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Welcome to the SPARK Newsletter!

Delivered twice monthly, the SPARK: News e-bulletin provides members and other subscribers with valuable information through the following sections:

National Kids and Vaccines Day 2023

Children's Healthcare Canada and ScienceUpFirst, with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, have declared February 23, 2023, to be National Kids and Vaccines Day 2023 (#KidsVaccinesDay). This year, #KidsVaccinesDay will bring together healthcare leaders and experts from across disciplines to help move the needle (pun intended) and promote vaccine confidence for Canada’s children.

On February 23, Children's Healthcare Canada and ScienceUpFirst will be hosting a national, bilingual online Town Hall, during which experts will respond to questions from Canadians. Register today!

Learn more about National Kids and Vaccines Day and how you can join the movement! 

That's a Wrap on #ChildHealthCan2022!

Thank you for joining us and making #CHILDHEALTHCAN2022 such a great success! As a reminder, all the main stage sessions were recorded and are now available for conference registrants on the conference platform. To watch a session, simply visit the session page on our conference website, login, and click on the button for the English or French recordings.
We hope to see you in Vancouver from December 3-5 for our 2023 Annual Conference, co-hosted by the BC Children's Hospital.  Be sure to save the date!
January SPARK Theme: Indigenous Child Health

Webinar with John R. Sylliboy and Dr. Latimer
January 25, 11am ET

Indigenous Children: Stories, Strengths, and Strategies for Wellness

As we collectively work to improve the health of and healthcare for Indigenous children and youth, join us on January 25 to hear more from John R. Sylliboy and Dr. Margot Latimer about an initiative to promote wellness that has been receiving great reviews.

Register today

Webinar with Dr. Jessie Hulst and Roseann Nasser
February 8, 11am ET

Advancing Pediatric Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals: An Update on the Nutrition Pathway and Malnutrition Standard

The  Canadian Malnutrition Task Force has been addressing malnutrition & advancing care in hospitalized pediatric populations. Through the creation of knowledge, research, resources & tools for practitioners, this group has influenced best practices for clinicians.

Register today

Podcast with Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Launches January 30

Spirit Bears Guide to Reconciliation: Utilizing Jordan's Principle and the Spirit Bear Plan to achieve culturally based equity for First Nations Children

Dr. Blackstock will be exploring the utilization of Jordan’s principle and the Spirt Bear Plan to achieve culturally based equity for First Nations Children and provide guidance to support them in promoting reconciliation.

Read more

Webinar with Dr. Peter Gill and Francine Buchanan
February 15, 11am ET

Delivering High-Quality Care in Pediatric Research through Patient and Family Engagement 

Dr. Gill and Dr. Buchanan will describe how they created partnerships with patients, families, and clinicians from across Canada to identify a Top 10 list of priorities and describe the key values and benefits of family engagement in research, and how this input identified key areas to improve care.

Register today

Steps towards equitable vaccination: A rapid review of factors to support vaccine uptake in children and youth with medical vulnerability

Children’s Healthcare Canada, in collaboration with Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), with funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Immunization Partnership Fund, established the Immunizing Children with Confidence (ICC) program to build the confidence of vaccinators and vaccine communicators through tailored interventions and resources. The resources, co-developed with the healthcare professionals and family partners on the ICC advisory committee, will enable clinicians to safely and confidently promote vaccine uptake among children, including those who are at increased risk due to COVID and other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases (e.g., children with disabilities, medical complexity, acute illness). 
Solutions for Kids in Pain has released a rapid review to identify effective vaccine hesitancy prevention or vaccine confidence promotion practices and policies focused on medically vulnerable children and youth.
Read the review
COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Families

TREKK is assisting with the dissemination of some new COVID-19 resources for parents/families surrounding socialization and vaccination.  These resources were created by our partners in Alberta at ECHO and ARCHE.

COVID-19 has affected us all and continues to impact us. These evidence-based resources have been designed to help you navigate life with your child throughout the pandemic and beyond.  

All resources can be viewed
Making visible the life stories of families of children who are immunocompromised during COVID-19.
For this study, primary investigator Dr. Roberta Woodgate is looking to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of families of children (aged 5 – 25) who are immunocompromised (IC) or who have an immune-system condition (ISC). You can participate in one or both of the following:
  • Participation in this study involves families taking part in virtual interviews and a photo-taking activity. In-person interviews may be arranged upon request.
  • Participation is voluntary and confidential.
  • You will receive an honorarium in appreciation of your participation.
  • You can take the study at a pace suitable to your families’ life schedule, the study will be going on till May 2025.
Youth Advisory Committee
  • We are also looking for IC/ISC youth and/or their sibling(s) to be part of a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
  • Throughout the study, the YAC will give advice and input to Dr. Woodgate and her research team on different aspects of the study.
  • The YAC will meet around 3 – 4 times per year.
  • All activities are voluntary.
  • Members on the YAC will receive an honorarium for each meeting attended, as well as for any additional work outside of meetings.
  • No previous research experience is necessary.
If interested, please contact us at ingauge@umanitoba ca or call (204)-480-1051

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