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Mobilize Grant recipients are connecting Saskatchewan people to health research they can use

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Researcher builds connections and optimism among Saskatchewan older adults

Dr. Roslyn Compton, Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Nursing, is building on her existing research program in the field of long-term care by utilizing 2023-24 Mobilize Grant funding to better communicate with older adults in Saskatchewan. Working to foster an environment wherein older adults gain support, confidence, and trust, ask questions, and explore the complexities of growing older, Dr. Compton and her team will facilitate a podcast designed to share knowledge and experiences that challenge the negative stereotypes of aging. These celebratory stories will build on existing evidence showing that audio information improves older adults' sense of wellbeing. Working with two family partners and the Sherbrook Community Centre, this podcast aims to reach audiences across Saskatchewan and enact positive effects on older adult wellness.

In the Moment: Inspiring Conversations About Growing Older Through Podcasts with Dr. Roslyn Compton (Photo: Submitted)

Coming together to address Regina's overdose crisis

Dr. Barbara Fornssler, Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan's School of Public Health, is using 2023-24 Mobilize Grant funding to combat Regina's overdose crisis by supporting collaboration and planning amongst local harm reduction service providers. Building on past research showing that harm reduction strategies are hindered by a lack of inter-organization communication and collaboration; inadequate/incomplete data gathering, analysis and sharing; and ongoing public stigma, Dr. Fornssler will be facilitating a series of discussions over the course of one year with a number of local organizations. Together, participants will discuss ways in which organizations can pursue collaborative initiatives, engage in better data sharing, and provide destigmatizing education to the public. These collaborations will also inform future research endeavors, build trusting relationships between researchers and community organizations, and pave the way for future community-based collaborative research projects.

Conscientious Conversations: A Community-Based Knowledge Mobilization Effort for Service Providers Offering Harm Reduction Supports in the City of Regina with Dr. Barbara Fornssler (Photo: Submitted)

SHRF's Mobilize Grant

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is excited to announce over $65,000 in funding dedicated to knowledge mobilization activities in Saskatchewan via the SHRF 2023-24 Mobilize Grant, Call #1.

Knowledge mobilization activities act as a bridge between research and practice. These SHRF funded projects are ensuring that health research has meaningful impacts on the lives of Saskatchewan people. I extend my congratulations to the recipients of this call, and look forward to the outcomes of their meaningful work. - Patrick Odnokon, SHRF CEO

Connections Program: The Connections Program supports health research activities in Saskatchewan that reach outside of academic settings. Funded activities promote knowledge mobilization and alignment across the province, addressing the gap between knowledge generation and knowledge integration. The Connections Program funds short-term and targeted research activities in Saskatchewan. Connections Program applications are reviewed by SHRF staff and external reviewers and embrace applications that include community organizations and CRA-qualified charities. Mobilize Grant: The Mobilize Grant aims to fund projects with the goal of connecting people in Saskatchewan to health research and evidence they can use. This grant strives to increase research relevance, usability and uptake by sharing and mobilizing knowledge in accessible and meaningful ways. The Mobilize Grant provides successful applicants up to $10,000 over a one-year term.

SHRF is proud to fund seven knowledge mobilization projects through the first call of our Mobilize Grant, for a total investment of $65,437.


2023-24 Mobilize Grant, Call #1 Recipients

Megan Clark | University of Saskatchewan Stéphanie Madill | University of Saskatchewan $9,997 Trans for Trans (T4T) Knowledge Mobilization Council

Roslyn Compton | University of Saskatchewan $9,944 In the Moment: Inspiring Conversations About Growing Older Through Podcasts

Rachel Engler-Stringer | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Good Food for Learning Saskatchewan Knowledge Mobilization

Barbara Fornssler | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Conscientious Conversations: A Community-Based Knowledge Mobilization Effort for Service Providers Offering Harm Reduction Supports in the City of Regina

Stacey Lovo | University of Saskatchewan Hailey Brown | University of Saskatchewan $9,983 Working Together for Community-Developed Outcome Measures in Pediatric Health

Mansfield Mela | University of Saskatchewan $5,513 Mediation Guide Comic Strip to Support Saskatchewan Caregivers Caring for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Erin Yakiwchuk | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Building a Culture of Learning and Engagement in Older Adult Care: Moving from "I Practice" to # WePractice


The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial 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. We accomplish these goals by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

Inquiries about SHRF's Mobilize Grant may be directed to Karen Tilsley, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at

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