The Indigenous-led PaCER study headed by Tawnya Crowshoe and Tamara Low Horn focused on screening and early cancer detection in Indigenous communities, and highlights the need for change. “When my project partner and I looked at the data of cancer on reserves and saw over and over again all of these late-stage diagnoses, we’re talking stage 4, it made us wonder why it isn’t being caught earlier,” Crowshoe says. “We wanted to understand the reasons behind it, and more importantly, identify solutions on why these gaps and barriers exist.”
With the recent launch of PaCER’s 2019 training program delivered online through the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education, we are excited to announce 2 new Internships with students from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario; IBD (Sponsor: IMAGINE) and Kidney Health (Sponsor: Alberta Health Services Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network).
In a 2-part series, we will be introducing each team by sharing their profiles, written in their own words.
We are PaCER.
In situations of acute mental health emergencies, young people in Alberta have been increasingly using Emergency Departments (ED). To explore youth experiences when accessing ED, the Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) SCN, in partnership with PaCER, is using a survey questionnaire to engage large numbers of youth and their parents.
Engaging patients and families in research and the design of quality improvement is an essential component of Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC). Alberta Health Services (AHS) has been engaging patients and families to promote a cultural shift towards PFCC. This includes many inititatives such as supporting the creation of the innovative Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Internship training program.