IHSTS projects address issues of quality, cost and sustainability. Our organizational independence, expertise and standardized approach help us develop credible, robust evidence that our partners can confidently use to improve policy and practice.
- Accelerating Best Practices in BC Home and Community Health - Through literary research and stakeholder consultation, this project sets out to create a road map towards best practices in Home Health by identifying innovation in the sector and offering evidence-based recommendations.
- BC Centre for Palliative Care - The BC Centre for Palliative Care is a provincial hub to promote excellence in palliative and end-of-life care.
- Patient Reported Outcome Measures: How to use these data to improve care - This scoping project seeks to understand the current use of PROMs locally and internationally, and to explore potential new ways for using them to improve care and sustainability.
- Youth Health: Understanding collaboration in providing services for youth - A scoping project to illuminate key components of service provider collaboration within Nanaimo’s John Barsby Wellness Centre, a community-based initiative to provide youth health services in a school setting.
- The impact of out-of-pocket costs within the BC PharmaCare program - A project to help understand the role income-based deductibles play in patients’ use of prescribed medications and other health care services.
- Wellness Ambassadors: Creating new paradigms for health promotion - Supporting Fraser Health to design and test different approaches for helping South Asian community members improve health-related behaviours.
- How do BC’s health authorities experience change? - Using a series of case studies from BC health authorities, this project seeks to illustrate how change processes occur in practice and are influenced by context, competing priorities and deadlines, and other factors.
- Investing in Effective Home Care - A project to model patient needs and costs among frail seniors receiving home care services, with the goal of helping Vancouver Coastal Health make more informed resource allocation decisions.
- Sustaining the Village: How communities support early childhood development - A project investigating how the effectiveness and integration of local community services affects early childhood health and development outcomes across four communities in the Interior Health region.
In addition to projects that IHSTS initiates and funds itself, our organization also serves a stewardship role – as requested by the BC Ministry of Health (MoH) – for selected emerging initiatives.
IHSTS provides necessary support and oversight for MoH-funded projects as they develop. Over time, these projects may move towards a preferred future governance.
NeuroDevNet is the first trans-Canada initiative dedicated to improving diagnosis, prevention and treatment of children’s neurodevelopmental disabilities. Researchers seek to understand the causes of brain-based disabilities, to train the next generation of leaders in developmental neurosciences, and to mobilize these findings into practice and policy.
IHSTS initially provided financial, operational and governance supports and oversight to NeuroDevNet. NeuroDevNet now has an independent governance structure but continues to receive funding through IHSTS and is subject to its financial oversight.
BC Academic Health Science Network
The purpose of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is to accelerate the translation of research insights into innovations that address patient needs and health system priorities to improve population health outcomes. BC AHSN is also home to the developing BC SUPPORT Unit, a SPOR initiative to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.
IHSTS provided financial, operational and governance supports and oversight to BC AHSN during its initial planning phase. BC AHSN now operates as a separate legal entity with its own permanent governance structure.
Emergency Medicine Network
The mandate of the developing Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) is to bridge the gaps between rural and urban care, clinicians, researchers, health policy experts, health authorities, government, academia and patients. Its goal is to improve care and clinical outcomes by using a system-wide coordinated approach to emergency care, research and education.
EMN initially received financial, operational and governance supports and oversight through IHSTS. This initiative has since been transferred under the stewardship of the BC Academic Health Science Network where it continues its development.