Opportunities - Engaging with families to improve pregnancy outcomes, identify unmet needs and prioritize research initiative (Opportunity to join Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) cohort

Engaging with families to improve pregnancy outcomes, identify unmet needs and prioritize research initiatives
McMaster University 

Background
Pregnancy is generally regarded as a time of great joy and hope. While this may be true for most pregnancies, it is not true for all. Some pregnancies end in complications that have lasting negative impact on the physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing of those who experienced the pregnancy and their families. While they negative impacts may be related to issues beyond physical illness, healthcare systems worldwide continue to prioritize initiatives aimed at reducing pregnancy-associated death and severe morbidity (serious life-threatening events). These are important but they constitute a small proportion of what affects the health and wellness of families experiencing pregnancy.
There is a need to understand from families what pregnancy-associated issues can result in a diminished sense of wellness, to understand what aspects of pregnancy care they would like to see changed, to understand what pregnancy related issues need to be prioritized to improve outcomes that families see as important to them.
Through this multi-stage project, we hope to engage people with lived experience of pregnancy, their family members and support persons to share their insights and perspectives; to work with clinician-researchers and assist and advise on determining pregnant patient-important outcomes, to identify unmet pregnancy related needs, and to prioritize research initiatives to ensure that future research conducted is patient-centred and results in improvement in care outcomes that matter to families.

Roles and Responsibilities
This project is looking to recruit up to 8 patient and community members with lived experience of pregnancy from across Canada, to join a Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) cohort beginning October 2022. PaCER is a one-year, part-time online experiential based learning program offered through University of Calgary, Continuing Education. The program is delivered in 3 courses that include understanding  health research methodology, designing a patient led research project, and carrying out the project.
More about PaCER can be found here: https://pacerinnovates.ca/

Compensation/Reimbursement
Student tuition fees for the PaCER program will be sponsored by the research team. Learners will need to have access to a computer and be able to make a 1-year time commitment that includes 160 course hours.  More about PaCER please contact: ingrid.nielssen@ucalgary.ca

For more information or to apply, please connect with:
Rohan D’Souza                                                         
rohan@mcmaster.ca