Local health leaders selected for national fellowship

    ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The following have been selected as
one of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare fellowship
program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA): Betty Reid-White,
Director of Integrated Health Services, Community Health of Rural Avalon
Eastern Health, Kelli O'Brien, Chief Operating Officer Long Term Care and
Rural Health of Western Health and Alice Kennedy, COO Long Term Care,
Community Living and Supportive Services, Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and
Palliative Care for Eastern Health.
    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
    Each fellow has chosen a different area of focus including; developing
baselines and evaluating outcomes for an Early Intervention Program,
introduction of a supportive housing model for individuals with mild to
moderate dementia and using evidence-informed management to optimize staff mix
descisions and evaluate employee/system client outcomes.
    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. These 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; For Betty Reid-White and
Alice Kennedy: Susan Bonnell, Director, Strategic Communications, (709)
777-1426 (1338); For Kelli O'Brien: Heidi Staeben Simmons, Regional Director
Communications, (709) 637-5000, ext. 5252

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