In the last decade, advances in childhood disability research have led to new opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Likewise, many Ontario hospitals have recently adopted patient-centred care models to integrate the family voice in meaningful ways. The leadership of this practice at Holland Bloorview has led to an integrated family engagement program to merge the patient perspective across the hospital and the research institute, and inform best practices. A key element in the success of all research conducted in the Bloorview Research Institute is family engagement.
On June 1, 2015, the Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter campaign was launched by CAHO and its membership with a conference at the MaRS Discovery District. The energy in the room that day has carried through a quiet summer and an unusually warm fall, and we find ourselves at the six-month mark stronger now than ever. Ontario’s health research sector contributes to a healthier, wealthier, smarter province, and we thank you for helping us spread the word!