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The first annual Health Quality Symposium represents the future direction of healthcare quality improvement in the Niagara Region.
On April 16, over 140 NHS Directors and Managers, 22 community members including family physicians, community health centre representatives, rehabilitations centre representatives, future I-EQUIP participants and Brock Nursing and Med Plus representatives gathered to learn about the future of quality improvement in healthcare.
“This is an exciting time to be thinking about health systems quality in Niagara, it was clear when looking around the room at all the partners in attendance at the symposium.” Says Madelyn Law, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences.
“The success of this event displays the potential for growth of the I-EQUIP program and creating more opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful applied learning activities which also provide value to the health of the Niagara community.”
I-EQUIP (Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program) offers collaborative and applied experience in quality improvement for McMaster University medical students on the Niagara Campus, Brock University Community Health Science undergraduate students and Niagara Health System staff.
Using an interprofessional approach, the goal of the I-EQUIP program is to provide NHS staff and physicians as well as students with quality improvement knowledge and tools to be innovators of health quality within our community.
Taking part in the six I-EQUIP projects were eight Brock University students from the Department of Community Health Sciences, including seven health sciences/medical sciences and one public health student.
“As an I-EQUIP student, it was very rewarding to see our projects lead the way for change in the Niagara Health System and the Niagara community.” says Eliza Beckett, who is a Brock Health Sciences student involved with the I-EQUIP program.
“At the Health Quality Symposium, the interest in our projects was overwhelming and encouraging for the future of I-EQUIP and quality in the NHS. The collaboration between Brock, McMaster and the NHS has been rewarding and extremely effective, as a student, this practical experience has given me the opportunity to make real change before I have even graduated.”