The Learning Health and Social System

Creating a Learning Health and Social System (LHSS) in Newfoundland and Labrador will embed knowledge generation into daily health and community practice to produce continual improvements in healthcare and social services.

In 2022, Health Accord NL’s report: Our Province. Our Health. Our Future. A 10-Year Health Transformation: The Blueprint  identified the Learning Health and Social System (LHSS) as a key pathway to facilitate health and healthcare improvements in Newfoundland and Labrador.  In March, 2023, the team at NLCAHR undertook intensive consultations with provincial health system leaders, university partners, patients, and caregivers who identified that the LHSS as a top priority for health system transformation in the province. 

Following from these consultations, the Research Exchange Group on the Learning Health and Social System is envisioned as a forum where people can can share knowledge about creating the LHSS, undertake research in this area, and learn about the perspectives of others:  patients, caregivers, community organizations, university partners from across disciplines, health system partners, and participants working in government.  Ultimately, this group will exchange research and practice knowledge; share lived experience and community knowledge; and build capacity for collaboration and partnerships that will support a Learning Health and Social System in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Group Conveners:

  • Dr. Brendan Barrett, Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), Memorial University, Chief Scientific Officer, NL SUPPORT and Clinical Led, Quality of Care NL
  • Dr. Robert Wilson, Associate Researcher, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, Manager of Quality of Care NL, Scientific Lead NL SUPPORT

Meetings & Events

October 24, 2023  |  Initial Planning Meeting facilitated by Dr. Brendan Barrett and Dr. Robert Wilson