February 20, 2014

Important Announcements

Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research

The CIHR-Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, provincial health research funding organizations and many national health charities are working together and with the community to develop the first-ever pan-Canadian vision and strategy for health services and policy research (HSPR).

The results of a strategic analysis of Canada’s assets and resources in HSPR are available in a comprehensive report and interactive asset map which illustrate Canada’s total investments in health services and policy research, priority research areas, people and knowledge translation at a provincial and national level.

These results will inform a Priorities Forum in April 2014 that will bring together partners, policy leaders, citizens and representatives of the HSPR community to develop the inaugural pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for Health Services and Policy Research.

Learn more about the initiative and asset map HERE.

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS)

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) is a partnership between Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) aimed at improving health outcomes for patients across Alberta.

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for the 2014 PRIHS competition is April 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Important: Please review the PRIHS Program Guide (2014/2015) before applying.

Programs and Events

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Competition Information Session

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Room 2-140 | Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is hosting an information session for those wanting to learn more about the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Competition.

This partnered funding opportunity between AIHS and Alberta Health Services (AHS), supports networks of health researchers and clinical practitioners that can identify sustainable solutions to improve quality and value for money in the health system.

The information session will cover:

  • Application requirements
  • Eligibility
  • PRIHS objectives
  • Priority areas of research

This session will also be available by video conference, please contact Denise Guevara, Administrative Assistant, Programs at denise.guevara@albertainnovates.ca for more information.

For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Perry, Director, Programs at 780-429-9340
or ryan.perry@albertainnovates.ca.

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in Primary Health Care:  A Review for Nurse Practitioners

Date: April 16 – May 28, 2014 (7 week course)
Location: Web-based course               

Course Description

This seven week course for nurse practitioners offers a focused review of advanced nursing practice with emphasis on the advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills required to accurately assess and diagnose clients typically seen in a primary health care setting.  The course will utilize a case-based approach to learning. The case-specific learning objectives, required readings, health assessment video(s) and review questions will be provided to learners on a weekly basis. Learners will be expected to participate in on-line discussions of the health assessment, diagnosis and clinical decision-making principles pertinent to each case. During the final week of the course (Week Seven) learners will be evaluated on their ability to perform a focused physical examination.


Nurse Practitioners who have identified a need to strengthen their advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, especially in the area of health assessment and diagnosis of clients.


The course will be developed and led by faculty from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. All faculty are practicing NPs with a specialty certificate in Primary Health Care.

Registration is limited for this course. For further information and to register, click HERE.

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