We are pleased to announce that the ME|FM Society of BC, in partnership with the Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP) at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, has received a Vancouver Foundation Convene grant of $20,000 to support a community engagement project that will begin to examine the unmet needs of British Columbians living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
This project will allow community, research, clinical, and health decision-maker stakeholders to inform a framework for a provincial ME needs assessment. While focused on ME patients in BC, this inquiry – as the first of its kind in a Canadian context - will create unique knowledge to inform strategies, policies, and pathways for improved care for ME patients.
What is a Vancouver Foundation Convene grant?
Convene grants from the Vancouver Foundation support project teams to gather information, meet with key stakeholders to learn more about the complex issue, and to articulate the research question, methodology, and partnership. The intended output of a Convene grant is a viable plan for a larger research project that can then be submitted to funders for consideration.
Our Society’s project partnership with CCDP
The ME|FM Society of BC and the CCDP look forward to working together on this first phase of important research work in the province. Stay tuned for project updates and specific invitations to participate. Congratulations to the application team.
ME|FM Society of BC
Hilary Robertson, MScHA, PhD, ME/FM Society Co-Chair, Lead Researcher
Lana LeBlanc, MPH, Research Coordinator
Kati Debelic, BScN, ME/FM Society Board Member
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
Luis Nacul, MD, PhD, Medical and Research Director, CCDP, Lead Researcher
Nicole Prestley, Research + Knowledge Translation Manager, Women’s
Health Research Institute
Travis Boulter, Research Assistant, Women’s Health Research Institute