SHS Bulletin

School of Health Studies

February 2016

Rebuilding our Core

I am very pleased to start this newsletter with a warm welcome to Jacqui Jaremchenko. Jacqui is our new undergraduate assistant in the School. A core element to the School, Jacqui is the face of the School of Health Studies for the students and visitors at the main office.

Congratulations to Andrea Legato whose counseling experience has advanced her to the senior academic counselor position. We are actively recruiting a new academic counselor and I am pleased to say that interviews should start in the days ahead.

As announced in Dean Garland's February 17 update, FHS garnered strong support from Central Administration for our budget submission. The School of Health Studies was a beneficiary of that budget news as our request for a tenure track position was granted and we will be begin the search process without delay. Our current one-year limited term position was granted a two-year extension which will be of tremendous support to stabilizing our delivery of health promotion courses. There are additional funds through Central's support of simulation and education initiatives that will see enhancements to the learning models in the anatatorium.

Once we have secured our academic counselor, we will once again have our core administrative and support staff in place. With additional full-time faculty members, we will be in a position to fully embrace our Moving Forward initiatives and I look forward to working with everyone as we move into this exciting future.

Hail & Health,

Dan Belliveau

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Future Financier

I am delighted to announce the arrival of our next administrative officer, Simon Rivas who arrived at 6:50 AM on Monday February 22, 2016 weighing in at 3.85 kg (8.5 lbs) and 52 cm (20 in.). Mom (Erica), Dad (Emericks) and big brother (Daniel) are all very proud!

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Research Endeavours

Our Recent Publications

Grisé KN, Olver TD, McDonald MW, Dey A, Jiang M, Lacefield JC, Shoemaker JK, Noble EG, Melling CW. High Intensity Aerobic Exercise Training Improves Deficits of Cardiovascular Autonomic Function in a Rat Model of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus with Moderate Hyperglycemia. J Diabetes Res. 2016.

Graham R, Mackie C, Sibbald SL. An exploration of core values and values congruence in local public health. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2016; 5(1):34-40.

* My apologies to those whose recent publications I may have overlooked (please send them along!)

Our Newest Book Author

Treena Orchard's book, Sex Workers and Criminalization in North America and China Ethical and Legal Issues in Exclusionary Regimes was just published. Congratulations Treena! You can find more information about the book at the Springer website.

IDI - Applied Indigenous Scholarship

Another successful Interdisciplinary Development initiative that was funded (one of only 4 from 18 submissions) and features the work of one of our own is Applied Indigenous Scholarship. The IDI is led by Chantelle Richmond (Social Science) and received support for the period 2016-2019 in the amount of $350,000. The collaborators are from various disciplines (Native Studies, Geography, English, History, Education, History, Indigenous Services), including the Faculty of Health Sciences---with Treena Orchard (SHS), Debbie Rudman (OT), and Janice Forsyth (Kinesiology) among them.

Western Mentorship Grant

Congratulations to Jacob Shelley for being awarded a 2016 Western Mentoring Micro Grant from the Teaching Support Centre in the amount of $1000. Jacob, along with Assistant Professors from other disciplines across campus, will organize 'horizontal mentoring' workshops to share their experiences, discuss ideas on teaching, and identify opportunities for potential teaching and/or research collaboration.

Here Comes the Judge ...

Jacob Shelley has been busy as he was also recently awarded a Western Strategic Support - SSHRC Seed Grant in the amount of $23,815. Jacob's project is titled "Big Data on Trial: The Role of Judges as Scientific Gatekeepers". He will work on this project throughout 2016.

EnComPaSSing an International Approach to Health Delivery

The international, collaborative research of Debbie Fitzsimmons first initiatiated here in SouthWestern Ontario has made its way to a health institution in England. EnComPaSS (Enhanced Community Palliative Support Services) provides effective and cost efficient care for palliative patients and their families in their own homes. A just-published Western media release and headline story in the Sheffield Telegraph offers more about this exciting endeavour. A great description of the program can be seen in this video release.
EnComPaSS Video Nov 2015
Debbie's work will be further profiled during her presentation at the Palliative Care Congress in Glasgow next month.
  • Fitzsimmons, D.A., Ariss, S, Mawson, S. Evaluation of an Enhanced Community Palliative Support Service [EnComPaSS]. 11th Palliative Care Congress, Glasgow, UK, March 2016.

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GRAC Corner

One of the significant revelations that came from our SHS prospectus exercise last fall was our substantial involvement in graduate education, yet we have not celebrated those success stories within the pages of our Bulletin. Starting with this issue, I would like to invite you to share those successes as they arise. The Graduate and Research Affairs Committee works hard to realize the scholarly potential of faculty and students mentored by our peers.

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Here is but a sampling of the impact our supervised graduate students have had on our research and scholarship.
  • Natalie Visca Scime (supervisor: Shauna Burke) "Breastfeeding support for mothers of preterm infants in Canadian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs): An environmental scan and survey" Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Research Conference. Award: Best oral presentation Category: Master’s level, Contemplate category
  • Laura Robinson (supervisor: Shannon Sibbald) "Assisted dying legislation: Its history around the world and its future in Canada". American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics. Award: 2nd place winner.
  • Laura Robinson (supervisor: Shannon Sibbald) "Role strain and physician-assisted dying in Canada". Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Conference, Award: 1st place winner for best oral presentation; category: "Illuminate".
  • UPCOMING - Deda, Erisa., Fitzsimmons, D.A., Kloseck, M., Savundranayagam, M. (2016). Living with COPD through the eyes of war veterans residing in London, Ontario. Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference, March 11 - 12 2016, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (supervisor: Debbie Fitzsimmons)

Highlighting Research

As you may recall, the GRAC sends out invitations for research posters to display on the board next to the main office. I would like to draw your attention to the newest research on display from Tamara Landry, William Fisher and Treena Orchard, Knowing When to Tell: Concerns of HIV Positive Youth. A presentation of Tamara's research can be seen in this video, complements of CATIE - Canada's source for HIV and Hepatitis C Information.

* Please contact Shannon Sibbald, chair of GRAC to offer a poster for sharing with your peers.

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Enhancing Education

Case Based Learning - an Opportunity

If you are looking for ways to increase active learning in your classroom and engage your students with health applications please consider joining Shannon Sibbald and Mark Speechley from Epidemiology as they offer a program called: Case Based Learning: What it is, How to Use it and Why it Works to be held on Friday March 4, 10:00 - 12:30.
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Leaders of the Future

A Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) initiative, the Leaders of the Future initiative supports students who apply to the World Health Organization. The deadline is March 21, 2016. More information can be found on the poster below or contacting Debbie Fitzsimmons. Please bring this to the attention of students you think might be interested.
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Our Students - Heavy Lifters in the Classroom and in Competition

Nicola Paviglianiti, a senior Health Studies student and National Scholar, just won the Canadian National title for powerlifting securing her place in the 52kg junior lifter class on Team Canada! Her next competition will be an international competition – the “Worlds”- which will take place in Texas at the end of June 2016. Congratulations to Nicola for her incredible contribution both academically and athletically! Keep your eye out for an article in the Gazette soon!

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Souper Thursday

Our LAST Souper Thursday of the season will take place on Thursday March 31st. where we will enjoy a couple of hearty soups and great company. Mark your calendars and I'll see you in our Collective Restoration space (ie. lunch room)!

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Keep it Coming!

I hope this newsletter becomes a means to celebrate our successes. This document represents us all so please send along anything that deserves to be mentioned and/or recognized; be they publications, conference acceptances, new graduate student trainees, media, notes or anything else you would like to share. I hope you find the SHS Bulletin a good reminder of the collective innovation and productivity of our School.