Meet our 2017 Knowledge Translation Team
Say “Hello” to CHI’s 2017 Knowledge Translation Team!
Our Manitoba SPOR SUPPORT Unit has been up and running for over three years now. As the second Knowledge Translation (KT) Team member to join the ranks, one of my greatest pleasures has been watching our group grow, expand and thrive. Since team change is inevitable, we’ve decided to keep this post fluid as our roster evolves. Read on to find out who makes up our KT family in 2017.
- Dr. Kathryn Sibley, KT Scientist — Working to advance the science of KT is Dr. Kate Sibley. A Toronto-to-Winnipeg-import, Kate works in the area of falls prevention and has framed her research using a KT lens. She joined us over two years ago, and in that time has expanded her scope to include working to understand stakeholder perceptions related to KT, as well as patient engagement in health research.
- Carolyn Shimmin, KT Patient and Public Engagement Lead — Carolyn comes from a background in journalism and has rich communications, research and knowledge exchange experience. She has spent time with national organizations like the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Canadian Women’s Health Network. This experience, combined with a master’s degree in gender studies, makes Carolyn well suited to her Patient Engagement portfolio. She is involved in CHI’s Patient Engagement in Health Research Initiative and works with EvidenceNetwork.ca to translate health policy-relevant research via the media.
- Patrick Faucher, KT Multimedia Lead — Who better to help us ‘sell’ evidence-based concepts or programs than someone with experience in advertising and marketing? A strategist who can elevate the thinking behind — and the execution of — our KT plans. Someone who understands how to distill complex ideas into messages tailored to resonate with our clients’ respective audiences. When we hired Pat in 2014, he had over nine years experience working at an ad agency and as a freelance professional. He deftly combines left-brained strategy with right-brained creativity (and the hands-on skills needed to bring a project to fruition). From campaign strategy to infographics to video, Pat leads all things media for our team.
- Leah Crockett, KT Coordinator — Leah hopped on board with KT a year and a half ago when I went on maternity leave. It was such a perfect fit, we never let her go. Leah brings with her an interest in health equity, neonatal & child health, global health and healthcare delivery in rural and remote Canada. With experience in the government, not-for-profit and health policy research sectors, we threw her right into the mix as the knowledge broker for TREKK (a knowledge mobilization initiative supported by the NCE), and on a variety of other KT tasks and research projects.
- Patricia (Trish) Roche, Research Assistant — Trish joined the team as a research assistant for Kate, bringing along her basic science expertise with an MSc in Physiology & Pathophysiology, and a BSc Honours in Biochemistry. Trish is a strong advocate for the ethical implementation of KT in the basic sciences and the advancement of knowledge translation sciences.
- Gwenyth Brockman, Research Assistant — Gwen comes to us with a background in Health Sciences, Population and Quantitative Health, and experience from her time at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She assists with our patient engagement portfolio as well as a variety of other KT research projects.
- Amanda Osorio, Training and Events Coordinator for CHI — Each of the seven platforms at CHI offers various training opportunities. It wasn’t long before it became clear that having a central person to coordinate training was needed (i.e.- plan, execute, evaluate, and generally make the event awesome). Amanda is the perfect person for the task. Exceptionally detail oriented, and not afraid of a job that is broad and unprecedented, she assists with our KT training / events, as well as those of the other six platforms.
- Amie Lesyk. Communications Specialist for CHI — Amie works with care providers and region decision-makers to develop accessible and informative communications tools. From broad awareness campaigns to internal communications, Amie has spent almost a decade in health-care communications.
- Carly Leggett, KT Practice Lead (yours truly) — Three years ago, I came to CHI with a background in epidemiology, public health and education. I got straight to work as a knowledge broker on TREKK and as KT Practice Lead within our platform. My background in education theory and research concepts have been essential when working with stakeholders developing KT plans, budgets and timelines.
We strongly believe that our KT team benefits from its diverse skill set, reaching beyond traditional health care and research training. What do you think are important KT skills for an individual or team?
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[Update: since writing this post, we’ve added two new members to our team. Look for an update in the coming weeks to meet our newest members!]
About the Author
Carly Leggett is the Knowledge Translation Practice Lead with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the Knowledge Broker for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a national knowledge mobilization network for pediatric emergency medicine.