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2015 Annual Report

Mandate The Centre for Applied Health Research will conduct high quality research, engage in knowledge translation, and support St. Joseph's Care Group in the creation of new knowledge relevant to: Addictions, Complex Care, Long Term Care, Mental Health, and Physical Rehabilitation with a particular focus on prevention and treatment issues.

Objectives • Create new knowledge relevant to the organization • Adopt strategies to enhance knowledge translation activities • Support the development of research capacity within the organization • Contribute expertise to facilitate evaluation activities

“Research has long been a critical and vital element of the work we do at St. Joseph’s Care Group. I am delighted that we have now evolved to a point where we need a more formal structure that will pave the way for an even stronger future for our research activities.” -Tracy Buckler, President & CEO St. Joseph’s Care Group

CAHR Membership CAHR members comprise both St. Joseph Care Group staff and external researchers whose interests coincide with those of the Care Group. Members are eligible for seed funding (when available) and have access to other forms of support such as project and statistical consultation. Visit the website for more information on becoming a CAHR member.

As an evolution of the former St. Joseph’s Care Group Research Department, the CAHR was launched in early 2015 to give more structure to our research activities, and increase the visibility of applied research being done at the organization. Our new Centre strengthens St. Joseph’s Care Group’s commitment to continually improving client care by bringing together leading-edge clinicians and the brightest minds in research. Since it’s inception, the CAHR has welcomed many new full and associate members who have worked to secure over $3 million in external research funding, and disseminate their knowledge through nearly 100 publications, presentations, and workshops.

Message from the

Scientific Director

Shifting into 2016, we plan to continue on this path of development with the launch of our new website (, promotions aimed at building our brand, the expansion of our membership base, and engagement in new types of evaluation and knowledge translation activities. We look forward to continuing to support St. Joseph’s Care Group through the generation, support, and sharing of relevant, high quality health research. Sincerely Michel Bédard, PhD

Research forms the backbone of evidence-based practice.

Impact by the Numbers The CAHR and its members made a big impression in 2015.

45 K

Presentations at Conferences

Peer-reviewed Publications


3 Million

In External Research Funding



Presentations at the CAHR Showcase of Health Research

k 10 6

Internal Evaluation Projects


1182 15 J o New Members

St. Joseph’s Care Group Client Satisfaction Surveys

Showcase of Health Research 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Annual Showcase of Health Research, and the first time the newly formed CAHR hosted the event. On February 6, nearly 200 healthcare professionals, students and researchers from a variety of organizations gathered to see 8 oral and 30 poster presentations made by health research experts.

“St. Joseph’s Care Group recognizes the critical role that research plays in evidence-based clinical practice and the need to support researchers. The Research Showcase provides an opportunity to share research findings and promote community research partnerships.” -Myrna Holman, Vice President of People, Mission & Values St. Joseph’s Care Group

Highlighting our Members Dr. Chi Cheng is a Child & Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist and Physician Researcher, and a proud member of the CAHR. Her research project (NorthBEAT; Barriers to Early Assessment and Treatment) explores the mental health service needs of youth who experience psychosis in Northern Ontario. By providing support to the NorthBEAT project, the CAHR has allowed “a relatively new investigator to establish a research team and a track record. The CAHR provides opportunity for mentorship and collaboration.” 807.343.4300 x 4404 580 Algoma Street North Thunder Bay P7B 5G4

CAHR Public Annual Report for 2015  
CAHR Public Annual Report for 2015