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OCHSU IMPACT-Child Health Award Recipients

Following an October 2015 call for Letters of Intent for the IMPACT-Child Health Awards Competition*, we received thirty-two submissions from across Ontario. Of these, eleven full applications were reviewed by an international adjudication panel, which assessed proposals according to the following criteria- scientific excellence, patient engagement, potential for large health impacts, knowledge to action, potential to build collaborative relationships/capacity, and the quality of the research team.  At the conclusion of a highly competitive review process, the Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU) is pleased to announce the following five successful proposals:

Dr. Catherine Birken (PI), The Hospital for Sick Children.
Addressing obesity and mental health outcomes in toddlers at risk: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial comparing usual care to group-based parenting and home visits in primary care.

Dr. Nora Fayed (PI), Queen’s University.
Complex Care for Kids Ontario (CCKO): A Province-Wide Integrated Care Intervention for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) using a Patient-Engaged Evaluation Framework.

Dr. Denise Harrison (PI), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
A cluster randomized controlled trial in Ontario hospitals providing maternal/newborn care to determine effectiveness of a parent-targeted educational video for improving newborn pain treatment.

Dr. Nancy Young (PI), Laurentian University.
Comparing the Effectiveness of a New Screening and Triage Process vs Standard Practice in Matching Mental Health Services to Needs among Aboriginal Youth Living On-Reserve.

Dr. Roger Zemek (PI), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Pediatric Concussion Assessment of Rest and Exertion (PedCARE); a Randomized Controlled Trial.

*The aim of the IMPACT - Child Health Awards initiative is to fund scientifically excellent, policy-relevant, high impact projects that address areas of major burden in child health.  These awards, directly aligned with Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, support patient-oriented research projects that are Innovative, Measurable, Patient-oriented, Appropriate, Collaborative and Transformative.

Have an IMPACT on Child Health! OCHSU launches IMPACT – Child Health Awards

The Ontario Child Health SUPPORT Unit (OCHSU) has issued a call for proposals for the newly-created IMPACT – Child Health Awards.

January 20th, 2016 - Thank you to all who submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the IMPACT-Child Health Awards Competition. Following review by an adjudication panel, 11 projects have been selected to proceed to the full application stage. Successful PIs have been notified by email. Specific feedback on LOIs will not be provided.

These awards, created to address gaps in priority research areas in child health, are designed to bring together diverse stakeholders including patients, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, knowledge users, industry, and other health sector participants to develop and implement research activities that will improve child health outcomes and advance the health system.

These strategic awards directly align with Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and support patient-oriented research projects that are:


The awards will apply across three priority areas including:

  • Prevention
  • High burden child health care in the hospital, community and at home
  • Child health system integration, sustainability and patient safety

For further details, please review the IMPACT-Child Health Awards Submission Guidelines or visit the OCHSU website.

Contact Information

Donna Wilkes, M.Sc
Project Manager, Clinical Research Services
5262 Black Wing, The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON Canada. M5G 1X8
416 813 7654 ext 203390