Introducing SKIP - Solutions for Kids a Pain - A New Knowledge Mobilization Initiative

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2019/06/06 20:00


Are you a clinician or manager who wants to improve pain management for children in your unit or institution?

Are you a scientist or trainee who wants to get the results of your pediatric pain research directly into the hands of the people who can use it?

Are you a patient or caregiver who wants to learn how you can use your experience to improve pain management for other children and families?

Canada is a world leader in children’s pain research and effective treatments exist, but this research evidence is not consistently mobilized into practice due to barriers and disjointed efforts. Come to this introductory session to learn more about “Solutions for Kids in Pain” (SKIP), a newly formed knowledge mobilization network, based at Dalhousie University and co‐led by Children’s Healthcare Canada. SKIP seeks to bridge the gap between current treatment practices and available evidence‐based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions. SKIP’s vision is healthier Canadians through better pain management for children, with a mission to improve children’s pain management by mobilizing evidence‐based solutions through coordination and collaboration. SKIP brings together Canada’s world‐renowned pediatric pain research community, front‐line knowledge user organizations, healthcare administrators and end beneficiaries (patients and caregivers). Guided by a diverse and experienced Board, SKIP capitalizes on the engagement of: 48 Children’s Healthcare Canada member organizations, over 100 partners, 4 regional hubs, and patients and caregivers (using a “Patients Included” approach) to collaborate and co‐produce interconnected knowledge mobilization activities. Our goal is improved children’s pain management in Canadian health institutions.

ChristineChambers.jpgDr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research and is a clinical psychologist who has published over 150 scientific articles on the assessment and management of children’s pain. Her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” initiative for parents generated 150M content views worldwide, trended nationally on social media several times, won multiple national and international awards, and was featured in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and on CBC’s The National. Dr. Chambers holds leadership roles in the International Association for the Study of Pain and the North American Pain School, and is a member of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board on Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis. A leader in patient engagement and knowledge mobilization, Dr. Chambers has given numerous public presentations (e.g., TEDx talk) and is the Scientific Director of a recently established national knowledge mobilization network with over 100 partners, Solutions for Kids in Pain/Solutions pour la douleur chez les enfants (SKIP). Headquartered at Dalhousie and co-led by Children’s Healthcare Canada, SKIP’s mission is to improve children's pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration.

Lisa Lachance bio photo.jpegLisa Lachance

Lisa is Managing Director of SKIP. Prior to joining SKIP, Lisa was Executive Director of the Wisdom2Action (W2A) Network for six years, and is the President of social enterprise legacy of this Network, W2A Consulting Limited. Lisa uses her strong cultural competence and collaborative leadership skills to connect people in meaningful ways, so they can solve problems and move forward in their work. Lisa also loves to create positive change within organizations, her own and others. At the W2A Network, Lisa led the creation of W2A’s community engagement series also called Wisdom2Action. These participatory, youth-led and youth-engaged, Art of Hosting events have been held in communities across the country and internationally.

Lisa started her career in the public sector, working first with the federal government in Ottawa, primarily at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where she led the implementation of Canada’s Action Plan on Child Protection that had a particular focus on child participation. Lisa was the inaugural Director of Policy at the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, where she led initiatives to inspire innovation in the provincial government.

Lisa has consulted for Canadian, international, and United Nations organizations on knowledge translation/mobilization, children’s rights, youth and community engagement, and gender equality. Her areas of expertise include policy development and practical policy implementation strategies, facilitation, performance measurement and  evaluation, and knowledge translation, particularly engaging knowledge producers and users in innovative processes.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Dalhousie University. She has completed graduate-level studies in evaluation methods, and has completed professional development in evaluation methods and issues at the Canada School of Public Service and with EvalPartners/UNICEF.

Lisa is a passionate advocate for improving access to the supports needed for young people’s well-being and mental health. In her national work in youth mental health, Lisa became aware of the development of Integrated Youth Services models. Knowing from W2A work how critical CBOs are for supporting the mental health and well-being of young people, she was particularly intrigued at the emphasis on better integration with CBOs. She started her Doctoral studies in Health at Dalhousie University in 2017 to examine how CBOs can be better integrated into mental health treatment planning for youth and what systems and approaches are needed to support this.

Lisa has presented nationally and internationally on knowledge translation and youth engagement, and supporting to support youth mental health. Lisa is bilingual and provides services in English and French.