PREPPP Funding Award

Preparing for Research by Engaging Public & Patient Partners (PREPPP) Award

The purpose of the Preparing for Research by Engaging Public and Patient Partners (PREPPP) Award is to support researchers, students, and community organizations in engaging with patients and members of the public as partners in the priority-setting, design, and grant development phase of a health research project.

The George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) is the Manitoba SUPPORT Unit for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – a critical element of which is the active and meaningful involvement of patients and the public as partners in health research. At CHI, we define public and patient engagement in health research as:

People with lived experience of a health issue, informal caregivers, families, friends and communities having a say in decision-making about the research process ― including research priorities, questions, outcome measures, design, methodology, data collection approaches, interpreting findings, and dissemination methods.


Previous winners:

Spring 2019

  • Dr. Cara Brown: Extending the Safety Net - How Can Interprofessional Primary Care Teams Facilitate Successful Hospital Discharges?
  • Dr. Lily Lim: Informing Outcomes of Adults with Childhood-Onset Chronic Rheumatic Diseases - A Partnership in Research with Patients and Their Families
  • Dr. Jennifer Protudjer: Partnering with Adolescents to Inform a Nation-Wide Food Allergy and Mental Health Program

Read more about their projects.

Fall 2018 

  • Dr. Geert 't Jong: Canadian Pediatric Drug Compendium
  • Dr. Jennifer Protudjer: Pediatric food allergy and mental health: Learning from parents, providers and partners
  • Dr. Todd Duhamel: Enhancing recovery after cardiac surgery by engaging patients in research development
  • Dr. Kathryn Levine: Engaging women with intellectual disabilities and criminal justice involvement: A participatory action research project
  • Dr. Patricia Thille: Addressing weight-related stigmatization in health care
  • Dr. Robin Westmacott: Engagement in Research and Healthcare Decision-Making Regarding Gender Confirming Surgery Referral

Spring 2018 

  • Dr. Kendra L. Rieger: Engaging Patients and Elders in an Exploration of Indigenous Women’s Experiences of Breast Cancer Using Digital Storytelling
  • Dr. Sadeesh Srinathan: Patient Engagement: ThORacic Surgery CoHort Study (TORCH)
  • Dr. Alex Singer: A Population-based Assessment of the Long-term Impacts of Unnecessary Investigations and Treatments on Patients and the Health System
  • Dr. Christine Leong: Insights into the Use of Sedative-Hypnotic/Anxiolytics in Primary Care: A mixed-methods study to develop self-management strategies in the community
  • Dr. Kellie Thiessen: Welcoming the ‘Sacred Spirit’ (child): Connecting Indigenous and Western ‘ways of knowing’ to inform future policy partnerships to optimize maternal child health service delivery initiatives in remote Canadian regions
  • Dr. Alex Aregbesola: Reshaping Type 2 Diabetes Care in Manitoba: Considering Remission as an Option
  • Dr. Alex Korall: Engaging Patient and Public Partners in a Scoping Review to Map the Extent, Nature and Range of Research Activity on James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships
  • Dr. Anna Chudyk: Reflecting on Models and Frameworks of Patient Engagement
  • Dr. Dylan MacKay: Assessing Patient Acceptance of Alternate Dietary Therapies to Improve Protein Malnutrition in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Dr. Murdoch Leeies: Intravenous Immune Globulin in Septic Shock (InVIGIS) to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Life-Threatening Infection

Fall 2017 

  • Dr. Gayle Halas and Dr. Shelley Zieroth: Heart Failure Referral Pathways
  • Dr. David William Allen: Software Electrocardiogram Interpretation and Transmission to Prevent Treatment Delay in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (SCI-NET)
  • Dr. Kristy Wittmeier and Dr. Kerstin Gerhold: Collaborating to improve care for children and teens with chronic pain
  • Dr. Maya M. Jeyaraman: Effectiveness of interventions and strategies to reduce emergency department wait times: A systematic review
  • Michelle Meade and Melissa Fuerst: Service Integration for Young Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Dr. Naser Ibrahim: Engaging First Nations communities in research priority decision making: What is the next Research Question that needs to be answered in your community?
  • Dr. Natalie Riediger: On the Ground: Research Engagement at the Bell Tower
  • Dr. S. Michelle Driedger: Changing the patient-HCP dialogue: fostering trust through joint clinical decision making
  • Dr. Brett Houston, MD: A Multicentre, Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Pilot Trial to Determine Whether Administration of Tranexamic Acid (TXA) Reduces Blood Transfusion in Patients Undergoing Major Non-cardiac Surgery
  • Leanne Dunne: Development of a Patient Engagement Tool: A Book Designed by Youth for Youth with Type 2 Diabetes


Fall 2019 Call for Applications

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