Local health leader selected for national fellowship

    EDMUNDSTON, NB, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Gisèle Beaulieu, Director of
Information Management and Risk Management at Regional Health Authority 4, has
been selected as one of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare
fellowship program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA).
    The EXTRA/FORCES fellowship is designed to train health system managers
from across Canada to become better decision makers by using and applying
evidence from research in their day-to-day work. The two-year program combines
residency seminars, e-learning, mentorship and networking components with
intervention projects undertaken in fellows' home institutions.
    "The EXTRA/FORCES program gives fellows the opportunity to network with
other healthcare leaders facing similar challenges," said Dr. Jean Rochon,
former Quebec minister of health and social services and chair of the
EXTRA/FORCES Advisory Council. "The program allows them to share problems and
ideas, and to discuss possible solutions."
    A key element of the program is an intervention project through which
fellows apply their classroom learning to solving issues in their home
    Ms. Beaulieu's intervention project will deal with the implementation of
an evidence-informed decision-making model. The project aims to provide the
organization with a reference framework for taking research data into account
when developing projects or programs, buying new equipment, delivering care
and services, and managing day-to-day activities, etc., and allow
evidence-informed clinical or administrative decisions to be made at all
levels of the organization.
    "It is really a privilege for me to have been accepted into the EXTRA
program. This is a unique experience that will enable me to broaden my
horizons, to create a network with other managers and health service leaders
in Canada, and, especially, to grow professionally by implementing a project
that will benefit our organization," said the New Brunswick fellow.
    EXTRA/FORCES was established in 2003 with a $25 million grant from Health
Canada. The first cohort of 24 fellows was selected in May, 2004. This year
marks its fourth year. Ms. Beaulieu is part of the fourth cohort who began
their first residency session in August.

    EXTRA/FORCES is a partnership program, administered by the Canadian
Health Services Research Foundation and supported by the Canadian College of
Health Service Executives (CCHSE); the Canadian Health Services Research
Foundation (CHSRF); the Canadian Medical Association (CMA); the Canadian
Nurses Association (CNA); and a consortium of Quebec partners represented by
the Agence des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS).

For further information:

For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Senior Consultant, Blueprint
Public Relations, (613) 237-7400 ext. 23, cell: (613) 797-4259; Chantal
Poulin, Director of Communications, Régie régionale de la santé 4, (506)

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