Hartney awarded health research grant

Hartney awarded health research grant

Prof. Elizabeth Hartney and a broad team of academic and health system partners have been awarded a Convening and Collaborating (C2) grant by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR.)

The one-time grant, worth up to $15,000, will be used by Hartney, program head of the Master of Arts in Leadership (Health), and the team to bring together people within the health system who don’t typically collaborate, on the issue of services for people who use substances. Primary care physicians have indicated people who use substances are their most challenging patient group–and the one they most need professional support to effectively serve. Team members include two non-profits serving people who use substances; Island Health Authority; the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice and researchers at the University of Victoria.

Hartney is working with Dr. Alisa Harrison, executive director of the Victoria Division of Family Practice and a recent associate faculty member, and Bryn Meadows, a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) student, to develop a unique workshop at Royal Roads in the spring of 2018, which will bring together trained facilitators who have lived experience of substance use with primary care physicians, addiction medicine specialists and policy makers at the Ministries of Health and Mental Health and Addictions, to develop best practices to guide physicians in supporting these patients.