InspireNet's Fall 2014 Conference

Connect 2014:
Using Research to Improve Health Care - Change, Challenge and Opportunity in Knowledge Translation (KT)

Held Monday, September 22, 2014

Archived Conference Twitter Feed:

Blog post by Anastasia Mallidou, University of Victoria:

Blog post by Bev Holmes, MSFHR:



Networking Breakfast


Moderator's Remarks
Moderator: Lesley Moss


Welcoming Remarks
Monica Redekopp


Keynote presentation:

Facilitating KT: The Lived Experience

Sharon Straus





Break: Nutrition & Networking


Keynote presentation: 

Is iKT the simple solution to the complex problem of transforming health care?

Diane Finegood





Virtual Research Environments: An exemplar - Health Services Researcher Pathway Project

Noreen Frisch & Sherry Hamilton


Room Shift

ePoster Session 1 (see below)

Learn about members' posters of research and evaluation projects!


Networking Lunch (provided)

Room Shift

Break out sessions for specific audiences, related to KT of interest to that audience, using elements of MSFHR's KT framework.
Pick one of three; sessions will not be repeated.

Session A: Dissemination
Identifying appropriate audiences and tailoring messages to the audience
Lori Last; Joanie Sims-Gould & Callista Haggis; Bernie Pauly

Begin with the end in mind: Engaging your stakeholders with effective dissemination tools and strategies
What type of communication engages us and meaningfully impacts behaviour? In this interactive session, learn about (1) the differences and intersections between communication and KT and (2)Two research project case studies that involve stakeholders, ‘KT tool development’, and targeted dissemination. Case #1 focuses on ‘I’d Rather Stay’ a documentary video (KT tool) on growing older while wanting to remain in one’s neighbourhood. Case #2 focuses on unearthing the meaning of cultural safety in a hospital setting from the perspective of people who use illicit drugs and nurses. Both cases illustrate the importance of stakeholder engagement to create tools that challenge stereotypes, stimulate discussion, and provoke actions towards positive changes in policy, community and health care settings. 


Session B: Exchange
Interaction between researchers and research users resulting in mutual learning
Knowledge-user: Linda Sawchenko
Researcher: Nelly Oelke
Research Facilitator: Katrina Plamondon

Explore the concept of integrated KT, focusing on partnership building as a foundation for sparking exchange and mutual influence among research, practice, and policy worlds. We will use role play and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research’s Partnership Assessment Tool to explore the complexity of research partnerships and to demonstrate how to nurture equitable, transparent partnerships that can foster mutual learning. The workshop will close with a critical reflection on the applicability of the Partnership Assessment Tool for negotiating and navigating research partnerships that involve partners from different sectors (e.g. university-community-health systems).


Session C: Application

The iterative process by which knowledge is put into practice 

Knowledge-user/Consumer: Alison Hoens
Researchers: Linda Li and Lynne Feehan

‘Moving’ from words to action: This dynamic and interactive session will begin with a brief review of the evidence and experience regarding: 1) engaging patients in research, and 2) the health benefits of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour from the patient, researcher, decision maker, knowledge broker and clinician perspectives. Participants will then have the opportunity to work together in facilitated small groups, using valuable established KT resources (tools), to design an effective knowledge to action plan for changing physical activity and sedentary behaviors in the home, workplace and community settings. The knowledge, skills and tools from this session can be used to facilitate application of knowledge into practice for any project in any setting




Break: Nutrition & Networking


ePoster Session 2 (see below)

Learn about members' posters of research and evaluation projects!


Wrap up panel discussion
Moderator: Lesley Moss

Panelists will address the following questions:

What advice do you have for how we can improve integrated and end-of-grant KT in healthcare?

What advice do you have for someone looking to better understand KT and what suggestions do you have for leveraging KT resources, opportunities, etc in healthcare?


Sharon Straus, Anne Sales & Bev Holmes



Networking wine & cheese reception



Keynote speaker & panelist

Dr. Sharon E. Straus, MD, MSC, HBSc; Director, Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Dr. Straus is a general internist and geriatrician who received training in clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital; the Director of Knowledge Translation for the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and the University of Toronto; and the Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include knowledge translation and quality of care, the precision and accuracy of diagnostic tests, and mentorship. She was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care. She holds more than $18 million in peer-reviewed research grants.

►Dr. Straus' webpage:

Keynote speaker

Dr. Diane Finegood, PhD; President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

From 2000 to 2008, Diane served as the inaugural scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism & Diabetes, where she led the focus on the strategic priority of obesity and healthy body weight. She also served as executive director of the CAPTURE Project (Canadian Platform to Increase Usage of Real-World Evidence), where she led a national strategic initiative to build a system to support the collection and use of practice-relevant evidence. Diane obtained her doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics from the University of Southern California and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. She is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.

►Dr. Finegood's webpage:


Dr. Anne Sales, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in the division of Nursing Business and Health Systems. Dr. Sales's research focuses on improving quality of care, implementing evidence based practice, studying gerontology nursing and primary care. Her current research focuses on developing robust, efficient, and reliable methods of implementing best evidence into practice, as well as understanding how theories about mechanisms of action can inform intervention design. She has collaborated internationally and across disciplines to improve our understanding of how people interact to produce health outcomes, and how planned change can affect both the interactions and outcomes.

►Dr. Sales' webpage


Dr. Bev Holmes, PhD; Vice-president, Research & Impact, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Breakout Session Presenters/Facilitators

Lynne Feehan, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Callista Haggis, MA
Knowledge Broker, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Lori Last, BA
Director, Communications, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Linda Li, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Associate Professor, Harold Robinson/ Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, and Canada Research Chair, Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation, Dept of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada

Nelly Oelke, PhD, MN, BScN, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC Okanagan

Bernadette (Bernie) M. Pauly, RN, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Research and Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Katrina Plamondon, MSc, BN, RN
Practice Leader-Research & KT, Interior Health

Linda Sawchenko, MSHA, RN
formerly Advanced & Interprofessional Practice Regional Practice Leader, Interior Health

Joanie Sims-Gould, PhD, RSW
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine,UBC; Knowledge Translation Scientist, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Other Presenters

Dr. Noreen Frisch, PhD, RN
InspireNet Co-leader, InspireNet Evaluation Coordinating Team Leader;
Director, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Sherry Hamilton, RN, MBA
Chief Nursing & Liaison Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority

Alison Hoens, MSc, BScPT
Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker, Dept. of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver Coastal Research Institute, Providence Healthcare Research Institute, Physiotherapy Association of BC; and Physiotherapy Research, Education and Practice Coordinator, Providence Health Care

Lesley Moss, Conference Moderator
Retired; formerly Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Island Health

Dr. Monica Redekopp, PhD, RN
Conference Working Group Chair
Director, Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health, Vancouver Coastal Health - Richmond
InspireNet involvement: Chair, InspireNet Leadership Council; Chair, Conference Planning Team; Member, Sustainability Planning Team

ePoster Presentations

Learn about your colleagues' projects! In March a Call for Abstracts for ePoster presenters was circulated to InspireNet members. Presenters will use a laptop and large screen monitor to discuss their poster at the conference. Presenters will have small paper copies of their poster, and may bring business cards, newsletters, brochures, or other project related materials, to share with conference participants.

Poster #

Poster Title

(Click title to open poster)

Presenters (see Conference Program for All Authors & Affiliations and Abstracts) Program available as download at bottom of this page
Session 1 | 11:30-12:30

Factors that influence acute care nurses’ delirium management of older adults: An exploratory study

Cheryl Chan

Innovations in Research with Medically Fragile Populations: Using Bulletin Board Focus Groups

Karen Cook

Optimizing Mealtime Experiences in a Residential Care Setting: An Evidence-Informed Practice Innovation at Interior Health

Heather Readman

Integration of Prevention into Chronic Disease Management Models of Care

Lauren Currie

Supporting Decision-Making in Whole Genome/Exome Sequencing (WGS/ES): Parents’ Perspectives

Karen Li

Health Service Delivery Integration for Rural Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation: Patient and Provider Perspectives

Lauren Gardner

College Students, The Flu Vaccine and Their Willingness to Utilize it as a Health Promotion Measure

Linda Gomez
Session 2 | 3:15-4:15

Experiences of recently-arrived, non-literate, non-English-speaking refugee women accessing healthcare in Greater Vancouver

Annette Floyd

Processes of Transforming Primary Health Care in a Rural and Northern Health Region

Martha MacLeod

Research-Competencies Assessment Instrument for Nurses (R-CAIN)

Anastasia Mallidou

From New Grad To Nurse: Using Evidence To Optimize Transitions For Nurses At The Point Of Care

Diane Northway

Facilitating the Integration of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Healthcare

Nelly D. Oelke

Evidence review of classroom teaching methods used to develop clinical reasoning skills in nursing students

Cheryl Van Vliet-Brown

Helping Mothers Identify and Estimate Milk Transfer after Breastfeeding their Preterm Infant

Danette Zanatta

Archived information

Join your colleagues from across the province at this important health services research educational and networking event. All InspireNet members are welcome to participate. Some limited travel assistance and bursaries are available.


Connect 2014 is the fifth annual InspireNet conference. New and returning members can continue the journey to learn about health services research and application in the practice setting.

This conference provides a venue where participants can:

  • Be inspired! Affirm the transformative power of mobilizing health services research activities
  • Celebrate research in action! Learn about and be motivated by current research activities in BC
  • Build capacity! Bring together diverse research knowledge, experience and resources to transform ideas into action
  • Gather wisdom! Strengthen collective capacity and partnerships to create new and sustainable opportunities for research
  • Foster creative partnerships! Learn ways that foster and promote sustainable networks for health services research


This conference has been designed to provide educational and networking opportunities to create relationships across the research and practice communities in the areas of health services research. It is intended that relationships built through this event will foster new synergies over time.

Who Should Attend

We invite all researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, students/trainees and individuals with an interest in health services research. This includes people working or involved in universities, government, health agencies, health authorities, etc. Only members of InspireNet are able to register (not a member? Join Us -- it's free!)


Calling student volunteers!
There are a number of opportunities for InspireNet student members to help out at the conference. If you'd like to assist us as a volunteer, please send an email to our office. Free registration is provided to student volunteers (not a member? Join Us -- it's free!).


Conference costs are subsidized by InspireNet's grant from MSFHR. The low registration fee is $78 + GST.

Unable to cover your fee? We have bursaries available for students and those who need assistance.

If you register and then find you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place. We are not able to provide refunds.

Click the green button below to proceed with registering; note that you need to be logged in to the website to register as your membership information is used for the registration.

Register online by 4:30pm Wednesday, September 17. If you are unable to register online by that time, registrations will still be taken at the door on the day of the conference. There is no risk of being turned away at the door; you will be admitted if you register on-site.

Click here to Register

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsorship opportunities and exhbitor information for Connect 2014 is available here.

We welcome exhibitors related to health services research to our conference. Exhibit tables are available at a cost of $100 + GST for one 72" x 30" skirted table with two chairs. Each table includes two complimentary registrations for exhibitors.

Exhibit space will be located in the conference foyer. See the conference floor plan for details: Conference floor plan

InspireNet's policy on external sponsorships/exhibits:

For more details, contact us.

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNBC)
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence (SCIRE) project

Confirmed Sponsors

Silver Level:

  • BC Nurses' Union (BCNU)

Bronze Level:

  • Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC)
  • Trinity Western University (TWU)

New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team: Lunch Discussion

Our team is growing – we now have over 80 people interested in the topic of Transition to Professional Practice. In addition to connecting with each other virtually through webinars, plan to attend Connect 2014. Come for the day and join in the New Grad Transition Action Team lunch table discussion. Let's meet in person and grow the connections we have made online!

Venue, Accommodations and Getting There

The conference venue:

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street (at Denman), Vancouver
Reservations: 1-800-716-6199

►Or direct link to book online:

A block of bedrooms is available at the conference rate of $175 + taxes @ 16.5% taxes single/double until September 9, 2014. Quote 'InspireNet Fall Conference' to obtain this rate.


Wireless internet connectivity: WiFi is available throughout the hotel spaces.

Note: Like many large indoor spaces, the hotel ballroom is difficult to keep at a temperature comfortable to all. We suggest you dress in layers to optimize your personal comfort.


Parking at the hotel? Please give yourself extra time as the parking garage entrance can experience delays due to volume. Conference attendees will receive a special flat fee of $14.00 for the day from 6am to 6pm.


TransLink provides an online transit planning site, available here:

The new Canada Line travels quickly and directly from the Vancouver Airport (YVR) to downtown's Waterfront Station. There are taxis waiting at Waterfront Station, with the hotel being about 10 minutes' ride from there.

A taxi from YVR to the hotel will cost about $50 one way.

Financial Support


Unable to cover your fee? We have bursaries available for students and those who need assistance. If you would like to attend but can't pay the fee, please send us an email outlining your role (student, staff nurse, allied health etc.) and your attempts to locate funding through your employer or school.

Travel Assistance

InspireNet has limited, capped funds to support members’ travel to attend this event from the north, interior and islands. Funds will be offered case-by-case and will be used to encourage province-wide and cross-disciplinary representation. If you are interested in being considered for a partial reimbursement of travel and accommodations costs, send an email to our office, outlining your role in health services research (student, researcher, clinician, manager, etc.), your estimated costs, and your attempts to locate funding through other sources.

InspireNet Fall Conference Working Group

We extend our thanks to the following InspireNet members who kindly contributed their time to develop this program.

Chair: Monica Redekopp, Director, Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health, Vancouver Coastal Health - Richmond

  • Pat Atherton, Project Manager, InspireNet
  • Davina Banner-Lukaris, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC
  • Aggie Black, Research Leader, Providence Health Care
  • Diana Campbell, Senior Policy Fellow, Integrated Primary and Community Care, BC Ministry of Health
  • Alison Hoens, Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker, Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Research, Education and Practice Coordinator, Physiotherapy, Providence Health Care
  • Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC Okanagan

Social Media

Tweeps: Attending Connect 2014? Use hashtag #BCHSR for tweets.


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