Dear Members,

We hope 2024 is off to a good start for you. We know it is busy for us and imagine the same for you.

This edition of our newsletter will focus on some key Save the Dates, including our Learning Series and inaugural conference to be held in November in Quebec City, just before NAPCRG. We sadly say goodbye to some members, but thankfully welcome others. Finally, we share some important announcements from partners.

Please be sure to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested, or if this has been forwarded to you, please sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

As ever, we are proud to be working along side you, amplifying the voices that seek to improve primary health care delivery to Canadians and hope that this work allows us to exchange in person, or virtually, to further our collective mandate.

Be well,
—The CPCRN Team

Network News

Goodbye to Karina Prévost and Haley Matthews

We are so sorry to say goodbye to Karina Prévost who has been an integral member of both our Patient Council and Communications and Knowledge Translation committees. She has been with our network, as a patient partner, since its inception in 2015 (when it was known as the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network) and has tremendous experiential knowledge which we will sorely miss. In July 2023, she began work as one of the Co-Leaders of Expériences, Québec’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit’s patient partner community of practice. She is also joining the Institute of Infection and Immunity (CIHR) Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and remains a very active patient partner involved in over 6 research projects. They are all lucky to have her!

Haley Matthews has been a key member of the CPCRN as the Patient Partner Engagement Specialist. Under her care, and thanks also to her role as the Network Manager at BRIC NS, she was able to help the Council develop an onboarding package for new patient partner members, organize the Council’s inaugural in-person meeting in Montreal, and work towards a number of additional deliverables. Her methodical and calm approach were much appreciated. We wish her all the best in her new role at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine.

Welcome to Hennessey Chartier-Ford and Charlotte Jensen

Hennessey is a Project Coordinator at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research. Within her role, she has taken on the portfolio of Primary Healthcare Research Network Manager for the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. She is working alongside Indigenous Elders to build strong relationships through communities of practice to identify issues in primary care unique to the Territories. Her work aims to take a strength based approach, focusing on the role of culture as a protective factor and how primary care services can better address this. Hennessey is incredibly passionate about the provision of culturally relevant health services and the role of community based research in reducing health inequity. Outside of her work, she is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Alberta with a focus on Indigenous maternal health. Hennessey has recently moved to Yellowknife with her dog and is excited to make the North her home.

Welcome to Charlotte Jensen who recently started as the SPOR Research Coordinator within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She has a background in Political Science, but has been working in health and family medicine research for 4+ years. Her past research work has been focused on human development, quality of life indicators, and how these intersect with race and gender. Her more recent work has been on quality of life and priorities for long-term care. She utilizes qualitative approaches and is especially interested in understanding disparities and inequities of the experience of women and BIPOC people accessing primary care.  We are excited to have her join us as part of our Operations & Management Committee, we as our Learning Health Systems Implementation Working Group.

Interview with Patient Partner Mpho Begin

We are so grateful to Mpho for giving of her time and energy as a Patient Partner for the CPCRN. We recently sat down with her for a more in-depth interview. Click here for full interview transcript.

Congratulations to Brenda Andreas

Congratulations to the Co-Chair of our Patient Council, Brenda Andreas, who has been appointed to the CIHR/IHSPR Advisory Board. She will be the Community Member and Research Collaborator representing Saskatchewan. We know from experience what a tremendous asset she will be to this Board.

Indigenous Health Data Governance Toolkit

On November 28th, 2023, we hosted a Learning Series Webinar during which the Indigenous Health Data Governance Toolkit was presented by Kimberly Fairman (Executive Director of the ICHR), with Shaneel Pathak (founder of Zamplo) as a Patient Partner co-panelist. 

You can view the webinar here.

You can review the Toolkit here.

Save the Dates – Conferences

UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Annual Health Policy Conference – March 5, 2024 – Vancouver

The 36th annual CHSPR health policy conference will explore the future of drug coverage in Canada at a time of potentially significant policy development. As millions of Canadians cannot afford their prescription drugs, the federal government is in the process of developing new legislation that will enable a more coordinated approach to pharmacare. The conference will survey the history and future of drug coverage, including vital topics such as equity in access to medicines, the history of reform efforts, and the emerging use of real-world evidence. The event will be offered in hybrid format. Registration is open! Register by Feb 5, 2024 to receive early bird pricing.

Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference – May 14-16, 2024 – Ottawa

Reminder that the next CAHSPR Conference is coming up in May. Registration will open on February 1st, 2024. Visit their website for more details.

CPCRN Conference – November 18-19, 2024 – Quebec City

 We are excited to begin sharing the details of our inaugural CPCRN Conference taking place at the Hilton in Quebec City just before NAPCRG will start. The theme will be Learning Health Systems. Please click here for more details.

Save the Dates – Learning Series

Practice Based Learning and Research Network: Lessons Learned about Engagement from the OECD PaRIS Project

January 30th, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET


  • Prof. Vivian Ramsden of the University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Academic Family Medicine
  • Prof. Shelley Doucet of the University of New Brunswick’s Centre for Research in Integrated Care
  • Prof. Marie-Eve Poitras, of Université de Sherbrooke, Dept. of Family Medicine
  • Dr. Udoka Okpalauwaekwe, Project Manager, CPCRN-SK
  • Brenda Andreas, Patient Partner

Please click here to view flyer.

Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

The Role of Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning Networks in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Improving Patient and Community Health through Enhancing Primary Care Science

February 27th, 2024 from 12 – 1  pm ET


  • Dr. Andrew Pinto, Founder & Dir. of Upstream Lab & Prof. University of Toronto
  • Dr. Daniel Merenstein, Dir. of Research Programs Family Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center

 Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

Network Events

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series – January 26th, 2023

BRIC NS will be hosting a student seminar series for January with updates from Anastasia Harris, Student Research Awardee. She will be presenting on “Examining Individual, Group-Based, and Integrated Formats of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Ten (CBT-T) for Eating Disorders”.

Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

CPCRN Research Project Spotlight

Overuse of emergency rooms in remote regions in Canada: exploring impacts of access to primary care and community awareness

Nominated PI: Susan Chatwood


  1. To describe the rates of  non-urgent (NU) conditions emergency room use in the NWT.
  2. To determine the sociodemographic factors that influence Indigenous patients’ decisions to visit the emergency department (ED) for NU conditions.
  3. To assess the Indigenous patients’ knowledge and perceptions of NU conditions.
  4. To investigate Indigenous patients’ primary care experiences.

Current Progress: Commencing community engagement

SPOR Events and Opportunities

PASSERELLE POR-Mitacs Fellowship Opportunity

Exciting news!

PASSERELLE is proud to launch the POR-Mitacs Fellowship Program with Mitacs! Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to Patient Oriented Research. Email for more information. 

Click here for more details.

Health System Impact Fellowship Program in Partnership with the CFPC

The CFPC is pleased to announce that, with the generous support of the Foundation for the Advancement of Family Medicine (FAFM), they are once again collaborating with CIHR as a host partner for their Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) opportunity.  

The Health System Impact (HSI) program provides highly qualified PhD trainees, postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers in health services and policy research/related fields with the opportunity to develop embedded research projects/programs that address the most pressing problems faced by health system organizations and to support evidence-informed decision-making.

Click here for more details and be sure to select the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) on the online partner linkage tool.

If interested in applying, contact Steve Slade at the CFPC (

Let’s Talk CIHR

CIHR has launched on online public engagement platform and they want to hear from you. Much has changed since the SPOR program launched 10 years ago. This platform provides a dynamic space for patients, caregivers, researchers, healthcare providers, policymakers and others to connect and share insights that will help shape the future of patient-oriented research (POR).  Deadline is March 31st, 2024.

Click here for more details.

IMAGINE Network Sponsorship Opportunity

The IMAGINE Network is sponsoring another group of patient partners interested in taking the PaCER training certificate at University of Calgary’s Continuing Education Program. We are specifically looking to recruit a group of Indigenous patient partners who have an interest in GI health.

View the PaCER website for details and contact Research Associate, Karis Barker ( for more information.

Recommended Reading

Expert Panel Report: Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

The future of Arctic and Northern research in Canada depends on a transformational shift that prioritizes Indigenous leadership, voices, and engagement, according to a new expert panel report from the CCA.

Read the CCA’s full statement here.

Read the full report here.

Post COVID-19 Condition – Good Practice Statements

In 2023, Cochrane Canada and the McMaster University GRADE Centre received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to create guidelines on Post COVID-19 Condition (PCC). Bringing together 80+ clinical and policy experts, as well people with lived experience, together we form the CAN-PCC collaborative. 

They just announced the release of 11 Good Practice Statements about Post COVID-19 Condition!

You can read them here

Other Opportunities

ACFAS 91st Congress – Registration & Call for Student Posters (exclusively French event)

The 91st Congress of Acfas, organized in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will take place from May 13th to 17th, 2024, with, as its the theme, Mobilizing Knowledge in French and will include a full week of events, symposiums, and discussions on research and knowledge. Acfas’ annual congress is the largest multidisciplinary scientific gathering in the Francophone world. It typically brings together an average of 6,000 participants from Quebec, but also international participants the world-over.

Please sign-up here.

Call for Abstracts for the IBTN 2024 Conference

The IBTN Conference will be held from May 16 to 18, 2024 in Montreal and they are calling for Abstracts.

See flyer for details.

You can view additional information on their website.