Many of St.Amant’s services are shifting to provide the most inclusive, supportive, community-based services with the intention of enhancing health, accessing to healthcare, and improving the quality of life of persons supported and that of their families and caregivers.
Social determinants of health, including factors such as social isolation, food insecurity, and income, play a big part in our health. To account for these important social factors, some healthcare organizations have begun to adopt a strategy called social prescribing which involves regularly asking people if they need help with social determinant of health issues and connecting patients with community resources that can help.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with severe pneumonia sometimes required a type of life-support
machine for their lungs called ECMO. Using large intra-venous lines, ECMO removes blood from a patient, adds
oxygen to the blood, and puts it back into the body. While it can be life-saving, some patients can develop a
brain injury while on ECMO. However, the long-term effects on the brain of being on an ECMO machine are not
known. Some patients may experience difficulties with high-level thinking, or emotional difficulties like
depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
This research project examines the development of a Radical Mental Health Doula (RMHD) framework as a novel, grassroots approach to mental health care that transcends service siloes and allows for people who are experiencing mental illness to have their needs understood and their voices heard.
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on mental health, substance use and homelessness in Canada. The pandemic has also made visible the current patchwork system of care provided in the private, public. It is expected that the medium-long term mental health and substance use impacts of the pandemic will be significant at both the level of individual and the system.
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most important disease of feedlot cattle, which remains the leading cause of disease-induced economic loss in the Canadian cattle industries. BRD is induced by bacterial pathogens including the Gram-negative (G-) bacteria Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, and Histophilus somni. Even with current prevention and control measures targeting associated pathogens, the clinical impact of BRD continues and the resulted morbidity and mortality are still high.
Air pollution is a global public health concern. It is responsible for a cascade of adverse health outcomes. However, quantifying the outcomes and impacts of air pollution is difficult. The advancement of IoT and big data technologies can now allow public health officials and researchers to monitor air pollution levels and take appropriate and rapid actions to mitigate the harms. We propose the development of an agnostic ecosystem that collects big data and from various sensors, analyzes and provides alerts and recommendations to public health officials.
One in 2 Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime and about 1 in 4 will die from it. Cancer impacts all Canadians and particularly those in Atlantic Canada where the chance of being diagnosed or dying from cancer is amongst the highest in the country. Nova Scotia Health and stakeholders strive to understand cancer risk for reducing the cancer susceptibility in future generations.
Aurora Heat, Inc. is a seasonal social enterprise that earns the bulk of its revenue during the Fall and Winter months. In order to curb seasonal influxes of cash flow, the organization has prototyped and informally tested a new to market sensory intervention product called the NEZU™. The NEZU™ is an Indigenous-designed sensory intervention made from sheared beaver fur that soothes symptoms of stress and anxiety. Wholly innovative, the design solves a market gap as natural and biodegradable sensory interventions rooted in traditional knowledge and materials currently do not exist.
Equitable sexual healthcare services, such as contraception care, particularly for youth (aged 15-29), is a growing issue throughout Canada as the rates of sexual transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies are increasing. Youth contraception use is lower in rural communities in comparison to urban centres. However, there is minimal research that understands how youth in rural communities access sexual care services and their reproductive healthcare needs.