Local health leaders selected for national fellowship

    HALIFAX, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Brendan Carr, Director, Interim Vice
President Medicine and Kenneth Baird, Vice President, Diagnostics,
Therapeutics, and Facilities Support both from the Capital District Health
Authority have 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
    Dr. Carr has chosen to focus on using evedince to to identify shared
community resources to support effective chronic disease prevention and
management while Mr. Bairds focus will be on improving organizational
effectiveness through informed descision-making.

    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. Both fellows are 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: Kelly Goulet-Lewis, Account Coordinator,
Blueprint Public Relations, (613) 237-7400 Ext. 22, cell (613) 769-3411; For
Dr. Carr and Mr. Baird: Peter AH Graham, Senior Advisor, Marketing &
Communications, (902) 473-5537, peter.graham@cdha.nshealth.ca

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