Multi-disciplinary working group to make the growing body of military family research available to health care providers and military families across Canada
Regina, SK October 17, 2018 – It is with great pleasure that Calian, Military Family Services (MFS) a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) and the Vanier Institute of the Family, today announce the establishment of Innovation to Impact - a working group to translate key Canadian medical research to empower physicians and other healthcare professionals to make evidence-based decisions to advance the healthcare experience and well-being of military family members.
The working group, comprised of industry, government, not-for-profit and academia will address the “knowledge to practice” gap related to military family research which has been a longstanding challenge. The goal of this multi-disciplinary working group is to improve the distribution and awareness of valuable military family health research conducted by the CIMVHR network of researchers as well as the Vanier Institute of the Family.
“Leveraging the expertise within these organizations, I believe that we will see significant, positive impacts resulting from putting innovative research and practical knowledge directly into the hands of the military families and their health care practitioners”, said Dr. David Pedlar, CIMVHR Scientific Director. “CIMVHR is pleased to be part of this exciting new initiative.”
Research does not always make it from the shelves of academia into the hands of practitioners and the broader population in a timely, effective manner. Motivated by the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the health of the families of serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Innovation to Impact brings together organizations focused on helping military families.
"This is an important initiative for Military Family services as it aims to improve access to health care services which has been an ongoing and systemic challenge for many military families. We are humbled to see so many organizations come together for the benefit and well-being of military families”, said Colonel Dan Harris, Director, Military Family services.
In 2015, Calian Group worked with MFS to establish the Military Family Doctor Network (MFDN) to improve access to family physicians for families of serving CAF members. Calian recognized the needs of military families who are frequently relocated. The goal of MFDN is to improve access to primary health care for the spouses and children of CAF members by leveraging Calian’s network of physicians at 150-plus Primacy clinics across Canada. To date, the program has succeeded in connecting over 1,500 military family members, across 16 military communities, with a family physician. The MFDN, along with its online portal for military families and doctors, is a natural launch point to connect health practitioners with military families and drive outcomes and objectives as identified by Innovation to Impact.