PaCER methodology

UCalgary's PaCER Program Builds Research Capacity in Indigenous Communities

UCalgary's PaCER Program Builds Research Capacity in Indigenous Communities

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.”   

New PaCER Graduates Sowing the Seeds of Change

New PaCER Graduates Sowing the Seeds of Change

Indigenous PaCER graduate project reports include recommendations for improvement and opportunities to work in a co-designed manner on better approaches to screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and support throughout the Cancer Journey.

Introducing the 2019 PaCER Student Interns, Part 2: Kidney Health Team

Introducing the 2019 PaCER Student Interns, Part 2: Kidney Health Team

With the recent launch of our 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.

Series Part 2: Meet the PaCER Kidney Health team   

Introducing the 2019 PaCER Student Interns, Part 1: IMAGINE IBD Teams

Introducing the 2019 PaCER Student Interns, Part 1: IMAGINE IBD Teams

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.

Announcing the PaCER Mentor Training Workshop Series

Announcing the PaCER Mentor Training Workshop Series

The PaCER Mentor Training Workshop Series, launching fall 2018, has been developed as an advanced training program for all Intern graduates or Interns currently enrolled in Course 3 who are interested in mentoring opportunities. To RSVP or for more information, contact the PaCER Research Team at pacergroup@ucalgary.ca

Co designing a Study of Youth with Youth: Visiting the ED with Mental Health Crisis

Co designing a Study of Youth with Youth: Visiting the ED with Mental Health Crisis

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. 

Uncovering the Experiences of Adolescents After Suffering Concussion

Uncovering the Experiences of Adolescents After Suffering Concussion

Concussions are a growing health epidemic among youth. Current concussion research has produced a great deal of knowledge about adolescent experiences of treatment and recovery; however, these studies have focused largely on clinical information and analysis provided by healthcare providers.

Finding a Theory of How Health Works and Why: the Story of Wellspring (WS)

Finding a Theory of How Health Works and Why: the Story of Wellspring (WS)

We were PaCER Interns from Wellspring, a cancer wellness centre built upon social support who wanted to understand how and why it worked. This is our story of how Salutogenesis changed our initial description of WS into a Salutogenic theory of community wellness.  

Making Engagement Happen: the Story of Hidden Pathways

Making Engagement Happen: the Story of Hidden Pathways

As PaCER Interns, we realized that we could do research to pry open the lid on a shared but hidden journey through chronic illness.  This is our story of how we were able to overcome the biggest barrier of all in patient engagement – seeing ourselves and being seen through our medical experience.