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First intake of 2022-23 Research Connections results announced

Updated: Jul 4, 2022

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Research Connections grants support short-term initiatives for health research knowledge mobilization taking place in, and having a practical application for, Saskatchewan knowledge users. These grants help further the sharing of health research knowledge in non-academic settings.

Knowledge mobilization can include activities and products that help research be useful and be used by healthcare practitioners, policy makers, patients, and others.

In the first round of applications in 2022-2023, SHRF is providing support for 4 projects for a total investment of just over $30,000.

Full details, including team members and project summaries, will be listed in our searchable results database at

Funding Recipients

Wanda Martin, Shelley Kirychuk, Kerry McPhendran | University of Saskatchewan | $10,000

Kisêwâtisiwin for the Home: Meeting for Change

Historical inequities in the provision, design, maintenance, and replacement of housing for Indigenous communities in Canada have led to significant social, cultural, and health impacts. The symposium will bring together Indigenous community leaders, housing managers, and community members, home builders, policy makers, and researchers in a knowledge-to-action process on Indigenous housing in Saskatchewan. This symposium will consist of several Saskatchewan Indigenous communities and researchers who have long histories of community-based participatory research in these areas. The Cree word ᑲ ᑲᐧᔭᑲᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ (ka kwayakatisowin) means inequity while ᑭᓭᐋᐧᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ (kisêwâtisiwin) means compassion and goodness of heart. We undertake this project with a goal of embracing goodness of heart to overcome inequity in the provision of healthy homes.

Sarah Kostiuk | Saskatchewan Polytechnic | $2,000

Sharing Stories to Inspire and Innovate Patient-Oriented Care and Health Care

Curricula in Saskatchewan

Canada, including Saskatchewan has a diverse population. Health care organizations and health care educational institutions are faced with the challenging task of preparing health care workers to provide competent patient-orientated care to a diverse population. Patient-orientated care is a model of care that can be used to prioritize the changing needs of patients. Health care and health care educational institutions would benefit by designing health care programs that have patient-oriented curricula to prepare patient-oriented health care workers. Currently, there is no known patient-oriented health care curricula reported in the literature, and patients are not actively engaged in building health care curricula. There is a need to connect with patients and engage patients in building health care curricula. Stories can be used to form connections with patients and to engage them in healthcare curricula. Our project aims to share knowledge through patients’ stories to increase awareness of patient engagement in health care to encourage Saskatchewan health care workers to adopt patient-orientated care.

Stuart Skinner | University of Saskatchewan | $8,230

‘Wellness is Life’: Wellness Wheel Medical Clinic and Touchwood Agency Tribal Council

This visual storytelling project documents the partnership journey between Wellness Wheel and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council in their joint commitment to the health and wellness of TATC Indigenous on-reserve community members. The project will co-create a series of stories for social media and a full documentary for screening in the partnering Indigenous communities. The story series will also be used for educational purposes, bringing public awareness of the health needs and priorities of the TATC communities, and the Indigenous journey to wellbeing. The impact of the partnership and relationships between the communities and the Wellness Wheel team will also be highlighted.

Carrie LaVallie | First Nations University of Canada | $10,000

Moving Across Rural and Urban Aftercare Spaces to Support Healing From Addiction

Resource Document

In working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous aftercare and healing service agencies taking part in a research study who are interested in discussing the possibility of offering rural healing approaches in Prince Albert, we intended to disseminate the information to the agencies as a resource guide. Participants in the study were asked to contribute to an online or telephone conversation that explores current aftercare services, gaps in services, and the possibility of providing rural aftercare services in an urban setting. The resource guide was identified and we would like to take it from an electronic version to a printed copy, and include Indigenous art and knowledge in the document to bring relevance to the findings.


About SHRF - Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

For more information, please contact:

Chelsea Cunningham, SHRF Programs and Engagement Manager

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