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Leadership professor wins $15,000 health grant

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 15:49

Prof. Elizabeth Hartney and a broad team of academic and health system partners have been awarded a Convening and Collaborating (C2) grant by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR.)

The one-time grant is worth up to $15,000. Hartney, program head of the Master of Arts in Leadership (Health), and her team will use the funds to bring together people within the health system who don’t typically collaborate on the issue of services for people who use substances such drugs and alcohol. 

“For too long, people who use substances have been stigmatized by their doctors as well as by society, when in fact, they are some of those most in need of quality healthcare,” Hartney says. “This project is a true collaboration between people who understand what is needed, because they have lived through it, and those who are able to make a difference in their lives through medical care and health leadership.”

Hartney is working closely with Dr. Alisa Harrison, associate faculty and executive director of the Victoria Division of Family Practice. Other team members include the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users (SOLID); the Umbrella Society; Island Health; the Ministries of Health and Mental Health and Addictions; and researchers at the University of Victoria.

As part of the project, trained facilitators who have lived experience of substance use will work with primary care doctors, addiction medicine specialists and policy makers to develop practices and tools to guide doctors as they support patients who use substances.

MAHL student & team researcher Bryn Meadows

"Having worked in the field of mental health and substance use for the past 18 years, I am passionate about building more robust health care for people who use substances," says Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) student Bryn Meadows (pictured to the right), who is working on the project as part of her thesis. "My focus in this project is to contribute to positive change in the healthcare system by fostering connection and empathy between people who use substances and their primary care providers.”

Hartney expects to have results from the project in early 2019.