Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 Isolation Policies on Public Wellness using IoT - A Public Health and Work from Home Perspective

Social isolation is having a significant impact on the quality of life, physical activity, and sleep patterns of our population. While self-isolation and social distancing provide the most successful method for limiting the progression and spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, we often overlook the impact of these rules on our population.

Evaluation of best practice police resources to assist in the rapid response of missing persons with dementia

Three out of five Canadians with dementia wander, raising concern as to how it can be managed. Strategies, such as GPS, offer options for finding missing persons with dementia and may be a preferred strategy by police. As part of the Finding Your Way® Program with the Alzheimer Society on Ontario, a series of education resources were developed in 2018 to assist in the location of this population by police services. The impact of these resources has yet to be evaluated by participating police services.

Evaluating and optimizing rural and urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) engagement with hospice and palliative care in the Island Health Region - Year two

Existing research focused on the experiences of gay and lesbian older adults with the health care system report that there is a general distrust and reluctance to access healthcare based upon the cumulative effect of discrimination over the life course. At present, while 75% of Canadians have indicated they would like to die at home, 45% of Vancouver Island residents die of in acute care. Clearly there exists a service gap and it appears possible that such a gap may be larger in the LGBTQI2S community.

Maternal Augmentation and Digital Empowerment Initiative in Tanzania (MADE-IT)

Shortages of skilled healthcare professionals and unequal distribution of healthcare professionals throughout the country are two key challenges causing unexpectedly high number of preventable maternal deaths in Tanzania. Hence, developing innovative solutions that take fewer resources but have a wider impact on Tanzanian midwifery education system is crucial to avert these deaths.

Predicting risk of unplanned hospital readmission within 30-days of discharge using machine learning approaches

Unplanned hospital readmissions are a preventable and costly outcome in the health care system. There are limited tools to estimate risk of readmission. The machine learning process offers an opportunity to develop a risk predictor to identify those at high risk of readmission upon discharge. OKAKI has an opportunity to diversify the commercial products it can offer to health care administrators.

Surveillance of potential wildlife and domestic animal reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2

Canada’s northern communities are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease because of social determinants of health plus their widespread harvesting of wildlife. The current COVID-19 pandemic is of particular concern to northern peoples and governments since their food security and livelihood needs are often directly dependent on the human-animal interface, at which COVID-19 can transmit in both directions.

Development of simulation-based training modules for the SGI graduated licencing program

Proper education and training are necessary to ensure young drivers have the appropriate knowledge and skills to drive safely. The current Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) graduated licensing program has education components and some in-car practice sessions, however, data shows that many young drivers are still involved in accidents due to a lack of experience driving in difficult or challenging situations.

Rapid Implementation of a Shared COVID-19 Tracking and Response Platform for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Populations in Canada

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads across Canada, the morbidity and mortality rates are likely to follow the same patterns as H1N1, and be significantly higher in First Nation, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) populations compared to non-Indigenous Canadians. Thus, there exists an urgent and currently unmet need to track and respond to incidences of COVID-19 in these populations. Any effort to do so will need to bridge persistent gaps in Indigenous health information system infrastructure while also acknowledging distinct, nation-based FNIM data sovereignty.

Improving & Evaluating Aerosol PPE & Containment Devices for COVID-19 Virus

The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has rapidly changed the way we live and work. Across Canada, many non-essential workplaces were directed to suspend normal operations and, though the pandemic continues, these restrictions are slowly being lifted, and workers are returning to work.

BCCSA Silica Control Tool Gap Analysis

Inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) generated during construction activities such as cutting or grinding can cause lung cancer and the irreversible lung disease. Exposure to RCS is common on construction sites because silica is a naturally occurring mineral that is present in many construction materials. The Silica Control Tool is a risk assessment tool that was developed by the BC Construction Safety Alliance and the University of British Columbia to assist construction employers to create exposure control plans for managing the health risks of RCS on construction worksites.