IMPACT is a five year research program that will provide an opportunity to build upon Local Innovation Partnerships (LIPs) and research to co-create models of care that enhance access for vulnerable populations. LIPs represent communities with complex challenges to the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC). Set in 3 Australian states (New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria) and 3 Canadian provinces (Alberta, Ontario and Québec), IMPACT will begin by creating learning networks of decision makers, researchers, clinicians and members of the vulnerable communities in the 6 local health regions. A LIP is a community of stakeholders who share a common concern around vulnerable populations that are at increased risk due to limited access-to-care.
Through this program, we aim to transform PHC organisational structures to improve access to appropriate care for vulnerable populations resulting in reduced unmet need, avoidable emergency department visits and avoidable hospitalizations for vulnerable populations.
Our program has four main objectives:
It is supported through a joint funding from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.
Focused on improving access to primary healthcare for residents of North Lethbridge, the Alberta LIP is organizing local Health and Community Services Pop-Up events, bringing primary healthcare services to North Lethbridge. Services may include a family physician, mental health services, nutrition and healthy living services, oral health, the food bank, addiction and harm reduction services, seniors home care, foot care, and more. We plan to host a pop-up event about 4 times a year, at various locations in North Lethbridge, and to evaluate the use of this service and the difference it makes for local residents and service providers.
Dr. Cathie Scott is the Primary Investigator for the Alberta LIP.
Link to www.impactresearchprogram.com
2016-07JUL-22 IMPACT Overview
2014 Deliberative Forum Summary
2016-07JUL-22 IMPACT 2014 Deliberative Forum Summary
2015 Deliberative Forum Summary
2016-07JUL-22 IMPACT 2015 Deliberative Forum Summary