Dear Members, 

We are grateful to all of our partners working hard to apprise us of their progress this year as we prepare our annual reporting to funders. We have wrapped up year two of our grant and there are many updates across our jurisdictions, research projects and committees. We’ll be sharing more in the weeks, months, to come.

Many thanks to those who joined us for our Learning Series on March 26th on Essential Learning Health System Structures in Primary Care: What Are They and How Did You Implement Them? If you would like to see the recording and/or view the slideshow, please head to our website.

Our next Learning Series, entitled, Evolving Practiced-Based Research and Learning Networks (PBRLNs) into Learning Health Systems Through Co-Design with All Stakeholders, is this Tuesday April 23rd. Please register to join us.

We are also excited that the registration link for our November 18th and 19th Primary Care Learning Cycle is now live on Eventbrite, as well as the Hilton hotel link where you can reserve your room. Additional details can be found below!

Please sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

As ever, we look forward to connecting with many of you virtually or in person.

Be well,

—The CPCRN Team

 Save the Dates – Conferences

Canadian Healthcare Navigation Conference, May 1st – 2nd, 2024 – Virtual

The 4th Canadian Healthcare Navigation Conference will be held virtually on May 1-2, 2024 over 2 half days. This year’s conference will highlight Innovations in Healthcare Navigation. Abstracts are welcome on a variety of topics, including innovations in healthcare navigation practice, education, administration, and research. Register on Eventbrite!

CAHSPR May 14th – 16th, 2024 – Ottawa

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

NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum May 23rd – 24th, 2024 – Calgary

Registration is open for the 2024 NorthWest Collaborative Forum hosted by AbSPORU entitled: Reflect, Reimagine, Refresh: The Future of POR. Visit the website for more details or register directly here.

Learning Health Hub Virtual Symposium June 6 & 7, 2024 (12 – 3:00 PM ET both days)

The Learning Health Hub virtual symposium is intended to bring together Canadians with interest or expertise in Learning Health Systems (LHS). To find out more, please visit their new website here and register here.

POSTPONED: International Congress for Circumpolar Health – Yellowknife

Due to the high risk of drought and wildfires in the Northwest Territories this spring, the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) and the International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH) have made the difficult decision to postpone the 18th International Congress for Circumpolar Health (ICCH18). They did this to ensure the wellbeing of participants, minimize logistical problems and costs, and out of respect and concern for the residents of Yellowknife and other communities in the region. The organizing committee is currently looking at options for a new date and possibly a new location. They will provide updates and details as soon as possible. Please contact if you have questions or need more information.

CPCRN Primary Care Learning Cycle, November 18th – 19th, 2024 – Quebec City

We are excited to share registration and hotel links for our Primary Care Learning Cycle for this November in Quebec City, just before the NAPCRG Conference. There is no cost to attend.

The goals of the Primary Care Learning Cycle are:

  • To co-design an action plan that aligns the work of CPCRN with an essential part of a primary care learning health system.
  • Engage network members and allies in a series of sprints to move us closer to embedding applied research and evidence supports in care delivery.
  • To bring our diverse partners together to network and learn from each other.

We hope to see many of you there! See details and register for our conference at this link. Book your Hilton hotel room here. Please reach out to our Administrative Coordinator, Manuela Beeckmans at if you have any questions.

Save the Dates – Learning Series

Evolving Practiced-Based Research and Learning Networks (PBLRNs) into Learning Health Systems Through Co-Design with All Stakeholders

April 23rd, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET


  • Onil Bhattacharyya (MD, PhD), Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research, WCH, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
  • Ayat Salman (PhD), Operations Director of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) at Queens University, Chair of the ISO 276 in Biobanking and Biotechnology
  • Brenda Andreas (Co-Chair, CPCRN Patient Council, Patient Partner, Research Collaborator)

Please click here to view flyer.

Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

Workforce Strategies Needed to Advance Access to Primary Care

May 28th, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET


  • Ivy Lynn Bourgeault (PhD), Professor, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa, Research Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions, Lead for the Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health initiative, Co-Lead of the Team Primary Care: Training for Transformation project

Please click here to view flyer.

Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

CPCRN Research Project Spotlight

PriCARE 2 – Case Management in Primary Healthcare for People with Complex Care Needs to Improve Integrated Care: The Role of Facilitation

PI: Catherine Hudon, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Shelley Doucet


To better understand the role of external facilitation in implementing complex interventions, such as case management, in the healthcare system. An increased understanding of facilitation would help stakeholders to become aware of the roles and dynamics involved, as well as key competencies to recruit facilitators for the implementation of complex interventions.

Current Progress: 

The team is working on the first step of this realist evaluation study, i.e. a realist synthesis. Thirty-one complex interventions were identified by a search strategy in electronic databases. Articles and relevant documents on these interventions are currently under analysis. The analysis seeks to explain how and why external facilitation works in implementing complex interventions. In February 2024, the team gathered in Orford (Quebec) to discuss important themes such as our knowledge transfer plan and the integration of equity, diversity and inclusion in our work.  The second step of the program will start in the fall of 2024. For this stage, we will implement case management in primary care clinics to better understand the role of external facilitation to the implementation process.  The team has been working together for several years on a variety of projects related to case management in primary care.

SPOR Events and Opportunities

Canadian SPOR Network Meets in Ottawa

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) includes many elements, such as SUPPORT Units, Chronic Disease Networks, Access OpenMinds, the Canadian Data Platform, the National Training Entity, the Primary Care Research Network and the Evidence Alliance.

In early March 2024, representatives of these entities met in person in Ottawa for the first time since February 2020. Click here for details of this meeting.

HDRN Webinar: Artificial Intelligence in a Federated Landscape

May 9, 2024 (1 – 2:00 pm ET)

The fifth webinar in HDRN Canada’s Federated Analysis: State of the Science Collective Learning Series will provide an overview of possible artificial intelligence (AI) analytics in a federated landscape. Click here for details and registration.

Call for Presenters for the BRIC NS Student Seminar Series and Primary Care Learning Series 2024

If you are interested in presenting for their series, please contact with a brief description of your research and/or abstracts for papers that you have previously published or currently seeking publication. 

Recruitment: Research Study on Compensating Patient Partners in Health Research in Canada

The Centre for Research and Integrated Care (CRIC), New Brunswick’s PBRLN, is inviting Academic Health Researchers to participate in a virtual focus group or interview on Compensation-Related Barriers and Facilitators to Patient Engagement. Researchers want to hear from a wide range of individuals on what works and what does not for compensating patient research partners, and how this affects equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Please see flyer for additional details. If you are interested, please reach out to:

Newfoundland & Labrador: New Funding Opportunities

NL SUPPORT has funding opportunities for health professionals, graduate students, and a new Development Award for laboratory-based/basic science research and community/social sector research/program evaluation settings. Learn more about these funding opportunities here.

Recommended Reading

New report from the Comité de la relève en RAP (Committee for the next generation of POR leaders)

The Committee just published a new report entitled: La place des personnes apprenantes dans le système de santé apprenant (The Place of Learners in the Learning Health Systemreport exclusively in French), summarizing the findings from a joint conference between Réseau-1 and l’Unité de soutien SSA Québec in the context of the 90th Acfas Conference (website in French only).

New Issue of Expériences Magazine

Expériences just released a new issue of their magazine. You can read Issue No 6 here (available only in French).

Other Opportunities

NAPCRG 52nd Annual Meeting – Call for Papers

NAPCRG is now accepting presentation proposals for the NAPCRG 52nd Annual Meeting happening November 20-24, 2024, at the Québec City Convention Center, Québec, Canada.

Deadline to apply: April 21st, 2024. Please go to this link for more details.