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What is the program?

The Health Systems Impact (HSI) Fellowship program provides highly qualified doctoral trainees studying health services a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

The HSI Fellowship connects Fellows to organizations from across the health care system who have shared impact projects that bridge the knowledge-to-practice gap. HSI fellows benefit from the opportunity to gain experience in a real-world setting where they can learn from key stakeholders while working alongside them. They are also able to expand their professional networks and make a difference with their work during their fellowship.

Current research fellow

Marianne Saragosa

2021 CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellowship Recipient

Home care clients tend to be an understudied population, and yet, many require complex care and support while in their home environments. Marianne will work with VHA to examine care transitions among home care clients.

She is being mentored by her academic supervisor Dr. Kerry Kuluski at the University of Toronto and by Dr. Sandra McKay, VP, Research & Innovation at VHA.

“Through my PhD work and connecting with VHA for support with recruitment, I became more aware of VHA as an organization and saw how my research was aligned with VHA’s strategic vision of connected systems,” shares Marianne. “By engaging home care clients with prior care transition experiences and their care partners and providers, we want to better understand preceding factors to these movements between settings and potential solutions to avoid or reduce transitions,” she added.

Marianne Saragosa, 2021 Health Systems Impact Fellow

How do I apply?

We are so glad you are considering applying for the Health Systems Impact Fellowship. It is an excellent opportunity to address an issue in your practice environment while also learning and developing professionally.

Applications are currently closed. They will reopen for the 2022-2023 term. 

If you would like to learn more, please contact VHA’s Research Team at researchhelp@vha.ca in the meantime.