When the Challenge launched in September, we asked college and university students to find innovative policies or practices in Canadian health care, tell us why the innovations were working, and how they could be applied to the rest of the country.
Winners in the Health Policy category from
Western University and the University of Toronto wrote about the use of automated remote drug dispensing technology to improve medication access in rural communities, and strategies in for removing financial and employment-related barriers to organ donation. Ontario
Winners in the Health Practice category from
McMaster University and addressed strategies to curb emergency department admissions from long term care facilities, and a program to appoint case managers to help ensure patients with osteoporosis are identified and receive appropriate treatment to prevent osteoporotic fractures. St. Francis Xavier University
“These students represent the future of health care in
. We think it’s extremely important to engage youth in health care renewal and encourage them to learn from innovative practices and policies that are working,” said John G. Abbott, CEO, Health Council of Canada. “This year’s winning entries are outstanding, thoughtful examples of innovations in health care.” Canada
Over 220 students across
Canada submitted essays explaining what they think could change the future of health care in . Several professors incorporated the Challenge into their class curricula, and as a result, entries came from a range of programs including nursing, medicine, pharmacy and many others. Canada
Each winner receives $1,000 and the chance to apply for a summer internship at the Health Council of Canada office in
. Winners will also be invited to accept their award at a ceremony in June in Toronto, Ontario Toronto.
University of Western Ontario( )– Alvin Li, Sonia Thomas, Organ donation strategy: Reimbursement and job-protection policy London, ON
University of Toronto ( Toronto, ON) – Galina Gheihman, ’s remote drug dispensing policy as an innovation to improve prescription medication access in remote, rural and Northern communities Ontario
McMaster University ( Hamilton, ON) – Aaron Lau, Yi Ki Tse, NPSTAT - A novel nurse practitioner acute care model in the community for 's current and future aging population Canada
(Antigonish, NS) – Elizabeth Gallivan, Bridging the osteoporosis treatment gap St. Francis Xavier University
Key Words: Health Innovation, Health Innovation Challenge