age-appropriate game titled ‘Doctors Against Tragedies’ (based on the popular games, Cards Against Humanities and Minecraft) will be created with facts related to fentanyl-related deaths incorporated into the game. The game will be available in a physical form, as well as online, and will be targeted to elementary, high school and university students.


Play, Learn, Teach! Part 2!

Recipient(s): Dr. Michiko Maruyama

Project description: The main purpose of the project is to teach children about their health condition and treatment plan through an innovative and creative approach. The project aims to have educational toys designed to promote health and disease prevention to children. The toys will be focused on medical fields including, but not limited to: general surgery, plastic surgery and oncology.

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