Success Stories

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Success stories from the Research Exchange Groups are as numerous and diverse as the groups themselves.  The following are some highlights:

  • A working group of the Research Exchange Group on Arts & Health has been meeting to support the development of social prescribing as a care framework for the province, including meeting with several committees from Health AccordNL.
  • The Research Exchange Group on Aging consulted with the Health AccordNL committee on population aging to inform the calls to action to support older adults in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • A working group of the Research Exchange Group on Horticultural Therapy has established a gardening program at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's.  The Phoenix Garden project  saw the construction of a new greenhouse in the prison yard and the training of inmates at HMP in an arts-based mindfulness and gardening curriculum.
  • A working group of the Research Exchange Groups on Human-Animal Interaction & Wellness and on Aging is now working on the establishment of an ElderDog Canada chapter in NL.  ElderDog is a volunteer-based program that will support the health of seniors and their dogs.
  • The Research Exchange Groups on Palliative Care and on Indigenous Health will help to support a new Pallium Canada Research Project in 2021 that will enhance Palliative Care for Indigenous Peoples in Labrador and Newfoundland.
  • A Master's of Public Health Practicum Student from Memorial University worked with the conveners of the Research Exchange Group on Arts and Health to develop a Compendium of Arts and Health reseach and programming for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 
  • A working group of the Research Exchange Group on Aging met for eight years to plan and develop the province’s first Aging Research Centre (ARC-NL) which opened at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus in 2018 to support community-engaged research on aging.
  • At a meeting of the group on harm reduction, community workers connected with government officials and initiated a collaboration that led to the development of the provincial naloxone program to reduce harms from opioid overdose.
  • A consultation between government officials and the Research Exchange Group on Aging helped to identify the criteria and qualifications for the first Seniors' Advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador and to identify key areas of the mandate for the Office of the Seniors' Advocate for this province.
  • A Master's of Public Health Practicum student connected with the Research Exchange Group on Service Learning and Community Engagement to develop an online portal on the NLCAHR website that connects research and community partners.
  • Connections forged through the group on palliative care led to researchers from Memorial University engaging with four small communities where they will train volunteer navigators to provide support, education, and connection to community and health resources for isolated seniors living with chronic illness.
  • Engagement among members of the Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLICE) group led to inviting Memorial University medical students to the Workin’ It Training Fair at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary where they gained insights on how employment impacts health, met community career and employment staff and learned about services available to inmates after release.
  • The group on Indigenous Health has connected people in small Labrador communities to research on topics that matter to them, including mental health services, ethical considerations for respectful community research, Indigenous scholarship on the experiences of two-spirited people, and participatory research on climate change at the Labrador Institute.